Board / Staff

Literacy For Life is committed to assisting adult learners and their loved ones with developing English language communication skills. At Literacy for Life, our mission is to bring positive change to our community by breaking down barriers to success and empowering individuals through the power of literacy. We believe that literacy is a fundamental skill everyone should have access to. We aim to strengthen relationships and create a more inclusive society by providing resources and support. 


Bernadette Bernardi: Chief Executive Officer

Anna Volkova: Data Management

Shaya Kacker: Admin Assistant

Stellar Volunteer Center Directors

Cathy Mathewson: Arroyo Grande (Afternoon)

Marylou Hessellund: Arroyo Grande (Evening)

Val Houdyshell: Atascadero

Kimberly Petersen: Atascadero

Michael Damer:  Nipomo

Robbin Miller: Cambria

Rachel Fourer:  Paso Robles

Robert Beighley: San Luis Obispo (Morning)

Marita Nath: Morro Bay

Board Members

  • William Herreras

    Chair of the Board. Attorney At Law

  • Erica DePedro

    Treasurer. Senior Consumer Loan Manager, SESLOC Federal Credit Union

  • Lynda Shirar


  • Grace Yeh

    Board Member. PhD Cal Poly Professor Ethnic Studies

  • Christian Datu

    Board Member- Financial Adviser