Carl Highshaw

Email: carl@amaad.org

With more than twenty years of nonprofit program and administrative management experience, Carl has served in several roles prioritizing the needs of Black communities. He formerly served as the Deputy Director of In The Meantime Men’s Group, developing and implementing a rapid HIV testing program as well as overseeing the administration of various health education and risk reduction programs designed for gay men of color.  Other roles include Contract Program Auditor in the Capacity Building Unit of the County of Los Angeles Division of HIV and STD Programs, Administrative Director of Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, and Director of Community Outreach and Education for Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Carl completed his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his Bachelor of Psychology from Western Illinois University. Carl has received Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Certification from L.A Training Institute for Drug and Alcohol Counseling as well as Human Resources Management Certification from California Statement University-Dominguez Hills.  Carl is currently pursuing a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) and anticipates completing his degree requirements by 2021.

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Gerald Garth

Director of Operations

Email: gerald@amaad.org

Gerald Garth currently serves as Director of Operations, overseeing all programs and administration. In his role, he develops, implements, and evaluates processes, policies, programs, and strategies to address the uniqueness of the Black experience, particularly among youth, women, LGBTQ+ people, and other underserved communities through training, policies, advocacy, and team oversight.

Garth brings years of experience in finance, administration, and training.

In his role at AMAAD, Garth also oversees monitoring and evaluation, media and communications, staffing and training, and strategic partnerships and initiatives.

Darnell Green

Youth and Wellness Manager

Email: darnell@amaad.org

Darnell Green, a native of Cleveland, Ohio has a passion for youth mentorship and community building within LGBTQ+ communities of color. Darnell believes that it is our “civic duty to stand in the gap for people who are underserved.”

He takes great pride in leading the fight for youth health and wellness at the AMAAD Institute.

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Ted Booker

Manager of Housing Services

Email: ted@amaad.org

Theodore “Ted” Booker serves as the Reclaiming Innocence Project Housing Navigation Specialist at AMAAD Institute. He has more than 30 years of administrative, program management, housing, job development, and strategic planning experience in the social services and construction industries. In social services, he has worked in the capacity of Program Director, Job Developer, Program Manager, and Strategic Planner. In the construction industry, he has worked in the capacity of Placement Officer on the Expo Light Rail Project, Certified Payroll Analyst, and Contract Administrator. Twenty-five of those years has been delivering services in Service Planning Area 6 (SPA-6). Mr. Booker served on the original SPA Los Angeles County Service Planning Area Council participating in community organizing and consensus-building activities. Mr. Booker has worked with several target populations e.g., adult males, justice-involved youth and adults, families, and older adults 55 and older. Mr. Booker has completed a BA degree in Sociology from Cal-State Los Angeles, an Associates of Arts in Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Jamar Moore

Policy Manager

Email: jamar@amaad.org

Jamar Moore serves as the Policy Manager, and he brings a wealth of knowledge in public health, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, PrEP, and PEP access and services in Los Angeles County along with a decade of experience in management, education, leadership, and community outreach.

In his role, Jamar leads the AMAAD Policy Alliance (APA) with a current focus on the agency's tobacco control and prevention efforts through data collection, community education, coalition building, leadership engagement, and policy implementation.

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Lanelle P. Laws, AMFT

Behavioral Health Therapist

Email: lanelle@amaad.org

Lanelle has a passion for empowering, encouraging, and elevating women & men of color. She strives to “change the narrative” on how mental health is implemented and viewed within underserved communities. She has modernized evidence-based practices to fit current needs. Lanelle is trained in trauma-informed care and harm reduction.

Lanelle current serves as Behavioral Health Therapist on Project imPACT.

She prides herself on meeting people where they are to help individuals to be the best whole person they can be.

Anthony Singleton

Human Relations & Training Coordinator

Email: anthony@amaad.org

Anthony is responsible for facilitating all key HR functions, programs, and trainings. In his role, he works to support AMAAD's policies, processes, and practices. He also supports administration through recruitment and onboarding, administrative responsibilities, reporting and IT.

Committed to organizational development and success, he also builds implements workforce development and job readiness for staff and program participants.

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Kenneth Martin

Manager of Housing Services

Email: kenneth@amaad.org

As Manager of Housing Services, Kenneth oversees The House of Resiliency and the Mike Gipson House, two of AMAAD's transitional and permanent housing facilities.  With a strong background in property management coupled with a passion for advocating for the underserved in the community, Kenneth brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our housing program.  From participating in the Los Angeles Homeless count to navigating our program participants to safe permanent housing, Kenneth is dedicated to helping end homelessness in our community.

In his role, Kenneth also leads linkage and navigation of the direct services efforts of AMAAD.

Christopher Webb

Outreach and Communications Specialist

Email: chris@amaad.org

Christopher Webb became the lead Outreach Specialist for AMAAD in March 2018. He is now also the lead on the Communications Team. Raised in the Bay Area is where he found his love for community work. An organization called E.O.Y.D.C. (East Oakland Youth Development Center) is where it all started with his position as a Youth Counselor that evolved into a Dance Instructor position. There Chris learned patience and the need for positive Black role models in education and authority. He is excited to serve his community in South La to empower his peers to create healthy opportunities for themself. His drive came from living in the Bay Area and experiencing homophobia and lack of opportunities for LGBTQ+ people of color. Chris is determined to change the status quo of South La for the better.

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Clarence Wade

Resident Advisor

Email: clarence@amaad.org

Clarence Wade serves as the Resident Advisor for the House of Resiliency. He quotes:

I get to build bridges for young minorities who look like me. Connecting this demographic with an opportunities to regain their resilience, employment readiness, and a variety of necessary resources. As Resident Advisor I’ve become apart of a team who advocates for minority’s experiencing barriers, from being homeless to having stability. As a staff member of the AMAAD Institute, I get to help replace barriers with bridges.

