Erise Williams, Jr., MPH is the co-founder of Williams & Associates, Inc., a community based non-profit public health agency addressing minority health disparities and health equity issues that impact minority health. His public health experience consists of 20 years of working on the frontlines of addressing minority health disparities. He has served as the founding executive director of Blacks Assisting Blacks Against AIDS (BABAA- 1990-2002), which under his leadership, became one of the premier minority ASOs (AIDS Service Organizations) in the Midwest region. Mr. Williams served in this position for 12 years, before leaving and starting Williams & Associates Inc, to address minority health disparities and health equity.
I have been in public health for thirty plus years in the St. Louis region. I have served my community in various capacities through the years i.e., educator, counselor, mentor, coach, health advocate among others. I was born in Mississippi on a plantation, raised by a single mother in public housing, lived in a depressed urban community, received a public education and this life experience has given me the “why” for the work that I do unapologetically for Black people.
Amanda Williams has worked as an HIV Medical Case Manager for several years. Through her work with Williams and Associates, she advocates for individuals who experience racial disparities in the delivery of their health care. Amanda is a trained psychologist and prior to her work in case management, her practice and research focused largely on individuals living with chronic illness as well as aging adults.
Portia Osei was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. After graduating high school, Portia moved to America to attend college and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health. She has been working in the health industry for ten years, first as a certified nurse assistant, and currently works as a Medical Case Manager. Portia plans on getting her master’s degree in Epidemiology.
Imani Sharif has long been advocating for women, girls, and social justice issues, working alongside a team in the St. Louis region, she understands how stigma affects people of every age, gender, and orientation. Fun Fact: She once held the title of “The Designated Calm Person.”
Darius Rucker is a community leader, educator, and facilitator. He works tirelessly to support communities that are denied opportunities for success and excellence while also seeking ways to disrupt cycles of oppression and historical trauma. Darius has lived in the St. Louis region for about ten years and calls North City, home. Originally from Florida, Darius completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida and obtained his Master's in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis.
Frederick Robinson is no stranger when it comes to working for others. He previously spent three years working in a hospital surgical department in Jackson, Mississippi, maintaining surgical instruments and observing the occasional surgery. He now works to educate and bring awareness to Black gay men’s health, in one-on-one and small group settings. Though the load gets heavy from time to time, it’s always been a worthy journey. Just like the turtle when it finally makes it to the sea.
Genevieve Love is a public health social worker who is a fierce advocate for people living with HIV and the LGBTQIA2S+ community. She has worked around the world to push back against injustice and provide support where she can. Her favorite ‘work thing’ is fostering new collaborations and partnerships across the St. Louis region and saying ‘no’ to working in silos.
David Dandridge is a community health worker who got his start in HIV activism as a member of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power [ACT-UP] in the early 1990s. He went on to serve as a hotline operator for the Saint Louis Effort for AIDS [now Vivent Health], as well as volunteering with Food Outreach and Planned Parenthood. Prior to joining Williams and Associates, he was a research assistant at Barnes Jewish Christian Hospital and a group facilitator for Diversity Awareness Partnership. He currently sits on the board of Pro-Choice Missouri.
Xavier Robinson is a health coach bringing his previous experience from the life coaching field as well as physical wellness. He is from Normal IL and has relocated to St. Louis after graduating college in 2018. He enjoys being active, painting, dancing, and learning new skills.
San Juan Caffey Jr. is a new father with a strong connection to Mother Nature and a love for surrounding himself with good energy. He loses himself in service work and strives in acting to better his community.
Shawn Furlow was born and raised in the city of St. Louis and earned his degree in Communications from Lindenwood University. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, kayaking, and trying different types of food. His future plans include getting into skydiving and rock-climbing. “Empowerment should start with feeling like you have a purpose!”
Kiwan Lawson is a Columbus, Ohio native with a knowledge of and passion for community service that drives him to affect change everywhere he travels. Kiwan attended Indiana University, Bloomington, earning two degrees; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Gender Studies and a Master of Science from the School of Public Health where his Master’s Thesis was recognized as the Executive Dean’s Best. Athletically, he became a four-time Big Ten Conference Champion and an NCAA All-American. Currently, Kiwan enjoys off-road racing and outdoor adventures in his spare time.
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