Dazon Dixon Diallo - President/CEO
Dazon is the Founder of SisterLove and has fought the threat of HIV AIDS among women for over 26 years. As the leader of the one of the oldest women’s HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Justice organizations in the United States, she oversees all SisterLove operations, including health education and HIV prevention, policy and human rights advocacy, leadership development, international programs, community-based research, fund development, finance and communications. Prior to establishing SisterLove, Dazon was the Community Relations Coordinator and Healthworker for the Feminist Women’s Health Center from 1984 – 1989, where she started as a teenager and worked for over 5 years. A full bio is available here:Full Bio
Lisa Diane White - Deputy Director
Lisa Diane White is the Deputy Director and joined the SisterLove team in April, 2004. She has over 25 years of experience in Black Women’s Health issues and other health education programs and services. She provides oversight to more than ten major contracts through community, group and individual level interventions; media and community outreach; program evaluation studies and research; HIV and STI counseling and testing; and advocacy and reproductive justice. She also helps build collaborations for biomedical HIV prevention research education such as microbicides, Pre and Post exposure prophylactics, vaccine awareness, and clinical trials access. Lisa Diane is also responsible for grant writing; program development and implementation; recruitment; work plan monitoring, staff supervision and ongoing evaluation of all activities. She began her activism with the National Black Women’s Health Project where self-help and empowerment through wellness continues to influence the foundation of her mission. Lisa Diane is an accomplished and recognized speaker, facilitator, trainer and consultant, who expertly intersects many social justice issues, including women’s health and rights, domestic violence, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, poverty, and human rights.
John Crawford -Financial Manager JCrawford@SisterLove.org
John Crawford is the Chief Financial / Administrative Officer of SisterLove, Inc. where he has served since 2003. John has always worked in the area of accounting, audit, budget and finance since graduating with an accounting degree in 1987. In addition to working in Public Accounting, he has served with both Federal and State government agencies.
Vanessa Terrell – Office Manager/Executive Assistant VTerrell@SisterLove.org
Vanessa Terrell is the Office Manager/Executive Assistant who began her career with SisterLove, Inc. in July of 2005. In this capacity she is responsible for daily office operations of SisterLove’s MotherHouse and LoveHouse (Community and Administrative offices respectively), as well as assisting with the volunteer coordination, including our Board of Directors . Ms. Terrell spent several years in the corporate sector prior to her work with non-profit organizations.
Tiffany Pennick, MPH -Â Development and Communications Coordinator TPennick@SisterLove.org
Tiffany Pennick, MPH is currently the Communications and Development Coordinator for SisterLove, Incorporated. She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and received her Master of Public Health from Tulane University in 2002. In the past, Tiffany has worked in the field of women’s and adolescent reproductive health with various private and non-profit entities including Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, the National Institute of Health, Messages of Empowerment Productions, LLC, Agenda for Children, and HERO for Children. She has helped to design, implement, and disseminate various Evidenced Based Interventions both nationally and internationally in Atlanta, Georgia, St. Marteen, Netherland Antilles, and in Cape Town and Durban, South Africa.
Valarie Sewell - IT/Communications VSewell@SisterLove.org
Valarie joined the SisterLove staff in 2010 in the capacity of IT/Communications, with over 16 years of networking/computer-repair experience. She is responsible for maintaining SisterLove s Website as well as computer/network maintenance, troubleshooting and repair. Valarie holds a BS Degree from Hampton University, an AAT Degree in Microcomputer Specialist from DeKalb Technical Institute and a MS in Sport Psychology from Capella University. She is current pursuing a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with an emphasis in Peak Performance.
LaKeisha Coach, MPH is currently the Program Manager for SisterLove, Incorporated. Founded in 1989, SisterLove is the oldest nonprofit in Atlanta, Georgia – dedicated specifically to the education, prevention and support needs of women at risk for HIV/AIDS. Ms. Coach is a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville where she received her Bachelor’s in Biology. She recently received her Master of Public Health from Walden University in 2013. Ms. Coach is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Counseling. She is trained and certified HIV Testing and Counseling, HIV Couples Testing and Counseling, Anti-Retroviral Treatment and Access to Services (ARTAS) and Healthy Love – a group level HIV Prevention workshop for women.
