Bernard joined the Foundation board in 2009. He moved to Fairbanks in 2000 when he accepted the position of Superintendent of the Fairbanks Youth Facility. Bernard has sat on numerous boards for local organizations such as the Fairbanks Community Mental Health Center and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Bernard was a City Councilman for the City of Fairbanks. Bernard is married to wife Traci and he has two stepchildren.