Velma Osborne

Title: Clinical Chaplain
Location: Bronx, New York, United States

Velma Osborne, Clinical Chaplain, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in religious services as well as in treating speech and language pathology.

After initially obtaining an Associate of Science in medical laboratory technology in 1969 from New York City College of Technology, Dr. Osborne subsequently earned a Bachelor of Arts in speech and language pathology and education from Lehman College at the City University of New York in 1981 and a Master of Science from the aforementioned school.  She began her career as a speech and language evaluator with the Commission on Special Education in School District 10, in Bronx, New York in 1987 and provided superior care as a speech and language therapist and consultant with the Lacombe Avenue Intermediate Care Facility from 1989 to 1996. Dr. Osborne then excelled as a teacher associate and mentor for the Lehman College’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Program and the Teacher Opportunity Corps. During this time, she served as a therapist for the Department of Education in New York City from 1983 to 2012.

Dr. Osborne continued her education with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian theology in 2010 and later a Master of Arts in Christian Theology in 2015 from Anchor Theological Seminary and Bible Institute; a Bachelor of Arts with additional credits through Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary in 2014; and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Heart Bible Institute University in 2020. She became a licensed international clinical chaplain and pastoral counselor through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy Inc. and received an HIV Pre/Post Test Counselor certificate through the New York City Department of Health. Since 2001, Dr. Osborne has served the spiritual needs of her community as president of Healed by His Stripes Ministry Inc. and received a Certificate of Ordination as Pastor by Apostle James T. Collins of Third Dimensions Worldwide Ministries. In 2015, Dr. Osborne published “The Unstuffy Descriptive Leadership Book,” which she revised in 2021, and “Autobiography of Velma Osborne: Reflects on African American History” the same year. 

To remain aware of changes and advancements in her field, Dr. Osborne maintains affiliations with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, Inc. In recognition of her spiritual work, she received the Humanitarian Social Service Award for Supporting Human Dignity without Compensation from the Heart Bible Institute University in 2020 and a citation for community outreach work from the mayor of Hartford, Connecticut the same year. In the near future, Dr. Osborne intends to expand her ministry to incorporate a nonprofit and continue dedicating herself to underserved community outreach.

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