The Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) , the Hispanic Federation and other organizations organize this day to build capacity for non-profit organizations and health departments to reach Latinx/Hispanic communities, promote HIV testing, and provide HIV prevention information and access to care.
EN LA LUCHA COMMUNITY LUNCHEON is presented by
The Health Collaborative in partnership with the Ryan White Planning Council and the South Central AIDS Education Training Center. This is a FREE community event.
Honorable Judge Rosie Speedlin
COUNTY COURT 13
Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez was born in Brownsville, Texas to a mother and father who instilled in her a love for both her culture and country. Her mother, Alicia Gonzalez, who recently passed away taught Rosie the importance of service to her community and the value of people in her life. After her father took ill, Rosie left her job as a Probation Officer in Austin, Texas to pursue her law degree at St. Mary’s University. Her mother requested that she pursue her education so they could access healthcare and resources for her father. (He died during her second year of law school.)
Rosie graduated from St. Mary’s University with her law degree in 2001. She practiced law for 16 years, becoming the only lawyer in South Texas to be certified as a Child Welfare Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children in her law career, she represented hundreds of children who reside in foster care or the CPS system. She mentored several new attorneys, who went on to develop successful law careers.
Rosie had a solo practice, where she committed to hard work and service to her clients. Rosie loves the law. During this time, she also serves as one of Commissioner Kevin Wolff’s appointee to the Bexar County Small, Minority and Women Business Enterprise (SMWBE) Advisory Committee where she made significant contributions to ensuring that LGBT firms are now included in the county’s contracting policies and procedures.
Rosie took the bench this year as the presiding judge of Bexar County Court at Law No. 13. Her top three initiatives are as follows: 1) to create a drug court/ domestic violence specialty program that addresses the core issues that bring offenders into the courtroom; 2) to create a live feed into the courtroom which would allow victims to view the hearing without having to be physically present; and 3) to collaborate with UTSA’s Counseling Department to set up a therapeutic support for the victims of domestic violence. Rosie recognizes the lack of resources in the community of San Antonio for our most vulnerable citizens.
Further, she is aware that the most dangerous places in our city can exist in the home. She has dedicated her time on the bench to addressing the needs for an ever-increasing problem in our city.
TEXAS CENTER FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES, DEPT. OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES
Dr. Garcia is a bi-cultural, Chicanx Tejanx with over twenty years of experience in public health management, research and evaluation via the Midwest, Seattle, New York and Texas. He has a proven record in disease prevention, treatment, testing, support, and access to care to culturally diverse populations. He earned a Doctorate in Health Education and Behavior from Columbia University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Dr. Garcia is dedicated to working with diverse communities to educate, empower, and organize them towards improving their health outcomes. He is currently a Research Specialist for the Texas Center for Infectious Diseases within the Department of State Health Services in San Antonio, TX. On his spare time, Dr. Garcia enjoys dancing in front of mirrors, knowing everything about Beyonce, and reading or watching anything science fiction.
I am currently a Public Health Major student with a concentration in Epidemiology on the Pre-Med route as an aspiring infectious disease doctor. I was diagnosed with HIV early February 2017 and has since hit the ground running in Advocacy work. I serve as the current Chair for Health Justice Youth Council, Member of the Pre-Medical Society at UTSA, member of the Trans Power SA Leadership Committee, Psi Beta Honors Member, and serves as a youth scholar for the National Minority AIDS Council, amongst many other organizations. Through these opportunities , I have been able to uplift and inspire many youth to become active in the LGBTQ+ community and inform and educate themselves on HIV as well as the importance of knowing their status. My goal is to build safe and equitable spaces for queer youth of color to come forward and take part in the initiative to End The HIV Epidemic.
VETERAN: US NAVY
If I had to use 3 words to describe myself I would say Activist, Confident, and Free Spirited. I work at BEAT AIDS, in Prevention, and Outreach. I also facilitate both a Thursday night and Friday morning support Group for Men living with HIV. I have been living with HIV for 3yrs.
SAN ANTONIO METRO HEALTH
Michelle Mutchler is the HIV Prevention Supervisor with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. She provides leadership and guidance to the HIV Prevention Outreach team and coordinates community outreach programs throughout San Antonio to provide accessible HIV and STD testing, linkage to care services to clients who test positive for HIV and/or STDs, and provide community education to increase awareness about the HIV Epidemic, educate the community on PrEP, U=U, and other sexual health prevention measures, and most importantly, reduce the stigma surrounding HIV and Sexual Health testing.