Dale Hughes

Office Manager

Email: dale@amaad.org

Dale Hughes supports all of AMAAD's programs, services, and locations. He brings years of substance use and recovery support experience and is also a licensed substance use counselor as well as a certified HIV counselor/tester.

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Ryan Sample, ACSW

Behavioral Health Therapist

Email: ryan@amaad.org

Ryan Sample, ACSW has a dedicated commitment to serving the LGBTQ+ communities, families, men, and women of color. He is a native of the east coast with over 10 years of experience ranging from Juvenile/Adult Reentry, Child Protective Services, HIV Prevention, Counseling, Youth Services, and Intensive Case Management. Through personal development, Ryan is committed to supporting an individual’s journey to discovering their authentic self. He understands that change is not and has not been made easy for many men and women of color. Trained in evidence-based practices of motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care, he strives to offer education on how to “trust the process” even when it does not feel good within self-discovery. Through individual and group therapy, he hopes to strengthen the perception of being African-centered by building rapport, uplifting Black spirits, strengthening bonds among communication, family, African culture/traditions, and individual self-worth.

Nina Barkers

Manager of Transgender Equity

Email: nina@amaad.org

Nina Barkers is the Manager of Transgender Equity for the AMAAD Institute. She has been serving the LGBT community for over 8 years ranging from (HIV prevention, counseling, linkage, education, and advocacy). In this position, she orchestrates overall program execution, communication engagement, and coordination of events.

In her role, she works organizationally across programs to lead monitoring and evaluation as well as data analysis and reporting.

She is grateful for the opportunity to keep elevating the culture she represents.

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Ron Jackson

Peer Housing Navigator

Email: ronald@amaad.org

A native of Watts, Ronald Jackson has work in the community for more than 30 years and in the field of HIV/AIDS and office administration for more than 25 years. I began long ago when people were afraid to touch or deal with anyone with HIV or AIDS. He’s currently working on his BA in Human Services at CSUDH. Ronald has joined the AMAAD's Reclaiming Innocence team as the Peer Navigator. He brings to the table his knowledge of the community in which we serve and his ability to connect on a personal level with the participants and partners he serves

Crystal Gayle Bender, AMFT

Behavioral Health Therapist

Email: crystal@amaad.org

I am Crystal Gayle Bender, I am from Compton California, and I am a Clinician here at AMAAD. Growing up in Compton I have had the opportunity and experience to learn firsthand that underserved communities with high needs have daunting and discouraging barriers that the people that live in those communities often face. The lack of resources, support, and education is what activated my passion to work in rural communities and provide a high level of care to those who are often overlooked. I have a bachelor’s in human services with a concentration in Family services, I have a Masters's in Marriage family child therapy, and a minor in Clinical Psychology. I am in love with mental health. It is my sole belief that a healthy mind is a foundation and gateway to a healthy body, a healthy heart, and ultimately a healthy soul.

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David Argueta, AMFT

Behavioral Health Therapist

Email: david@amaad.org

I am an Alumni from Pepperdine University and earned my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. My passion is working with underserved communities to help people find healing. I have worked as a Mental Health Specialist and have helped individuals, couples, families, and adolescents overcome challenges. My approach to therapy is client-centered. I offer a safe place free of judgment, and inclusive of all people to allow individuals to process their feelings. I bring a wealth of clinical experience and have treated clients who suffer from major depression, anxiety, trauma, schizophrenia, bipolar, substance abuse, and personality disorders.

Jerran Hinnant

Recruitment and Referral Coordinator

Email: jerran@amaad.org

Jerran "JD" Hinnant serves as our Recruitment and Referral Liaison and Coordinator on Project Roar.  JD joins Amaad with a sincere focus and passion for educating, motivating, and counseling our greatest young leaders of tomorrow. JD brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in project management, organizational leadership, and development.  In his role, Jerran leads recruitment for Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, liaise with officials and partners, and works to provide peer counseling and support services centered around youth diversion and engagement.

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Tony Hawks

Housing Navigator Specialist

Email: tony@amaad.org

I’m Tony Hawks, Jr. and I am the newest Housing Navigator Specialist. I plan to help the community by helping participants reach their housing and employment goals. My goal is to help participants gain life skills that will allow them to soar beyond this time with AMAAD. The world becomes a better place when we do our part!

Tyrone Thompson

Policy Coordinatoor

Email: tyrone@amaad.org

Tyrone Thompson serves as the Policy Coordinator I at the AMAAD Institute. As a native of Los Angeles Ca, Tyrone has always made it his personal goal to advocate, support, and serve his community. In awe of how AMAAD has taken the lead in supporting the LGBTQIA+ community of color, Tyrone was pleased to join the AMAAD team. In his role, Tyrone takes a personal stand in supporting AMAAD's tobacco control and prevention efforts through data collection, community education, and coalition building.

 

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Terrall E. Tilman Sr

Resident Advisor

Email: terrall@amaad.org

I am Terrall E. Tillman Sr. A revised man with a Spiritual flow and deep Compassion for humanity. I'm the Residential Advisor at the Mike Gibson House in South Central L.A. where making historical feats and bringing new opportunities to life is my mission. Collaborating with like-minded people to make this wonderful initiative 100% successful is what I'm here for.

Eric P. Walker, AMFT

Behavioral Health Therapist

Email: eric@amaad.org

Eric offers a safe and secure environment for helping clients reach their potential. He builds healthy relationships that enable the development of healthy coping skills and tools for effectively dealing with challenges and difficulties. As a behavioral health therapist utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), he focuses on specific thoughts and feelings linked to behavior. His use of therapeutic approaches is driven by a clinical assessment.