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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”.
Alix is a transplant from San Francisco and is currently studying Human Development at WSU. They have a passion for social justice especially surrounding access to health care and education for underserved communities. Alix’s personal experience in their life with HIV lead them to begin volunteering for PCAF before being brought on as staff. You can usually find Alix in the office with headphones in listening to an investigative podcast while setting up for the weekly Food Program. When Alix is not at work or studying, they enjoy watching baseball (Go Giants!), seeing live music, playing video games, reading Kurt Vonnegut, or watching stand up with their partner.
Angie joined PCAF in 2020 after 8 years of working in debate education for students at local middle and high schools, as well as her alma mater Pacific Lutheran University. As a debate instructor, they were recognized for her commitment to gender equity, especially for queer and trans debaters. She has brought this passion for argumentation and advocacy to HIV justice, informed by personal, family, and social history. In their personal time, Angie enjoys spends time with their polycule, baking yummy treats, and playing with their pet chickens, dogs, and cats
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.
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 Director. 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.
Caroline was born and raised in El Paso, TX and joined the Army at the age of 18. Caroline decided to settle and make a new life in Olympia, WA and completed her BA in Psychology at Saint Martin’s University. Caroline always knew she wanted to help people so she started working working with youth by providing guidance and mentorship to turn their lives around and be hopeful for their future. Caroline wanted to do more social justice work in our Latino community and empower women and she found that opportunity with PCAF. When not in the office, you can find Caroline spending time with her son and exploring the beautiful PNW.
Cecilia and her family moved to Washington State from Lima, Peru in 1993. 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.
Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Chris moved to the Evergreen State for College. Graduating with Environmental Planning and Policy Bachelor Degree at Western Washington University. With a strong background in community outreach, volunteer coordination, and community mobilization. They joined PCAF to devote most of their time building and supporting Black and Brown Queer spaces in Tacoma. Chris is looking forward to creating and supporting more Queer BIPOC and leading developing safe spaces and creating outreach projects They are also a leader in Sectac Kiki Ballrom Scene as Chi-Chi walking categories like Vogue Femme and Best Dressed.
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.
Born and raised in Tacoma, Erica completed her Bachelor’s of Public Health from the University of Washington, her Master’s in Education from Johns Hopkins University, and her Master’s in Public Health from Imperial College London. With a personal connection to HIV, her work has led her across the globe including the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and research at Imperial College London. Erica is passionate about community health and empowering others to make informed decisions about their own physical and mental wellbeing. In her spare time, Erica enjoys watching reruns of Grey’s Anatomy and volunteering as a phlebotomist at the Neighborhood Clinic, a free medical clinic servicing Tacoma’s Hilltop community.
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.
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Jas grew up on the West Coast and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for most of their life. They obtained their Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington at Tacoma. As a Medical Case Manager, Jas brings their commitment to social justice and equity to PCAF by incorporating strengths-based practices to facilitate the self-efficacy of individuals served. Jas is also an avid reader, cyclist, hiking enthusiast, and occasionally composes music in their spare time.
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.
JJ is a recent graduate of Tacoma Community College where he has earned his Associates Degree in Applied Science in Human Services. He has been an HIV advocate for 28 years and has a passion for helping those affected by HIV, so it was an easy call to work for PCAF. “I am excited to serve my clients and be part of the PCAF team”, says JJ of his time so far. He is a transplant from Texas who now calls the Pacific Northwest his forever home. He is an avid gardener, cook, and loves to help others. He always makes a point of living by his personal motto of “Living my Truth with Courage and Conviction”.
Joiwyn first started working with HIV/AIDS as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana, Africa, while also completing their Master’s degree in Global Youth Development. They spent two years educating teens about sexual health in Botswana, and then came back to teach youth sexual health for a year with Planned Parenthood. Joiwyn started with PCAF as a Medical Case Manager to work more hands on with folx living with HIV and assist them with our society’s challenging systems. “Being a part of such a creative, caring, and queer inclusive organization is so refreshing and inspiring,” they say of their time with PCAF. When not at work, Joiwyn is working on their passion project to create a care package shop to support and celebrate folx identities that society normally tries to hide away. Joiwyn also loves to read, do puzzles, and cross-stitch with their spouse or Wisband as they call them.
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.
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. Per graduated from the University of Idaho with degrees in Psychology and Sociology and the University of Washington Tacoma with a Masters in Social Work. Per 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 Client Services Team Lead at PCAF where per enjoys working to assist per clients. Megan believes PCAF is a great work environment where per is surrounded by friendly and supportive coworkers. Per loves learning, video games, and spending time with her friends and family (including the furry, four-legged ones).
Michealea (pronounced ma-shay-la) is originally from San Antonio, Texas but moved to Washington 13 years ago. She graduated from the University of Washington- Tacoma in 2016 with her Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Psychology. The following year, she served a year as an Americorps VISTA at United Way of Pierce County where her love of working in the community blossomed! Michealea currently works a PCAF as a Prevention and Health Coordinator focused on African American women, she sits as the Chair of the Tacoma Human Rights Commission and attends Seattle University working on her Masters in Public Administration.
During her free time, she enjoys being active in her church, spending time with her dog, family and friends.
Niles (He/Him pronouns) is originally from Colorado and moved to Washington in 2007. He graduated in 2014 with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology. He focused on Transgender health, trauma processing, and multiple coping skills for substance use. He facilitated Transgender Support groups for five years. He worked as a therapist for six years. Niles currently works at PCAF as a Medical Case Manager for Mental Health.
During his free time, he enjoys writing, spending time with friends and hiking.
Sandra was born and raised in Poland. She moved to the United States in 2016. She graduated from University of Warsaw with a master’s degree in Cultural Studies in the field of Arabic and Islamic culture. She has taken part in a humanitarian aid program for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. She volunteered as a human rights observer in Palestine and Israel. She took part in a program in the Psycho-Neurological Institution in Russia. Those experiences have made a huge impact on her understanding of global problems such as poverty, violent conflicts, non-respect of human rights, and mental illness. Working in conflict regions and in a country where disabled people’s rights are openly ignored has made her eager to take action for raising awareness.
In the United States, Sandra worked in organizations that focus on mental health. As a homeless outreach worker and a case manager, she was serving individuals experiencing homelessness, chronic illnesses, and mental health problems. Sandra joined the PCAF Team in January 2019. She currently works as a Medical Case Manager at the MAX clinic. She is excited to be part of an interdisciplinary team that serves individuals who experience significant barriers to HIV care.
Sandra enjoys traveling, hiking and reading. She loves spending time outdoors and trying new things. She recently discovered her passion for paragliding and scuba diving.
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.
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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.
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Yulissa was born in Mexico, Chihuahua and was raised in Seattle, Washington. When she was in high school, she took 3 years of American Sign Language. Yulissa earned her BA of Social Work from the University of Washington Tacoma in 2019. Yulissa is passionate about helping others, language access, and immigration. Yulissa has experience being a service provider serving as a volunteer at Puyallup Public Library, Proyecto Mole, and most recently as an Immigration Services intern at Tacoma Community House. These experiences have reinforced Yulissa to desire to contribute to the wellbeing of people and become an effective advocate for everyone where she has found the opportunity at PCAF. During her free time, she enjoys working out, going out, shopping, taking care of herself, hanging out with her friends and family and spending time with her Pomeranian dogs Coqueta and Luigy.