Bernadetta was born in Poland. She immigrated to the United States in 1979. She attended an ESL program in Wilmington, Delaware. Bernadetta received a BA degree in International Studies with emphasis on Russia and Eastern Europe from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. For five years she worked for an engineering and consulting company. She has been working as Program Coordinator for the English Language Institute at Bellevue College since 2000. She is fluent in Polish and Russian languages. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, and gardening.