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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”.
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.
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 self-care activities which include the things she is most passionate about exercising, designing and sewing, reading, and spending time with her son and family.
I’ve been in customer service (& Mgmt) and office coordination since ’98 in Hawaii, Cali, & Brooklyn. I started in the social services in SF, CA – 2009 at the Height Asbury Free Clinics as CAB co-chair & Outreach Specialist for over 4-years. I supported clients by performing street/community outreach and health promotions to the diverse folks who were houseless, addicted to substances, and/or involved in sex work and connecting them to non-judgmental HIV/STIs/HEP C testing and medical care. I have continued my passion for supporting all vulnerable communities (underserved, under-recognized, & under-represented). I also was also part of the CLCTP Program w/AIDS Alliance in Maryland & DC to conduct HIV education workshops in my local community of SF. Since I started at PCAF in late ’21 I finished BS in Forensic Psych and look forward to continuing my passion for advocating & bridging the gaps in whole-person-centered care.
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.
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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.
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).
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 interim Housing Supervisor.
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.