Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) Oregon (a Oregon based 501(c)3 non-profit) is a peer support community of HIV Long-Term Survivors affected by HIV/AIDS, With chapters in Portland and Eugene/Springfield.

Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) Oregon; a national grassroots movement of HIV/AIDS long-term survivors, both positive and negative, men and women, honoring the unique and profound experience of living through the AIDS epidemic.

We are dedicated to reclaiming our lives, ending isolation, and building a meaningful future.

We are visible through member organized activities, events, advocacy and activism. We work to grow the movement through our membership and supportive partnerships.


We host informal and structured social events, to have fun, create friendships and make connections


We encourage positive social, physical and mental health by facing the reality of AIDS survivor syndrome


We create visibility and voice for HIV/AIDS long-term survivors at our own activities and at those organized by others


We undertake advocacy and activism with service-providing agencies, the news media and other institutions


We create purpose and meaning through volunteer activities

Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) – Oregon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, with over 200 members in the Pacific Northwest.

We want to empower our community by giving back, offering support and to create a virtual village of family and friends – Steven Headington


Marie Fisher

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.

Steven L. Headington-Gadsky

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 Jannke

Board Member

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.

John Flack

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.

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