Paul Dalton has joined us as the Outreach and Education Associate. Paul brings strong local community connections and a wealth of experience in health education and advocacy. Paul has worked primarily in the East Bay. He has volunteered and worked in a wide range of programs/positions geared toward supporting the health of East Bay community members, including the East Bay needle exchange, Berkeley Free Clinic and AIDS Project of the East Bay (APEB). At APEB, Paul worked as an HIV treatment advocate and case managed over 50 clients living with HIV. Paul has worked with multi-diagnosed, actively using, methadone-maintained and recovering people living with HIV. He has most recently worked as part of a research study team investigating the effect of intensive transitional case management support on the health of people living with HIV transitioning back into the community after incarceration. Paul's first day in the office was Tuesday, September 4.
Charles Davis, a dedicated Project Inform volunteer since 1999, has joined us as the new Constituent Services Associate. Charles worked as a mail/freight clerk at Levi Strauss for nine years, and has worked as an administrative volunteer and as an intern in the nonprofit sector. Charles recently completed an intensive, five-month computer training class at Jewish Vocational Services. He joined the staff on Monday, August 27.
Gordon Menzies has accepted the position of Development Director. Gordon has spent his entire career working in nonprofit fund development, and has been a Director of Development for the last seven years. Gordon has served as Development Director of the Earth Island Institute in San Francisco, the Northern California Community Loan Fund in San Francisco, and Senior Access in San Anselmo. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Director of Development at the University of California, Berkeley. Gordon joined the staff at Project Inform on Tuesday, September 4.
Shalini Eddens joined Project Inform as the Program Manager of Project WISE on September 17. Shalini has an extensive background in health education and working with community based organizations. Shalini is a native of Oakland, CA and recently completed her Master in Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. At Emory University, she was a Research Assistant with the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center (SEATEC) where she was involved in several applied research projects concerning PLWHAs and HIV/AIDS service providers in the state of Georgia. Prior to living in Atlanta, Shalini was the Program Coordinator for SisterCare, a community-based early intervention program for women living with HIV in Oakland, CA.
Once again, Project Inform is incredibly fortunate. Each of these individuals brings a breadth of skill, a lot of enthusiasm, and a deep personal commitment to bringing an end to AIDS. There is much more to tell about all of them -- all the more the reason to welcome them when you see them in person.