Our Team

A. Toni Young

Founder & Executive Director
HIV/AIDS Policy, Advocacy, Prevention, & Program Expert 
Washington, D.C. & West Virginia 

A. Toni Young is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Education Group (CEG), a community-based organization focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, advocacy, and research. Originally founded to provide HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention services for African-American women in the early 1990s, CEG has evolved to advocate for all at-risk communities, including in rural markets. A national leader for HIV/AIDS training and prevention in urban areas, CEG recently expanded their service model in 2014 to rural markets by opening an office in West Virginia, one of the states leading the nation in opioid-related deaths. Drug use and addiction are inseparably linked with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.

The core of CEG’s success was the CHAMPS Model (Community HIV/AIDS Model Prevention Services) which took testing into the field. CHAMPS recruited, trained, and hired the formerly incarcerated, rehabilitated substance users, and HIV positive individuals and made them into health advocates. The CHAMPS employees were best able to find, educate, and test at-risk community members by understanding their experiences and gaining trust. The CHAMPS Model can be applied in any setting - rural, urban, or suburban - elevating and leveraging community members to help solve community problems. 

Understanding the shift in need from urban to rural support services, Ms. Young is advocating for national legislation and funding for a Rural Health Service Provider Network (RHSPN) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide resources to essential providers of nonclinical health, harm reduction, educational, and nutritional services throughout rural America. Less than 20 percent of the U.S. population live in rural areas; however, rural populations are also spread throughout 97 percent of the country’s land mass. Therefore, reaching rural populations for health and education services is extremely challenging. 

She consults with the National Institutes of Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Organization on a regular basis to provide program insight and support for grant funding. Ms. Young also serves as an advisor to The George Washington University District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research and the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services. 

She was previously responsible for the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, sponsored by the Office on Women's Health of the Department of Health and Human Services. She co-chaired HIV/AIDS Prevention Groups in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She has spoken at and conducted international workshops on HIV/AIDS prevention in Australia, Mexico, and South Africa. 

Recent research includes:

Barriers to HIV Cure Research Participation Among Persons Living With and Without HIV. Conference on Cell and Gene Therapy for HIV Cure. August 2019

How Will Eventual HIV Cure Impact Prevention Behavior?. George Washington University/D.C. Centers for AIDS Research - HIV Cure Scientific Working Group. July 2019

Feasibility of Using HIV Care-Continuum Outcomes to Identify Geographic Areas for Targeted HIV Testing. JAIDS Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. February 2017

Dr. Samuella Ware

Director of Research & Evaluation
Public Health Researcher
Philadelphia, PA 

Dr. Samuella Ware is a public health researcher focused on race-based theories and social-structural factors that impact sexual health and HIV vulnerability among Black men and women. Dr. Ware has worked in HIV prevention for over 10 years and worked with various communities in North Carolina and Philadelphia. Dr. Ware has worked on several NIH research studies focused on the sexual health of adolescents, Black cis-gendered women, and Black and Latino MSM and transgendered women living with HIV. Dr. Ware's theoretically-grounded and practice-informed research fills an important gap by expanding our understanding of how social-structural factors affect HIV-related behaviors and inform health promotion strategies and interventions. When she isn't focused on work, Dr. Ware enjoys being an obsessed plant mom and can be found in plant nurseries on the weekends buying a plant she doesn't need!

Ware, S., Tanner, A.E., Dyson, Y.D.,Erausqin,J.T.(in press) Exploring the social exchange of manhood and masculine norms among Black heterosexual college men. Journal of Negro Education.

Wyrick, D.L., Tanner, A.E., Milroy, J.J., Guastaferro, K.M., Bhandari, S., Kugler, K.C., Thorpe, S., Ware, S., Miller, A.M., & Collins, L.M.(2020) itMatters: Optimization of an online intervention to prevent sexually transmitted infections in college students. Journal of American College Health.

Tanner A.E., Mann-Jackson L., Song E.Y., Alonzo J, Schafer K.R., Ware S., Horridge D.N., Garcia J.M., Bell J, Arellano Hall Baker L.S., Rhodes S.D.(2020) Supporting health among young men who have sex with men and transgender women with HIV: Lessons learned from implementing the weCare intervention. Health Promotion.

