Staff – Executive Team
Teneile Warren – Executive Director
Teneile is a writer by nature, but a strategist through experience. With more than decade of experience as a playwright, creative writer, copywriter and business developer, Teneile understands firsthand the personal and social impact of storytelling. She brings a passion and strong business sense to her role.
Teneile joined Literature for Life as a facilitator and continues to facilitate one of the Women with Words Reading Circles. Thus, she places a keen focus on making sure that the participants are always placed first in strategy and development planning.
A rare find, with both an artistic and business sense, Teneile is a published Writer, produced and award winning Playwright and, admittedly, a little bossy (oldest child syndrome). She credits her grandmother for introducing her to books. “The world began with a sentence; make of that what you will.”
Erica is a Montreal-born, now Toronto-dwelling writer and educator, whose work has been in the Globe and Mail, the Montreal Gazette, The Toast, Maisonneuve, among others. Erica was so inspired by Literature for Life’s mission that she knew she had to be a part of it from moment one. Together with Teneile, she developed The Art of the Story, a Literature for Life program that focuses on storytelling and personal essay writing, as a means of introducing young mothers to the power of their own stories and voices.
As Literature for Life’s administrative assistant, Erica is responsible for program management, office operations, and ensuring that the needs of our participants are consistently met.
As the Financial Manager for Literature for Life, Theresa is responsible for handling the organization’s financial record keeping including managing accounts payable and receivables, reconciling the bank statements, payroll and preparing the financial statements under the direction of the Board Treasurer. Theresa came on board in 2003 and hopes to stay here until she retires. She is the mother of 3 adult children, grandmother to 2 boys and a lifelong reader!