2018 – 2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alex joined the Gargiulo Education Center’s Board of Directors in 2016 and was elected president in 2018. He is the retired Chief Executive Officer of a national sales and marketing services corporation, currently living in Naples. Due to his executive positions, he has previously resided in the Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois, Stamford, and Connecticut areas. He graduated from Western Michigan University. He is married and has two adult sons and eight grandchildren.
“The Gargiulo Education Center is a wonderful after school program offering migrant children from the north Naples area the supportive educational opportunities needed to supplement the public schools.” Alex notes that he joined the board “to help strengthen, develop, and expand the educational enhancements for these great children. The children of all ages, from kindergarten to high school, are so anxious to learn and succeed.”
Karen is a retired reading specialist and public school administrator from Massachusetts with an expertise in literacy instruction, having worked with students from PreK through graduate school. She is also a certified Wilson Reading System tutor.
Since moving to Naples in 2015, Karen has focused her attention on forming relationships with organizations that serve the needs of disadvantaged women and children. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foundation of Collier County and is an active participant in Greater Naples Leadership.
It is Karen’s strong belief that “education promotes equality and is not just for a privileged few, but for everyone. It is a fundamental right for all children.” She earned her M.Ed from Cambridge College.
Mary has served on the board of the Gargiulo Education Center since 2017 and was named its Executive Director in January, 2018. She has an extensive history in philanthropy. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at Rockefeller University in New York City, she developed the foundation’s structure from the ground up, raising millions of research dollars as well as pro bono media dollars. She has sat on the board of and/or advised several foundations, including The Intrepid Museum, Fisher House Foundation, Michael Stern Parkinson’s Foundation, Fallen Heroes Funds, and Hanover Charities. Mary currently serves on the board of the Montessori Academy of Naples. As a successful entrepreneur, she owns a patent-holding company, Master Poe Innovations, and has an extensive history in the entertainment and fashion worlds. In her spare time, she works with Alzheimer’s patients.
Founder and Honorary Board Member
Pam Uglietta was instrumental in developing and growing the Gargiulo Education Center from 2002-2014. During this period, the Center tripled its enrollment, substantially increased funding, and moved from temporary trailers to its new storefront location. Pam is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and was a professional special education teacher in Tulsa, OK and Philadelphia, PA. She currently resides in Austin, TX with her husband, Sal.
Bob is retired from a career in education and social services administration and program development for both public and private nonprofit organizations. Since ‘official’ retirement, Bob has been tirelessly active in volunteer activities for the less fortunate. He is currently focused and working with local agencies and public schools in Collier and Lee counties dealing with the migrant communities. He joined the Board in 2016.