Let’s Kick ASS Oregon is a non-clinical peer support activity membership organization. We are driven by our members, volunteers and supporters. Our organizations events and program are created by our members and is 100% volunteered ran and led.
Director of Marketing, Board Member
Marie has been a Negative Long-Term Survivor since her older brother was diagnosed with AIDS in 1992. She marched in her first AIDS Walk in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of 12. Over the year she has lost friends and family to the epidemic. Marie has volunteered as a hospice care provider for Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, at HIV food pantries in both Pennsylvania and California, as an after-school tutor for 826 Valencia, and as a Development Committee Member of Maitri Compassionate Care in San Francisco, California. After a twenty-year career in the pharmaceutical industry (including launching Truvada for PrEP while at Gilead Sciences), Marie is now pursuing her passion as a small-business owner and investor in women-owned businesses.
President & Co-Founder
Steven has been affected by the epidemic since 1989; he was diagnosed HIV+ in July 1996 at the age of 23 and diagnosed with AIDS in May 2006. Steven became a Negative Long-Term Survivor in 1989 while a student at the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science, where he was studying to become a Funeral Director and Embalmer focused on restorative art. Since being diagnosed HIV+ in 1996 (at the Montrose Clinic in Houston, Texas), Steven has worked and volunteered in the HIV community. He has been an HIV counselor and became an advocate for the HIV and HIV-infected transgender population. He worked for Nova Research in Bethesda, Maryland doing studies for the CDC and NIDA, related to condom use and HIV. Steven has volunteered at many organizations throughout his career, offering community, peer support and advocacy. Now he is leveraging his experiences and is dedicated to the HIV/AIDS community-at-large as a change-maker, raising awareness with our local, state, and federal government so that all our voices and concerns are heard, in order to help end isolation. Being a father and grandfather reminds him that we must keep a positive attitude and live for the future, creating and living those dreams that we thought were never possible.
Eric has been HIV+ for 30 years, and advocating for human rights longer than that. He volunteers extensively, as an editor for the Desert AIDS Project and the chair of their Program Development Committee, for the HIV & Aging Research Project-Palm Springs as newsletter editor and on their Stakeholder Steering Committee and Patient Partner Committee, and as president of Let’s Kick ASS Palm Springs. He speaks locally and to wider audiences about issues affecting people aging with HIV, travelling to USCA, AIDSWatch, and to the 2018 International AIDS Conference. He recently compiled and published the Kick ASS Manual, sponsored by the NMAC HIV 50+ program, addressing issues of aging with HIV through individual stories and brief medical papers. The Manual is available online at lkaps.org.
Co-Founder, Treasurer & Secretary
John provides financial oversight, program management, and administrative support to the Let’s Kick ASS Oregon team. John was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania and has worked in the private sector for many years, offering operational support, inventory control, and human resources management to several Fortune 500 companies. John left the private sector to focus on working with aging adults and people with disabilities to support them in strengthening their engagement with community and fostering a sense of resilience. John is a co-founder of Let’s Kick ASS Oregon; he has also served as its Treasurer and Secretary. John has volunteered with several community organizations, including: AARP Oregon, Elders in Action, Quest Center for Integrative Health, Multnomah County Aging and Disabilities Services, and Oregon Money Management Program. These experiences have built excellent connections with community and given him a deep appreciation for how nonprofits work to enrich people’s lives–one program at a time.