About Being Alive

Our Mission: To end HIV infections by eliminating stigma, engaging people in wellness, removing barriers to care, and restoring dignity.

Being Alive (Being Alive/People with AIDS Action Coalition (501(c)(3) #95-4137742) is a nonprofit client-driven organization focusing on the mental health and wellness of people living with HIV and AIDS. Our services to our client-members include a variety of no-cost programs, such as; comprehensive emotional support, treatment education, prevention, advocacy, wellness and social services. Our mental health program, Dignity Plus, offers long term therapy for clients infected with and affected by HIV.

Established in 1986 by three friends, John Mohr, Ron Rose, and Rick Ewing, Being Alive was created as a response to a need for services free of red tape and bureaucratic entanglement. These three visionaries saw the need for an organization made up of other people living with HIV and AIDS who would advocate for the HIV/AIDS community from the point of view of those who are infected. Today, Being Alive serves as a beacon of emotional support, treatment education, and empowerment to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS.

How do I qualify to become a member?

Want to become a member of Being Alive? Fill out our member application and provide proof of your medical status and you can enjoy all that Being Alive has to offer.

Work with us?

If you are interested in working with Being Alive, fill out the form on the contact page or call the main office and let us know what you would like to.

Directors

JASON CUPP, Ed.D. – PRESIDENT

(Pronouns: he/him), Director of Financial Aid, Columbia College – Hollywood

ROB BANCHICH – VICE PRESIDENT

(Pronouns: he/him) Strategy and Marketing Leader

BILL WRIGHT – TREASURER

(Pronouns: he/him), Area General Manager, Excel Hotel Group

BENJAMIN R MARTIN, J.D. – SECRETARY

(Pronouns: he/him), Associate Director, Client Services and Programs
Project Angel Food

JOHN WILSON

(Pronouns: he/him), SVP People & Culture
Media Industry

VERONICA FUENTES, MA

(Pronouns: she/her) Marketing Expert

ANDREA LIPTON

(Pronouns: she/her), Executive Coach, Learning Strategist

JASON FRAZIER

(Pronouns: he/him), Assistant Director, Corporate Sponsorships
The Music Center

TOM ETZEL

(Pronouns: he/him), Executive Director,      J.P. Morgan Client Banking – Healthcare

ZACH TEIXEIRA

(Pronouns: he/him) Associate Project Manager, Shubin Donaldson Architects

RICHIE TEIXEIRA

(Pronouns: he/him/she/her) Marketing Creative Services Manager at Internet Brands

Staff

JAMIE BAKER

(Pronouns: he/him), Executive Director

BECKY HARDIN

(Pronouns: she/her), Program Manager & Community Outreach Manager
ADAP Enrollment Specialist

SILVIA JIMENEZ

(Espanol bilingue)
(Pronouns: she/her), HIV Navigation Specialist
ADAP Enrollment Coordinator

DEIRA FUENTES

(Espanol bilingue)
(Pronouns: she/her), HIV Navigation Specialist
ADAP Enrollment Coordinator

TIMOTHY ZEMBEK

(Pronouns: he/him), Syringe Service Program Coordinator

STEVEN MASTERS

(Pronouns: he/him), Client Connection Specialist

ROSELYN DUFFY

(Pronouns: she/her), SSP Outreach Team Member

STANLEY WICKHAM

(Pronouns: he/him), Information Technology Administrator