Alumni in 10
I have spoken on alumni panels to undergraduates about my experience there, things I wish I would have known, and given career advice. I am looking forward to being more involved with Grand Valley in the years to come.
I have stayed connected with the OT department after graduation, volunteered at various GVSU events, and I currently serve as a Board Member on the Alumni Association Board of Directors.
I am now the Head of Human Resources for TentCraft Inc., which is a manufacturing company back here in my hometown of Traverse City, Michigan.
Grand Valley continues to have a role in my journey by offering alumni groups like the Latin@ Alumni Association, volunteer, leadership, and professional development opportunities to continue my involvement with the institution and its students.
Since graduation, I have had the opportunity to serve children and families of Kent County. First, as a home based therapist and a KSSN Clinician. And second, as a Services Specialist with Kent County Community Mental Health.
Grand Valley's HTM program was vital for my career. I gained so much experience through the required internships and was able to build my resume, so that I was ready to begin a career shortly after graduating.
After graduation in Spring 2015 I took a gap year. During this gap year I studied for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), continued working as a Human Resource Assistant at the law firm Warner Norcross & Judd, and traveled.
I've stayed involved through local alumni chapters, attending sporting events, visiting family members currently attending GVSU, donating annually, and being a voice to those looking to attend college.
In 2005, I moved to NYC to attend graduate school at NYU and decided to stay in NYC which allowed me to work in marketing and product development roles for companies including Weight Watchers, Nickelodeon, The New York Times, and MasterCard.
I took an internship two years after graduating and I wouldn't have traded my experience for the world. Then in June 2017, I started my own modern lettering business, Bernadine's Designs!