Marlon Bernard

Chief Financial Officer 

"Together we aspire, together we achieve."

Area of Expertise: reconcile and monitor financial resources from entry to audit

Dream destination: on the beach in Trinidad and Tobago, Italy, Japan.

Education: University of Sunderland

Soundtrack of my life: “Everything is everything”, Lauryn Hill; “Three Little Birds”, Bob Marley; “The  Journey Now Start” ,Tambu; “It's Carnival”, Machel Montano and Destra; “Almost doesn’t count”, Brandy; “Through the Fire” Chaka Khan

Guilty pleasures: Trinidad carnival, roti, chinese food, love songs.

Hobbies: Beaching, work, sleep, hanging with family and friends (breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between).

Why I care about making breakthroughs happen: Coming from a very low income family, I was the first and, to date, the only person in my family to attain a Bachelor’s degree. I know first-hand the challenges that a student can experience, but I also know first-hand the benefits of having such an education.

I received my degree in my late 20’s and it has been that gateway to break the cycle of poverty (mental and financial).

Having a program like Breakthrough, which collaborates with teenagers at that critical stage in the life, is like having that extended family, support, mentorship, guidance to take amazing kids to the next level, thereby developing tomorrow's leaders today. Breakthrough to me = living, loving, laughing, and LEARNING.

marlon[a]btny.org