George Kerr- Chair
George Kerr is a nationally renowned community activist and former grassroots non-profit executive who is a staple in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan Area for more than 21 years. Having honorably served his country in the US Navy for nearly 8 years, Kerr, now a decorated veteran, has taken the discipline, organizational skills, and administrative management experiences he learned during his esteemed military career and transferred those assets to better serve the prevention and treatment service needs of District residents with admirable results.
Mr. Kerr’s greatest achievement is the programmatic service expansion of the non profit organization START at Westminster (Syringe Training Advocacy Resources and Treatment). START is housed at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Southwest Washington DC. Under his stewardship, the START program has served hundreds of active and recovering drug users—linking them to recovery, treatment and harm reduction services. It has offered seniors invaluable HIV/AIDS prevention education and provided HIV testing, counseling and referrals to thousands of DC residents. Through his dedicated service and leadership thousands of District residents have become aware of their HIV status and hundreds more linked to proper care, treatment, and support services needs.
Mr. Kerr has a long and committed history of effectively working with some of the most prominent health service providers in the District. He has motivated hundreds of individuals to advocate on behalf of those that the stigma of HIV and substance abuse has silenced.
Trained and certified in HIV/AIDS prevention by the Washington Free Clinic and nationally recognized programs such as the American Red Cross, Mr. Kerr has taken his skills far beyond HIV facilitation, testing and counseling services.
Alex Lawson– Chair Emeritus
Cassandra Dixon- Fellow