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Bernardo is Hopewell’s New Director of Development

October 25, 2017

Mesopotamia, Ohio—(October 25, 2017) Don Bernardo, is the new Director of Development at Hopewell, a residential therapeutic farm community for adults with serious mental illness, according to Stephen S. Morse, Hopewell CEO. Bernardo succeeds Peggy Barnes Szpatura, who announced her retirement.

“Don brings more than thirty years of experience in development and nonprofit management to support Hopewell’s vital mission of service to people experiencing mental illness,” said Morse.

A Northeast Ohio resident since 2000, Bernardo has raised funds for several regional health and human service organizations including the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and the Achievement Centers for Children. He most recently served as Director of Development for Great Lakes Theater, a resident company of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square.

Don remains active with several community theater groups as an actor, director and producer, winning local and statewide awards for his performances. He also practices as a professional wedding officiant, licensed by the State of Ohio.

Don lives with his wife, Kate, and their twin sons Lucas and Victor in Chagrin Falls.

Hopewell is a 300-arce residential working farm located in Mesopotamia, Ohio, where adults with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder and major depression learn to manage their mental illness and return to independent life. Hopewell is the only therapeutic farm community in Ohio. It is ODMHAS-licensed and CARF-accredited. Hopewell is a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the American Residential Treatment Association. Information, tours and assessments are available by contacting Laura Scarnecchia, LPCC, Clinical Manager, at 440.426.2009 or by email at Visit

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