Kara Petrosky brings over fifteen years of youth-focused program leadership. She was most recently the Family Partnership and Student Affairs Manager at Nazareth Prep where she worked closely with students and families to help them overcome any barriers that may hinder academic achievement. She was instrumental in infusing Restorative Practices into school culture by regularly attending workshops and conferences through the International Institute of Restorative Practices; she is trained in the Sanctuary model of trauma informed care and has trained staff on use of these practices.
She supported the development and launch of after-school programs and workforce development programs. Kara earned a BS in German Education and a Psychology Minor from Ohio University. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as a Teaching Assistant in Erfurt, Germany. She taught German language for four years at Greater Latrobe Junior High School, where she coached basketball and organized study abroad trips for students. During this time, Kara also worked at a summer camp for at risk youth in various leadership roles. Kara is an AmeriCorps Alumni, and completed her year of service at Holy Family Institute Residential Program, where she then worked for four additional years as a youth counselor/shift lead, case manager and family support worker.