Andrew Espinosa- Advocate
Andrew has been involved with HIV/AIDS activism and advocacy since 1997. He began working with the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), a network of nationally-based volunteer activists comprising of more than 110 members from 40 countries in Europe. After living in Warsaw, Poland for 15 years and returning to Chicago, Andrew became involved with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) and also worked in the Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Hospital as a Health Educator offering routine testing. He most recently worked to implement routine HIV testing programs as a Training Specialist at the Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center (MATEC) and was on call on the weekends to provide Patient Navigation at Mount Sinai Hospital. At the end of 2014, Andrew relocated to Boulder, Colorado and will continue his HIV/AIDS advocacy there.
Angel Hernandez, B.A.-Volunteer HIV Community Educator in Puerto Rico
Retired from professional work, he currently does volunteer work in community groups involves HIV/AIDS clinical research, prevention, treatment, peer support and advocacy. He collaborates with local agencies as a peer educator to develop presentations on various prevention/treatment topics in lay terms.
Ann Stuart Thacker, R.N., M.P.H.– Executive Director of AIDSNET in PA
She has served as Executive Director of AIDSNET since 2006, where prior to that she was a Program Manager of prevention and care services for 7 years. She received her nursing degree at Queensborough Community College and her MPH from Columbia University.
Bryce Romero, B.A., M.A. – Consumer Marketing Coordinator, Human Rights Campaign
As Consumer Marketing Coordinator, Bryce Romero, supports the Human Right’s Campaign’s branding, engagement and membership initiatives through retail development. Bryce has over six years of experience in the LGBT rights movement with particular expertise in public engagement campaigns. Prior to HRC, he served as the Online Strategies co-chair for the Phoenix HRC Steering Committee. Romero has been living with HIV since August of 2002 and currently advocates for PLWHIVA within the LGBT community
Butch McKay- ED of OASIS of Northwest Florida, Board of Directors Southern AIDS Coalition, member of Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network, founder/chair for the Positive Living Conference and chair of Activate U Advocacy Academy.
Currently serves as Executive Director of OASIS, an ASO that serves HIV+ clients.
Channing-Celeste Wayne, B.S.–Assistant Program Manager, Larkin Street Youth Services, Assisted Care/After Care; California Planning Group, State Office of AIDS, Co-Chair, SF HIV Health Services Planning Council; SF HIV Prevention Planning Council.
She was diagnosed with HIV in 1989 and has survived several opportunistic infections. She is a transgender female who tirelessly advocates for improved health outcomes among people living with HIV/AIDS, especially trans women of color. She worked with California Department of Public Health Office of AIDS to set policy for HIV care activities and funding for HIV for RW Part B, as well as serving on the membership subcommittee. She has volunteered for the San Francisco HIV Prevention Planning Council since 2009 and served as Co-Chair of council and a member of the governmental planning body.
Danny Kopelson, B.S., M.S.–Marketing Communications Consultant for ANM Healthcare, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
He is a senior marketing communications and fundraising events professional. He has demonstrated success in driving multimillion-dollar revenue growth and providing leadership to highly competitive for-profit, non-profit, and state organizations.
David Waggoner– Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of Art & Understanding Magazine.
David is the founder of A&U, a nonprofit with a mission to publish and distribute art, activism, and current events around the AIDS pandemic for the HIV-affected community. He hopes to promote Pozitively Healthy through the magazine and help unify and strengthen the HIV community.
Edward Jackson– Founder/CEO of Brothers Reaching Others, Inc. (B.R.O.)
Edward C. Jackson is the founder/Chief Executive Officer of Brothers Reaching Others, Inc. (B.R.O.) and ex board member of Someone Cares, Inc. BRO is a 501 c3 registered non-profit organization. The agency’s mission is to provide education, prevention, outreach and advocacy among minorities’ individuals and their families residing in the Metropolis of Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Georgia and rural East Alabama. He attended Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC majoring in Mass Communications. He has been a program coordinator for federally funded projects, avid and dedicated activist and advocate and prevention educator for over 14 years. Mr. Jackson has drawn upon his extensive networks in the Black community, Community Planning Group, Advisory Boards and Consortium. He has presented at various local, state and national conferences and workshops. Member of The National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC), ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+), NMAC’s Division of Treatment, Education, Adherence and Mobilization (TEAM) and Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN). Mr. Jackson is very passionate about his purpose and work providing, resources, education, skills and disseminating information to disenfranchised and improvised communities. Additionally, he is a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring program. He is very spiritual, love music, reading and spending quality time with his pets, family and friends.
Eric Martinez, A.A.–Executive Director of Positive Mind & Body Support Group Network, HIV/AIDS Outreach Specialist, Support Group Facilitator, Director -PMBSGN.org, Consumer Advisory Advocate Committee, Care Network of the Treasure Coast Consortium Committee member and Executive board member.
He has worked with HIV/AIDS and living with HIV/AIDS for 30years. At Positive Mind & Body Support Group Network he has functioned as Executive Director, Support Groups Facilitator, Navigator, Program assistant Coordinator, Outreach, Peer to Peer, Client Advisor, Liaison between the providers & CSM – Clients Plan of care within our PMBSGN. With CNTC he works to address client’s needs by reaching out to the community to provide support services.
Guy Anthony– Program Coordinator for Us Helping Us, Inc., RW Planning Council in DC, ViiV Healthcare, and AIDS.gov
Dedicated to neutralizing global HIV/AIDS stigma, he co-created an online web series “MR.”, wrote a book “Pos(+)tively Beautiful: A Book of Affirmations, Advocacy, & Advice” and has been a speaker at various MPowerment Projects across the country. He is a brand ambassador for ViiV Healthcare, blogger for AIDS.gov, and program coordinator at Us Helping Us, Inc.
Jason Walker, B.S.– Community Organizer at VOCAL New York
Currently coordinating leadership development, advocacy campaigns at VOCAL-NY’s Base building. Graduated from University of Lousiville in 2012. Recognized in POZ Magazines Poz Top 100 in 2014 as an emerging leader.
John Tenorio–. Colorado Department of Public Health and Enrollment (CDPHE), Colorado HIV/AIDS Prevention Program, PrEP Workgroup
Previously worked as Executive Assistant to COO at Raton Arts & Humanities in NM. Has lived with a physical disability since 2009, but has held multiple positions on boards and committees since.
Judi Billings, B.A., M.A, J.D.– Targeted Alliances
She was Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1989-1997, and has ben an educator for over 50 years. She currently consults on K12 education and HIV/AIDS education. Before that she was CEO/President of Washington Council on Economic Education, a non-profit that trains K-12 educators. She has been recognized by numerous awards, including International Women’s Leadership Association, Woman of Outstanding Leadership. She maintains her law degree with continuing legal education courses. Judi is HIV+ having been infected from a medical procedure in the early 1980’s. She has served on a number of national, state, and local AIDS organization Boards and continues to do so.
Justin Terry Smith, A.A.S, MPH–Advocate, correspondent for GLO TV, writer for A&U
Justin created the blog ‘Justin’s HIV Journal’ and writes a monthly advise column for A&U. He wrote a HIV themed children’s book called “I Have A Secret” about a young boy living with HIV. He has volunteered as various organizations including Human Rights Campaign, Black AIDS Institute, and Whitman Walker Health.
Kathie Hiers B.A.-CEO of AIDS Alabama, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, Co-founder of Southern AIDS Coalition
Besides being CEO of AIDS Alabama, Kathie has been on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS since 2010. She was an instrumental leader in the passage of the RW HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2006.
Kevin Burns, M.S.W., B.A.– Executive Director of ActionAIDS Philadelphia, CAEAR Coalition member and Board of Directors, Philadelphia Ryan White Planning Council Member, AIDS Fund Board of Directors
Kevin J. Burns is the Executive Director of ActionAIDS, one of the largest AIDS service organizations in the country. He received a Bachelor degree in Psychology from DeSales University in 1978 and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in 1990. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and also is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Prior to professional work in the HIV/AIDS community, his practice was in the area of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and as an adjunct professor at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. He maintained a private psychotherapy practice from 1993 through 2002, specializing in LGBT concerns. Kevin began his work with HIV/AIDS in 1986 as a volunteer Buddy for ActionAIDS. He came to work at ActionAIDS as a Case Manager in 1989. Since 1989 he has held a number of positions including Case Manger, Case Management Coordinator, and Assistant Director of Client Services, Director of Client Services, and Deputy Executive Director. He was promoted to his current position as Executive Director of ActionAIDS in 2005.
Leanne Jennison, A.A.- Positive Mind & Body Support Group Network Co-founder and Director, Committee member of Care Network of the Treasure Coast, ADAP and HOPWA Consituent Representative.
A long-term survivor of HIV and mother of two, she advocates for early detection and routine testing. She is Co-Founder of Positive Mind and Body Support Group Network in Port St. Lucie, Florida, advocating for the local HIV+ population and running support groups. She is a member of the Care Network of the Treasure Coast, which is an HIV/AIDS treatment and planning, as well as patient care planning body. She acts as a member of the Membership Recruitment and Public Relations Committee, a sub-committee of the CNTC, designed to entice consumers to join the CNTC.
Matt Lesieur, B.A, M.A– Director of Public Policy as VillageCare in NY, elected community Co-chair of NY HIV Planning Council
He currently serves as director of public policy at VIllageCare and was previously director of public policy at NY AIDS Coalition. He acts as co-chair for the NY HIV Planning Council and elected member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership Convening Body.
Robert L. Caldwell, Ph.D.- Department of Defense Medical Countermeasures (Senior Scientist); George Washington School of Medicine (Adjunct Professor); Privail Diagnostics (Consultant)
Dr. Caldwell is a biomedical sciences expert with 17 years of medical research experience, spanning patient advocacy, government contracting, academic medicine, and pharmaceutical collaboration. He currently works as a defense contractor in Washington, D.C., and is an Adjust Professor of Medicine at GWU. He sits on the scientific advisory boards of several biotech venture capitalist and investment bankers. Rob holds his Doctorate in Pathology from Vanderbilt University, where he specialized in HIV replication in the lung and therapeutic design.
Stephen Bailous, B.S. – Human Services Program Specialist, Florida Department of Health in Broward County
Bailous is a leader in serving People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A), beginning 1987 in Chicago as a caregiver and client advocate when he cared for and assisted his partner and HIV-positive friends. He made HIV/AIDs his life’s work when he joined Horizons Community Center as their Director of Operations. In 2003, Bailous moved to New York to work for the Mayor’s Office of AIDS Policy, and then was promoted to serve as Director of PLWHA Initiatives for the New York City Department of Health. In that capacity, he coordinated consumer trainings and involvement in both the Prevention Planning Group and the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Planning Council.
In August of 2006, Bailous joined the National Association of People with AIDS and served as the Executive Vice President in Silver Spring Maryland. At NAPWA, Bailous provided training and developed programs including National Gay Men’s HIV /AIDS Awareness Day, and the Bayard Rustin Project. He coordinated the Staying Alive Conference and Healthy Living Summit. Bailous served as the Principle Investigator with NAPWA’s Capacity Building Program.
Bailous served on the board of SMART a community based organization in NYC, and is a member of National Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition (NGMAC). He served two terms as chair of the Metropolitan Washington Regional Ryan White Planning Council. Most recently he relocated to Fort Lauderdale and joined the Florida Department of Health in Broward County. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Sharon DeCuir- Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator, HIV AIDS Alliance for Two, Inc.
Sharon experienced a total life change after being diagnosed with HIV – twelve years ago as of August 13, 2014. She has hands-on experience dealing with HIV/AIDS as a consumer. She has volunteered and dedicated time for many years before becoming employed in the HIV/AIDS field. She is committed to advocacy, education, information and prevention for positives. Her personal growth has taught her that her diagnosis was a crossroad, and because of personal role models of positive living individuals she was empowered to make positive choices and decisions. She now gives back to society and her community.
Currently, Sharon works at HIV/AIDS Alliance for Two Inc. (HAART) as the Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator. She sit on the Governor’s Commission for HIV/AIDS & Hepatitis C and the Baton Rouge Advisory Council for the Baton Rouge Transitional Grant Area (TGA) as Chair. She is Vice Chair of PWN-USA. She advocates on behalf of herself and others on the local, state, federal and national level.
Tami Haught – Positive Iowans Taking Charge (PITCH), The SERO Project, Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network, , US PLHIV Caucus, GNP+NA Board, PWN-USA member
Tami has over 10 years experience in organizaing and participating in activities through Iowa’s HIV and Hepatatis Community Planning Group, the Community HIV/Hepatatis Advocates of Iowa Network (CHAIN), and Positive Iowans Taking Charge (PITCH). Her experiences include organizational development, implementation, and management; development of mission and vision statements; public speaking and relations; and event planning which includes the planning of the annual retreat for Iowans living with HIV. She has been a strong advocate in her community and has demonstrated her ability to work with culturally diverse populations and marginalized communities in a variety of environments
Terl Gleason– Triad Health Project, AIDS Care Services, Higher Ground, NC AIDS Action Network, DARTCAB, NAACP, Moral Monday Movement
Board member Duke Center For AIDS Research Community Advisory Board, member of NAACP, and extremely active with the Moral Monday Movement. For the past twenty-six years he has owned and operated an Accounting and Income Tax Practice in his hometown of Greensboro, NC. Has lived with HIV and HCV for the past twenty-five years and is also a Cancer survivor. Over the past few years he has become highly participatory in attending conferences on HIV throughout the United States in order to become more educated about issues surrounding HIC & HCV. Loves working with others and is interested in becoming more of an Advocate for those living with HIV & HVC.
Valerie Wojciechowicz– Advocate
Advocate, educator, trainer and speaker. Living with HIV for 29 years has made her passionate about educating, reducing stigma and improving the quality of life for those living with HIV and AIDS. She has served on many Boards and Advisory Groups, speaks nationally and has been instrumental in the design and implementation of Peer Programs throughout Florida. Valerie also rides annually in The Smart Ride, a 165 mile bike ride committing 100% of the funds raised to HIV and AIDS services.
Wanda Brendle-Moss– AIDS Care Services, NC AIDS Action Network (NCAAN) NC Harm Reduction(ally), Adam Foundation(friend of), POSSE(Forsyth County Health Dept) NIA Community Action(did testing events with both NIA & POSSE), Positive Women’s Network, ADAP Advocacy Association, GNP+NA US Vice Chair Person, Campaign to End AIDS, HIV is Not a Crime, Stigma Project as Stigma Ambassador, Treatment Action Group
Wanda volunteers at a number of clinics and organizations, such as Shalom Project and the AIDS Care Service’s food pantry. She advocates for the needs of the HIV/AIDS community and against HIV stigma and criminalization. She is chairperson for the Winston-Salem Homeless Caucus
Pozitively Healthy Staff Manager
John Portacio – Operations Manager and Senior Program Associate, HealthHIV