Board / Staff

Literacy For Life is committed to assisting adult learners and their loved ones with the development of English language communication skills in the following ways:

  • Recruiting and training volunteers to deliver specific instruction using a variety of techniques as tutors
  • Providing instruction, both on a group and an individual basis, to learners in reading, writing, speaking and fundamental number skills, empowering learners to function more successfully in the community
  • Promoting individual awareness and involvement in the literacy process

Our Learning Centers throughout the county provide learners and tutors with all of the necessary materials, as well as a friendly and safe environment in which to learn.


Bernadette Bernardi: Chief Executive Officer


Stellar Volunteer Center Directors

Cathy Mathewson: Arroyo Grande (Afternoon)

Marylou Hessellund: Arroyo Grande (Evening)

Val Houdyshell: Atascadero

Kimberly Petersen: Atascadero

Linda Olson: Los Osos

Michael Damer:  Nipomo

Robbin Miller: Cambria

Rachel Fourer:  Paso Robles

Robert Beighley: San Luis Obispo (Morning)

Board Members

  • William Herreras

    Chair of the Board. Attorney At Law

  • Erica Espinoza Doi

    Treasurer. Senior Consumer Loan Manager, SESLOC Federal Credit Union

  • Lynda Shirar


  • Grace Yeh

    Board Member. PhD Cal Poly Professor Ethnic Studies