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Beverley Francis-Gibson

Beverley Francis-Gibsonis President/CEO of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc. (SCDAA)
Francis-Gibson previously served as the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI HC) of Howard County in Columbia, Maryland and has more than 25 years of experience serving non-profits and community foundations. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of Maryland Nonprofits. She is a 2009 Leadership Premiere Graduate and previous Board member of Leadership Howard County. Francis-Gibson is currently co-delegate for the Behavioral Health Work Group; member of the Child Fatality Review Team; Board Member of The Clarion Call and a member of the Local Health Improvement Coalition. She is a member of the Sickle Cell Disease Coalition and the Sickle Cell Steering Committee. She also serves on the National Minority Quality Forum’s Sickle Cell Disease Working Group, and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Francis-Gibson is the creator and co-facilitator of “Leadership Conversations” a quarterly gathering of nonprofit Executive Directors who share best practices, network and hear from engaging speakers on various topics. Currently, she mentors Executive Directors through her affiliation with the Association of Community Services.
She has been a dynamic instructor on fundraising, grant writing and philanthropy at Duke University’s Nonprofit Management Program and at the University of Chapel Hill in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, respectively. She has been a popular speaker and webinar presenter at the Maryland Governor’s Conference on Grant Making for several years.
Francis-Gibson brings her extensive nonprofit experience to SCDAA in the areas of management, grants, philanthropy, public speaking, fundraising/special events, advocacy and board development. Additionally, she brings her specialized expertise and exceptional professionalism to SCDAA and is excited to be joining the sickle cell family to help raise awareness of the disease across the country.
A native of St. Thomas, US Virgin Island, Francis-Gibson holds a B.A. in Public Relations and Communications and an M.A. in Industrial and Community Counseling from Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond Kentucky.

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