Jessica Smith – Board Chair and HIV/HCV Testing Center Volunteer
Jessica graduated from Humboldt State in May of 2018 with her Master’s in Public Sociology. After HACHR founder Brandie Wilson spoke in one of her classes, Jessica realized the ways in which she could personally relate to Harm Reduction because of a family member’s history with substance use. Although previously unfamiliar with the concept, Jessica immediately saw the ways in which using Harm Reduction could not only prevent the spread of diseases and unnecessary loss of life, but also treat people who use drugs with the dignity and respect they deserve.
HACHR has continued to provide opportunities for Jessica to grow and learn. She has been humbled by the experiences of the people she works with and serves, and is constantly reminded of the strength and resiliency of her fellow community members.
Sarah Kerr – Founding Board Member
Sarah Kerr is a founding board member with Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction. She has worked in community health care for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles and settings, and in that time has come to realize that what really matters are the relationships you foster in order to get the work done. Building up the people around you, asking good questions, and being open to truly new ideas is what drives meaningful change. Sarah’s vision for leadership and service is rooted in the idea that we all have something to contribute and that the first step is inviting one another in to share our experiences and ideas. Her commitment to harm reduction principles is rooted in her work experiences at Planned Parenthood, in HIVServices, and running a large Needle Exchange Program.Sarah believes that harm reduction is a vital component in any successful public health endeavor because it speaks to social justice, which underlies all health issues. “Working with HACHR has been the ultimate crash course in extreme change management, deep and sometimes difficult collaboration, the value of participant driven process/policy/programs, and overcoming entrenched bigotry and fear. My experiences with HACHR have taught me to listen first, approach what I don’t understand with curiosity, and to fiercely defend what I know to be right and true. It has also given me the gift of working directly with people who use drugs. I have witnessed their strength, their smarts, and their capability to lead. I am humbled to work alongside them and learn so much from them.”
Tia Baratelle – Board Member
Tia Baratelle is the Public Affairs and Philanthropy Officer with Planned Parenthood Northern California and Planned Parenthood Northern California Action Fund. Tia has worked with Planned Parenthood for over 10 years in our community and is committed to advocating for high-quality, affordable healthcare and education for all people, regardless of gender, income, insurance, or immigration status. She continues to engage Planned Parenthood donors and supporters in pursuit of reproductive and social justice in our community and beyond.
Tia has confidence that in order to have a more just and equitable society we must strive for individuals to have universal and unrestricted access to care, and that all people are free to follow their own beliefs, values, and moral code when making decisions about their health and well-being. It is because of her experience and belief in access to care for all that supporting harm-reduction and the mission of HACHR is the perfect fit.
Andrew Reynolds – Board Member
Andrew Reynolds is the Hepatitis C Wellness Manager at San Francisco Aids Foundation, an independent hepatitis C and harm reduction consultant, and is the former Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Manager for Project Inform. In these roles, he writes health education materials, fact sheets, toolkits and articles on all aspects of hepatitis C awareness, prevention and treatment. He has been responsible for managing Project Inform’s viral hepatitis and drug user health policy portfolio, including managing the California Hepatitis Alliance.
He is the author of the Positively Aware “Annual Hepatitis C Drug Guide,” and sits on the AASLD/IDSA HCV Guidance Panel. Andrew has over 20 years of HCV, HIV and STD awareness, prevention and treatment experience, delivered in a wide variety of settings from street outreach to clinical settings to jails and prisons.
In addition to HCV, Andrew works extensively in drug user health, harm reduction and safe consumption space education and advocacy. He serves on numerous boards of directors, advisory boards and committees, including the Organizing Committee of the “End the Epidemics” campaign for California, a community initiative to eliminate HIV, HCV and STDs in California.
Glen Hays – Board Member
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Jarrett Nicholson – Board Member
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