Ambassadors and Influencers
Ambassadors and digital influencers are local and online leaders who support our Act Against AIDS campaign efforts by disseminating HIV messaging, materials and other CDC resources in the cities that were identified for our campaign implementation efforts.
Jason Black – Houston, TX
As an HIV/AIDS advocate, Jason has used his platform to work to organize and mobilize young black gay men in the Houston area through an intervention program that he leads, called mSociety. mSociety, is a niche program designed to uplift and empower young gay and bisexual African-American men through personal and professional development, while providing HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, education and awareness. Jason is currently the Director of Public Health Services at Legacy Community Health Services and continues to partner with organizations like Texas HIV Planning Group and Houston GBLT Political Caucus. Jason served as a member of White House National Office of AIDS Policy, Youth Advisory Board, during the Obama Administration and Committee Chair, Texas HIV Planning Group.
Davin D. Clemons, DMin – Memphis, TN
Following in the footsteps of thought and social justice leaders, Davin has dedicated his life to becoming a voice for the voiceless. He is a 12 year veteran of the Memphis Police Department, and the first black LGBTQ liaison of the Memphis Police Department. Mr. Clemons co-founded Relationship Unleashed and Cathedral Foundation, Inc., and has developed a comprehensive curriculum geared towards African Americans, ages 13-25, that promotes awareness of abstinence and safer sex. Davin brings his extensive track record of ministry, motivational speaking, public service, and event planning, working with organizations such as Texas HIV Planning Group and African American Lesbian and Gay Alliance.
César Emil Concepción-Acevedo – San Juan, PR
César leads a HIV Prevention Program on the Island of Puerto Rico that serves populations with increased risk for HIV including like Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) and Transgender individuals. The program focus includes HIV testing, client service navigation and referral, structural condom distribution, and interventions such as Personal Cognitive Counseling (PCC). César also has experience with Community-Based Non-Profit Organizations focused on preventing HIV/AIDS among transgender youth. César continues to raise HIV/AIDS awareness through panel discussions, events, and conferences.
Daniel J. Downer – Orlando, FL
Daniel is a community advocate in the Central Florida area known for his passion in fighting discrimination, stigma, and health disparities among minority populations. Daniel is an Early Intervention Services Program Coordinator at the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida. He is also actively engaged in his community where he serves as the Patient Care Consumer Representative for the Central Florida HIV Planning Council. Daniel’s work in his community received national recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, where alongside nine young advocates, he became a part of the 2017 HRC HIV 360° Fellowship Program. As Founder of The Bros in Convo Initiative, Daniel has quickly become one of Orlando’s leading voices for HIV education, prevention, and testing.
José Ramón García-Madrid – Phoenix, AZ
As a child, with little to no access to healthcare, José relied on the internet, chat lines, and other resources to find information about sexual health. As an HIV/AIDS advocate, José’s mission is to ensure that HIV/AIDS education is available, especially for at risk populations. José’s has worked with Union Equals Fuerza: The Latinx Institute, within the Creating Change LGBTQ conference, to bring together over 200 LGBTQ Latinxs for a full day of skills sharing, workshops and presentations related to queer Latinx activism. Jose believes that, “voices of LGBT immigrants are disproportionately absent in conversations of justice and equity in Arizona,” and that there is an undeniable link between Arizona’s anti-LGBT laws and its rising HIV infection rates.
Sian A. Green – New Orleans, LA
Sian is a HIV/AIDS activist from the Greater New Orleans, Louisiana area. Sian works through many organizations to bring awareness to the community including people living with HIV. She works closely with the Southern AIDS Coalition, the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, Positive Women’s Network, Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network and Crescent Care. Sian developed a program titled “Seasoned Gracefully,” which provides educational resources and coaching to individuals affected and impacted by the trials of domestic violence, low self-esteem, homelessness and HIV and AIDS. Sian seeks to assist those who are uneducated and /or misinformed about the resources available to them.
Queen Hatcher-Johnson – Atlanta, GA
Queen is a Clinic Office Associate at Positive Impact Heath Centers. Queen uses her platform to serve as a peer advocate, public speaker, wife to her husband Terrance Hatcher-Johnson, and mother to their two fur babies Rolex and King. She has been featured in many social justice commercials ranging from combating housing discrimination to the importance of voting. Queen attributes her success to the support and leadership training development of organizations like NMAC, the Elton John Foundation, Positive Impact Health Centers, Georgia Equality and the Equality Foundation. Queens moto is “no isn’t no, it’s just you on your way to your next opportunity.”
Darius J. Jones – Columbia, SC
While completing his Bachelor of Arts in Social Science degree at Allen University, Darius worked as an MSM Community Specialist and Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) at South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council (now Joseph H. Neal Wellness Center). Along with his rewarding workload, he spearheaded Change2Change, an LGBTQ+ support group to enrich the lives of young men and raise HIV prevention awareness. Following graduation in 2013, Darius landed a position as Community Outreach Coordinator at Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services where he coordinated, implemented, and evaluated HIV and STD psychosocial interventions for various at-risk groups. Darius has more than nine years of experience providing HIV/STD prevention education to African-American men who have sex with men in Columbia and surrounding areas.
