Leadership

Becky Berk, M.Ed., Executive Director

Becky has dedicated a 25-year career to the education and social service sectors in New Hampshire.  A graduate of Swarthmore College, she taught middle school science at both Cairo American College in Egypt and at The Derryfield School before joining the United Way of Greater Manchester (now Granite United Way) as Director of Allocations and Agency Relations.  That experience introduced her to a wide range of social service and non-profit programs in the Manchester area.  Becky also worked as the Associate Director of the NH Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports at SERESC, a statewide program that works with schools on establishing positive school culture and developing effective systems for preventing and responding to academic and behavioral difficulties.  Most recently, Becky came from the NH Children’s Trust, an organization dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, where she served as the Quality Improvement Director.  Becky has served on the Boards of Directors for the Webster House, Child and Family Services Manchester office and the NH Community Loan Fund.  She has served two terms on the Hooksett School Board in the past, and she currently serves as the school district moderator.  ”Breakthrough Manchester is exciting and very meaningful for me, as it combines my interests in equity in education, non-profit management, social justice, and mentoring the next generation of teachers, learners and leaders.” 

Bernadette Robinson, Student & Family Services Coordinator

Bernadette has been a member of the Breakthrough Manchester team since 2000. She graduated in 1983 from Springfield College with a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. In her career, her primary work has been with school aged youth and their families in a wide variety of settings. Previously, she was employed by The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester as part of their crisis intervention unit and then with their family and community support team. As the Breakthrough Student and Family Services Coordinator, Bernadette works with the program directors, schools, and families to provide support for students who have non-academic issues that interfere with their progress toward academic success. A longtime Manchester resident, Bernadette has two sons, both of whom are Breakthrough graduates.

Tina White, CollegeBound Coordinator

Tina began working at Breakthrough Manchester in the summer of 2004. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the challenges facing students pursuing higher education in the Manchester city schools from her previous experience as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and as the Admissions Recruiter at Manchester Community College. Tina grew up in Annandale, Virginia and graduated from Brown University with a degree in Human Biology. She served one year as an Outdoor Education Instructor for a co-curricular program in Michigan before moving to New Hampshire. Tina is also a ski instructor during the winter months.