Bernie Stento earned his bachelor's degree from Ithaca College and a master's degree from the University of Arizona. In 1987, he started his professional career by working as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Elmira Pioneers of the Boston Red Sox minor league system. From 1989 to 1991, Bernie served as the Head Athletic Trainer at Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, AZ followed by working as an assistant athletic trainer at Lehigh University for the next four years. He moved to Indiana in 1995 and became an outreach athletic trainer and work conditioning clinician with NovaCare in Michigan City. While at NovaCare, he provided athletic training services for Michigan City and Chesterton High Schools. In 2000, Bernie was hired by Chesterton High School as an athletic trainer and health/PE educator. He has served as a spokesperson educating both his community and the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administrators' Association about the athletic training profession. Bernie started his involvement with the IATA in 1996 as a member of the Communications Committee and then became the Summer Meeting Coordinator for 1997. From 1998 to 2006, Bernie served the IATA as the Education, Scholarship and Research chair. During his time as the committee chair, he expanded the educational program to include more hands-on sessions, increased the number and the award amount for each scholarship and centralized the meetings in Indianapolis. In 2011, Bernie was appointed the IATA Honors and Awards Committee Chair.