We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of our board. As of late January, we’ve added six new members. The new and improved board will conviene in April for a weekend retreat.
For our full board, see our Board of Directors Page
Karen Creary is a Client Support Worker/ POETT/Speaker/Advocate located in Fort Lauderdale Fl. Professional committees / boards as well as certifications includes, Co-Chair Florida Department Health Bureau of Communicable Disease Advisory Board, Ryan White Part A Planning Council, Previous Ryan White Part A Chair of Membership, Previous Ryan White Part A Executive Committee, Previous Co-Chair of BAAG, Previous Co-Chair of the Black Aids Treatment Network (BTAN),20/20 Leading Women’s Society, Alcohol Substance and Mental Health Planning Council and AVAC. My certification includes, WILLOW Training, SISTA Training, VOICES/VOCES, 500, 501, Rapid Testing and HIPPA. I am currently on the Board of Directors of Commucare as the Secretary. Karen is currently continuing her college education and pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Public Health.
Matthew Rose is a health advocate with a special focus on HIV/AIDS. With a passion and love for social justice work, he has spent a great deal of his professional and personal life operating under the framework that health is a vehicle for social justice. Health lives at the intersection of a number of oppressions and can create unique moments for liberation. His background is centered in public policy, community engagement and strategic planning. Since 2009, he has been a member of Prevention Research, Outreach, Advocacy and Representation (PxROAR), a domestic program created by AVAC to offer training for advocates in biomedical HIV prevention research education. Previously Matthew spent two and a half years with the National Coalition for LGBT Health overseeing its HIV/AIDS policy work and is chair of the policy committee the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative.
Lindsey Scotney was born and raised in Oklahoma, but has traveled extensively. She is a former sex worker and human trafficking target. This background has made her passionate about the protection of consensual sex workers’ rights to practice their trade safely and legally. Lindsey has trained and assisted municipal police departments in differentiating consensual sex work from human trafficking. She has also served as the head of multiple community service organizations and causes. She currently owns a very successful real estate investment company. Lindsey lives with her husband and six children in Tulsa and is training for her first triathlon.
As a teenager, Savannah Sly became painfully and directly aware of the ill effects of the War on Drugs. It was apparent to Savannah that prohibition was not only a failure, but a predatory society ill. A few high school teachers (who were paying attention) wisely shifted Savannah’s focus to study topics such as immigration policy in the US, WWII propaganda, the Femme Fatale archetype, and (most profoundly) stories about teenage prostitution in Haiti. Fast forward to 2015 and Savannah finds herself enamored with the process of building community amongst sex workers in Seattle, and helping to build platforms from which sex workers can speak for themselves. Savannah is currently entering sabbatical after a decade-long career as a sex worker herself, and she looks forward to dedicating oodles of time to SWOP-USA, where she hopes to focus on chapter development.
Conner Spinks is a hard femme Black queer whose passions include reproductive justice and HIV advocacy. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Conner is finishing her undergraduate degree in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the University of Iowa and is currently employed with the Crisis Center of Johnson County as a Call Room Manager. She can be found at drag shows and dive bars as part of her self-care.
Brittany Turner currently works as a Librarian in Shreveport, LA. She received her Master’s in Public Administration through the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany as well as a Master’s in Library and Information Science through the University of Alabama. Brittany has experience in social and economic justice, government, non-profits, and politics, including past work with the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation, Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, and Save Women’s Lives: March for Freedom of Choice. She is an active volunteer for various organizations in her community and is also a founding member and co-organizer of the Shreveport-Bossier City Chapter of SWOP.
Miriam Weeks (dba Belle Knox) is an award-winning pornography actress and a feminist activist. She has contributed to Time, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, XoJane, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, and Forbes on the topics of feminism, sex work, censorship, and libertarianism. Her upcoming literary publications include contributions in Best Sex Writing of 2015 and The Association of Libertarian Feminists Anthology. Miriam is a Women’s Studies student at Duke University and Students for Liberty Campus Coordinator. She has spoken at universities across the country and The International Conference on Human Trafficking.