Literacy United – Board of Directors (2015-2016)

Kary A. Johnson – Executive Director, Chairperson

Kary A. Johnson is the founder and president of the board of Literacy United.  She is also director of The Reading Connection that she opened for business in 2003.  She manages a staff of 43 employees and supervises services at five locations in Tarrant County.
Dr. Johnson has an extensive background in education; she received her Doctorate in Education in 2014 from Texas Wesleyan University. She also has a Masters in Education from Texas Wesleyan and a Bachelor of Arts in political science, international relations and Spanish from Texas Christian University.  She has published numerous papers in on various topics in the field of education including educational testing, issues with children with ADHD, and special considerations for boys and literacy. 

Dr. Johnson is married and she and her husband are expecting their first child in December 2015.

Carlos A. Martinez – Outside Director

Carlos Martinez has been on the board of Literacy United since 2014.  Currently, Dr. Martinez is the Dean of the School of Education and Director of the ESL/Bilingual programs at Texas Wesleyan University.  

Dr. Martinez holds a Doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Bilingual Education from Texas A&M University, a Masters Degree in Education (secondary and ESL) from Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies and Linguistics from the University of Puerto Rico.  

Dr. Martinez’s many degrees, combined with his passion for service, indicate his love of education and desire to have an impact on underprivileged youth.  He has been involved in many organizations in the Fort Worth area including Sister Cities, Leadership Fort Worth, Kids Impact Council of the United Way and the Racial Justice Advisory Committee of the YWCA.

Patrick A. Reardon – Outside Director

Patrick Reardon joined the board of Literacy United in 2015.  He has been a corporate and securities attorney in the Dallas - Fort Worth area for 37 years.  He is active in the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Mr. Reardon holds a Juris Doctor and Masters Degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina; his A.B. degree in political science is from Davidson College.   

He is very interested in education and underprivileged children. In Fort Worth, he has served as chairman of the board of United Community Centers, an elder at First Presbyterian Church, and a board member of the Executive Board of the Longhorn Council, Boy Scouts of America.  He is married, has two children and two grandsons. 

Celia M. Wilson – Inside Director

Celia Wilson has been on the board of Literacy United since 2013.  She is an associate professor of education at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth and teaches courses in educational research methods, statistics, and curriculum instruction.  Prior to joining the faculty at Texas Wesleyan, Dr. Wilson served as coordinator of the Center for Educational Research and Analysis from the University of North Texas in Denton.

Dr. Wilson earned her Ph.D. in educational research from the University of North Texas and her master’s and undergraduate degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.  Her research interests include the impact of score reliability on general linear model statistics and construct validity issues in instrument development.

Joseph F. Drobnich – Non-Executive Director 

Joseph F. Drobnich has been on the board of Literacy United since 2013 and has been involved in fundraising for the organization.  Mr. Drobnich is President of Trinity Aero Capital, an aviation related consultancy firm based in Fort Worth.  He has over 30 years experience with aircraft lessors and private equity start-ups. 

Mr. Drobnich received a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Technology from the University of Dayton.

A husband and father of three, Mr. Drobnich has a passion for helping underprivileged youth by enhancing their academic opportunities.  


Literacy United was as a 501c3 entity in December of 2011, due to an ever-growing need for high quality educational support services offered through an entity outside of the public school system. Based on a shared understanding that Fort Worth area public schools have become increasingly burdened due to current economic pressures, teacher lay-offs, increasing class size, and incredibly high levels of teacher turn-over due to unmanageable working conditions, the Literacy United Board of Directors (Kary Johnson, President and Private Services representative; Sheryle Kuehl, Vice-President Public Education representative and Ana Cervera, Secretary and Community Representative) came together to form a much-needed new nonprofit entity. Thus, our desire as a board is to grow an entity that will provide much needed services that so often are not provided by schools.


Our Mission The mission of Literacy United is to reach economically disadvantaged children who struggle in reading, one child at a time.

Statement of Faith:

Reading skills are required not only to be successful academically and professionally but also to actively understand God’s truth and follow His revelation through the Bible. We know that the best way to “live” God’s word is to be “in” God’s word.  

Literacy United strives to equip economically disadvantaged children in the Fort Worth area not only with the reading tools for success in school, but also with their thinking abilities - each needed for later life successes as leaders in their communities and as Christian stewards of God’s will in an increasingly secular world.  

Literacy United’s discipleship is to educate children, who have greatness needs with the least means.  "Give a man a fish; you have fed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime."  The unwavering belief of the Literacy United board of directors is we are teaching the foundation to learning….how to read correctly.  These children without the correct reading skills can create a difficult predicament for them, their families and eventually society as a whole.  Learning without having a strong moral grounding can lead children down dangerous paths.  

We are delighted to be working with the HOPE Farm, who instills Christian teachings while revealing God’s love.   Literacy United feels the partnership with HOPE Farm is a perfect combination to fulfill His will.   


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HRB Investments and Macho Self Storage provide a storage unit for the Literacy United to store books. Books are given to partner organizations and other nonprofits for distribution to children living in poverty situations.