REPRIEVE Community Advisory Board (CAB)
The REPRIEVE CAB is comprised of several enthusiastic participants whom generously share their time and talents in order to incorporate the voice of the participant into REPRIEVE Trial activities. Their diverse perspectives allow for improved participant initiatives and engagement. Learn about some of the CAB members below.
Jonathan C. “Chad” Akin has resided in Atlanta, GA since June 2011. He has worked for a national retail company for twenty-one years and is currently an Administrative Professional and Human Resources/Location Hiring Representative. He is also a published author of three novels of Contemporary Fiction and is currently co-writing a screen adaptation of a friend’s novel. In addition to being a ground floor member of the REPRIEVE CAB, he serves as a member of Atlanta’s Ponce Clinical Research Site CAB. His purpose for serving on CAB(s) is for HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, research for aging/living with, managing/curing, and education.
Robert B. Ettinger has lived in the New York City area for over 30 years. He has recently retired from a long career in healthcare management, working with both providers and health insurance companies in operations and program development. A long term activist and advocate for people with HIV/AIDS and other marginalized populations, Robert believes that participating in clinical trials, for those that are able to do so, is one way to contribute to the communities affected as well as to the advancement of clinical practice standards. As a long term survivor, Robert has a particular interest in HIV and aging which bring him to the REPRIEVE study and to the Community Advisory Board.
My name is Alicia Diggs, I am originally from Philadelphia, PA but I currently reside in Greensboro North Carolina. I am a doctoral candidate with Capella University and am currently in the dissertation phase. I am a published author of my first memoir entitled Standing On My Healing: From Tainted To Chosen as well as a co-author in an upcoming book collaboration with multiple authors. I have also recently received the 2017 ‘Dorothy Height Human Rights Award’ through We Live and Remember in Color in Chicago, IL. I joined the REPRIEVE CAB because I have a strong passion for educating communities, advocating for the rights of person’s living with HIV, as well as collaborating with researchers to find ways to treat and prevent various conditions.
Shirley Selvage lives in Alabaster, Alabama. She currently works at the 1917 Clinic as an Office Services Specialist/Coordinator in the Prevention and Education Department. She is the chairperson of the Patient Advisory Board at the 1917 Clinic and serves on other Community Advisory Boards. She was featured in the “December 2016 POZ Magazine.” She has her Bachelors of Science Degree in Community Health Education and Human Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Alabama. Her purpose for serving on REPRIEVE CAB is to bring awareness, research, prevention and education about statin drugs that could help reduce heart disease in those living with HIV.
Ángel L. Hernández was born and raised in Orocovis, a small rural town located right in the center of the Puerto Rico. He now lives in Arecibo. Angel is number nine of 16 siblings. Angel has been an active member of his local CAB. Since 2010, Angel has been involved as a representative of persons living with HIV and AIDS in various boards and organizations. He believes there is still a need for much more of the most basic education about HIV. Angel is an advocate to empower persons living with HIV and AIDS using the “Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV” Principles. As HIV Community Educator/Advocate, he has received scholarships to attend various national and international conferences: USCA; POSITIVE LIVING; International Conference on AIDS; CROI. Angel joined the REPRIEVE CAB because he believes it is an important study where we’re answering important questions about end organ diseases that occurs with aging and inflammation associated with HIV and ART, to help members of the general community understand the science of HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular disease, to ensure community concerns are considered, and to serve as a voice for the community and study participants.