Bernice L. Frazier
With a passion and commitment to community organizing, Mrs. Frazier is an experienced social justice advocate. Recognizing a need in the community, Mrs. Frazier is responsible for the revitalization of the SCL Foundation and has provided leadership in the delivery of new programs to achieve the organization’s mission.
Mrs. Frazier earned a Degree from Miami Jacobs Junior College in Accounting and Fashion Administration (Sum Cum Laude) and a Bachelor Degree from Central State University (Cum Laude) in Mass Communications and Computer Information Systems. She is the co-founder of L & B Enterprises and currently works as the President/CEO for Southern Christian Leadership (SCL) Foundation, Inc. The SCL Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization founded by Harry Belafonte and Sidney Poitier in 1966.
Some of her areas of expertise are; grant writing, 501c3 applications, capacity building, program assessment, program evaluation, program management, media technical services, material design and event planning. Mrs. Frazier has a strong history of community involvement, which started at a young age as she helped her mother, campaign for equal schools and better housing for citizens in poor communities in Dayton, Ohio. Her parents taught her to always take care of where you live and to love and care for your neighbors.
She has worked with the Alabama Community Initiatives, Inc., SDW Enterprises, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Dayton Children’s Medical Center, Dayton Public Housing Authority, Dayton Public Schools, Tuskegee Public Housing Authority, 21st Century Youth Leadership of Alabama, Macon County Ministers Council, Habitat for Humanity, WCSU-FM Radio station-Central State University, Dayton Public Access TV-Channel 21 and The Department of Health and Human Services; Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (HHS-SAMHSA) as a consultant.
Mrs. Frazier worked with many national and international figures including but not limited too; Martin L. King III, Dick Gregory, Jesse Jackson, Bishop Japheth Omucheyi of Kenya, Students Association of Senegal, Andrew Young, Joseph Lowery, Amelia Boynton Robinson, Fred Shuttesworth and many others to address human, social and political rights across the world.
She produced and or directed several media programs “Frazier & A Few Good Men”, “Teen Rapp-Off Contest”, “B.I.B.L.E.” TV talk shows, “Smooth Jazz”- WCSU-FM, Radio, “The Revealer” TV talk show and numerous recruiting and training tapes.
She founded or co-founded many programs that are in use today including; The Youth Empowerment Summit (Y.E.S.), which was designed to empower youth to become knowledgeable about their community, politics, health issues and education; “Sister Phi Sister”, a teen-mother mentoring program, West-Dayton Toast Masters and the “Stop-The-Violence Shelter” for African-American women and children who were victims of domestic violence.
Mrs. Frazier served as co-chair of the CDC’s Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AALI) that consist of 19 major national organizations. She was awarded “Woman of the Year” by the National Association of Professional Women 2011/2012; Who’s Who V.I.P. of Cambridge’s Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs 2011/2012 edition.
She is currently a member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Tuskegee, where she serves with the Sanctuary Choir, a member of the Women’s R.E.A.C.H. Ministries; in addition she is past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Lewis Adams Chapter #519 and is currently a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Beta Xi Omega Chapter, among many other organizations.
Mrs. Frazier is a true believer of God and his son Jesus Christ. Understanding that you take one day at a time and always put your best effort forward. She bases her philosophy on Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”.
Bernice L. Frazier is a native of Dayton, Ohio, the oldest of six children, three girls and three boys. She is married to Leon E. “Chief” Frazier, a Law Enforcement Professional and together, they have six children, three girls and three boys.
Prior to leading the SCL Foundation, She co-founded of L & B Enterprises Consulting Firm. Ms. Frazer served as the Director of Special Projects for Southern Community College in Tuskegee, Alabama and the Assistant Transportation Manager for Dayton Ohio Public Schools. Mrs. Frazier is a graduate of Central State University in Wilberforce Ohio with B.A. degree in Mass Communications and Computer Information Systems.
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Harold Barnes, JD., Chairman
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Dr. Barnes has been a member of the SCL Foundation Board of Trustees for six years and has been the chairman for four years. Dr. Barnes is the founder and president of the Center for Quantum Leadership which highlights personal accountability and leadership development. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Elizabeth City State University and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the university. Dr. Barnes earned his Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Dr. Barnes is a facilitative leadership specialist and college professor.
Mr. Jeffery L. Lewis, Vice Chairman
Mr. Lewis has served on the Board of Trustees for seven years. He is an entrepreneur in the great city of Chicago, Illinois. He is a believer of service to all mankind and is involved deeply in his community. With all that he does within Chicago, he has given countless hours nationally to the growth and development of SCL Foundation, Inc. through its programmatic outreach.
C. Richard Gillcrese, Board Secretary
Mr. Gillcrese has served on the Board of Trustees for four years. He is the former Executive Director of Barrett Haven Inc. is the owner of Nationtime Video. He is also the co-host of the Nonprofit Exchange Radio Show, a show on Hot 91.1 Norfolk University Radio, airing on Sundays at 3:00 pm. Mr. Gillcrese served as former Executive Director and Program Officer at Directors at Urban Youth Action, Inc., and is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and was formerly the Executive Director of Barrett Haven Transitional Home. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and studied Executive Management at Duquesne University.
Patricia J. Gibbs, Ph.D, Board Treasurer
Dr. Gibbs is the newest Trustee to the board being appointed in December of 2013. She is a recent retiree from Elizabeth City State University, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. She was responsible for directing an aggressive and comprehensive Sponsored Programs Office which includes coordinating sponsored research activities among administrators, deans, faculty, staff, and students with local, state, and national communities; working with government and private sector officials to acquire funds and equipment for the university; and overseeing the Pre-Award, Post Award, Compliance, and Title III/SAFRA Offices.
Marilyn McPherson Corder, MD Board Trustee
Washington, D C
Dr. Marilyn McPherson-Corder is a pediatrician, geneticist and an adolescent medicine specialist. She currently serves as Assistant Professor in the Pediatric Department at Howard University College of Medicine, the George Washington College of Medicine, University of Maryland, Allied Health, and Duke University Medical School.
She is also the CEO and President of her private pediatric practice, Children’s Medical Care Center of DC since 1982. A longtime advocate for child and teen health for over 30 years, she is dedicated to serving the community both nationally and in the Caribbean with a special focus on underserved youth. Her most recent passions are the fight against childhood obesity and the spread of HIV. She serves on the Medical Team of the Black Leadership Commission on HIV/AIDS.
David Bejou, PhD, Board Trustee
Saratoga Springs, New York
Dr. David Bejou has served on the Board of Trustees for four years. He currently serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs for SUNY Empire State College where he oversees all undergraduate and graduate programs. He has served at many colleges such as, West Virginia State University, Elizabeth City State University, Virginia State University, Texas A&M-Texarkana, and University in Australia. Dr. Bejou earned his MBAA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1981 and his Ph.D. from University of Memphis in 1994. He is a human rights advocate & also serves as Editor-in-Chief at the Journal of Relationship Marketing.
David W. Messmore, PhD, Board Trustee
Dr. Messmore has served on the Board of Trustees for seven years. He currently resides in Norfolk, VA and is a retired Psychologist.