NFPA hires Karen Berard-Reed to oversee public education outreach for high-risk audiences

July 25, 2013Karen Berard-Reed has joined the public education division of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as senior project manager and will oversee NFPA’s high-risk outreach public education activities, which focus on safety for youth, older adults, and impoverished communities.

Karen Berard-ReedBerard-Reed brings 20 years experience in the professional health education field including K-12 public school, higher education, and community settings. Before joining NFPA, she was assistant professor of health education and health education program coordinator at Rhode Island College, Providence, RI. She brings extensive experience in program evaluation and improvement, curriculum and program development, public speaking and communication, working with diverse students and families, community outreach and an interest in helping those at highest-risk. Berard-Reed remains a spokesperson for The Center to Prevent Youth Violence. She also has first-hand experience with NFPA’s acclaimed Learn Not to Burn® program which she used when she taught in the North Attleboro (MA) Public Schools.

“We are excited about the growth of our public education programs and pleased to have Karen Berard-Reed lead several of these initiatives,” said NFPA’s Public Education Division Director Judy Comoletti. “Karen’s experience in education, strategic planning, and program development focused on youth safety and will be a great resource as she works to enhance NFPA’s high-risk outreach public education programs and activities.”

Berard-Reed earned her master’s degree in education and bachelor’s of science in health education from Rhode Island College. She is a Ph.D. candidate in education as part of the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College Joint Program.

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