Wise Women Gathering Place Names New Director

Green Bay, WI: Wise Women Gathering Place is excited to announce Beverly Scow is the Executive Director.

Beverly brings more than 24 years' experience with Wise Women Gathering Place’s programs and services as the Assistant Director. She was, in fact, a founding member of the grassroots circle of women gathered around Alice Skenandore’s kitchen table. Beverly was also integral in the birth of the Wise Women Gathering Place agency, developing and securing the funds for its well-known adult and youth programming.

Beverly’s background includes apprenticing and practicing as a traditional lay midwife with Alice Skenandore in the Oneida and Green Bay areas. She is certified in Technology of Participation Facilitation Methods as a facilitator, a trainer of facilitators, and training others to become trainers. Beverly helped develop the Discovery Dating: It’s not just about dating!© healthy decision-making and relationship-building curriculum. She trains facilitators and other facilitator trainers of the curriculum. Because of Beverly’s work in her home community in Vancouver, the University of British Columbia awarded her an honorary degree in NITEP, the Indigenous Teaching Education Program.

Her goal for the next generation of Wise Women Gathering Place is to continue the work started by Alice Skenandore to serve Native Americans and others in the Greater Green Bay area, promoting Peace, Respect, and Belonging through skill building, sharing of resources, and caring support for the community. If that seems familiar, it happens to be WWGP’s mission. “That mission is just as applicable today as it was when we first developed it 24 years ago,” says Beverly. She’s also working to grow WWGP’s resources for homeless families with a 50-unit permanent supportive housing project in Green Bay. She’s always excited to find new, innovative solutions like WWGP’s Safe Place Parking Program, the only safe parking program in the state. “Everyone deserves a safe place to live, a living wage, and a belonging that allows them to heal and thrive.”

Beverly is passionate about social justice and raising diversity, equity, and inclusion in Green Bay’s private, public, and non-profit sectors. She contributes yearly to Green Bay’s Implicit Bias Conference, helping design the event and as a presenter. A graduate of Leadership Green Bay’s 2014 class, she then coordinated Diversity Day for the following year’s classes for 6 more years. Another passion close to Beverly’s heart recognizes the connection between violence against women and violence against the environment. “How Women are treated reflects the state of a society’s wellbeing. How we treat our Mother Earth reflects the wellbeing of all Creation. It’s all connected, and I see the willingness to abuse one is a willingness to abuse the other. If we are going to create a community of Peace, Respect, and Belonging, we have to do better. It’s one of the reasons I’m dedicated to the work Wise Women Gathering Place does.”

Beverly is Kwakwakawakh First Nation in the territory now known as British Columbia, Canada and has lived in the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin community for over 30 years with her children and grandchildren. She is active in Oneida’s culture with her family and is a founding member of Ohelaku, a group reviving the traditional practices of growing Oneida’s heirloom white corn.

Wise Women Gathering Place has provided advocacy, healing, and prevention to Green Bay community members harmed by trauma and violence for over 24 years. Programs and services include advocacy, healing, and prevention, in domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and other crimes. Services are infused with a Native American cultural understanding and a “Community Midwifery Approach” attentive to safety and informed choice that is whole-person centered. Learn more at wisewomengp.org.

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