John Curry – Unconditional Love, Inc. (Melbourne, FL)
John Curry works as Peer Educator for Unconditional Love, Incorporated. His numerous other credentials in the field of HIV include serving as a Prevention Co-chair of the Central Florida AIDS Planning Consortium, serving as a member of the State of Florida Gay Men’s Workgroup, implementing the Black Treatment Advocate Network in Melbourne, FL, volunteering with Western Judicial Incorporate to facilitate HIV awareness discussions, and chairing a support group for HIV-positive individuals. He has received 29 certifications from HIV-partnered organizations and is a dual graduate of Community Mobilization College and Science and Treatment College. He will earn an Associate of Arts from Eastern Florida State College this coming fall.
Mr. Curry works in HIV prevention in order to serve as a strong voice for the many faces of HIV, and to battle the discrimination thrown their way. He hopes that attending this conference will equip him to better address critical issues surrounding HIV which often have a disproportionate effect on African Americans, including social stigma, racism, economic circumstance, family structure, and education. His specific areas of interest include awareness, youth involvement, testing, harm reduction, and local community mobilization.
Antonina G. Foster, NP, MSN, MPH – Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta, GA)
Antonina Foster is currently the lead clinician on multiple HIV/AIDS research projects with Emory University School of Medicine including the Women's Interagency HIV Study. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Tuskegee University, her master's degree in public health and science in nursing from the University of Alabama Birmingham, and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in nursing practice, with a focus on population health and the role of clinicians in HIV prevention. She is certified by the National Certification Corporation as a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and has practiced in the areas of perinatology, endocrinology and STD management and research.
Ms. Foster has always had a passion for population health, particularly as it relates to the closure of the healthcare gap in disparate populations. Her interest in HIV treatment/prevention stems in part from the disproportionate effect HIV has on African American women. She is honored to be chosen as an ambassador, and hopes to gain knowledge from and form relationships with some of the experts in the field of HIV prevention while at the conference. She will share what she learns with her colleagues working in clinical care with the hope of initiating changes in practice.
Kachina Kudroff, BA, MPH – UAB 1917 Clinic (Birmingham, AL)
Kachina Kudroff currently serves as a coordinator of health education at the UAB 1917 HIV Clinic where she coordinates outreach and prevention efforts including comprehensive sexual health education, HIV testing and counseling, and most recently the provision of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention through the 1917 PrEP Clinic. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Willamette University and her master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health behavior from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Ms. Kudroff is committed to improving the sexual health of individuals in her community and hopes this scholarship will fuel her passion and increase her ability to implement innovative practices in her workplace.
Jeffery Williams-Knight, BS – Mecklenburg County Health Department (Charlotte, NC)
Jeffery Williams-Knight currently works as a supervisor in the HIV/STD Community Services Outreach Program at the Mecklenburg County Health Department in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Williams-Knight has worked in the field for over 15 years, and his many contributions include currently serving as the Board Chair of the NC AIDS Action Network, serving on the board of directors for Metrolina AIDS Project and Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Community Center, and serving on the State Community Planning Group of the North Carolina Communicable Disease Unit. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Mr. Williams-Knight is an African American male who has lived with HIV for almost 30 years in a county with one of the highest rates of HIV infection in North Carolina. His passion for and commitment to making a difference in his community and state has been the driving force behind his work. Attending the conference as an ambassador will enable Mr. Williams-Knight to learn new and innovative ideas and interventions. He is excited about the opportunity to increase his knowledge in the field, further educate his colleagues, and improve prevention strategies in his community and statewide.