Ware, S., Thorpe, S., Dyson, Y.D. (2020) “Knowing that You’re Pleasing the Other Person Makes it Even Better”: Perceived Pleasure and Motives for Condom Use Among Heterosexual Black College Men in the South. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships.

Thorpe, S., Ware, S., Tanner, A.E., Kugler, K.C., Guastaferro, K.M., Milroy, J.J., & Wyrick D.L. (2020) Sexual sensation seeking, hookups, and alcohol consumption among first-year college students. Journal of American College Health.

Thorpe, S., Tanner, A.E., Ware, S., Guastaferro, K.M., Milroy, J.J., & Wyrick, D.L. (2020) First-year Black college students’ alcohol expectancies: Implications for intersectional interventions. Journal of Health Education.

Ware, S., Thorpe, S., & Tanner, A.E. (2019). Sexual Health Interventions for Black Women in the United States: A Systematic Review of Literature. International Journal of Sexual Health, 1–20. doi:10.1080/19317611.2019.1613278

Tanner, A.E., Chambers, B.D., Philbin, M.M., Ware, S., Eluka, N, Ma, A., Kinnard, E.N., & Fortenberry, J.D. (2018). The intersection between women's reproductive desires and HIV care providers' reproductive health practices: a mixed methods analysis. Maternal and Child Health Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10995-018-2603-1

Philbin, M.M.., Kinnard, E.N., Tanner, A.E., Ware, S., Chambers, B.D., Ma, A., and Fortenberry, J.D. (2018). The association between incarceration and transactional sex among HIV-infected young men who have sex with men in the United States. Journal of Urban Health. doi: 10.1007/s11524-018-0247-5

Dr. Noelle Chaddock

Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer
(Noelle/Dr. Chaddock)

Dr. Chaddock works internationally with colleges and universities as a keynote, author, consultant, trainer, and human development in equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism. Dr. Chaddock works with organizations, institutions, non-profits, governance boards, civil and social services, performing arts, and entertainment entities around cultivation, development, and capacity building in these areas. Dr. Chaddock has worked with corporate clients, health providers, educators, and police agencies in the United States since 2001.

Dr. Chaddock has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Binghamton University and a BS in Human Development. Dr. Chaddock teaches and publishes critical race theory, black feminism, and black dramaturgy, and theatre. 

Dr. Chaddock is a trained mediator as well as a facilitator of truth and racial healing circles. Dr. Chaddock has served in inaugural diversity roles in higher education, such as chief diversity officer, VP of equity and inclusion, and deputy title ix officer. Dr. Chaddock works with entire corporate and organizational teams on strategic planning, talent cultivation, board development, leadership, executive leadership, organizational assessment, and data-driven training and development.

Chaddock, N. & Hinderliter, B. Eds. (2020). Antagonizing White Feminism: Intersectionality’s Critique of Women’s Studies and the Acadamey. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Bigelow, G. & Chaddock, N. (2018). Effecting Institutional Diversity and Inclusion through Shared Governance In. S. F. Cramer (Ed.), Shared Governance in Higher Education: Continuity in Shared Governance in Times of Leadership Change. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

Chaddock, N. (Summer 2017). “Locating the Mentor: An Autoethnographic Reflection”. SEM Quarterly. AACRAO and Wiley Periodicals

Chaddock, N. & Hinderliter, B. (2017). Diversifying Shared Governance: Intentional Strategies and Best Practices. In S. F. Cramer (Ed.), Shared Governance in Higher Education: Demands, Transitions, Transformations. Volume 1. (pp. 221-228).  Albany, NY:  SUNY Press.

Chaddock, N., & Gerken, T. (2015, May). LGBTQ2AI Matters. Faculty Senate Bulletin: A Publication of the State University of New York Faculty Senate.

Paley, Noelle C. and Beth Hinderliter. (2015) “Race as Episteme in Africana Studies,” The Journal of the New York Africana Studies Association, ed. Seth Asumah and John K. Marah, Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Chaddock, N. (2014). “Ladies First” by Queen Latifah. In Rebel music: Resistance through hip hop and punk. ed. Priya Parmar, et. al., Information Age Publishing.

Chaddock Paley, N. (2014, March). Author-Advocate Addresses Issues of Race in White Feminism. Insight Into Diversity, 26-27.