Michael J. Roman – Miami, FL
Michael has over 15 years of community engagement experience. As a community leader working for the City of Miami, Michael has fine-tuned his skills in community outreach, coordinating events, developing actions plans and facilitating projects. Most recently, Michael implemented the City of Miami’s HIV initiative to address the growing epidemic. Michael also brings his expertise and experience as a staffer for the National Institutes of Health – National Cancer Institute’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison. Michael brings a wealth of knowledge, partnership, and experience to his role as an Act Against Ambassador.
Connie Shearer – Las Vegas, NV
With over 12 years of experience in raising HIV/AIDS awareness, Connie has developed an extensive peer advocacy network. As creator of the six-part training series, “Stay in Your Own Lane: How to be an HIV Advocate 101,” Connie informs the community on how to apply for HIV/AIDS awareness conferences, how to share their story, and how to impact their communities. Connie’s outreach experience includes journalism, event planning, and public speaking. She continues her quest to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and support by leading “Positive Living in Las Vegas” and facilitating groups and training at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Las Vegas.
Christopher Cuevas – Orlando, FL
A lifelong peace practitioner, educator, and community organizer, Christopher has a long history of advocating for LGBTQ+, farmworker, and racial justice movements, each deeply interconnected to lived experience as a child of immigrants and queer person of color. Through work with various community initiatives and organizations, Christopher has led community conversations and facilitated community education campaigns specifically addressing structural racism, health equity, and LGBTQ+ issues.
Phillip Lambert – Chicago, IL
Phillip Lambert is a rapper, actor, writer, model, curator, and strategist living with HIV. Phillip also serves as the Co-Founder and Co-Creative Director of The BLAK Collective, a queer art collective that uses hip-hop and afrofuturism music as a self-care regimen and accessible creative arts education as the necessary tools for the liberation of all Black and brown people. Phillip has over 13 years’ experience as a sexual health educator and HIV activist while pursuing a Doctorate in Community Psychology. Phillip’s work has appeared in Art AIDS America Chicago, the Alphawood Gallery, and on Blavity, Chelsea Lately, Essence, The Soup, VH1, and Queer, Ill + OKAY.
Chance McKee – San Diego
Chance McKee is a native Texan who relocated to California in 2016. Chance became involved with the HIV and AIDS movement while working for an AIDS Services Organization in Southern California, where he created innovative, grassroots outreach strategies to engage the local community in helping to end the epidemic. Chance believes the tools and information are available to end the epidemic once and for all, and hopes that by serving as an Ambassador for the CDC’s Act Against AIDS campaigns, he can help increase awareness of how to stop the spread of HIV. Chance currently serves the LGBT community as the Director of Development for San Diego LGBT Pride.
Alexander Pacach – Los Angeles, CA
Alexander’s search for a safe space to better understand his sexuality led to also discovering the field of HIV prevention a decade ago. Through dedication and passion as a volunteer, Alexander was given the opportunity to work as a health educator to better support the community. Since then, Alexander has primarily provided direct services to underserved communities including youth, queer and people of color. Most recently, he launched a YouTube channel Closeted Conversations, with the goal of creating a safe space that fosters genuine conversations about social taboos.
John (Rob) Phoenix, APRN, FNP-C – Las Vegas, NV
Rob Phoenix, is a family nurse practitioner in Las Vegas, NV where he owns and operates the largest LGBTQ-focused medical clinic in Southern Nevada. Rob focuses his practice on HIV prevention, HIV treatment, Transgender health care, and providing primary care. Rob is the predominate provider of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) care and the clinic is the largest provider of Pre-exposure prophylaxis prevention (PrEP) in Southern Nevada. Rob is also the President of the Huntridge Family Clinic Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on providing health care to the LGBTQ and Allies community in Las Vegas. He was recently selected as the Southern Nevada Health District 2018 Pubic Health Hero.
Jessica Zyrie – Houston, TX
Jessica Zyrie is a black transgender model, advocate and clinical case manager at the Montrose Center. Jessica has used her platform to advocate for equality across the intersectionality of race and gender identity. Jessica Zyrie became public with her transition in October 2016, and has used her publicity to increase visibility and education for the community. She has advocated with local, state, and national organizations including, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Equality Texas, Transgender Education Network of Texas, Gilead, and the Houston Health Department. She has been featured internationally on Google Pride’s 2017 Campaign #IShowUp and has been featured in online fashion editorials for major magazines including Essence, Elle, and Marie Claire magazines.
- Page last reviewed: January 17, 2019
- Page last updated: January 17, 2019
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