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Gary J. Bell, MSW, LCSW, BCD - Executive Director

Gary J. Bell was hired in February 1996 to fill the Executive Director position at BEBASHI.

Previously, he was employed for over 16 years at Episcopal Community Services (ECS), most recently as the Director of Adult Services where he managed a department of 75 employees while overseeing its homeless, older adult, AIDS and counseling services to 800 clients annually.

At ECS, Mr. Bell was largely responsible for building a home care program for the elderly from one homemaker and two social workers to over 40 home care staff. He was also integral in developing one of the largest AIDS programs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that including homemaker service, visiting nurses, home delivered meals, case management, counseling, support groups, medical transportation, and an emergency food cupboard. One of his greatest accomplishments at ECS was the development of the STARR (Supportive Therapy for AIDS Affected Relatives) program. At the time, STARR was the only program in Philadelphia that provided individual and family counseling and support groups targeting children affected by HIV/AIDS.

During the past 16 years of Gary J. Bell's leadership, he has not only enhanced existing programs of prevention education, case management and HIV counseling and testing at BEBASHI,  he has also implemented several innovative programs that include a women's initiative, screening for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and pregnancy counseling and testing, Housing Counseling,  an emergency food cupboard, several support groups, and initiated one of the only discharge planning programs for HIV+ ex-offenders in the country! Mr. Bell Is one of the most sought after speakers on sexual health in the country and has been featured in a variety of internet, print, radio and television media including The Body, Essence Magazine, Radio Times, The Bev Smith Show, Visions, and Tony Brown’s Journal.

Mr. Bell has been the recipient of numerous awards including PFERIC’S Pioneer Award; Man of the Year of the National Association of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs-Philadelphia and Vicinity Branch; The Philadelphia Tribune’s Most Influential African Americans-Leaders Award (from 2007-2011); Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority's Black Rose Award; National Organization and Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE) Community Service award, and the Extraordinary Citizen Award of the Philadelphia Chapter of the NAACP. Mr. Bell is also highly respected individual and family therapist, with a private practice in Plymouth Meeting. He has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Bucknell University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Bell is married and resides in Montgomery County with his wife and two children.