Bernadette Stanek is a Program Assistant for the Operations, Development, LEAD, and Co-LEAD programs. Prior to joining PDA, she worked in a consulting capacity to help nonprofit organizations and community leaders develop cause marketing initiatives, write fundraising literature and develop stronger boards. Bernadette's unique perspective draws upon lived experience as a community leader with a history of domestic violence and incarceration. That experience fueled her passion to be involved in justice reform and policy discourse.
With over 14 years in nonprofit development, leadership, and communications experience, Bernadette understands the organizational needs and challenges of organizations in modes of growth. She's served on several boards, including the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce, where she learned to leverage relationships with community leaders to drive public focus on health initiatives. Bernadette completed her degree in Society, Ethics & Human Behavior at UW and is adding a minor in Law & Justice from CWU. Bernadette has been licensed as a Massage Therapist and received certificates in Nonprofit Leadership and Strategic Planning.
Outside of PDA, Bernadette is finishing her first book in a series that will be published soon. Her body of work amplifies stories of vulnerability, resilience and courage. Aside from spending time with her grown children, she enjoys reading about quantum physics, social research, neuroscience and molecular biology. In her free time, she's learning tennis and loves skiing, equestrian events, playing piano, and making tasty culinary sauces.