Paley, Noelle C. and Joshua M. Price. (2010) “Violent Interruptions,” Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women, ed. Paula C. Johnson, et. al., The University of California Press

Paley, Noelle C. “Examining Contemporary Mixed Race,” COR 101 Reader (2009) State University of New York at Cortland Advisement and Transition Classroom Publication

Lee Storrow

Director of Regional and National Policy
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Lee Storrow joined Community Education Group in 2021 after serving as the executive director of North Carolina AIDS Action Network for seven years. Under his leadership at NCAAN, the organization successfully tackled significant policy challenges in North Carolina. Storrow led campaigns that increased access to health insurance for individuals on the HIV Medication Assistance Program, modernized the state’s HIV criminal law, saved the state's syringe service law, and secured more than $1 million in new funding for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for hepatitis testing and linkage to the cure.

Before coming to NCAAN, Lee was the managing director of the North Carolina Alliance for Health, a coalition that advocates for policies that promote wellness and reduce the impact of tobacco and obesity. Lee has also worked at Ipas, a non-governmental organization that works globally to expand access to abortion.

Lee was elected to the Chapel Hill Town Council in 2011 and served on the council for four years. He currently serves on the Durham Technical Community College Board of Trustees. Lee is involved with a number of community groups and non-profits. He's served on the board of directors of the National AIDS Housing Coalition, Southern AIDS Coalition, Strowd Roses Foundation, Youth Empowered Solutions, Truth Initiative and SHIFT NC. He is a native of Asheville and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Amanda G. S. Morgan

HIV Free WV Coordinator
Caroline Chukwu

Caroline Chukwu

Program Associate

Kelli Keith, MPH

Research Program Associate

Kelli L. Keith, MPH received a BS in Anthropology and a BS in Professional Writing from Missouri State University, along with a Master of Public Health from Southern New Hampshire University. As an archaeologist, Kelli focused on nutritional disparities in populations ranging from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. Now, as a public health researcher she has shifted her focus to rural health with an emphasis on the determinates that lead to increased instances of human trafficking and sexual violence.

As an Army Veteran, Kelli has lived and worked all over the globe. Her humble rural beginnings, partnered with these life experiences are what fuel her desire for social justice and equity. In her spare time, Kelli volunteers within her community to combat food insecurity. She also lends her grant writing skills to organizations like Jah Works that bring water catchment systems to rural Jamaica.

When she is not working, you will find her spending time outdoors with family, reading, gardening, or carrying on fruitless conversations with her five cats.

Brandon Morales

Social Media Specialit

Brandon Morales is from Manassas, Virginia, and earned his Bachelor in Mass Communications with a concentration in Creative Advertising at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2021. 

Brandon’s primary focus is creative advertising, however, his passion comes from working with cameras from taking photos to creating short length films. He hopes to continue supporting equality amongst all communities through creative yet informative media.

Gia Born

Public Health Intern

Gia Born, CHES, received her BA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and BS in Public Health: Community Health Education in Spring 2021 from UNC Greensboro. Gia is originally from Greenville, NC and currently lives in Ypsilanti, MI, where she is attending Eastern Michigan University for her Masters in Social Foundations and Community Education: Teaching Diversity and Democracy. Gia operates under a Social Justice and Transfeminist lens and has research interests in Queer and Trans Health Disparities, Substance Use, Rual health, HIV/AIDS, and Health Equity.

Lauryn Coleman

Equity & Inclusion Intern

Lauryn Coleman is from Chicago, Illinois, and currently attends the illustrious Tuskegee University. She is majoring in nursing and will graduate in the spring of 2024.

After gaining some clinical experience she plans to pursue a career in health administration and health policy to better advocate for change in the healthcare system to lessen the gaps in health equity for underserved communities.

Ashlei Cooper

Student Intern

Ashlei Copper is from Omaha, Nebraska, and moved up to West Virginia in 2019 to continue her education at West Virginia University.

She is a senior majoring in Public Health with an emphasis on community and population health. She is also minoring in Political Science.

Ashlei will be graduating in December 2021.

Annabella Opoku

Public Health Intern

Annabella Opoku joined CEG in 2021 as a Public Health Intern. Annabella Opoku is a second-year graduate student at the University of Alabama pursuing a Master of Science degree in Population Health Sciences. Her expected graduation date is August 2022.

She is also an alumna of Rider University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a minor in Health Administration and certificate in Leadership.

She is also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar alumna and was active in the post-baccalaureate program. She is from Union, New Jersey.

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