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PWRTRC Partners

The Phyllis Wheatley Rise To Read Campaign's listing of partners who help make obtaining our mission & vision for reading mastery amongst our African Diasporan youth possible.

Board of Directors


Maria L. Scruggs, CEO/Founder

Community Activist

Alicia Hayes

Carol McNamee

David Sockol

Nashawnbe Smart

Pat Windon

Ruby Johnson

Shelly Jones

Assistant Treasurer

Vilma Muir

Former Happy Workers' Board Member

Vivian Bryant

Friends of the Johnson Library

Kevin Johnson

Jordan Park Nostalgic Association

S. Rose Smith-Hayes

Executive Director

Maria L. Scruggs

Executive Assistant

Maleia Baker

Community Partners

Friends of the James Weldon Johnson Library

Kevin Johnson

Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas West Pasco Counties

Brittney Keene

Pinellas County School Board

Dr. Lewis Brinson / Dan Evans

Readers Choice Books

Tangela Bailey

Literacy Partners

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast

Diana Morello-Deserio / Freddy Williams

City of St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation

Ketmana Howell

Friends of the South Community Library

Polly Higgins

Home Instructions for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY)

Shonyell Johnson

R’Club Happy Workers Learning Center

Deb Ballinger / Aubri Cherub

Shirley Proctor Puller Foundation (SPPF)

Bridgette Heller

St. Petersburg Library System

Mika Nelson/Mandy Morris

Professional Service Partners

Channer CPAs

Kent Channer, CPA

Daniel Green Designs

Daniel Green

Diverse Behavioral Solutions

Dr. Carleah East & Zaneta Ellison


Preserve Vision

Joanne Lighter

Evara Health

Joseph Santini


James Insurance Solutions

Roy & Izabelle James

Thou didst, in strains of eloquence refin'd, Inflame the soul, and captivate the mind.

- Phyllis Wheatley

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