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

David Evans

David Evans

Managing Director
Infectious Disease, Public Health, & Health Science Expert
Tracy, CA

David Evans has worked for 30 years to ensure that public health policies, clinical and social science, and health education initiatives are rooted in the values of the individuals who should benefit from them. Inspired by the passionate but pragmatic HIV activism of the 1980s and 1990s, he co-developed one of the nation’s first peer-based HIV treatment education and adherence programs. David has led a number of multi-stakeholder gatherings to develop public health programs that minimize stigma and criminal vulnerability for people with HIV, which have been incorporated into guidance by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and county health departments. He has been a first author and principle investigator on several leading social science and ethics studies, which grew out of his decades of experience as a sought after community advisor to HIV prevention, treatment and cure-oriented clinical trials, He has published in the popular and scientific press, ranging from POZ Magazine and Positively Aware, to the Journal of AIDS, the Journal of Medical Ethics, PLoS One, and the Journal of Virus Eradication.

Recent publications include:

Evans D, Van Gorder D, Morin SF, Steward WT, Gafffney S, Charlebois ED. Acceptance of the Use of HIV Surveillance Data for Care Engagement: National and Local Community Perspectives. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 May 1:69 Suppl 1:S31-6.

Evans D, Benbow N. Ethical Considerations for a Public Health Response Using Molecular HIV Surveillance Data: A Multi- Stakeholder Approach. Project Inform and Northwestern University. February 2018. DOI 10.18131/G3MT7B

Poteat T, Aqil A, Corbett D, Evans D, Dubé K. "I would really want to know that they had my back":Transgender women's perceptions of HIV cure-related research in the United States. PLoS ONE. 2020 Dec;15(12)

Dubé K, Saberi P, Sauceda J, Poteat T, Evans D. Reasons People Living with HIV Might Prefer Oral Daily Antiretroviral Therapy, Long-Acting Formulations, or Future HIV Remission Options. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2020 Dec;36(12):1054-1058

Saberi P, Eskaf E, Sauceda J, Evans D, Dubé K. Perceptions of HIV Virologic Control Strategies Among Younger and Older Age Groups of People Living with HIV in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Survey. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2 Jul 2020:36(7):606-615

Dubé K, Evans D, Sylia L, Taylor J, Weiner BJ, Skinner A, Thirumurthy H, Tucker JD, Rennie S, Greene SB. Willingness to participate and take risks in HIV cure research: survey results from 400 people living with HIV in the US. J Virus Erad. 2017 Jan 1;3(1):40-50.e21.

Evans D. An activist’s argument that participant values should guide risk-benefit ratio calculations in HIV cure research. J Med Ethics. 2017 Feb;43(2):100-2013

Arnold MP, Evans D, Vergel N. Recruitment and ethical considerations in HIV cure trial requiring treatment interruption. J Virus Erad. 2014 August 10; 1(1).

Marcus J. Hopkins

Operations Manager
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
Emma Creamer

Emma Creamer

Project Coordinator
Hailie Arnold

Hailie Arnold

Program Associate
Caroline Chukwu

Caroline Chukwu

Program Associate
Grace Nowicki

Grace Nowicki

Program Associate

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