MISS JAMIE ZAPATA
Jamie Zapata is a Realtor at Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper, Realtors - She, Her, Hers
Jamie is a Trans Activist that serves as President of NAGLREP San Antonio. In addition, Jamie serves on the board of Pride Center San Antonio, Transgender Education Network of Texas and devotes time to serve on the Ryan White Planning Council Needs where she dedicated time to the Assessment Committee.
ZEKE GARCIA HERRS/CHW/PN
ALAMO AREA RESOURCE CENTER OF SAN ANTONIO
I am an HIV Positive Long Term Survivor of 22 years whom began my career in HIV as a volunteer for a local nonprofit; Alamo Area Resource Center in San Antonio TX in 2008. I am a proud Latinx Social Justice Agent Advocating for Health Equity empowering individuals towards a goal to reduce new HIV infections, increase viral suppression and cultivate stigma free environments. I work with LTS, Newly diagnosed Cisgender and Transgender PLWH of all ages. I am Community Health Worker with specialized HIV Health Educator credentials as well as a Patient Navigator with the Early Intervention. Services Program within the agency. My being Latinx and fluent in Spanish has been instrumental in providing Spanish translation services Health Education Risk Reduction sessions and HIV Medical Nutrition services not only in my work but in my community for PLWH. I work diligently with at Risk Youth in a variety of venues by facilitating Healthy Sexual education on HIV prevention countywide presentations on PrEP, PEP TASP and U= U. I promote compassionate non-judgmental support and collaborate with San Antonio Police dept. and a second local nonprofit Embassy of Hope by facilitating court ordered mandate HIV/AIDS/STD/STI Explicit Versions Health Education Risk Reduction session for "alleged" sex offenders and victims of sex- crimes as well as transactional sex workers begining 2014 to improve recidivism rates of said concerns in the community. I am a 2014 Certified HIV/AIDS Care Coach with Gilead Sciences and community liaison which afforded me platform to be the organizer of a local Peer Mentor Group Collaborative; recruiting and training individuals as HIV peer mentors and we are now networking with San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department implementing advocacy and educational resources with Bexar County Fast Track Cities Initiative - 90-90-90 End Stigma End HIV Alliance Coalition resulting in my latest commitment to the "Raising our Voices" storytelling project which is also aligned with said initiative. I am fortunate to be a Strong and Healthy 50+ Long Term Survivors Cohort member whom has had the honor of attending USCA/NMAC in 2018 and 2019 as well as the Biomedical PrEP summit 2019. Serving PLWH most in need through an educational lens, I am a Health Care Professional with a goal to enhance HIV/AIDS programs to demonstrate how I can work to amplify my commitment by having a place at decision making table. My hard work and dedication afford me the opportunity to work alongside other advocates from across the country to panoramically educate the community on HIV related policy, priorities and funding processes from a professional and an HIV Positive LTS consumer perspective.
Welcome: Honorable Judge Rosie Speedlin Gonzalez
Panel & Community Discussion
Partner Recognition: Elizabeth Lutz
Keynote: Dr. David Garcia
SYLVIA DE LOS SANTOS
Sylvia began her advocacy in HIV over 30+ years ago at a beginning when HIV was not even the name of the virus. It was then known as ARC (AIDS Related Complex) and GRID (Gay-Related Immuno Deficiency) Her advocacy intensified after the death of her best friend David in 1995 and she participated with different groups and ASO's to advocate for change. Sylvia, her partner and their church worked for 10 years bringing home-cooked meals to shut-ins with AIDS whose life expectancy at that time was no more than 1 year after diagnosis. Many of those same people's only visits were when those meals came weekly due to the fear and stigma associated with HIV at the time and even family and friends would not come to visit. In 2006, Sylvia finally found a job working with an ASO so that she could work more closely with the population she loved and wanted to fight for. She began her career at Hope Action Care and now currently works at BEAT AIDS as an Intake Specialist - helping people get linked to case management services so that their needs will be met. Sylvia continues to participate in groups like the HIV/Syphilis Task Force and the End Stigma, End HIV Alliance. Sylvia looks forward to the day she is unemployed due to HIV being eradicated!
The Mexican American Unity Council
2300 W Commerce
San Antonio TX 78207
MAUC was incorporated in 1967 as a means to diligently organize for economic and political empowerment of the Mexican American population in San Antonio. MAUC continues to seek ways to build the organization’s effectiveness and sustainability in the delivery of social services in the area of education, health, family strengthening and community economic development to all areas of the City and County.