Burkhardt was born and raised in Auburn, N.Y. and began her career as a middle school mathematics and science teacher in Wayland, N.Y. She completed her doctoral coursework in educational psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed coursework in the Executive Education Program at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She currently holds and has held several professional board appointments.
Adult Workforce Team
and corporate arenas. After graduating with a BS in Health and Wellness and completing his MS in Human Services from Buffalo State College, he directed health promotion classes for American Axle Automotive plant.
Darren then started his career in various areas of the banking industry. After spending eight plus years in the industry from mortgage underwriting to retail branch manager, and finding it unfulfilling, he pursued his first love of helping people become the best version of who they can be. While in banking, he started teaching financial literacy classes and turned that into a career in adult education at the State University of New York Educational Opportunity Center. As adjunct faculty, he helped adults achieve their goal of a high school diploma and financial independence. Now at BCAT, he is fulfilled by assisting students to achieve their goal with a certification in medical coding or pharmacy technician
Youth Arts Team
Hiram comes to BCAT with a BFA from Buffalo State College, and Certification in 3 phases of welding from QTTI. He is currently pursuing a Multidisciplinary Masters Degree, with the goal of attaining a Phd in Art Practice.
His diverse vocational background includes experience in Maxillofacial Prosthetics @ Columbia University & Bronx VA Hospital; work as a Life Skills coach and Family Resource Specialist @ Gateway-Longview; School Support Specialist/Case Manager @ Mid-Erie; Assistant Martial Arts instructor @ Summit Martial Arts. Hiram has worked as a traditional art teacher with various organizations and schools which include, Tapestry Charter, Locust St Art, Langston Hughes Center, Albright-Knox, and at community events throughout Buffalo, NY. Hiram’s work with youth includes children with emotional and developmental delays and he is certified in both Cultural Competency and DSW.