Staff

  • Dedra Spears-Johnson

    Dedra Spears-Johnson, MS
    Co-Founder/Executive Director
    Mrs. Spears-Johnson has over twenty (20) years of public and private health experience working with local and state health departments, physicians, FQHC’s as well as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In her previous capacity, she served as a Representative for Merck Pharmaceuticals, a Fortune 500 company responsible for orchestrating $4.8M in sales education of pharmaceuticals and vaccines to hospitals, integrated health systems, state health departments and private sector physicians. Mrs. Spears-Johnson has also served on the Washington Metropolitan Ryan White Part A Planning Council and as Co-Chair for the Prince George’s County HIV/STI workgroup.

  • Anne Wiseman

    Anne Wiseman, LCPC
    Director of Programs
    Ms. Wiseman provides day-to-day leadership of HIV programs. She has extensive experience working with HIV infected and affected youth and adults. She also has over six (6) years of experience providing mental health counseling for youth and adults, specializing in trauma, depression and working with LGBT populations.

  • Erika Robinson Newby

    Erika Robinson Newby, LCSW-C
    Medical Case Manager
    Mrs. Robinson Newby is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker responsible for facilitating and ensuring client adherence to medical treatment for HIV. She has over three (3) years’ experience providing direct medical case management services including biopsychosocial assessments, treatment adherence counseling, and treatment care plans. Mrs. Robinson-Newby has in total over ten (10) years in counseling and psychosocial support to children, families, and adults.

  • Tawanna Sawyer

    Tawanna Sawyer, BS
    Medical Case Manager
    Mrs. Sawyer is responsible for the HealthConnect program, manages all organizational referrals, and manages the organization’s two community health workers. She has six (6) years’ experience working with disenfranchised populations to include persons of color and those experiencing behavioral challenges as well as those living with a chronic disease such as HIV.

  • Sharon Coker

    Sharon Coker
    Outreach and Community Engagement Manager
    Ms. Coker has six (6) years’ experience with the organization, previously serving as a case manager and outreach coordinator. Ms. Coker currently manages the HIV testing program, creates visibility for the organization and engages community members and institutions in health education and advocacy.

  • Dominique Smith

    Dominique Smith, MSW
    Data & Development Coordinator
    Ms. Smith performs quality assurance and oversight of data management systems, funder and organizational reporting as well as serves as the Quality Management Committee Chair. Her experience includes synthesizing quantitative and qualitative data utilizing SPSS and Nvivo software, performing rapid HIV testing within high-risk communities as well as development.

  • LaSharon Bartley

    LaSharon Bartley
    Community Health Worker
    Mrs. Bartley provides care, preventions, and advocacy services for persons living with and affected by HIV. She has more than twenty (20) years’ experience in community outreach. She has also served as a volunteer within the transitional housing setting for women who have experienced homelessness and addiction.

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