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SUSTAIN Staff

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Samira Ali (she/her), PhD, LMSW - Center Director

 

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Maria Wilson (she/her), LMSW, LVN - Program Manager

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Katie McCormick (she/her), LMSW - Program Coordinator

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Lladira Aguilar (she/her), MSW - Capacity Building Assistance Manager

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Bec Sohka Keo (they/them), MSW - PhD Candidate/Public Impact Scholar

Leslie Speer - Research Administrator

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Marcus Stanley (he/him), BS, MPH – Project Officer

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Megan Stanton (she/her), MSW, PhD - Evaluator

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Alejandra Avilés (she/her), MPH, MSW – Public Impact Storyteller

 

SUSTAIN Advocacy Group (SAG)

The SUSTAIN Advocacy Group (SAG) is a diverse group of members comprised of nine deep south states disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic. Each member, chosen by HIV leaders to represent his/her/their respective state, brings a combination of lived expertise, community involvement, and grassroots advocacy backgrounds to this collaborative experience. Using MIPA (Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS) principles, SAG’s mission is to advise the University of Houston’s SUSTAIN Leadership Team on matters of programming, processes, and evaluation. Further, the SAG membership is committed to serving as disclosed ambassadors for all its collaboration during each member’s tenure.

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Warren A. O’Meara-Dates - AL

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Maria Mejia - FL

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Masonia Traylor (she/her) - GA

Kerry Auzenne LA

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Jose Romero NC

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Eddie Wiley TN

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Venita Ray TX