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.
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.”
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.
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.
Vaness Futrell has been an international trans activist for well over five years. Her goal is to achieve top-tier care and equity for trans and non-binary people. She is a performer, an alumna of Lincoln University, and is legendary in the ballroom community.
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.
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.
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.
Casey Baptiste was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Mehlville senior high school in 1999. She went on to obtain her B.A. in criminal justice and M.A. in Sociology at Lincoln University. She then relocated to New Orleans, where she gained knowledge in the case management field working with victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Casey, also worked as an intensive mental health professional, where she provided services for children ages 5-21. Casey has over 15 plus years of experience in case management service and enjoys working to help people reach their full potential.
Joshua Alexander received his Bachelor of Social Work from Thee Jackson State University and went on to complete his Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. Joshua has worked directly with individuals living with HIV since 2017, beginning his journey as a Health Coach. Joshua has been trained in health literacy, motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, Mental Health First Aid, and a plethora of other trainings to assist in engagement with our client population. Joshua is one of only a few case managers in the region who are black, gay and living with HIV.
Fallon Finney has served People living with HIV/AIDS for over 8 years and has found it to be one of the most humbling and rewarding experiences in her Social Work career. Fallon will continue to advocate for systematic changes that will yield better physical and mental health outcomes for people of color, women, LGTBQIA2S+, and other marginalized communities.
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!”
David Bell is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Outreach Coordinator, and healthcare educator who has worked in healthcare for over 19 years. David is passionate about addressing the challenge of reducing the spread of STIs in disenfranchised and marginalized communities through treatment and education and bringing awareness to the importance of good sexual health. He believes that "we can not expect people to make well-informed decisions if they are not well informed."
Tabasha has been an advocate for medically correct sexual reproduction education and community resources. She stands for justice and fairness even when it's difficult. Fun fact: she rides motorcycles.
Keith Lofton is very passionate about his work as an outreach coordinator. As a person in recovery for more than four years himself, he uses his personal journey as a means to help others in the community he comes from.
Hezekiah Williams has been working and volunteering in the field of HIV for ten years. He started as a volunteer at The SPOT in his late teens to now a life coach for black and brown LGBTQIA community members. As a black, gay, HIV-positive man, he has promoted healthy relationships between those who are HIV-positive and negative. Showcasing to his community that being HIV-positive is nothing to be ashamed of. He has created multiple support groups, leadership meetings, educational seminars, and safe spaces for the community. Hezekiah is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with hopes of uplifting and empowering his community from within.
Torezz L. Griffin is a Project Coordinator with four years of experience working in HIV care and 18 years in management. Torezz specializes in time management, organization, and team building. His journey in HIV care started as a Health Navigator, where he assisted in developing an intervention program that serviced Black MSM living with HIV. Torezz is certified in health literacy and motivational interviewing. He believes that life is about progression. "In order to be great, you just have to care. You have to care about your world, community, and equality." Torezz is inspired daily by his close family, friends, and late Grandmother. In his free time, Torezz likes to cook, personal shop, travel, and go to concerts.
Benjamin Woods is a St. Louis native and mental health advocate who is passionate about the fight against the opioid crisis, medical education, and the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases.
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