Meet Us!

Our Staff

Summer Gill, Executive Director
Summer Gill was born and raised in Ocala and a proud graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in psychology. You will hear her say Summer1Gandhi’s quote “Be the change you wish to see in the world” over and over again and that is how she lives her life. Summer is the Executive Director of the Marion County Literacy Council. She serves on the board for Fine Arts for Ocala, Leadership Marion/Ocala Youth, 2035 Leadership Committee with the City of Ocala, Young Professionals Ocala, and serves on the committees for TEDxOcala, First Friday Art Walk and the Tuscawilla Sculpture Project. She is also a member of Rotary Club of Ocala-Sunset, Junior League of Ocala and Grace Episcopal Church. Besides enjoying all the great things Ocala has to offer, Summer loves the beach, spending as much time as possible with her friends and family and facilitating the coolest book club in town “I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie.” summer-300x300

Yamila Acosta, Program Coordinator

Our Board

Joe Reichel, Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership- President
Adam Woods, CBC National Bank – Vice President
Patrick Mangan, George Mangan Insurance – Treasurer
Chris Kent, Rasmussen College – Secretary
Beth Aten, Marion County Public Schools
Tim Conway, PhD, The Morris Center, Inc
Jon I. McGraw, Schatt Hesser McGraw, P.A.
Jim Ross, Ocala Star-Banner
Madeline Rousseau, Asset Capital Realty
Evangelia Sarris, Asset Capital Realty
Hellena Smejda, Equestrian Springs
Bradford Tropello, Law Office of Blanchard, Merriam, Adel& Kirkland, PA
Lisa Varner, Jenkins Auto Group


Barbara Woodson