Reading, Pa – An Albright College educator and psychologist is being honored by the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum (CPAAM) for making a difference in the lives of others.
Brenda Ingram-Wallace, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and director of Albright’s Counseling Center, will be honored at CPAAM’s annual awards luncheon on Feb. 25. The event recognizes local individuals who, through their professions or community service, help others and “make a difference wherever they are,” said Mildred Gilyard, president of CPAAM’s board of directors and co-chair of the event.
“If anybody is making a difference, it’s Dr. Ingram-Wallace. She always has encouraging words for people,” said Gilyard.
One of six individuals to be honored by CPAAM this year, Ingram-Wallace was nominated by the museum’s board for her work at Albright and beyond.
“I am truly humbled by this nomination,” said Ingram-Wallace. “I am appreciative of the recognition and hope that it will serve as a model and aspiration for our students, as well as my own children.”
Ingram-Wallace has been teaching at Albright since 1989. Her research focuses on clinical and counseling psychology. As director of the College’s Counseling Center, Ingram-Wallace supervises a professional staff of four clinicians. The Center provides quality short-term counseling and case management services, as well as mental health training for various campus organizations, including public safety and residence life.
Ingram-Wallace is also being recognized for her community outreach in Berks County and now recently through her church, Covenant United Methodist Church in Lancaster, Pa., where her husband, the Rev. Quentin Wallace, serves as senior pastor. “I have watched Brenda and her husband, Quentin, through the years, and they are making a difference in a lot of people’s lives,” said Gilyard. “She is always willing to work with young people.”
Located in Reading, CPAAM preserves and maintains artifacts, art, papers, books and photographs that document the history and culture of African Americans in the New World, with an emphasis on Berks County and the surrounding areas. The museum also works to educate the public on the Underground Railroad, civil rights and more.
This is the 14th year for the awards luncheon. This year’s gathering will be held at The Doubletree by Hilton on Penn Street in Reading, beginning at 11:30 a.m.