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?”
Vice Chair: Sharon Decuir
Sharon S. DeCuir diagnosed HIV-positive in 2002. Currently employed at HIV/AIDS Alliance for Region Two, Inc. as the Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator, Sharon is an on-the-go advocate in the HIV/AIDS community dealing with issues surrounding her community and state. Her current affiliations include service on the Board of Directors of PWN-USA, Louisiana Governor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS & Hep C, the Southern HIV/AIDS Strategy Initiative (SASI), Positive Black AIDS Institute / BTAN City Co Chair, Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network, BOD and the immediate Past Chair of the Baton Rouge Transitional Grant Area Advisory Council. Sharon is the mother of two children and five grandchildren.
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.
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 has lived with the HIV virus for 33 years. She has served as a member of the Alameda/Contra Costa County Collaborative Community Ryan White Part A Planning Council twice(1989-1991)(2011-2017). She is currently a voting member of the Quality, Data, and Services, PLWHA/membership, and Prevention committees. She is also a member of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Anchor Studies and Amfar-cure CABS. Ms Jones was inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame in 1997, awarded the Rebecca Denison award by WORLD in 2010, and the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Trailblazer award.. She is one of the founding members of Positive Women’s Network-usa. Loren is most proud of being the mother of April Garrett and Chelsea Lloyd as well as the grandmother of Kelin and Jade Mitchell.
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.Board
I am from Seattle, WA and I’ve been working as a Peer Advocate at BABES-Network YWCA for four years. We believe that people living with HIV are uniquely qualify to understand and encourage one another. Since 1989, we have built a community of support for people living with HIV, especially women including trans women, heterosexual men, and their families. It’s been a whirlwind of excitement and privilege to be part of the board of Positive Women’s Network- USA. I’ve learned so much and I continue being uplifted by this organization of resilient womxn and allies. As someone who is a long-term survivor of 27 years living with HIV-my PWN sisters and friends have been my part of my foundation which has prepared me to eliminate stigma, change policy, mobilize advocates and build leadership as a woman living with HIV. Outside of BABES & PWN, I enjoy organizing and being my most authentic self with the queer and trans people of color community. I also love watching movies and dancing!
Bré Campbell is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Trans Sistas of Color Project – Detroit. She serves on the board of PWN-USA, is a National Advisory Board member of Positively Trans, and as an ambassador for Greater Than AIDS.
Cathy Elliott is an HIV-positive treatment educator, advocate and public speaker. In her current position as an HIV Community Liaison for Merck & Co, Cathy travels throughout the western US providing comprehensive education and support to service providers who work with HIV+ individuals. Prior to joining Merck in early 2011, Cathy worked for over 15 years with a number of HIV/AIDS organizations in the Los Angeles area.
Cathy is the former President and founding member of the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC), a national coalition of AIDS activists founded in 2002. She has been honored by the City of West Hollywood, Being Alive Los Angeles, POZ Magazine, The Los Angeles Women’s HIV Task Force, SisterLove Inc, and California State Assembly Member Paul Koretz for her community work and volunteerism. Cathy holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University Los Angeles and is currently completing a second Master of Communication Management at the University of Southern California.
Octavia Y. Lewis, MPA
Octavia Y. Lewis, MPA leads all transgender-related programming and services at The Hetrick-Martin Institute through providing the youth with transferrable skills needed to navigate the systems which are in place to assist them while teaching them to find their voices to advocate for themselves, educating allies on what it means to be an ally, and leading through exemplary leadership skills on living one’s authentic life unapologetically. Octavia has also accomplished several noteworthy accomplishments since relocating to New York City in May of 2011.
She graduated from the Audre Lorde Project Trans Justice School, was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Buffalo Trans Health Conference, a panelist at NYU’s Living Out Loud Series for World AIDS Day, a commencement speaker at HMI’s HSE graduation, a panelist at Columbia University on Gender & Sexuality, has facilitated workshops at the 1st
, and 3rd
Annual Newark LGBTQ Youth Summit, is a co-facilitator of JOG (Just One of the Girls) intervention, has published an article in The Root entitled “I’m Black, I’m Trans, I’m HIV-Positive and I’m OK”, completed the cover for the March edition of POZ Magazine, and became the foster mother of a 2-year-old named Ethan whom she hopes to adopt.
