Under her leadership the agency established its first endowment fund and secured the largest single program grant in the organization’s history of ($2 million). She has spent most of her professional career in the non-profit sector. She joined the American Red Cross in 1990 where she received several awards and promotions for her service. Her final position at the American Red cross was as Assistant Director of Blood Services for the Northern Ohio Region, an 18-county territory.
A graduate of Leadership Akron Class XV, Mrs. Williams is an active member of the community currently serving on the boards of the Akron Canton Foodbank, Greater Akron Chamber, Women’s Endowment Fund, Leadership Akron Board Chair, Akron Canton Regional Airport and Summit for Kids. She is also an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Bernett served as a past member of the board for numerous organizations, including: JumpStart, Big Brothers and Sisters Inc., Summit County Workforce Invest Act, Summit County Port Authority, Irma Jones Pre-School, Leadership Akron Alumni Board, Executive Committee member of the Summit County Social Services Advisory Committee, United Way of Summit County, Executive Board of First Tee Akron, Business Advisory Council (BAC) for Akron Public Schools, Summa Health System, Kent State University Alumni Board, Athena PowerLink, AxessPointe and VP of the National Urban League Association of Executives Central (Central Region). Additional past affiliations include: United Negro College Fund Committee, K-16 Reading Initiative of the University of Akron, First Merit Bank Advisory Board and the Charter One Bank Committee. She also served two years as co-chair of the Volunteer Recognition Committee for Akron’s First Night, served on the Summit County Charter Review Commission, Civic Commons Board and the City of Akron’s Innovation and Planning Committee. Bernett served on the board of Leadership Akron for 12-years and is immediate past Board Chair. She served 2-terms on the executive committee of the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank board.
Bernett currently serves on the board of the Akron Canton Regional Airport, Greater Akron Chamber and Minerva Foundation. Bernett has served on several presidential search committees including United Way of Summit County, Kent State University and she chaired the search for the president of Leadership Akron. Bernett served as interim Vice President of Human Resources at Akron Children’s Hospital from June of 2017 through May of 2018. Bernett is married to Todd D. Williams. Together they have two sons, Todd Justin and Jacob Daniel Williams.