Tonya Bernadt, Education and Outreach Specialist
Hello. My name is Tonya Bernadt. I joined the National Drought Mitigation Center in January of 2009 and am an education and outreach specialist. Areas of focus include educating and gathering input from community leaders, residents, agricultural producers, and other stakeholders about drought related issues; developing content for websites to assist stakeholders in their drought management and planning; and assisting with other projects within the Center.
I have been fortunate to experience a variety of sectors in my career, which has given me a diverse outlook on the professional world. After receiving a Bachelor of Science with a major in environmental studies from UNL in 2000, I started working at the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department on East Campus. While working at EHS as the waste minimization coordinator I obtained a Master of Science in leadership education in 2004.
After four years at UNL, I moved onto a nonprofit organization called WasteCap Nebraska, where my main responsibilities consisted of membership recruitment and maintenance, workshop development, and assisting businesses in setting up recycling programs. In 2005 Midland Recycling approached me with a job as the business relations manager for their Lincoln branch so I decided to see what the corporate sector had to offer. It opened my eyes to a new way of looking at how businesses work.
My passion for the environment has been a core part of each job that I’ve had. Each one has given me new experiences in regards to environmental sustainability and protection. I look forward to more opportunities at the National Drought Mitigation Center and School of Natural Resources.
- M.S. in 2004 in leadership education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- B.S. in 2000 in enviromental studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln