Chair: Barb Cardell
Barb Cardell has been HIV+ since 1991 and has been involved with PWN since 2009. Based in Boulder, CO, Barb advocates for HIV+ women’s rights and awareness on a local, state and national level, and started Colorado’s PWN-USA regional chapter in January 2012 which now has over 20 members and created the “IF I WERE HIV+…” community education campaign for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In 2011, Barb was appointed by Governor Ritter to sit on the Colorado Coalition for HIV Care and Prevention and was elected Vice Chair of the Coalition in 2012. In addition, Barb serves on the steering committee member for the People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Caucus. She starts each day asking herself “What will you do with your wild, precious life?”
Sharon S. DeCuir was diagnosed HIV-positive in 2002. She is currently the Prevention Program Coordinator at HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, Inc. Baton Rouge; LA. Sharon is an active advocate when it relates to HIV/AIDs issues surrounding her community and state. Her current affiliations include service on the U.S. PLHIV Caucus, the Louisiana Governor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS & Hep C, the Baton Rouge TGA Advisory Council -Vice Chair, the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI), the Positive Women’s Network – USA, Black AIDS Institute Delegate / BTAN City Co Chair, and the Capitol Area Alliance for Homeless BOD
Secretary: Dee Borrego
Ms. Borrego is an HIV+ transwoman originally from Denver, Colorado, who grew up mostly in suburban Connecticut. She acquired HIV at the age of 20; the same year as she began her transition. She has been living in the Boston area since 2004 where she has worked with and at a number of different community organizations in the Boston area, including JRI Health, TransCEND, the Boston Living Center and Cambridge Cares About AIDS. She was also a founding member of the US Positive Women’s Network (US PWN), an organization led by and for HIV+ American women to address the way HIV disproportionately affects women in the US. In 2010, Ms Borrego was chosen to speak at the Opening Plenary of the US Conference on AIDS (USCA) to discuss how HIV affects transgender youth. She currently serves as a steering committee member for the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance (HIV PJA).
Treasurer: Kathleen Griffith
Kat Griffith is a current Graduate student at Illinois State University and hopes to graduate in the spring of 2014 with a Masters in Social Work. Kat has served on several committees, including being the past Chair of her local Client Advisory Board, the inaugural two years of Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy, has been with the Positive Women’s Network since 2009 as a Steering Committee member, a Policy Co-chair and a Strategic Communications Action Team Member, and now a Board member of PWN-USA. Kat also currently sits on the Curriculum Advisory Committee for the National Network to End Domestic Violence as a representative of PWN-USA. Kat was diagnosed in 1991 while still in college. Since then, Kat has owned her own business, and returned to school. She is focused on the intersectionality of the HIV epidemic, while highlighting that hope and knowledge are the only ways to pave our future as women living with HIV.
Co-Parliamentarian: Loren Jones
Loren Jones is an HIV+ African-American women who has lived with the virus for at least 26 years. She has served the HIV/AIDS community as a member of the Alameda/Contra Costa County Planning Council twice. (1989-1991 and 2010-present). Loren currently chairs of the Policy, Education and Review Committee, and the Quality, Data and Services Committee, and serves as a member of the Prevention and the PLWHA committees. She also serves as a member of the Community AIDS Prevention Studies advisory board of UCSF. Ms Jones was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in Health in 1997 and was awarded the Rebecca Denison award by WORLD in 2010. She is a founding member of the Positive Women’s Network – USA. Loren is also the mother of two daughters and grandmother of a two year old boy and girl.
Co-Parliamentarian: Pat Kelly
Patricia Kelly (Pat) is a local, regional and national educator, advocate and activist aging gracefully and gratefully living well and positive with AIDS. Pat is the Founder and President of A Family Affair HIV/AIDS (AFA) Ministry at Victory Tabernacle Deliverance Temple located in Orangeburg, SC. She is also Program Coordinator for Minority AIDS Council of Orangeburg, Bamberg and Calhoun Counties. She has a BA in English from Claflin College. Pat was diagnosed with HIV in 1985 and AIDS in 1998. She is a founding member of Positive Women’s Network-USA and PWN-USA regional organizer for SC.
