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Nikki Akparewa
HIV Nurse Coordinator

Working with the JACQUES Initiative is such a joy. We are a community of professionals from all walks of life striving to reduce the stigma of HIV. I do my very best to help our clients know that we support them from first encounter until they are connected to care.


Kathy Bennett
Community Outreach Coordinator

To help those broken and lost and can't see beyond being HIV positive. I've gone through what they are going through, and have been blessed to be where I am today. It's my turn to be a blessing to those who are struggling with their diagnosis. Working here at the JACQUES Initiative enables me to let people know there is life beyond HIV.

Travis L. Brown, MHA, MBA
Director of Performance Management

To serve as a leader in the HIV/HCV field and change the lives of those infected and affected by HIV/HCV. My primary focus is to provide routine testing and linkage to care for high-risk populations.

David Callahan
Treatment Coach

Provide comprehensive services to clients infected and affected with HIV.

Rhonda Carr
Peer Navigator

 I started working in this field in 2012 because I wanted to make a difference with my community, to show my passion for others and to help them with the resources that were not available to me when I was growing up. I have seen so much with my friends and family losing lives. I vowed never to let one more person I love die because of lack of knowledge. I feel I owe this to my community and myself.

Sierra Cary - Brown
Community Outreach Coordinator

Upon graduating, I wanted to work in a community centered environment that strived for the health education, promotion, and prevention of underserved black communities in Baltimore.
After interning with JACQUES, I knew this was the place to be.

Nicole Edwards
Retention Specialist

I started volunteering in 2009 with a purpose to serving and educating those who are effected and affected with HIV. I am fully committed to making a difference and empowering people for the future. This program helped me and I want to do the same for others. 


Liz Ellis
Administrative Assistant, Journey Center

I love the community JACQUES Initiative serves and being part of an organization that is making a difference in people's lives.


Massiel Garcia
Program Manager

The reason I work at the JACQUES Initiative is because the program is staffed with people who are fully committed and engaged in the mission and the vision. I’m passionate about social justice and public health; at the JACQUES Initiative there is a level of intersectionality that makes for a very fulfilling work environment.

Kemahn Jones
HIV Prevention, Program Specialist

As Prevention Program Specialist and certified health education specialist, my goal is to educate and empower community members to understand their health, make healthy choices, and improve their quality of life. Working at the JACQUES Initiative allows to increase access to care and improve health outcomes for Baltimore City residents affected by HIV. Joining this organization has provided me with unforgettable relationships, both personally and professionally. I am blessed to be able to wake up every day to do something I love with such passionate and supportive staff. Working at JACQUES is not a job, it is a way of living. 


Lisa Langer
Adherence Program Pharmacist

To do my small part to hopefully bring some hope, support, respect and happiness to the people of Baltimore that we serve in our pharmacy.

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Hernan Luduena Segre MS
Program Director of Community Engagement


Curtis J. Mitchell Sr.
Treatment Coach

I work at JI because it affords me the opportunities to become a servant and advocate to the HIV/AIDS population in Baltimore.

Lakeisha Mixon LMSW
Counselor, Medical Case Manager

I work at the JACQUES Initiative to do the work that I was charged to do as a licensed social worker - advocate and serve the unique needs of vulnerable populations in an effort to address the social determinants of health, eradicate health & racial disparities, and improve the quality of life of our communities.

Renard Murray
Community Outreach Worker

I work for the JACQUES Initiative because I want see the end of the HIV epidemic. I would love to see people stay in care, looking after themselves and living a happy normal life style.

Vernette Neely
Pharmacy Technician

I have been working for the University of Maryland Outpatient Pharmacy for 16 years. and was offered a position here at the JACQUES Initiative Pharmacy. Although the challenges are a little different here, I still enjoy taking care of patients and making sure they get what they need as far as their health is concerned. I really love what I do and plan on being a part of JACQUES for many more years to come.

Evelyn Nicholson
Community Outreach Worker

My work involves testing, education and connecting those who are HIV positive to medical care and appropriate services. HIV is a disease that still needs to be addressed by the community and my passion is educating because that helps lead to prevention. I love helping people and started volunteering in 2013, which led to my current job.

Jess Obayan, LMSW
Program Manager of Community Engagement

I joined the JACQUES Initiative to support the work it does to address the health disparities that continue to exist within black and LGBTQ+ communities. I believe that ending HIV requires making significant investments in communities that have been historically oppressed. In my role as Program Manager, I develop and implement programming with a goal of narrowing the health equity gap in Baltimore.

Jerrell Smith
Linkage to Care Navigator

I work for the JACQUES Initiative because I want see the end of the HIV epidemic. I also love helping people and seeing them get into care and get better. We all have a part to play in this and this is how I choose to fight

Dawn Snowden

Dawn Snowden
Corrections Counseling Associate

I work for the JACQUES Initiative because I believe in the mission to improve access to treatment, care and support, to do away with the stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS and to show patients that life goes on after a diagnosis. I’m here to be of service to all I encounter. #ZEROnewHIVinfections


Lisa Ware, MSW
Program Management Specialist

My journey with the JACQUES Initiative began in the year 2013 when I became a volunteer through fellowship and serving coffee at the JACQUES Café. It was then I knew I wanted to be a part of this organization that gives great care to our brothers and sisters who are infected with HIV/AIDS and other problems that affect their lives. I have such a genuine passion for this work. It is not just employment; it is a service that I truly embrace.



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