Bebashi has helped more than 600,000 people and their families. We serve the underserved, and give compassionate care to people who need it most.
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.
Amanda has 13 years of experience 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, race, or socioeconomic status, deserve access to high quality and culturally sensitive healthcare and education. She is a Temple University graduate and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Literature.
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 and to increase its visibility.
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.
Keira is responsible for managing Bebashi’s HIV prevention Bebashi’s breast health initiatives. She holds a Registered Nurse diploma from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing and has 20 years experience in the areas of adolescent health education, HIV prevention education, and reproductive healthcare education
Gina joined Bebashi in July 2018. She has over 27 years of progressive accounting experience with the last 17 years being in the 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.
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, Woman 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.
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.
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