Gina Brown, MSW
Gina Brown is employed at AIDS United as a Regional Organizer. She has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS for over 10 years, following her diagnosis on April 4, 1994. Gina is a graduate of Southern University at New Orleans, she graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a 3.68 GPA (undergrad) and holds a Masters degree in Social Work, graduating with a 3.8 GPA. In undergrad, Gina was inducted into Phi Alpha, Honor Society for Social Workers. She is a member of PWN-USA, a member of International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS, and St. John Camp Ace Advisory Board. Gina previously served on the Board of Directors of AIDS-Alliance, is the past chair of the local Ryan White Planning Council (2009-2011) and was elected twice as vice-president of the SOS, a Service Organization for Social Workers at SUNO. Gina truly believes in service work and has made it her personal mission to educate as many people as possible about HIV/AIDS.
Based in Washington, DC, Vanessa Johnson is an advocate, community leader and champion for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and social justice issues. Her career accomplishments include 30 years of service in advocacy and program development scaling up domestic consumer responsive community health services. She is an experienced facilitator and nationally certified trainer with a focus on leadership development, community mobilization and public health interventions. She currently is a co-director for the Ribbon Consulting Group, a Washington, DC based peer-led consulting firm specializing in providing technical assistance to organizations of all types providing community based health services.
LaTrischa Miles, BBA
LaTrischa Miles, BBA, Treatment Adherence Specialist: Ms. Miles has been involved in the HIV arena for over 10 years with expertise in training, advocacy, treatment adherence and community education. She supervises peers in the Treatment Adherence Program at Kansas City CARE Health Clinic in Missouri. Ms. Miles has developed curriculum and is a national trainer who has trained over 400 HIV+ individuals to become Peer Educators. Ms. Miles just completed her tenure as Chair of the Kansas City Ryan White Planning Council and member of Consumer Advocacy Committee. She is a volunteer member of the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS and certified to conduct HIV testing services. Recently she successfully completed the Training of Consumers on Quality conducted by the National Quality Center to become a consumer champion on local, regional and national quality management committees to improve efforts for consumers in HIV care and treatment services. Ms. Miles is the founder and President of GRACE of Greater Kansas City, a
Women’s monthly support group designed for and about women of faith affected and infected with HIV. Ms. Miles is one of the founders of the Positive Women’s Network and is a speaker and volunteer in a number of other organizations.
Pat is a founder of the BABES Network in Seattle, Washington, one of the oldest women-serving HIV organizations in the United States. She continues to serve on the Advisory Board of BABES, co-chairs the Seattle Transitional Grant Area Ryan White Planning Council, and is a skilled public speaker, facilitator, organizational development consultant and trainer. Pat is a founding member of the Positive Women’s Network – USA, and has been involved since its inception.
At the age of 30, while in school for computer engineering, Nicole was diagnosed HIV positive. Being diagnosed with HIV inspired Nicole to become more involved in the HIV community, particularly addressing issues that plague women, infants and children. Nicole was elected chair of the Ryan White Part D Michigan Community Advisory Board in 2008. As chair of the CAB, she has been selected to be the regional representative for the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trial Network (IMPAACT). She was also selected to be a part of the AIDS Alliance Consumer Leadership Corps Training Program and appointed by Detroit Mayor Dave Bing to represent the community on the Southeastern Michigan HIV/AIDS Planning Council. In addition, Nicole founded the PWN-USA Detroit Chapter in 2011. Nicole plans on returning to school to pursue a degree in Public Policy and Law and her ultimate goal is to become a member of the United States Senate. Nicole believes no dream is untouchable.
Teresa is an African-American woman diagnosed with HIV in 1996, with expertise in the intersection of HIV and incarceration. Teresa serves on the Broad of directors for Positive Women’s Network of United States of American and is co-coordinates its Philadelphia Chapter. Teresa is a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute’s African American HIV University and an Adherence and Mobilization (TEAM) Navigator for the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC). She is currently employed by Philadelphia FIGHT, as the instructor for its signature program, TEACH Outside, a five-week adult treatment education and activist course for HIV-positive people released released from prisons and/or jails, and other hard to reach communities.