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Black AIDS Institute Announces 2010 Board Election Results

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Black AIDS Institute recently held Board of Director elections to determine executive leadership for 2010.

The new Board Members are a highly diverse group of leaders with specialties in public policy, law, finance, government health programs, editorial, and business entrepreneurship. The Board also comes from a wide range of personal backgrounds including both heterosexual and gay Black men and women, some living with HIV themselves, and representing multiple age groups.


The newly elected Executive Committee brings a wealth of diverse experience and includes incoming Chairman A. Cornelius Baker, Senior Communications Advisor for AED Center on AIDS & Community Health, National Policy Advisor for the National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition and former Executive Director of the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA), a Black gay man who has over two decades of experience in policy and government at the local and national; 1st Vice President Cheryl Cooper, former Chief of Staff for AARP and former Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; 2nd Vice President Chris Cathcart, Executive Director One Diaspora Group, a highly sought after public speaker and author on philanthropy; Treasurer Sid Porter, a CPA and retired controller for the City of Inglewood, a person living with HIV; Secretary Grazell Howard, an attorney and former Vice President of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women; and Chair Emeritus Jesse Milan, Vice President and Director of Health Services for the Altarum Institute.

"The Black AIDS Institute represents the best of our community's leadership to end the HIV epidemic," says Black AIDS Institute Board Chairman Cornelius Baker. "During the next year, we will continue to champion the needs of men, women and children throughout the African Disapora whose lives have been plagued by this disease. I am very honored to chair its Board of Directors at this critical moment."

Three new people were elected to the Board of Directors including Angela Bronner Helm, Senior Programming Manager (editor) for AOL Black Voices Life and Style; Harry Simpson, Executive Director of CEO Point of Change, Inc. and responsible for HIV and substance abuse treatment programs; and Eugene Cornelius, Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

"I am confident the newly elected leadership brings the necessary diverse skill sets the Institute needs to move forward in our mission to end the struggle against HIV/AIDS in Black communities," says Black AIDS Institute CEO and Founder Phill Wilson.

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Founded in May of 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on Black people. The Institute's Mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

SOURCE Black AIDS Institute

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