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Meet our Founders

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MAJOR JOSEPH M.G. BERNADEL, US ARMY (RET.)

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Joseph Bernadel was born in Haiti, where he completed his primary and secondary schooling at the Institution St. Louis de Gonzague. He retired as a Major in 1997 after 22 years and was awarded the Legion of Merit, an award for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. Major Joseph Bernadel holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration from Hawaii Pacific University and has completed his graduate studies at the University of Florida, specializing in Latin American and Caribbean Affairs. He is the first person of Haitian ancestry to have opened a public school in the United States.

He is fluent in five languages: Creole, English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.


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DIANE ALLERDYCE, PH.D.

CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER

Dr. Allerdyce is Chair and Faculty of the Humanities & Culture (HMS) major of the Ph.D. program in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute & University, where she has taught since 2008. She is also the Co-Founder of the Florida-based non-profit organization Center for Education, Training & Holistic Approaches, Inc. (CETHA). She is a writer and author of a scholarly book, Anaïs Nin and the Remaking of Self: Gender, Modernism, and Narrative Identity. In addition to Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, gender studies, feminisms, and poetry, her research interests include international educational outreach efforts, particularly in Haiti, where she has authored and facilitates a support program for teachers, Teaching by Heart in Haiti. She holds the Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida. Her M.A. and B.A. in English are from Florida Atlantic University.