Damaris Henderson – HIV Prevention and Outreach Specialist DHenderson@SisterLove.org
Damaris Henderson is an HIV Prevention Specialist and Prevention Outreach Coordinator for SisterLove and has been with the organization for over two years. Ms. Henderson is experienced in Black women and STD/HIV/AIDS health issues. She is trained and certified in all Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) HIV prevention interventions for women and has conducted the implementation of VOICES, Healthy Love, Community PROMISE, SIHLE and HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral at SisterLove. Ms. Henderson’s specialty is grassroots community advocacy, education and mobilization and her passion is teenage pregnancy prevention and education. She believes in meeting women and adolescents on their own turf. Ms Henderson understands they will be more likely to make the connection with the threat of HIV/AIDS/STI in their community as a disease that can also affect them personally if preventive measures are not taken in their daily lives. c c
Phyllis Malone has been volunteer and working with SisterLove for over three years. She is an activist, public speaker and HIV/AIDS educator and trainers. Ms. Malone has lived with HIV for seventeen years, and has turned her status into a life of activism. She is a presenter of Know Yourself Inside, As Well As Your Outside program and is a dedicated peer counselor giving support to person newly diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. Ms. Malone has traveled across the United State speaking during town hall meetings and legislative sessions to raise awareness and support for issues around HIV and AIDS. She is a voting member of the consumer caucus for the Metropolitan Atlanta Ryan White HIV/AIDS Planning Council. Ms. Malone shared her story of survival, dealing with HIV stigma, talking with your doctor and medication adherence in the Everyone Has a story video produced by SisterLove, Inc. and Merck Corporation. She also shares her story through various support groups, conferences and seminars. Ms. Malone states, “My education on HIV/AIDS has empowered me to teach my brothers and sisters to also become an advocate in their communities”.
HIV Prevention Specialist/Bridge Leadership Program Associate
Stephanie Laster is the HIV Prevention Specialist/Bridge Leadership Program Associate and has been with SisterLove for over three years. She co-coordinates the Positive Women’s Leadership Program and has worked in the HIV/AIDS field for more than seven years. Stephanie is a motivational public speaker on Self-worth, Adherence and Disclosure. As a Peer Counselor and Advocate, she facilitates individual and group level sessions on HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention, re-infection and condom negotiation skills. Her tireless works also include holding educational sessions inside county and state Detention Centers for women inmates and administering HIV antibody testing inside the Fulton County Jail. Ms Laster is currently the 2nd Vice Chair on the Metro Atlanta Ryan White Planning Council. She also sits on the Board of Directors for The Living Room Inc., which provides affordable housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. Stephanie has made it her life’s mission to advocate, educate and continue her work in the struggle against HIV/AIDS transmission.
Sequoia graduated from the American University Washington College of Law (WCL) in May 2016. As a dual JD/MA candidate, she will receive her Master’s degree in International Development with a concentration in nonprofit management in December 2016. She is passionate about human rights and access to justice, with an emphasis on bridging the gap between politically marginalized communities and access to civil legal assistance. While in law school, Sequoia represented clients who had been subjected to partner violence in the District of Columbia and Maryland on immigration and family law matters through her participation in the Women and the Law Clinic. As a law clerk with Maryland Legal Aid, Sequoia assisted low-income Marylanders on matters related to Family Law, Consumer Law, and Elder Law and successfully designed a clinic outreach framework and workshop for pro se litigants in domestic family law cases. While at WCL, in addition to serving on the executive boards of the Women’s Law Association and Action for Human Rights, Sequoia founded the Parents Attending Law School Association and advocated on behalf of pregnant and parenting students. Her work as a research assistant with the Impact Litigation Project involved addressing innovatively the relationship between gender and religion-based violence and repression in Latin America. Sequoia is a trained facilitator of intercultural dialogue and prior to law school, facilitated a PAHO-sponsored program, Familias Fuertes, designed to strengthen interfamilial communication within Latino families on issues including sex and reproductive health. A proud University of Georgia alumna and native Georgian, Sequoia resides in Atlanta with her husband and two sons.
Reproductive Justice /HIV Fellow
Carly Calhoun earned her law degree with a Certificate in Public Interest Law from the University of Alabama School of Law. During her time in law school, Carly worked for the rights of LGBTQ+ and people living with HIV through several non-profit organizations including Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Lambda Legal, and Birmingham AIDS Outreach. And through her internship with the school’s Community Development Clinic she spent a year helping small organizations file for non-profit status in the state of Alabama. Carly served as the President of the school’s queer-straight alliance (OUTLaw), Vice President of the law school’s chapter of the American Constitution Society, Articles Editor of the Alabama Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, and a member of the Public Interest Student Board. Because of her pro bono work through the Public Interest Institute—including the Veteran’s Legal Assistance Clinic, Prison Reentry Clinic, Project Homeless Connect, and many others—she received the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program Pro Bono Law Student Award. Before law school, Carly earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Georgia State University, where she also interned with the Atlanta Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, investigating long-term care homes and advocating for patient rights. She now resides in the Atlanta area with her partner and fur-babies.