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Our Team

A. Toni Young

Founder & Executive Director
(She/Her/Hers)
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


Hilary Viens

Hilary Viens

Deputy Director
(She/Her/Hers)
MSW, LICSW
Colchester, VT

Hilary Viens, MSW, LICSW received her BA in Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology from Antioch College and her MSW from Smith College. She has been a clinical social worker for more than 15 years and currently serves as the Deputy Director of Community Education Group (CEG). Hilary has spent her career focused on intimate partner violence, HIV prevention, and violent offenders.

Throughout her career, Hilary has held directorial positions in Richmond, VA; Washington, DC; and Nothern Vermont related to homelessness, major mental illness, substance use, and HIV prevention. Additionally, Hilary has held positions with the Virginia Department of Health, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Pathways Vermont, and Rights & Democracy. She has also served in clinical roles working with individuals who had been terminated from traditional mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs. 

Hilary has extensive experience with grant solicitation and programming, including serving as a grant reviewer for the CDC, SAMSHA, and HRSA for the past 12 years. She is also trained as an Interim Executive Director through the Support Center for Nonprofit Management in New York City.

Hilary is an anti-racist feminist who resides in Northern Vermont with family and three dogs and believes in the power of collective liberation.

Dr. Samuella Ware

Director of Research & Evaluation
(She/Her/Hers)
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 Diversity, 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

Marcus J. Hopkins

Operations Manager
(He/Him/His)
HIV/AIDS & Viral Hepatitis Research, Policy, Advocacy, Prevention, & Program Specialist
Morgantown, West Virginia

Marcus J. Hopkins joined the CEG team as a consultant in 2017, helping to create the Equitable Access Coalition project by providing research on jurisdictional data on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Overdose, Harm Reduction, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Reproductive Health issues.

He joined the team, full-time, in November 2019, as the Policy Director, focusing on researching, analyzing, responding to, and crafting state and federal policies related to HIV and Viral Hepatitis testing, linkage to care, and treatment, Substance/Opioid Use Disorders (SUD/OUD) issues, Medication-Assisted Treatment MAT), and PrEP Access.

Marcus also works to develop projects within CEG, including the creation (in collaboration with TruEvolution, Inc.) of the Rural Health Service Providers Network (RHSPN).

Recent Research:

Hopkins, M. J. (2019, April 17). Viral Hepatitis in Correctional Settings. Washington, DC: Community Access National Network.

Amanda G. S. Morgan

HIV Free WV Coordinator
(She/Her/Hers)
Emma Creamer

Emma Creamer

Project Coordinator
(She/Her/Hers)
Hailie Arnold

Hailie Arnold

Program Associate
(She/Her/Hers)
Caroline Chukwu

Caroline Chukwu

Program Associate
(She/Her/Hers)
Grace Nowicki

Grace Nowicki

Program Associate
(She/Her/Hers)

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