Born and raised on Chicago’s south side Beverly enjoyed the big city life. She graduated from Goodman School of Drama in 1971 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree from The Art Institute of Chicago. She toured with theatrical groups in the Midwest and on the east coast.
Beverly changed her career/vision and in 1980 she graduated from St Louis University with a Bachelor in Nursing. The following year she moved to San Francisco and worked at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center for 10 years. She worked very closely with interns, residents and physicians who where unraveling the complexity of AIDS/HIV. In her extra time she worked with the California Nurses Association (CAN) on government relation, campaigns and assisted in organizing the University of California campuses for CNA to be the nurses’ bargaining agent. In 1990 she received her Masters of Science in Nursing from UCSF in Quality Assurance. Beverly has presented at nursing conferences and was on the national American Nurses Association Committee to revise Nursing Standards of Practice.
After working as a charge nurse at San Francisco General’s in patient psychiatric unit she moved into a QA Nurse Coordinator position for San Francisco City and County Mental Health Department. She was one of several people chosen to produce and participate in bringing the psychosocial rehabilitation option to California in the early 1990’s. Beverly was an active member of California’s Association of Quality Assurance Coordinators.
In 1994, Beverly moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she worked as a Clinical Specialist for the Maricopa County regional behavioral health authority (RBHA), ComCare, overseeing clinical decisions for several case management clinics. In 1997 she moved to Tucson where she worked at La Frontera Center as the Coordinator of the General Mental Health Team. In 1999 she was promoted to the Director of Services for Persons with a Serious Mental Illness, a position she held until 2004. Beverly has worked for the UA, DFCM’s RISE unit since 2005 and was instrumental in developing the curricula for the Recovery Support Specialist Institute (RSSI) through a contract to UA RISE from the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA) the RBHA for Pima, Graham, Greenlee Santa Cruz and Cochise counties. Beverly facilitates at RSSIs, practicum meetings, and monthly supervisor trainings for CPSA’s peer support program. She also trains individuals with a lived experience of addictions in an ADHS/DBHS funded Substance Abuse Peer Support (SART) Basic and Advanced and supervisor trainings. Beverly’s background in theater, nursing, quality assurance, community behavioral health and peer support put her in a unique position to supervise the Program Coordinator, Senior of the Health and Wellness Center, DFCM/RISE’s new program that is in the start-up phase. One of her remarkable qualities is the ability to get people to speak in front of others and tell their story of recovery. Beverly is a metaphysician and a Board member of the United Fellowship Chapel.