He survived imprisonment. He survived being "different". He survived being diagnosed with HIV and living on the streets homeless for eight years. He survived being diagnosed with full blown AIDS. He IS a survivor!
I started crying and I walked out my back door and stood under the tree there and I looked up to heaven and I said "God, I can't do this anymore" and God answered me immediately and what He said was...
We may not think about the number of people affected by HIV in America, but the numbers are shocking. HIV and AIDS affects people of all shapes, sizes and ages. Take a look at some of the statistics and see just how alarming this is.
Junious Smith – President – Retired military with 22 years of service as an Army Medic, trained in Operations and Intelligence and Neuropsychiatric Technician. Recently retired from the North Carolina Department of Corrections as a case manager assisting inmates in their transition from prison back into society.
Valerie Coleman – Served as the Administrative Director/Founder of Golden Opportunity Homes, Inc., a mental health agency, from 2002 – 2011. Golden Opportunity Homes was founded in 2002 by Valerie and her husband Darrell, who have been married for over 30 years. Valerie has two grown children, Darrell Jr., and Yasmine. Valerie was previously employed with Cumberland County DSS for 13 years, where she served as Adult Care Home Case Manager/Geriatric Social Worker (BSW). Valerie left DSS to pursue a graduate degree and obtained her Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree in May of 2008 and clinical license in 2010. Valerie is currently employed by and works for the military with military families with young children. Additionally Valerie serves as adjunct faculty at Shaw University in the Social Work Department.
Elwyn T. Jackson (Tory)– Currently owns Ladies First Shoe Boutique in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Tory attended Central Bible Institute, where he graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor's of Christian Education; he also obtained his certificate in Evangelism, Teacher's Training and General Bible. Tory was ordained a minister in 2005. Tory is a member of the Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church (GCACC) in Winston-Salem, NC, under the Ministry of Bishop Sheldon McCarter.
Elizabeth H. Martin Graduated from RIT with a bachelor's degree in accounting; Nazareth College with M.S. in Business Management. Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Virginia. Retired in 2010 from position as Vice President of Operations and Facilities of a not-for-profit human service agency located in Rochester, NY. Adjunct instructor of Accounting at Monroe Community College for nine years; currently Adjunct Lecturer at Keuka College, Keuka Park, NY in its ASAP Organizational Management Program. Strong background in accounting, management, budgeting, and grant writing. Volunteer as Finance Committee member for Center for Dispute Settlement where currently seeking certification as a Mediator. Employed part-time as Finance Director for Daystar for Medically Fragile Children, a medical day respite program for children ages six months to five years.
Kevin Wester – Kevin Wester is the owner of Destiny Real Estate, Inc and he has practiced real estate for over 11 years. He received his BA from Campbell University and his MBA from Fayetteville State University. Kevin has felt the direct stress, fear and pain that HIV/AIDS causes a family. He watched his father battle the terror of this powerful disease until his early death at the age of 46. During this process, Kevin learned that although this disease is powerful, it is not an automatic death sentence. This insight fueled a desire for Kevin to contribute to the cause of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, encourage families not to lose hope in the face of this adversary, and empower the person infected and his/her family with information and resources that will assist them in experiencing a long and loving lifetime together.
Gertrude Armstrong – Founder/Director has over 15 years experience as a medical transcriptionist until her retirement from the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center, affiliated with Duke University Medical Center which focuses on family medicine and specialty clinics to include Child Medical Evaluations, Pediatric Cardiology and HIV/AIDS. Gertrude volunteered with the Cumberland County Jail Ministry for over 12 years, participated in the Parks Chapel Street Ministry for over 5 years, volunteered as a Guardian Ad Litem child advocate and is actively involved in furthering the cause of Naaman House. She is currently the personal assistant for her son, who resides with her.
Sharif Deveaux, Ad Hoc Board Member– Attorney with the Wake County Public Defender's Office.
Ashley Rozier, II, Naaman House Consultant – Founder/Director of the Cape Fear Regional Bureau for Community Action, Inc. established in 1989. The bureau provides education, prevention case management, crisis intervention, referral services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, the homeless, disenfranchised, substance abusers in 7 counties in the Cape Fear Region. The first statewide AIDS Sunday Observance Event was established through the bureau to create a greater awareness and tolerance for those persons affected with HIV/AIDS.
Deborah McMillan is retired military and was employed for over 14 years at the Cumberland County Mental Health Department in Volunteer Services and promoted to Volunteer Services Coordinator.
Robert Jenkins, Ad Hoc Board Member - Robert is the Manager at Home Depot in Winston-Salem, N.C. Robert recently relocated to Winston-Salem from the Fayetteville, N.C. Home Depot.
Stephanie Brown - new board member - Stephanie is employed as an HIV health educator with Community Health Interventions. She was diagnosed with HIV at age 19 and has become an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness and abstinence by speaking to teenagers, community groups and churches.
Umeka Covington - new board memberRead more: Meet The Board