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

Jaden Laidig: Office Assistant

Dagmar Malkus: Tutor Trainer

Jill Davies: Tutor Trainer-in-Training

Stellar Volunteer Center Directors

Lynn Storrs: Arroyo Grande

Marylou Hessellund: Arroyo Grande

Lauren Rueda: San Luis Obispo

Ann Porter: San Luis Obispo

Michael Sanchez: Los Osos

Carolyn Birchfield: Morro Bay

Robbin Miller: Cambria

Val Houdyshell: Atascadero

Judy Scott: Paso Robles

Board Members

  • Rick Owens

    Chair. Business Broker

  • Tamara Jones Ramos

    Treasurer. Owner- T. Jones Financial

  • William Herreras

    Board Member. Attorney At Law

  • Amy Watson

    Secretary. Copywriter-Verdin Marketing, Inc.

  • Macy Powell

    Board Member. Account Manager- Nova 401(k) Associates