The first thing that strikes you about Bernadette Lynch, 2015 Cast Member, is her warmth and friendly smile. Bernadette shared with us at her audition that she hadn’t “done anything like this” in her recent memory–read a personal story in front of complete strangers, nor auditioning to possibly read in front of hundreds of strangers–but we’re sure glad she did.
Bernadette is the Director of TRiO Student Support Services at the Rochester Institute of Technology where she has worked in a variety of roles for the past twenty-two years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Canisius College in Accounting and a Master’s in Education from Indiana University. She will be pursuing a Master’s at RIT in Health and Wellness Management. Bernadette is married to Pat, and mom to Michael and Brendan. She enjoys exercising, reading, trying new recipes, and volunteering at her sons’ school. Read more here about Bernadette and her approach to trying new things.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about many things but in the last few years, health and wellness. I have worked very hard to lose a significant amount of weight and still struggle with that every day. I love to learn about new things so I have taken some undergraduate classes to prepare myself for a second masters in health and wellness management. Not much makes me happier than to exercise and have fun with my boys.
What’s it like to live in Rochester?
Although I’m not from Rochester originally, I’ve lived here longer than anywhere else so I consider it to be my hometown. It’s a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I love the cultural opportunities, the relative ease with which you can navigate the area, and the balance between big city feel and country – you can have it all here!
Share a bit about your family….
My nuclear family consists of my husband, Pat, two boys, Michael and Brendan, and our dog, Lucky. I consider our family to encompass a wider group of people who treat us like family. These wonderful individuals are comprised of godparents, church friends, and others who have welcomed us into their lives.
What surprises you about motherhood?
That most of the time I really don’t know what I’m doing. I jokingly say to my boys when I don’t know how to explain something that “it’s in the motherhood manual.” How I wish there really was such a thing (not counting the hundreds of books, websites and blogs) – but there really isn’t any handbook that can give you the answer for how you are a mother. Also, I’m surprised at how much I am like my own mother; something I vowed that I would never do! Finally, it’s more than I ever could have imagined it to be – that I could possibly love another person so much.
Why were you inspired to write/audition for LTYM?
A FB friend upon turning 50 decided to try 50 new things for her 50th year. I was inspired by this so when I turned 50 last October decided I should try as many new things as I could. When I read the newspaper article, I knew I had some good stories to tell. I never really auditioned for anything before (except a high school play and have no recollection of that), and not with my own personal story. I never imagined that I would have been chosen (and I’m counting this as two things)!
Who do you hope attends LTYM Rochester?
I hope everyone comes! Mostly, I want the people who are in my story to be there – it really is a tribute to all of them.
Craving a story? Listen to Sarah Cheek read “Dear First-Time Pregnant Moms” from the 2014 NW Indiana LTYM Show!by