Bessie Woodward is the Administrative Associate for the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). In this role, she supports all administrative functions for the project, as well as manages data entry for the CEBC website.
Bessie is a highly-organized administrative professional with over 20 years of experience. She began working in the administrative field during high school as a GS-2 (civil-service worker) for the New Jersey Government. After 10 years of government service, she completed a paralegal certification and relocated to California in 1994, where she transitioned to working in the legal sector for six years.
Prior to joining CEBC, Bessie worked for five years at San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) as an administrative analyst and supply clerk. Bessie also worked per diem in the evenings as a customer service representative for Luth Research, where she had been since 2011 before joining the Chadwick Center. Throughout her career, Bessie has demonstrated an exceptional work ethic and excelled in a variety of administrative functions from meeting planning, to data entry, customer care, scheduling, coaching new employees, and maintaining office processes.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Bessie earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Ocean County College in Toms River. She has always been interested in business administration and teamwork; specifically, contributing her efforts and skills to achieve the organization's goals. She is a people person and always happy to help with administrative tasks, as needed by the department.
Bessie's inspiration to work in child welfare comes from her family's deep ties to the medical field. Her nieces are doctors and nurses, and her son is a respiratory therapist. They are all heroes to Bessie, and she admires their hard work and dedication.
In her personal life, Bessie loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, who are her whole world. She looks forward to watching her grandchildren grow into beautiful and loving individuals, just like their parents.