2016 HIV 360° Fellows
The HRC Foundation has chosen 10 outstanding, young leaders for the 2016 cohort of the HIV 360° Fellowship Program. Made possible with support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, HIV 360° is a capacity-building fellowship program for young, nonprofit leaders ready to take HIV-inclusive organizations and initiatives to the next level. This diverse group was chosen from a highly-competitive pool of 89 candidates, all under age 35 and playing leadership roles in community-based organizations and initiatives in two dozen states.
The 2016 cohort includes:
Andrés Cano (Arizona)
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Planning Committee
Andrés Cano is an aide and community liaison to Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías in Tucson, Arizona, where Andrés is an emerging public servant committed to improving public health through community mobilization. For three years, Andrés led and expanded a multi-agency effort to prevent and treat HIV in Southern Arizona's Latino families. Andrés was named Equality Arizona's 2015 Emerging Leader of the Year. He is Vice Chair of the Planned Parenthood Arizona Board of Directors.
Community Service Project: #MomentsThatMatter seeks to reduce the HIV burden in Southern Arizona by combating stigma and linking Latinxs to HIV prevention, treatment, and/or care services through a people-driven, bilingual marketing campaign.
Thomas Davis (California)
Los Angeles LGBT Center
Thomas Davis resides in Los Angeles, California and has been a voice and advocate for gay and bisexual Black men living with HIV. After being diagnosed with HIV in 2013, Thomas wanted to share his story with others to let them know that they are not alone, and that each individual has the opportunity to turn a possibly devastating experience into a positive one. Since then, Thomas has spoken to audiences in the U.S. and abroad, and he’s been part of several youth-led initiatives aimed at empowering young people in the fight against HIV.
Community Service Project: The Catharsis Project seeks to reduce the HIV burden in Los Angeles, CA by improving young people's self-perceptions of risk through dance.
Nicole Elinoff (Florida)
Florida Department of Health
Nicole Elinoff graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Central Florida. After losing a close family member to AIDS-related complications, Nicole became an HIV tester and counselor in 2014. She currently serves as the Sexual Minority Health Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, conducting HIV prevention work in the LGBTQ community. Nicole strives to build collaboration, fight stigma, and be an agent of change in her community.
Community Service Project: Latidos Orlando seeks to reduce the HIV burden in Central Florida by decreasing feelings of isolation and stigma among Latinx gay and bisexual men living with HIV through the creation of a Spanish-language, social support group.
Mardrequs Harris (Tennessee)
Tennessee Department of Health
Mardrequs Harris graduated from Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Mardrequs is a leader within the Ryan White Planning Group, a TN Planning Group Representative, and a member of the Leaders Emerging and Developing Cohort. Mardrequs has worked for Emory University’s Hope Clinic and Friends for Life Corp. In April 2016, he was named a Program Director within the TN Department of Health. In this role, he is responsible for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)-related activities throughout the entire state of Tennessee.
Community Service Project: The 200 T.E.A.M. (Tested Educated Aware and Motivated) seeks to reduce the HIV burden in Memphis, TN by normalizing HIV testing among men of color who have sex with men through mass testing events and social networking strategies.
Sasanka Jinadasa (District of Columbia)
As the Capacity Building and Community Resource Manager at HIPS, Sasanka manages overnight outreach and hotline volunteers, communications, advocacy, and capacity building trainings at HIPS and in the DC community. She identifies as a queer, Lankan hard femme and has spearheaded projects on sex education, LGBTQ ally ship, and diversity and inclusion within activist spaces.
Community Service Project: The Peer Organizer Project seeks to reduce the HIV burden in Washington, DC by increasing sex workers' social support, sense of self-sufficiency, and access to high-barrier care througha community organizing and mobilization.
Tyrell Manning (Missouri)
Williams & Associates, Inc.
Tyrell Manning is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community. Tyrell has been a key driver of change within Williams & Associates, where he currently serves as Regional Integration Specialist and site coordinator of Rustin’s Place. Tyrell continues to be a positive mentor for young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). Tyrell strives to create safe spaces that offer growth and promote healing among young Black MSM in his local community.
Community Service Project: Project Aware seeks to reduce the HIV burden in St. Louis, MO by increasing access to PrEP among Black men who have sex with men through community engagement.
Pierre Jamar (PJ) Moton (Texas)
Abounding Prosperity, Inc.
Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, PJ Motion, LMSW is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. PJ is also a graduate of Fisk University, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. With more than seven years of experience in HIV & AIDS research, prevention, and care, specifically focused on Black gay and bisexual men, PJ has become a nationally recognized leader among his peers. PJ currently serves as Special Events/Project Manager at Abounding Prosperity in Dallas, TX
Community Service Project: Project T.R.I.P.S. (Transportation Resource for Improved Prevention and Suppression) seeks to reduce the HIV burden in Dallas, TX by increasing access to care among Black and Latino men who have sex with men and transgender women through a round-trip transportation program.
Steven Romeo (Alabama)
The Change Project
Steven Romeo is the founder, executive director, and primary artist for The Change Project based in Birmingham, Alabama. Their work was recognized by The White House in November 2015, and Steven was also named an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. The Change Project is an arts and storytelling organization that elevates the voices of LGBTQ people and advocates for their quality of life through the arts, strategic partnerships, and community programs in the Southern and Midwestern United States.
Community Service Project: IAMHIV seeks to reduce the HIV burden in Deep South states by decreasing levels levels of internalized stigma among people living with and affected by HIV through the art of photography, online storytelling, strategic partnership, and public education.
Milan Sherry (Louisiana)
Milan Nicole Sherry is a Black trans revolutionist from New Orleans, LA. Milan worked with the United States Department of Justice to address her community’s experiences inside of the Orleans Parish Prison, and she helped lead BreakOUT!'s “We Deserve Better Campaign,” which helped to prompt the New Orleans Police Department to adopt policies prohibiting racial and gender-based profiling. Milan is now a national board member of Positively Trans, a program of the Transgender Law Center.
Lee Storrow (North Carolina)
NC AIDS Action Network
Lee Storrow is executive director of the NC AIDS Action Network (NCAAN). Before coming to NCAAN, he worked for the NC Alliance for Health as well as Ipas. Lee was elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council in 2011 and served for four years. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Strowd Roses Foundation and Youth Empowered Solutions. He is also a member of the American Heart Association's National Advocacy Coordinating Committee. Lee is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Community Service Project: The NC PrEP Project seeks to reduce the HIV burden in North Carolinia by increasing access to PrEP through a statewide PrEP summit and coalition building with local health departments.