Dr. Patricia McKernan

Chief of Staff

Dr. McKernan started working at Gaudenzia in 2019. Dr. McKernan is responsible for overseeing the operations in the separate regions of Gaudenzia as well as government relations and quality improvement.

Before working at Gaudenzia, she was Chief Operating Officer at a nationwide human services agency, where she spent 23 years providing services to disadvantaged individuals including the homeless population, people with developmental disabilities, veterans dealing with substance use disorders or mental illness, and individuals transitioning from the criminal justice system to community life. Dr. McKernan has worked as a social worker since 1990. She was president of the New Jersey Reentry Coalition where she served in leadership positions for over 15 years. In 2014, she was appointed to the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners.

Dr. McKernan received her B.A. from Trenton State College. In addition, she earned Rutgers University’s Masters of Social Work and Doctorate of Social Work.