Bernadette has a JD from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2010) and a BSc in Public Health Sciences from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina (2002). She is awaiting the results of the New Jersey bar examination
She has worked for the Jarden Corporation, Boca Raton, Florida,as an Intellectual Property Coordinator and for MantaCole, LLC, Princeton, New Jersey as a paralegal. She was also a paralegal and practice administrator for Kotzker/Shamy, PL, Pompano Beach, Florida. Prior to that she worked in various public health roles.