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: Executive Director

Elisabeth Grove and Jaden Laidig:  Office Assistants

Dagmar Malkus: Tutor Trainer


Lynn Storrs: Arroyo Grande

Marylou Hessellund: Arroyo Grande

Rick Kuchenig: Nipomo

Sharaya Olmeda: San Luis Obispo

Lauren Rueda: San Luis Obispo

Ann Porter: San Luis Obispo

Michael Sanchez: Los Osos

Robbin Miller: Cambria

Val Houdyshell: Atascadero

Judy Scott: Paso Robles

Michael Miller: Paso Robles

Board Members

  • Rick Owens

    Chair. Business Broker

  • Kristen Balbier

    Treasurer. Richardson Properties-Broker/Agent

  • Tamara Jones Ramos

    Secretary. Owner- T. Jones Financial

  • William Herreras

    Board Member. Attorney At Law

  • Stephanie Goodwin

    Verdin Marketing: PR and Marketing Specialist