Eva Austin has been a seeker of spiritual truth since her late teens when she watched her older brother die from an asthma attack. She began her formal journey on the spiritual path in the late 1980’s when she began attending the Unity Center of Christianity in Baltimore, MD. She also served on the board of Unity.
In the mid-1990’s, Eva began attending Spiritual Development classes at the Arlington Metaphysical Chapel. In 1999, Eva was introduced to Dr. Peeples by Reverend Reed Brown. Dr. Peeples’ message encouraged her to “give spiritual energy to others.” He further intimated that her “strength (power) will be to help and heal.”
Eva subsequently joined the Arlington Metaphysical Chapel. In 2015, in collaboration with and guidance from Reverend Sally Knuckles, Eva coordinated the Chief Rainbow Weekend Celebration with Rev. Dr. Rocco Errico as the featured speaker.
Eva is a member of the Northern Virginia Metaphysical Fellowship and serves on the board as Vice President and Outreach Coordinator. In this capacity, among other initiatives, Eva coordinated Fellowship members’ providing gifts for a family of five from the Arlington Housing Corporation during the Christmas holiday; and, coordinated members’ financial support of the Arlington Offender Aid and Restoration program. This program helps individuals who are incarcerated or are recently released and who are largely ignored and forgotten by society.
Eva anticipates completing her training as a Reiki Master in February, 2019 and is studying to receive her certification as a Meditation Teacher in the spring.
Professionally, Eva served as consultant to the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) where she was responsible for building and enhancing collaborative partnerships with non-profit, faith-based, national, state and local entities. She oversaw Representative Payee pilot operations and other initiatives throughout the country.
As Director of the Governor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, Eva oversaw family and children’s programs statewide. She was also responsible for inter-agency collaboration to reform the child welfare system.
Other positions that Eva held include: CEO of the Martin Pollak Project, a treatment foster care agency; Trainer/Program Consultant for the Washington, DC Department of Human Services, Mental Retardation Administration; and, Chief of Communications for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.
Eva is also a trainer and focuses primarily on cultural diversity and case management for human services staff.
Eva holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She has completed advanced studies in Organization Development/Change Management at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
She has served as a hospice social worker for Community Hospice of Baltimore and is a trained hospice volunteer.