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Legislative Biography -- 72nd (2003) Session

Bernice Mathews


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, 1995-2003—two special and five 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; Commission for Women; 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:  Nevada Women’s Fund Scholarship and Grant Committee; Washoe County Mental Health Advisory Board; Pastoral Advisory Committee, Washoe Medical Center; Regional EMS Council; 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 Alumni Association; Washoe County elementary school named for Bernice Mathews.


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