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George Kerr

Executive Director

 

George Kerr is a nationally renowned community activist and grassroots non-profit executive who is a staple in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area for more than 19 years. Having honorably served his country in the US Navy for nearly 8 years, Kerr, now a decorated veteran, has taken the discipline, organizational skills, and administrative management experiences he learned from during his esteemed military career and transferred those assets to better serve the prevention and treatment service needs of District residents with admirable results.

 

Mr. Kerr’s greatest achievement is the programmatic and service expansion of the START at Westminster (Syringe, Training, Advocacy, Resources, and Treatment) program. Under his stewardship, the START at Westminster program has served hundreds of active and recovering drug users—linking them to recovery, treatment and harm reduction services, offered seniors invaluable HIV/AIDS prevention education services, and provided HIV testing, counseling and referral to thousands of DC residents. During his tenure with START at Westminster, Kerr has overseen budget increases of more than 200% since 2008 and increased private and government funding support, including resources by the DC Department of Health, in the midst of an economic downturn. Community partners and investors for START at Westminster continue to expand with contracted collaborations with a range of housing, addiction recovery, and mental health service providers. Through his dedicated service and leadership, thousands of District residents have become aware of their HIV status, hundreds more linked to proper care, treatment, and support services for their disease management needs, and scores have collaborated with him to advocate on behalf of those that stigma has silenced.

 

As the Executive Director of the START at Westminster program, Kerr has a long and committed history of effectively working with some of the most prominent health service providers in the District. Presently, he is an active member of the DC Community Coalition (DCC) where he serves as the Co-chair for the Events and Faith committees. The DCC is a broad cross-section of people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, working together to serve as the Local Citizens’ Host Committee for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) held in Washington, DC for the first time in over 20 years. Members come from various sectors of the community and are focused on ensuring that the District of Columbia is an effective and powerful host to the AIDS 2012 conference and its global, national, and local stakeholder-attendees.

 

Trained and certified in HIV/AIDS prevention by the Washington Free Clinic and nationally recognized programs, including the American Red Cross, Kerr has taken those practical skills far beyond HIV facilitation, testing and counseling services. As the Operations Director and a Community Co-Chair for DC Fights Back, Kerr assisted with the establishment of community partnerships with such harm reduction allies as Prevention Works.

 

George Kerr resides in Washington, DC

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Ron Daniels, CAC

Program Director

 

Ron Daniels is an award-winning public health advocate and addictions counselor, working on HIV/AIDS and substance abuse issues in the District of Columbia for over 15 years. Throughout those years, Daniels has tirelessly worked at the grassroots level to ensure people suffering from HIV and chemical dependency receive the essential continuum of care services they need to recover from the scourge of addiction and to survive living with HIV/AIDS. Through numerous community-based and major health care organizations, Daniels spreads the gospel of harm reduction and shepherds hundreds of marginalized people into the quality care, treatment and support they deserve.

 

A founder and co-founder of several programs in care advocacy, syringe access, and harm reduction education during his eight-year tenure at Prevention Works, Daniels quickly established himself as the go-to advocate in the District for access to those struggling with the hardened realities of drug addiction and the co-occurring disorders of HIV, mental illness and Hepatitis C. Through his frontline service for clients who trust him to help them navigate DC’s sprawling health and social service systems, Daniels provides more than the hope of receiving high quality services for indigent populations; he helps make sure it’s delivered. His work with Prevention Works has been documented in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and in a various other regional publications. Daniels has also been an invited speaker at Congressional briefings on AIDS and at the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto.

 

Since leaving Prevention Works in 2008, Daniels’ work has continued unabated. As the Needle Exchange Coordinator for Family and Medical Counseling Services (FMCS), Daniels is helping DC’s leading minority health service provider, in their first foray into comprehensive needle exchange programming for active users. FMCS’smobile unit program takes point-of-entry health care access directly to the people, within their own neighborhoods. With FMCS, Daniels has supported the syringe access and harm risk reduction needs of hundreds of chemically dependent individuals trying to responsibly prevent HIV and Hepatitis C in their lives. Daniels’ work with FMCS is the subject of a forthcoming documentary on the twin challenges of tackling HIV and drug addiction in the nation’s capital.

 

Before his noted work in syringe access, Daniels consistently put his advocacy and harms reduction philosophies to use as a volunteer and staffer at several local agencies including Our Children, Whitman Walker Clinic’s Max Robinson Center, and the Washington Hospital Center. He has also been a leader in such multi-agency partnerships as the Ward 7 Collaborative. Most recently, Daniels co-founded and is now the Program Director for the START (Syringe, Training, Advocacy, Resources, and Treatment) at Westminster program to reach drug users and HIV positive individuals with HIV testing, counseling and support services in the District of Columbia. Community partners and investors for START at Westminster continue to expand with contracted collaborations with a range of housing, addiction recovery, and mental health service providers. Through his dedicated service and leadership, thousands of District residents have become aware of their HIV status, hundreds more linked to proper care, treatment, and support services for their disease management needs, and scores have collaborated with him to advocate on behalf of those that stigma has silenced Mr. Daniels counsels underserved drug-users in how to obtain key supports on their road to recovery. A life-long human rights activist, Daniels continues to partner with marginalized communities in Washington struggling to justifiably receive the quality, competent, and non-judgmental care all human beings deserve.

 

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START at Westminster

Westminster Presbyterian Church

400 I Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

 

P 202.863.8450  |  F 202.484.8544  |  gkerr@startatwestminster.org

 

 

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