POBA Board of Advisors
Sallie Bernard is the President of the James Kirk Bernard Foundation, under whose auspices POBA – Where The Arts Live® was created. Sallie is a talented painter and illustrator in her own right. Much of Sallie’s career has been devoted to key roles in non-profit organization, especially in the fields of autism and neurological development. Currently, she is on the board of Autism Speaks, following its merger in 2007 with Cure Autism Now (CAN). She had previously served as Board Chair for CAN and as Executive Director of its New Jersey chapter. She was also a member of the Founders Forum for The Autism Center of UMDNJ in New Jersey. She and her husband, Tom, have been major supporters of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE), Clinical Trials Network, Autism Treatment Network, and Environmental Innovators Award programs.
Sallie is co-founder and executive director of SafeMinds, an organization that focuses on the role of environmental factors in neuro-developmental disorders. In this role, Sallie has testified before the U.S. Congress, presented to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, published numerous research papers and letters in science journals and participated in several government committees addressing the effect of mercury on neurological development. She is also co-founder and Board President of Extreme Sports Camp, a nonprofit outdoor recreation camp for children and teenagers with autism. Sallie has also served on the Board of several other non-profits, including the US Cochrane Center, where she has served as Chair and Founding Member of CUE, a program that supports evidence-based decision-making in health care.
Sallie was the founder and former president of ARC Research, a market research and consulting firm, which she sold in 2004 and is now part of Leger Marketing. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College, Harvard University.