Letter to Our Readers
As we at Body Positive, Inc. continue to commemorate our 15th Anniversary, we would like to announce several important changes while also reaffirming continuity in our mission to serve people infected with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS throughout the New York Area and beyond.
Effective June 9, 2002, Michael Christiano has been appointed to serve as the agency's Interim Executive Director. Christiano had served as Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair since joining the agency in 1999. Michael succeeds Michael Dentato who began his affiliation with Body Positive in 1994 as an intern, and served the past two years as Executive Director. (A personal note from Michael can be found in "Garden Gala XV" in this issue.)
With his departure on the heels of the most successful fundraiser in agency history, Michael Denatato leaves behind a legacy of commitment to public service which we can only hope to expand on in the future. He will be missed by the entire Body Positive family and by those we serve.
Other changes at Body Positive include the addition of Richard Perz, who has joined the Board of Directors and will chair the Development Committee. Gail Purvis will succeed Christiano as Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair. Eric Rodriguez was elected Vice-Chair and Program Committee Chair. In addition to the newest appointments to the Board, Dr. Dominic Carbone and Andrea Forino will continue their long histories of service with Body Positive as Board Chair and Secretary, respectively.
Also underway at Body Positive is a 50 percent expansion in circulation and a major redesign of our publications, including adoption of a full-color layout of both Body Positive magazine and our bimonthly Spanish-language magazine SIDAahora. (For more, see the "Letter From the Editor" in this issue.) The agency has also reconfirmed its commitment to lower Manhattan by renewing its lease at the South Street Seaport and planning an office renovation to better serve staff and client needs.
In recent weeks, Body Positive has also led the development of "The HIVe," a new program of social events for HIV-positive men. In addition to new initiatives such as "The HIVe," Body Positive will continue the peer-led outreach for which we are well known, along with our support groups, publications, social events, educational programs, and our "1-800-566-6599" Helpline. We will also continue to search for new ways to fund initiatives both relevant and necessary to those living with HIV/AIDS.
Back to the July/August 2002 issue of Body Positive magazine.
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