PWN-USA-Ohio has chosen to be a collective voice, for both ourselves and women and girls in the Ohio region who cannot speak for themselves. Because as poet Audre Lorde said so powerfully, “We can sit in our corners mute forever while our sisters and our selves are wasted, while our children are distorted and destroyed, while our earth is poisoned; we can sit in our safe corners mute as bottles, and we will still be no less afraid.”
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Messages From the Co-Chairs
Olga Irwin studied at Youngstown State University and became a licensed social worker in 2009. She was diagnosed with AIDS in 1999. Since her diagnosis she has become involved in the HIV community, starting with joining support groups, which were only offered for gay men in her area. She found more support systems through the Internet, HIV clinics, and Ryan White case managers.
Now Olga is a member of Ohio AIDS Coalition, Ohio Community Prevention Group, Ryan White Care Advisory board, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Campaign to End AIDS, and is also the Co-Chair of Positive Women’s Network-USA-Ohio.
Contact Olga: 330-518-9136; firstname.lastname@example.org
Naimah Oneal works at the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland as a licensed Medical Social Worker in Cleveland, Ohio. She provides assistance and case management services to her caseload of 75 clients. Ms. Oneal is a facilitator of the Women’s Group at the Taskforce. Ms. Oneal serves as a member and Co-Chair for CAAP, a sub-committee of the Ryan White Planning Council. She also serves as Co-Chair for Positive Women’s Network USA’s Ohio Chapter. Naimah is also a member of the Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) and Co-Chair of the issues and action committee. Naimah has been living with HIV since 1992 and is an educator, community speaker, Certified HIV Testing Counselor and advocate for the HIV/AIDS community. Naimah is also a proud grandmother to two granddaughters.
Contact Naimah: 216 659-5955; email@example.com