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Board of Directors

Warren Steele


Warren was born in Fort Carson, Colorado and graduated high school in Summerville, South Carolina, and now resides in Columbus, GA.

He graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. degree in psychology and social relations in 1984. After graduation, he joined Aflac and retired in 2004 as Senior Vice President, US Marketing.

Warren has served on several local and statewide charitable boards and still serves in several volunteer capacities, one of which is the Piedmont Columbus Regional Health Board where he chaired the board from 2014 to 2019. In 2018, Warren was selected to serve on the Piedmont Healthcare System board overseeing 11 hospitals in Georgia, after its merger with Columbus Regional.

He serves on the board of MEEF, the Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation, where he is chair-elect. In 2012 he started the Muscogee County chapter of Ferst Readers, Inc, where he still serves as chair of its local Community Action Team and now serves on the Ferst Readers board as treasurer.

Warren also serves on the Harvard Schools and Scholarships Committee, where he interviews local high school students applying to Harvard. He recently began serving on the Birth to Five subcommittee of the Talented Educated People working group of Columbus 2025, the Poverty Reduction Task Force, and the Early Language and Literacy Coalition of the Family Connection Partnership.

Warren is married to his wife, Lorie, and has two adult children: Trey and Ariel.


  • President/CEO
    Davida Morgan Washington 


  • Director of Accounting and Operations
    Amy Zygler 

  • Development and Communications Manager
    Benita Brisco

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  • Enrollment Coordinator/Office Manager
     Leslie Vestal 

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  • Regional Program Coordinator
    Debbie Ross 

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  • Program Manager
    Michelle Maddox 

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  • Project Coordinator
    Emily Pettigrew 


  • Administrative Assistant Publications
    Olivia Ramfos 

  • Database Management
    Glenda Cofer 

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