Octavia holds an Associate in General Studies from Atlanta Metropolitan College, a Bachelors in Business Administration/Marketing from Georgia Gwinnett College, a Masters in Public Administration/Health Services Management, and is a taking a short break from obtaining a doctoral degree in Public Health/Advocacy & Leadership.
LaTrischa Miles, BBA
LaTrischa Miles, BBA, CHW, is a Treatment Adherence Coordinator; supervising Peer Educators at the Kansas City CARE Clinic. She has over 14 years’ experience in HIV services and is nationally recognized with expertise in training, supervision, advocacy, treatment adherence and community education. Ms. Miles brings her knowledge and skills of creating materials and peer learning models for improving literacy and engagement in care. She has developed curriculum and is a trainer for the People to People program, a national Training of Trainers curriculum for the PEER Center, Training Initiative “Building Blocks to Peer Success”. Additionally she has provided Technical Assistance to organizations in Florida, Missouri and Boston to persons living with HIV and AIDS to become Peer Educators. Ms. Miles has served as Kansas City Ryan White Planning Council Chair that serves an 11 county area with over 4,000 people living with HIV/AIDS. She serves on the on local, regional and national quality management committees to improve efforts for consumers in HIV care and treatment services. She is one of 28 co-founders of the U.S. Positive Women’s Network (PWN) established in 2008 and is a current Board Member. Ms. Miles is 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. She 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.
Venita is an attorney with a passion for social justice, equity, and advocacy with a background in economic development, urban planning, and community engagement. Venita was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 while serving as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.
Venita is currently the Public Affairs Field Specialist for Legacy Community Health where she monitors healthcare policy and manages an advocacy training program for people living with HIV. Venita is committed to raising awareness about HIV, eliminating stigma, and teaching others to advocate for issues that impact the HIV community. Venita lives in Houston, Texas, has one daughter, two grandsons, and teaches yoga.
Mrs. Teresa Sullivan’s area of expertise is in the intersection of HIV and incarceration. She is an African American woman who was raised in a strong military family. Teresa, currently sit on the Wistar Institute, BEAT-HIV Mark Delaney Collaboratory Community Advisory Board.
Teresa is on the Board of Directors for Positive Women’s Network –USA and senior member for Pennsylvania affiliated regional chapter. As an Adherence and Mobilization Navigator for the National Minority Council (NMAC) Teresa trains other people living with HIV/AIDS in how to begin a dialogue about Treatment as Prevention in their own communities. Teresa is also a graduate fellow of the legendary Black AIDS Institute, an African Leadership HIV University .Mrs. Sullivan is one of the Grantee of 2016 AIDS United POP grant Positive Organizing Project. Currently Mrs. Sullivan is part of the inaugural class of PWN-USA Policy Fellows.
Mrs. Sullivan is a core member and writer for the Prison Health Newsletter. Prison Health News is an information network project, published four times a year for people in prison, that strives to lift up the voice, experience and expertise of currently and formerly incarcerated people. It’s the only resource that responds to all types of health questions from people in prisons and jails everywhere in United States. As a community organizer for the Support Center Prison Advocacy, Teresa spearheads outreach into communities most impacted by the crisis of mass imprisonment and helps organize neighborhoods level steering committees to address their area specific reentry needs.
Currently employed by Philadelphia FIGHT, Teresa is Co-Coordinator for its signature programs TEACH Outside and Women TEACH. Both programs are five weeks adult treatment education and activist training course for people living with HIV recently released from prison and/or jails and other hard to reach communities. Teresa advocates for people living with HIV who are being detained in the Philadelphia Prison System. Upon their release, she helps link them to the life-saving services and resources they need for a successful reintegration back into their communities