Glenda F. Hodges, PhD, J.D., M.Div., is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Still I Rise, Inc.  Founded in 2006, this organization serves as a community based empowerment entity for survivors of domestic violence.  Dr. Hodges is also the CEO of The Women’s Wellness Center, a subsidiary of Still I Rise, Inc.  She lectures extensively in domestic violence, serves as the Director for Domestic Violence Services in District 9, Prince George’s County, Maryland, serves as Chair of the Domestic Violence Taskforce for the county’s Healthcare Action Coalition and she has done numerous workshops on domestic violence for local and state organizations.

 

Dr. Hodges is an Ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC) Second Episcopal District, Washington Annual Conference, where she serves as a member of the Board of Examiners, teaching Christian Theology and the Legal System to second year students. She also serves on the Ministerial Staff of the Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, Glen Dale, Maryland, where the Pastor is Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington.  In 2012, Dr. Hodges was elected by the connectional AMEC to serve the church as a member of its Judicial Council.  In this capacity, she and eight other lawyers provide legal opinions (in an appellate capacity) to matters that come before the Judicial Council. Dr. Hodges is the former Associate Hospital Director at Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC and former Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine. Additionally, she has served as a Lecturer/Trainer in the area of Patient Centered Decision Making: Legal Issues and End-of-Life Planning, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

 

Dr. Hodges has attended several colleges and universities, including Virginia State University, Howard University, Bowling Green State University, Harvard University, The District of Columbia School of Law and The University of Texas at Austin (School of Law). She holds the following degrees: B.A., M.A., PhD., J.D., and M.Div. Additionally, she has completed several short courses in Spirituality and Medicine at the Harvard Medical School’s Mind Body Medical Institute.


Dr. Hodges has held numerous positions in higher education, including, Department Chairperson, Communication Arts, Hampton University; Assistant Dean, School of Arts and Sciences, Morgan State University and University Professor at the following institutions: Tuskegee University, Hampton University, North Carolina A & T State University, Catholic University, American University, Trinity University, George Washington University and The University of Texas at Austin. She has also served as a member of the Middle States Accreditation Committee for Colleges and Universities. She has more than 20 years of experience as a University Professor, lecturing in the following areas: Communication, Business Management, Persuasion Theory, Labor Relations, Negotiation and Bargaining, Business Law, Medical Ethics and Spirituality and Medicine. Dr. Hodges firmly believes in the union of spirituality and medicine and uses every available opportunity to platform this connection. She is an accomplished writer, having authored several articles and four books: Spirituality and Medicine: Can the Two Walk Together?, Translating Spirituality and Medicine in the Healing Professions,  Let’s Talk About Your Health: A Biblically Based Approach and When Spirituality and Medicine Disconnect:  Gaining the World and Losing God’s Promise.

 

Dr. Hodges holds several appointments, including:

1. Board of Trustees, Paul Quinn College;

2. Board Member, the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division;

3. Board Member, the YWCA of the National Capital Area;

4. Board Member, Protecting Elders Against Crime and Exploitation Coalition (PEACE);

5. Board Member, Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority;

6. Expert Panel Member, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


In June 2003, she served as a panelist on the Call to Women for the Struggle against Sickle Cell Disease in Paris, France, where she discussed the impact of spirituality in the treatment of sickle cell disease. In 2004, she served as an International Consultant in Cambodia, Bangkok and Tokyo for the White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives. In this capacity, she evaluated the impact of federal dollars used to fund programs where faith and spirituality were considered intervening factors in treating patients with HIV/AIDS. In 2006, she was a Consultant in Ethiopia to Ethiopian Airlines at the request of the Howard University Professional Development Leadership Academy. In March 2006 Dr. Hodges received a Secret Clearance and from June 1-25, 2007, June 1-25, 2010 and June 1-25, 2014, she was appointed by USAID as a Public Member of the Senior Threshold Board reviewing profiles for Senior Foreign Service Officers scheduled to be promoted in the Foreign Service. The persons selected for promotion in this category are ultimately passed on to the President of the United States for his approval.


In her position as CEO of Still I Rise, Inc., she supervises a staff of 6 clinicians and four administrative support persons.  Her organization, which is funded by the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, provides comprehensive services to survivors of domestic violence.  The services include the following:  crisis intervention counseling, support groups, food pantry, housing and legal referrals, self-esteem and empowerment classes,  job readiness classes, pastoral counseling, sexual abuse and trauma counseling.  As CEO of the Women’s Wellness Center, Dr. Hodges supervises a staff of 10 persons, including 5 medical providers and 5 support staff.  The Wellness Center provides medical screening services, a physician directed weight loss program, For Your Health Education classes and Health Physicals for employment, school and sports.  The Wellness Center functions as a fee for services entity and accepts most major insurances.  Within and around Prince George’s county, Dr. Hodges is recognized and respected for her work in domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

She is a member of several social service organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Dr. Hodges gives all praise and honor to God for all that she has been able to accomplish. She firmly believes that “to whom much is given, much is required.”