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Alex comes all the way from Kooskia, Idaho. While earning his B.S. in Psychology at the University of Idaho he volunteered at Inland Oasis – HIV Programs as a Test Counselor, testing community members for HIV while providing risk-reduction counseling. Alex brought his passion to help others to PCAF where he works as a Medical Case Manager and liaison for the Department of Corrections. When Alex is not in the office, he can be found reading, playing tennis, and catching up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones. “It’s such an honor to work for an organization who truly works hard at creating a safe and accepting place for our community”.
Anna Maria has spent more than 20 years doing HIV/AIDS related work. In the 1980’s, she did outreach downtown with a group of friends and her dog, handing out condoms. She has always believed in working with the underserved and the uncared for populations of our community. Anna Maria enjoys working with clients and has seen them transform from scared, timid beings into strong and self-sufficient members of society. She believes in the value of working for peace and social justice. Anna Maria is trilingual; speaking English, Spanish, and French. She is also a gardener and the food bank coordinator of the 40th Street Community Garden.
Ashley first became interested in social justice issues through queer organizations she participated in at her community college in Southern California. She transferred to UWT when she discovered they had a program that tied together several of her interests, including film studies and sociology. She graduated with a BA in “Art, Media and Culture” in 2017. This program broadened her understanding of systematic injustice and increased her desire to be of service. Prior to working at PCAF, Ashley worked with developmentally disabled adults. Ashley is a movie fiend, and enjoys analyzing different tv shows and films. When she’s not doing that, she likes to read, play board games with friends and hanging out with her dog, Moose.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, Brien moved to New York and started his career in development at The Public Theater where he raised funds for Shakespeare in the Park. From there he moved on to work for a consulting firm specializing in non-profit fundraising and special events throughout New York City. In 2014, Brien moved back to his hometown of Tacoma where he began working at PCAF as the Database and Grants Manager, assisting the development department in sharing PCAF’s story with its community of supporters. When not in the office, Brien spends his time running up and down Tacoma, reading books and writing plays.
Caitlin has worked as a sexual health and HIV prevention educator and as a social worker at the VA and Good Samaritan Hospital. After getting her Masters in Social Work, Caitlin came to work at PCAF, first as a medical case manager where she provided services to clients in English and Spanish and now as a Client Services Team Lead. One of her favorite things about her job is getting to see clients succeed and getting to hear their stories of working through challenges to achieve goals. Three things to know about Caitlin are (1) she loves chocolate and eats it almost every day; (2) she has a dog that she walks every morning rain or shine; and (3) she is an Olympia native.
Carrie grew up in Nashville and received her BSW from Middle Tennessee State University. She spent the past 13 years as a dog trainer. Carrie moved to Tacoma in 2014 to pursue a Master’s of Social Work at UWT and will graduate in June 2016. She started at PCAF as an intern and was thrilled when she was hired on as a Client Care Coordinator. Carrie is excited to begin her career as a social worker at PCAF working alongside talented and supportive colleagues and working with amazing and resilient clients. In her down time, Carrie enjoys reading cheesy murder mystery and true crime novels, hiking, biking, and spending time with her husband Sean, their dog, Eddie and their rabbit, Frank Sinatra.
24 years ago, Cecilia and her family moved to Washington State from Lima, Peru. In 1997, she attended a presentation about HIV which impacted her in many ways and she started asking herself questions like what can I do to help? She sought out education and training which taught her about HIV but also about the stigma, discrimination and barriers that people living with HIV often face. She was first hired at PCAF in 2001 where “my life and my heart were touched by many people impacted by HIV who I admired and learned so much from.” Cecilia returned to work at PCAF in 2017 as our Client Care Coordinator. She says, “It has been a journey and my commitment to work in our community will continue: I am very fortunate to work with a great group of people that are dedicated and bring a lot of value to the organization.”When not at work, Cecilia loves to go to the ocean, cook, decorate cakes, but her favorite activity is spending time with her granddaughter.
