LVCC elected three new members to our volunteer Board of Directors on September 27, 2016. The three candidates - Paula Nelson, Dr. Brenna Wood, and Kelly Berk - were chosen for their leadership skills and professional experience needed to advance our mission and lead us into the future. Leaving the board after completing nine years of service are Suzanne Stianche, Susan P. Williams, and Richard Lemak.


Berk Kelly head shotKelly Berk, RN, BSN, MPH
Kelly Berk MPH, BSN, RN, is a public health nurse dedicated to improving childhood health and wellness outcomes. Currently the Director of Maternal Child Health Initiatives for St. Luke’s University Health Network’s Community Health Department, Kelly oversees three different nurse-led home visitation programs that invest in the health and welfare of our smallest community members. These programs include the evidence-based Nurse-Family Partnership program (NFP), Parent Advocate in the Home (PATH), and The Visiting Nurse Advocate of the County (VNAC). Her varied experience in local public health, school health, and clinical care settings have solidified her beliefs in the need to invest in children, starting even before birth, and to strengthen families in order to create multi-generational change.

Kelly spends free time with her husband, two children (7 and 9 years old), and dog. Her family enjoys playing outdoor sports and reading. Kelly has a passion for early literacy; her house is overflowing with books, as her husband is the executive director of the Bethlehem Public Library. Kelly’s other interests include running, gardening, and hiking.


Paula Nelson Board MemberPaula Nelson
Prior to joining LVCC’s Board of Directors in September 2016, Paula Nelson served as a Board Member for the former Spring Garden Children’s Center. She additionally serves on the Board for Lehigh Valley Professionals. Paula spent many years on a management level at Dun & Bradstreet connecting with customers and successfully training team members for enhanced workplace performance. Her career began in early childhood education for Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare and Community Services for Children. She graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education.




Brenna Wood Board MemberBrenna K. Wood, PhD, BCBA-D
Brenna Wood, PhD, is an associate professor of special education at Lehigh University. She has 13 years of experience working in early childhood environments supporting young children with disabilities and their families and teachers. Her research interests focus on positive behavior support in early education settings and the use of evidence-based practices to increase academic engagement and decrease challenging behavior. Dr. Wood earned her doctorate in special education from the University of Arizona, where she specialized in emotional behavioral disorders. She holds BCBA-D certification (Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral).