Senator Bernice Matthews

Bernice Matthews

Democrat
Washoe County Senatorial
District No. 1
Director, Health Science-Nursing (Emeritus); Small Business Owner
Born: 1933 – Jackson, Mississippi.
Educated: University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), B.S.N. and M.Ed., Administration of Higher Education.
Children: Arnold II, Anthony, Aileen, Barbara, Ruben, Clive, Allen (deceased).
Hobbies/Special Interests: Fishing, reading, needlework.

Legislative Service:
Nevada Senate, 1995-2005—five special and six regular sessions.

Affiliations:
Board of Directors, U.S. Bank of Nevada; Advisory Board, Truckee Meadows Boys and Girls Club; Nevada Women’s Fund Advisory Board; Nevada Nurses’ Association; University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Board.

Personal and Professional Achievements:
Former City Councilwoman, City of Reno; Past Chairman, Reno Civil Service Commission; Past Director, Church Youth Department; Past Member: Washoe County Mental Health Advisory Board; Governor’s Commission on Nursing and Nursing Education; Co-Chairman, National League of Nursing Celebration of 30 Years of ADN Education in Nevada; Past Board Member, Nevada Heart Association; Past President and Board Member, State Board of Nursing; Professional Organization Membership: American Nurses’ Association, National League of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, NVA, Phi Delta Kappa; Nevada Women’s Fund Hall of Fame; Nevada Mother of the Year; Twenty-Year Service Award, Truckee Meadows Community College; Honorary Recognition, Nevada Nurses’ Association; Outstanding Alumni, School of Nursing, UNR; President’s Medal in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education in Nevada, UNR; Business Woman of the Year, Negro Business and Professional Women; Martin Luther King Commission Award; Outstanding Service Award, Washoe County Airport Authority; Professional Achievement Award, UNR Foundation Board; UNR Alumni Association; Washoe County elementary school named for Bernice Mathews; Nevada Women’s Fund Advisory Committee.

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