NashvilleBusiness.Net: 100 Leading Women 2018: Beverly Glaze-Johnson

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Beverly Glaze-Johnson has served in a number of positions over the course of her career, to include Program Director, Medical Social Work, Admission/Discharge planning, Administrative Program Coordinator, Grants Manager and Medical Case Manager. Beverly previously worked in youth services, as a Family Preservation Specialist, focusing primarily on youth at risk of out of home placement.

Beverly’s Social Work experience has spanned over 30 years affording her some very unique and fulfilling opportunities leading to positively impact the lives of others in some of the most amazing areas of the field of Social Services but particularly fulfilling her passion to work with marginalized communities. Her early years of employment actually begin in a local community center in the North Nashville neighborhood she grew up in and spent most of her formative years. Eighteenth Avenue Community Center offered enrichment activities such as Girl Scouts, Modern Dance, Piano, Adolescent/Teen, and After-School Clubs, and her favorite a summer arts and crafts program, titled FLAP; she enjoyed them all and credits the opportunity and the employers there for her positive development. While in college at Tennessee State University, she was afforded the opportunity to intern at the Center as a requirement of completing her BSW, and later hired at the very place it all started as a Social Service – Group Worker. She is later sought by one her mentors to work for Nashville’s Public Housing Agency. She Co-Directed a federally funded childcare program serving low-income families, but also providing employment and training opportunities for residents, in an effort to assist with their transition into the workforce. Beverly later finds a new opportunity, given her previous experience with children and youth, which involved working with low-level juvenile offenders and youth requiring behavioral health intervention. It was these experiences stirring her passion for advocacy and action. Beverly often found herself fighting for those with little or no voice, she was consistently faced with battling systems that were not always favorable, usually judgmental, and sometimes punitive in their actions but also lacked a full understanding of the family and child’s needs.

Later she found a career in healthcare. Beverly worked contractually as a Hospice Social Worker for two local Minority owned and operated agencies, beginning in the mid-nineties, during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. African Americans, though about 12 or 13 percent of the US population saw the disease quickly reaching what was determined nearly a pandemic state in the Black community. She found her passion, realizing almost every young person she encountered in these programs was dying of full-blown AIDS. She would spend the next 18 years working for a local faith-based AIDS service agency in the area of Public Health, pressing her way from a front-line service provider to Mid-Management.

Beverly saw the impact and sometime the lack of empathy for women living with HIV/AIDS and how their natural roles as mothers, wives, grandmothers, and caregivers and caretakers often left little to love on themselves and take care of their health. Even more difficult they seem to grapple with living with the while dealing with other commodities and family issues; she explored ways to acknowledge both their inner and out beauty, but additionally wanted to do something empowering to decrease the shame of stigma, but also ease their burdens if only for a day. For years Beverly solicited the help and financial assistance of business, agencies, faith congregations and others to host an elaborate annual Women’s Holiday Luncheon specifically for women living with HIV/AIDS with all the “bells and whistles”. She is an effective and radical consumer advocate of persons living with HIV/AIDS, and in the early 2000’s she was selected to represent Tennessee in Washington DC during the Bush administration, to address the HIV/AIDS crisis, along with other Advocate designees from across the country. Beverly has spoken both locally, state-wide and nationally about the African American plight of living with HIV/AIDS; she is a trainer of trainers, certified HIV/AID and Hepatitis C tester, and passionate leader in the HIV/AIDS community.

Beverly is a graduate of Tennessee State University; she holds a BS degree in Social Work with a minor in Sociology. She earned an MS degree from Cumberland University, in Public Service Administration w/Management option; and she is also a Licensed as a Bachelors Level Social Work (LBSW). She is proud to share most of her work has occurred in distressed and marginalized communities. She believes “to whom much is given, much is required.”

Beverly is a proud and honored member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is the Chair of Social Action in her Chapter, past Assistant State Social Action Coordinator. Under Beverly’s leadership, her Chapter has been recognized and received awards at every level of the sorority for its outstanding Social Action and Political Awareness programs, a five-point programmatic thrust of Delta. She has led her chapter’s successes in registering 100’s or maybe 1000’s of Tennesseans and a staunch advocate, promoter and community partner when it comes to ALL things voting, education, restoration, registration, training, and mobilization and legislation. She has kept alive an annual program titled Taking Back our Future Leaders, centered around the educational, mental, emotional and behavioral needs of middle school aged students, by exposing the students to some of Nashville’s leading and most prominent Professional, Public/Political Figures, Clergy, and Athletes. This program consist of a day of workshops, listening sessions, designed to educate the students on relevant issues such as bullying, internet safety/laws, civics, police interaction and self-esteem building and finances, just to name a few. She is the recipient of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Nashville Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter Chair of the Year Award, 2013, and the State of Tennessee Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., Social Action Vanguard award, 2017, given for outstanding and creative programming, replicated by others. During the first 2017 Presidential Debate, Beverly successfully brought together 23 local affiliates representing National Greek Lettered, Civic, and Faith-based organizations to view the debate, moderated by a local television personality to discuss strategies and explore ways to increase voter participation Beverly is well respected among her sorority sisters and within the community at large.

Beverly serves on several boards; she is currently involved in the following, she is the Ryan White Co-Chair of the Ryan White Community AIDS Partnership, Member, and Ryan White Community AIDS Leadership Advisory Council, past Metropolitan Nashville Health Department HIV/AIDS Planning Council, Standards of Care Committee, and Member of the Ryan White Needs Assessment Committee. Additionally, she serves as a Member Ryan White Community AIDS Partnership and Chair, Ryan White Resource Allocations Committee.

Beverly is currently the Co-Chair of Fortitude Foundation Inc.; a local 501 c3 non-profit designed to support education through scholarships, increase economic development, and provide ancillary services to low and moderate-income families. In addition, she has done some grant writing for the organization, in 2016 leading to a state-funded program titled The Four F’s, faces, forums, fitness and food to address heart disease and stroke in Black women. Beverly is the Chair of the North Nashville High School, Class of 1977 Alumni Association. She attends Temple Church and serves on the Social Justice and Acts Counseling Ministries.

Beverly has been nominated and recognized for her outstanding leadership and community service in many areas, she is two-time SAGE award (2014 and 2016) nominee, 2015, Athena nominee, 2015, Nefertiti Award nominee, and in 2017 she is nominated for local NAACP Award and a HUGGS Community Servant Award nominee in 2015.

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