Bamrick joins Gargiulo Education as Executive Director

Bamrick joins Gargiulo Education as Executive Director
Effective July 1, 2016, Thomas Bamrick will take on the role of Executive Director at the Gargiulo Education Center

July 1, 2016
Naples, Florida

The Board of Directors of the Gargiulo Education Center announces the appointment of Thomas J. Bamrick as the new Executive Director, effective July 1, 2016.

Bamrick has forty years of professional experience in non-profit organizations including private and public schools, statewide human services agency, and a community child care resource agency. He has been a resident of Naples, Fla. since 1989.

Bamrick holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and in School Administration & Supervision from Queens College of the City University of New York, and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology of Education from Teacher’s College of Columbia University, New York.

Katie Stack, previous Executive Director of the Gargiulo Education Center, has returned to her hometown of Boston, Mass., and will join the development team at the Boston Children’s Museum. Stack’s dedication and hard work was recently recognized statewide when she was named the 2016 Migrant Advocate of the Year by the Florida Migrant Education Program.

The Gargiulo Education Center develops educated and confident students within the Naples migrant community by providing academic programming that complements the public school curriculum, in addition to a variety of enriching out-of-school content and activities. The Center provides a no-cost after-school program to migrant students grades K-12, which includes regular homework help by certified Florida teachers, one-on-one remedial support, a daily healthy snack, and life skills development. The program is funded in partnership with the Naples Children Education Foundation (the founders of the Winter Wine Festival), Gargiulo Farms, Inc., the Collier County Public School Title I Migrant Program, and private donors and volunteers.

More information about the Gargiulo Education Center can be found on its website, Inquiries can be directed to Bamrick at

Stack receives Migrant Advocate of the Year award

Gargiulo Education Center Executive Director, Katie Stack, has been awarded the 2016 Migrant Advocate of the Year award by the Florida Migrant Education Program.

The Migrant Advocate of the Year award is granted to an individual who has contributed, above and beyond the call of duty, to the improvement of the quality of life for migrant students, their families, and peers.


Every year, the Florida Migrant Education Program recognizes individuals for their outstanding service to Florida’s migrant students and families with its Exemplary Awards. Each school district in the state of Florida submits nominees for each of the nine awards. The awards are distributed through through the state’s Florida Migrant Interstate Program.

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Stack took on the Executive Director role at the Gargiulo Education Center from founder Pam Uglietta in July of 2013. Upon arriving, she successfully established the Gargiulo Education Center as a 501c3 tax exempt business after years of fiscal sponsorship. She developed a board of directors with influential community leaders in order to help fundraise, further network, and spread the word about the Center. With the new board of directors, the Gargiulo Education Center quadrupled the number of individual donors in less than one year. In just 1.5 years, Stack tripled the size of the volunteer base in order to provide the students with additional one-on-one support.

Stack established the Monthly Speaker Series, a series of events at which local professionals prepare a brief, interactive presentation that teaches the students about their career and how (and why!) they might like to follow the same path. She solidified the healthy snack program, incentivizing students to try new fresh fruits and vegetables through a classroom leaderboard, and re-established a relationship with the Collier County Public School System and the Title I federal grant program to offer additional health services and family educational opportunities to the greater migrant community.

“I am grateful and honored that the Florida Migrant Program community has recognized the Gargiulo Education Center for the work we are doing here in Naples for the migrant students and families,” Stack said. “I only hope that this award will allow others in the community to recognize this important work as well. Maybe they will be inspired to get involved, too!”

The Bridge Funds selects Gargiulo Ed as new partner organization

The Gargiulo Education Center is excited to announce that it has been selected as one of the Bridge Fund’s local partner organizations!


The Bridge Fund helps bridge the gaps that exist in the greater Bonita Springs/Estero community support systems by helping people experiencing personal crises and by supporting education needs. The Bridge Fund partners with social services charitable organizations and public schools in the Bonita Springs/Estero area. These Partners identify needs in the community that cannot be met by existing services and make a request to TBF for assistance. More about The Bridge Fund can be found on their website.


This partnership will allow the Gargiulo Education Center to provide better and more immediate support to our students and families; it will allow us to reach out to The Bridge Fund group if we ever have sudden and as-of-yet unbudgeted needs.