Shannon R. Southall
Shannon has been working in the HIV community for more than 15 years. In 1997 she founded The Women's Lighthouse Project, an AIDS service organization in Aurora, Co., to support and empower women to live and thrive with HIV through education, advocacy and community. She served as the organization's executive director until November 2010.
Shannon currently works at Rocky Mountain Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services, a Denver nonprofit organization, as the executive director. Shannon also maintains a client load as one of the medical care managers. In this capacity she assists the organization's participants in all aspects of being fully engaged in their health and well-being.
Shannon is a member of the U.S. Positive Women's Network. She was appointed by the mayor to the Denver HIV Resources Planning Council in 1997 and was a member until 2004; she was also the first HIV-positive woman ever to act as chairperson of the council, a position she held from 2001 to 2003. She has presented at numerous trainings and conferences, including the 2010 International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Shannon was diagnosed with HIV in April 1992. Since that time she has been an advocate, not just in her local Colorado community but globally as well. Shannon is married, her husband is HIV negative and she has two stepsons. She and her husband are actively involved in high school sports, Paralympics and disabled veteran sporting events.