Bernadette (Bernie) believes that great youth work is part science and part art form-and that all youth should have equal opportunities in pursing educational access across the board. Before Bernie started with Summer Search, she was involved with a number of nonprofits as a Senior Manager, namely Youth Enrichment Services where she was able to help deepen the impact of young people while they explored they great outdoors and learned valuable skills around leadership development. Bernie also worked as a consultant for Cambridge Public Schools where she was able to develop curriculum around Social Emotional Learning (SEL) education and how to support young people in/outside of their school environment.
Bernie holds a B. A. in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a M.S. in Criminology/Criminal Justice from Loyola University. When not at the office, Bernie can be found outdoors with her two kids, husband and dog Chewbacca enjoying the sunshine.