Chace came to PCAF in 2013 with BAs in English and Psychology and is currently in school pursuing ARNP. Chace’s interest in HIV and Prevention started when he was attending Western Washington University where he helped advocate for free HIV and STD screening on campus. He grew up in Tacoma since his family emigrated from a refugee camp in Thailand in 1993. Chace tries to be active throughout the year by joining a local soccer recreational league. During the summer, he enjoys hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities that Washington has to offer. He currently resides in Hilltop with his husband and their three dogs.
While attending the University of Washington, Chris studied HIV treatment adherence in a research lab which sparked in him a passion for this work. After graduating with his Masters in Social Work, Chris was hired by PCAF to be the first case manager in Olympia and now he is the Client Services Director at PCAF. Chris reflects that, “Our amazing clients and the exceptional case managers at PCAF motivate me to continue to bring my best effort to this work every day.” Chris is a loyal UW football fan who loves to read and swims any chance he gets. He lives with his partner Kelsey and two German Shepherds, Maddie and Zoe.
Chris was born and raised in the South Puget Sound area. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Chris attended Tacoma Community College and The Evergreen State College, where he received his Bachelors in Liberal Arts. While in college, Chris began a 17 year career working with children in foster care and specializing in providing intervention and guidance to teens with significant behavioral challenges. Chris has also done volunteer work for PCAF and other AIDS service organizations. He feels a deep commitment to participating in and strengthening the community of persons living with HIV and he feels that PCAF is the ideal venue to do that. Outside of work, Chris enjoys cuddling with his Cocker Spaniel, Belle, working in his yard, and road trips to any place with good scenery and a story to tell.
Debbie was born and raised in the US Virgin Islands and moved to Washington to complete her schooling. She studied Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design before realizing that she had a passion for helping others. She then obtained an Associate’s Degree in Social Service Mental Health and a Bachelor of Science Degree from The Evergreen State College. Debbie joined PCAF excited about the opportunities to learn about a topic that is rarely talked about in society. The idea of helping to educate her family and her community about HIV and AIDS is one of the reasons why she wanted to join the team. It gave her an outlet to freely discuss a topic that is easily dismissed by those not directly affected. In her spare time Debbie enjoys being a Fitness Instructor and a mom. You can find her teaching a class, helping others to reach their fitness goals, or spending time with her son and family.
Dory is from the Northwest and has lived in Olympia since 2001. As an adult, she returned to Evergreen State College to get her bachelor’s degree. After that she worked for her Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington Tacoma. During this time, she completed a year-long internship at PCAF. Because she loved the job, the clients and the staff, she decided to stick around. She is the Lead Medical Case Manager for the Olympia office. She feels grateful to have the opportunity to work with people living with HIV/AIDS, because she can be someone who sees them and respects them, without judgment. She is also a multimodal artist, who works with paper, fiber, paints, drawing, and ephemera.
A Midwestern native and DeVry University graduate, Emily moved to Washington after completing graduate school. With a background spanning corporate, government, small business and non-profit accounting, she joined PCAF with the goal of finding a position that would satisfy her brain with challenges and her heart with supporting an important cause. “I am excited to continue working in the queer and sex positive communities.” Emily has owned and operated a small pole dance studio for over 8 years. She enjoys spending time with her polycule, traveling, and the occasional distance race – having (slowly) completed races in 11 states with the goal of someday having raced in them all.
Erick graduated with a Master in Teaching from The Evergreen State College and spent a year in Germany on a Fulbright. For the past 16 years, HIV work led her to many different corners of nonprofit and government settings: as a participant in HIV vaccine and prevention research studies, a leader of various community advisory boards, a graduate of several leadership institutes, an outreach worker, a technical assistance and training provider, a grant writer and reviewer, a conference planner, and more. What she learned from these experiences helped build a foundation of compassion and justice. “I’m thrilled and humbled to be of service to the clients, staff and community of PCAF. This organization has a strong history of service and is well-positioned to lead the state in ending the epidemic”. Outside of work, Erick is a poet and a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the Abbey of St. Joan.
