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Brittney Giammaria, President, is the Activities Director at Veranda of Pensacola Retirement Community. Brittney graduated with a degree in History from the University of West Florida and then served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with United Way. Through her service at United Way, Brittney discovered Learn to Read of Northwest Florida and became a volunteer in 2012. She has served on the board of directors for three years and currently serves as the Board President. Brittney loves Pensacola and feels very lucky to live in such a beautiful and inspiring community.


Ed Stanford, Vice President, retired from the Escambia School District in 2011 after 38 years of service, as a teacher, guidance counselor, project coordinator, and for the last 20 years, a school social worker. He earned undergraduate degrees from Pensacola State College and the University of Alabama and master’s degrees from Troy University and the University of West Florida. Ed served on the Ever’man Natural Foods Co-op board for 19 years, with multiple terms as president. He currently serves on the board of the Escambia Retired Educators Association and serves as vice president of the West Florida Literary Federation. Ed has served on the Learn to Read board for the past three and a half years.

Ed realizes the great importance of adult literacy and can’t imagine living in a world without books. His activities include writing, volunteering, photography, networking and living a healthy lifestyle.


Martha Cobb-King, Treasurer, has counseled over 600 business owners and potential entrepreneurs, Martha is considered to be an expert in small business issues. She is experienced in various sectors of the economy — retail, service, construction, and financial services — all in the small business environment. She spent over 10 years helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of business success.

It is this knowledge and experience that she has brought to LTR and her new private practice. She provides QuickBooks® consulting to a variety of industries, and she is a certified QuickBooks® trainer. Away from her business life, she leads women’s classes at her church. She also enjoys reading, gardening, birding, bicycle riding, and beach going. She enjoys taking both golf and tennis lessons. She still doesn’t play either – she just takes lessons.


Mark Gillman, Secretary, LTR Tutor and Tutor Trainer, is an Environmental Consultant with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He has worked with that agency in various regulatory programs and management capacities for over 20 years. After graduating with a Biology degree from University of West Florida in 1985, Mark began working with the Environmental Protection Agency, where he remained for eight years. Mark has a passion for both the protection of the natural environment, and education (particularly adult literacy). Mark has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with a specialization in coastal zone management. He teaches environmental policy and public policy courses as an adjunct instructor at the University of West Florida.

Mark has been a volunteer with Learn to Read of Northwest Florida since January 2013 as a tutor, and worked hard to become a tutor trainer. He has been a board member since the spring 2014.


Frank Giammaria, Director, is the Director of CFC Campaign Development at United Way of Okaloosa & Walton Counties. Frank continued his work in nonprofits inspired by his first internship at Hopestreet Urban Compassion in Woolloomooloo, New South Wales, Australia and perpetuated through two years of service as an AmeriCorps member. Frank is a graduate of Purdue University and later earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration, with a focus on nonprofit management, from Indiana University in Indianapolis. He was recently named a “Rising Star” by the Independent Weekly in Pensacola.

Frank currently serves on the YMCA Downtown Advisory Board, as the Community Relations chair at Seville Rotary. He is originally from Illinois and is a proud Cubs fan.


Jason McBride, Director, is a graduate of the University of West Florida.  After earning a degree in Economics and Management, he began his career at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a Loan Modification Specialist.  In that role Jason helped countless families across Florida avoid foreclosure by acting as their single point of contact throughout the modification application process.  In October of 2014, Jason joined Navy Federal Credit Union as a Tax and Escrow Specialist.

Through service and participation in Pensacola Young Professionals, Jason discovered Learn to Read of NWF and jumped on the opportunity to serve as an active board member.  Jason has a natural desire to help others and a deep appreciation for the active lifestyle Pensacola offers its residents.

Melissa Lewis, Director, is a Pensacola native who cares deeply about improving the Pensacola, Escambia County Community. She began her career with United Way of Escambia County in 1998. She came aboard as a temporary hire in the finance department to process accounts payables and receivables and quickly moved on to Assistant to the President assisting three directors in implementation and planning of board meetings, Day of Caring, and special events. In 2011, she became the Operations Manager and in 2013 moved into her current position as the Director of HR/Administration. As the Director of HR/Administration, Melissa provides primary staff support to the President and Board of Directors, provides direction and updates on policies and regulations related to human relations and provides support as an HR advocate for all team members.  She oversees daily staff interactions and helps counsel employees who need guidance to successfully fulfill their job responsibilities.  In 2015, Melissa achieved the SHRM Certified Professional SHRM-CP.

Through her participation on United Way’s Community Investment process, Melissa discovered Learn to Read of NWF and actively set out to serve Learn to Read in any way she was needed and joined the board in May 2016.


Marian O’Shea Warnicke, Director. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Marian has a B.A. in English from Fontbonne College and an M.A. in English from the University of West Florida.  She has taught at the grade school and high school level, as well as three years of teaching English as a Second Language in Lima, Peru. She also spent a year in Madrid, Spain, teaching prospective teachers how to teach English as a second language.
She was a professor of English at Pensacola State College for twenty-five years, and served as department head of English/Communications for six years at the college.
She co-edited a book of short stories and memoir, called Confessions: Fact or Fiction? and she published a memoir about her father called Tom O’Shea, A Twentieth Century Man, which is available on Amazon. She is currently working on getting a novel published, and has started a new novel, still in the beginning stages. She also writes poetry.
Marian is married to Michael Wernicke, a Pensacola native, and together they raised three children here. She lives in the East Hill area.

Honorary Member

  • Margaret Poppell (deceased)

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