Bebashi Leadership

Gary J. Bell, LCSW, BCD
Executive Director

Gary has tirelessly expanded, promoted, and nurtured Bebashi since he became Executive Director in 1996. He brought with him years of experience in serving Philadelphia’s most underserved residents. In 16 years at Episcopal Community Services (ECS), he provided and supervised a range of services for older adults, the homeless, people living with HIV, and other communities. Among his accomplishments at ECS was the Supportive Therapy for AIDS Affected Relatives (STARR) program. STARR was the only program in Philadelphia that provided individual and family counseling and support groups for children affected by HIV/AIDS. He was also integral to developing one of the largest HIV/AIDS programs in Pennsylvania.

At Bebashi, Gary has created several innovative programs, including a women’s initiative, screening for sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy counseling and testing, housing counseling, an emergency food cupboard, a variety of psychosocial support groups, and one of the country’s first discharge planning programs for HIV+ ex-offenders. He is a highly sought-after speaker on sexual health issues. With many internet, broadcast, and print appearances, Gary has been featured in The Body, Essence Magazine, Radio Times, the Bev Smith Show, Visions, and Tony Brown’s Journal.

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Sebrina Tate
Director of Programs & Administration

With a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Temple University and an MSW from Howard University, Sebrina has nearly 25 years of experience as an administrator in various aspects of the social work field including: Mental and Behavioral Health, Housing, Education, Social Services and Community Relations. While working with a team of professionals to construct an Autism School in the greater NE, she decided to obtain a second Masters Degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Criminal Justice with a concentration on Applied Behavior Analysis. Her experience includes the oversite of the Strength Alliance, a program that promotes and encourages resilience, health and well-being of individuals who engage in organized commercial or underground sex work. She was also the primary evaluator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention grant awarded the School district of Philadelphia for several years. This grant supported school-based HIV prevention and surveillance including the Youth Risk Behavioral Survey (YRBS) and School Health Profiles.

Sebrina comes to Bebashi after leaving her role as Director of Student Services at a small for-profit company that provides behavioral support to primarily autistic students throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

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Amanda Finnell
Director of Development

Amanda has 15 years of experience in fundraising, communications, and marketing in the nonprofit and education sectors in Philadelphia. She has worked for The Princeton Review, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Summer Search, and the American Heart Association. Her passion lies in bridging the health and education divides. Amanda believes that all people, regardless of gender identification, sexual preference, race, or socioeconomic status, deserve access to high-quality and culturally sensitive healthcare and education. She is a mom, wife, advocate, and a proud Temple University graduate. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Literature.

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Brenda Alexander
Communications Specialist

Brenda Alexander is a graduate of Temple University’s School of Media & Communication. Prior to joining Bebashi in 2017, Brenda worked in entertainment marketing for five years where she coordinated national campaigns for celebrity talent and television companies. At Bebashi, Brenda is responsible for managing the external marketing, promotion and public relations efforts for the organization to increase local and national visibility.

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Joann Williams
Supervisor Medical Case Management

Joann is a compassionate Social Worker who has worked with families, women and children for more than 20 years in Philadelphia. Prior to working at Bebashi, she provided counseling services to families of troubled youth at NET, CATCH and Family Services of Bucks County. She is a graduate of Rutgers School of Social Work. During her free time, she enjoys singing with the “Voices of Praise” choir at the Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, NJ.

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Keira Ragsdale
Supervisor of Prevention Education & Testing

Keira is responsible for managing Bebashi’s sexual health and prevention education department, as well as breast health initiatives. She holds a Registered Nurse diploma from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing and has 20 years of experience in the areas of adolescent health education, HIV prevention education, and reproductive healthcare education.

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Gina Bradson
Director of Finance

Gina joined Bebashi in July 2018. She has over 27 years of progressive accounting experience with the last 17 years being in the nonprofit sector.  Most recently she was the VP of Finance & Operations for the Alzheimer’s Association Delaware Valley Chapter in Philadelphia, PA. She obtained her Masters of Business Administration from Widener University located in Chester, PA. She resides in Logan Township, NJ with her two children, Riley and Carter. When she is not attending her children’s sports events, she likes to spend time with her family, listen to local music and spend time at the shore.

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Maceo Hood, MA, SPHR
Human Resources Manager

25 years of professional experience in the human resources field. This includes serving in HR leadership roles for the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, Warren E. Smith Community Mental Health Centers, Women Against Abuse, and more recently The Presbytery of Philadelphia Head Start Learning Tree. Additionally, Mr. Hood gained valuable operations experience while serving as the Site Director for BoysTown of New York.

Mr. Hood is a graduate of Lincoln University where he earned his BA in History and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned an MA in Industrial and Labor Relations.

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Tyanie Wilson
Office Manager

Tyanie has been with Bebashi since 2006. As the Office Manager, she manages the daily operations of the organization, is hands-on in technical support and assists with various Human Resource duties including on-boarding and training. She has a background in computer science and is certified in various Human Resource skills which she obtained upon completion from the Fred Pryor Seminars Career Track program. She’s currently continuing her education through classes with the University of Phoenix.

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Jennifer Melendez
Executive Assistant

With over a decade of experience in administrative roles in healthcare, merchandise, and education, Jennifer joins Bebashi as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director where she will assist on a myriad of projects while also supporting the leadership staff.

Born and raised in Paterson, NJ. she is most defined as a mother to her three beautiful sons Daniel, Elijah, and Mason. Through a series of thoughtful plans, careful decisions, and unfortunate mishaps, Jenn has cobbled together a cozy yet unconventional life for her slightly goofy, yet utterly wonderful family. 

When Jen isn’t working or fantasizing about a perfect Work-Life Balance, she can be found chauffeuring her 3 sons around town to soccer, wrestling, and any other over-scheduled activity that they can be signed up for. 

Jen loves to cultivate and nurture her artistic talents, is on a constant quest for self-improvement and empowerment, consistently helps others in need, and tries her best to use her powers for good.

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Development

Maxwell Souders
Program Research and Data Manager
Yolanda Jordan
Development Associate
Bahir Eley
Volunteer Outreach Coordinator

Medical Case Management

Nafisah Houston
Medical Case Management Assistant Supervisor
Augusta Waritay
Medical Case Manager Assistant Supervisor
Delisa Noble
Medical Case Manager
Natisha Fauntleroy
Medical Case Manager
Tamica Gullins
Medical Case Manager
Tanya Wright
Medical Case Manager
Katrina Rozier
Medical Case Manager
Helene Huynh
Medical Case Manager
Tulie Reddick
Medical Case Manager

Hunger Relief & Volunteer Outreach

Patrick Keough
FoodFirst Coordinator
Janice Tosto
HEZ Project Coordinator
Diana McCafferty
Program Assistant

Resource Navigation

Eira Manzano
Resource Navigator

Prevention

Derek Wannamaker
Prevention Education Specialist
Ira Young
Prevention Education Specialist
Marqui Bailey
Prevention Education Specialist
Michael Melvin
HYPE Program Coordinator / Prevention Education Specialist

Prevention Navigation

Keisha Gabbidon
Prevention Navigator Supervisor

Administration

James Caldwell
Receptionist
Harold Morlte
Maintenance Associate

Bebashi has provided a space for me to help individuals overcome barriers and help themselves to succeed. I get to work with a vibrant staff that is passionate about the mission.

Shakeera Wynne, Medical Case Manager

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