Hadija was born in Uganda and moved to Washington in her teens. She attended Evergreen State College where she earned a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences. She has been working in social services specifically on issues that affect women such as domestic violence and now working to encourage women of color to develop an awareness and urgency to protect their health.
Hadija has also interned at PCAF in the prevention department where she conducted research on how condom usage influences HIV transmission. She has Master’s degree in Public Health from Walden University. Hadija enjoys reading, yoga and spending time with loved ones.
Jacob spent the majority of his life in Indiana where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Ball State University. Upon completion of his coursework, Jacob traveled to Washington State where he pursued an internship with the Prevention Department at PCAF. “My internship experience at PCAF gave me the real world experience of working for an AIDS Service Organization and solidified my love for public health and HIV prevention.” Jacob believes his passion for health equity, social justice, and sex worker advocacy has helped excel his work in public health. Aside from work, Jacob enjoys nature documentaries, smoothies, and meeting new dogs.
Jeff is a native of Tacoma. He attended Western Washington University where he completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Community Health. He came to PCAF as an intern in the Prevention Department in the fall of 2009. After two years doing outreach and working to stop the spread of HIV in our community, Jeff decided to try on a slightly different hat. He was offered the job of a Medical Case Manager where he works with clients to help them gain self sufficiency. Jeff also likes bowling and has been known to come in first at multiple office holiday bowling parties.
Jennifer was born and raised in Washington. She gets her passion for helping others from her mother, who made their home a safe place for many less fortunate individuals. At age 15, Jennifer found out that her uncle who recently passed had AIDS and had been suffering from his illness for quite some time. This sparked her passion for helping those affected by HIV/AIDS. As a Medical Case Manager at PCAF, she treats her clients the way she would have wanted her uncle to be treated. She believes that every day she has the chance to show clients how to advocate for their own needs and work towards improving their lives. She feels blessed to work with some of the most inspiring individuals.
Growing up on Bainbridge Island, jill learned to sail, skip rocks, pitch a tent, and swim. She spent her early years developing a deep love for language and art that remains to this day. Advocating for children and families, she pursued a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education and spent 10 years teaching children in public schools. After the death of a family friend due to AIDS, she traded play dough for personnel files and joined the staff of PCAF where she’s worked for 20 years. jill considers it an honor to serve clients and support staff, and looks forward to coordinating the annual AIDS Walk Community Engagement Art project. jill considers herself a lifelong student and continues to look for ways to play, offer kindness, and “scatter joy”.
Jill was born in Oregon and has lived in the Puget Sound area for over 20 years. She has a heart for social justice, and her career has allowed her to serve in some amazing grassroots social justice/social service organizations over the years. She has a passion for building community, and finds working at PCAF to be inspiring and rewarding on many levels. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, Jill studied social work and community development. She is a self-proclaimed rock hound, and vacations and adventures with her partner often include opportunities to dig in the dirt to find natural gemstones and other treasures.
Keith grew up in Northern California but has spent the last half of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He has been involved in the HIV community for the past 8 years working for MetMeds Pharmacy where he delivered medication. Keith says, “I found that working with clients on a monthly basis was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.” When a Medical Case Manager position opened up at PCAF, Keith thought that it would be a natural progression for him. He enjoys working one on one with people of the community and has discovered that helping others is an integral part of his personality. Keith works at our Olympia office and lives near Centralia with his partner, Loren, and their cat, Puddy.
As an undergraduate, Kim had an eye-opening, hands-on introduction to HIV/AIDS work while interning in hospitals abroad. She worked in homeless services for a few years with AmeriCorps, and joined PCAF as a Medical Case Manager in 2015. Kim values working toward more just and inclusive communities, and she is honored to get to be a resource and advocate for the resilient people PCAF serves. She also feels privileged to learn from her amazing coworkers. A native Texan, Kim enjoys watching the San Antonio Spurs and is much more enthusiastic about food than is generally socially acceptable. Kim also loves reading, spending time outdoors, and attempting to garden.
After completing a BS in Health Policy and a MS in Health Care Delivery at Arizona State University, Lance served in Guatemala as a Peace Corps Volunteer as part of the Maternal and Child Health project. Guatemala is where Lance discovered his passion for HIV/AIDS prevention. Through his work he taught Guatemalan families about childcare, hygiene, nutrition, safer sex practices and disease prevention. Lance’s introduction to PCAF was through Latinx Unidos of the South Sound (LUSS) where he met Lorenzo Cervantes (Prevention Director). “PCAF shares my passion for happiness and helping people showcase the best version of themselves through empowerment and knowledge of the resources available to improve their lives.” A native Washingtonian, Lance loves rain, mountains and most importantly plants. Lance has more than 50 plants in his one-bedroom apartment he shares with his partner of 2.5 years.
Lorenzo is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since 1998, he has been involved in many aspects of HIV prevention work such as outreach in bathhouses while working at the LGBTQ Center of San Diego and creating HIV prevention programming specifically for gay and bisexual men here at PCAF. Currently Lorenzo is the Director of Prevention where he oversees many programs focused on stopping the spread of HIV in our community. Lorenzo’s commitment to the cause keeps growing stronger as HIV continues to disproportionately affect gay men and communities of color. He also loves to watch kitten videos.
Lori is the Deputy Director at PCAF. Originally from the mountains of Montana, Lori found her way to PCAF after educational stops at Oregon State University, University of Montana and the Evergreen State College. Her interest in social justice work led to her first job at PCAF in 1997 coordinating the Young and Strong Program in the Prevention Department. She believes, “having the opportunity to contribute positively to someone’s life is deeply rewarding. Getting a chance to work alongside some of the finest humans on the planet is icing on the cake.” Lori is fond of kind and intelligent people, midcentury modern architecture and paddling up the Hanalei River at sunset with the giant sea turtles.
Megan was the first person in her family to go to college. She graduated from the University of Idaho with degrees in Psychology and Sociology and the University of Washington Tacoma with a Masters in Social Work. Her interest in HIV work began when she volunteered for Inland Oasis HIV Program as a receptionist, HIV tester, and risk reduction counselor. Megan is a Mental Health Case Manager at PCAF where she enjoys working to assist her clients. Megan believes PCAF is a great work environment where she is surrounded by friendly and supportive coworkers. She loves learning, video games, and spending time with her friends and family (including the furry, four-legged ones).
Roland was born in Massachusetts but moved to Washington State in his youth. He attended Tacoma Community College and Evergreen State College where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts. He has been working in social services, specifically in the field of mental heatlh, for the past 33 years. He has worked as a case manager for the past 22 years and has been at PCAF since 2009. He is currently enrolled in an online Master’s of Psychology program with Northcentral University where he is on track to graduate in April 2016. Roland enjoys reading and writing poetry. He loves books and has a wide ranging collection with includes poetry, history and other various genres.
Stephanie joined the PCAF staff in 2010 as our bookkeeper. She manages billings and payroll, among other tasks, and keeps things in the business office running smoothly. When not at work, she enjoys country and swing dancing with her husband.
While studying Visual Communications Design at the University of Washington in Seattle, Wilmer began his work with HIV prevention as the Social Marketing Director of the Young Asian Men’s Study. The study conducted by the University of California San Francisco aimed to find the effectiveness of targeted messaging in HIV transmission rates. His professional graphic design practice focused on organizations working around his interests in community building, social justice, civic engagement, the arts and his identity intersections as a gay Filipino-American. Having called Seattle, Olympia and Portland home he identifies as a Cascadian. Wilmer enjoys the great outdoors and can be found biking, hiking and camping during the summer, watching documentaries on his couch and breaking a sweat on the dance floor.