Cyndee Clay, Executive Director

HIPS is a Washington DC metro area organization the promotes the health, rights and wellness of drug users, sex workers and their communities utilizing a harm reduction model. Ms. Clay is an internationally recognized expert with over  20 years experience in program development, nonprofit management and evaluation for improving the health and safety of injection and non-injection drug users, sex workers, and transgender individuals.  She is a graduate of the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Executive Program at UCLA Business School, convened DC’s first working group on drug user health, and serves as the DC Prevention Planning Group’s community co-chair elect,  DC community representative for the Urban Coalition of HIV/AIDS Prevention Services UCHAPS, and the DC Recovery Advisory Council.





Elizabeth MacIntosh, Director of Programs

Elizabeth MacIntosh has been with HIPS since Valentine’s Day 2003. Elizabeth works closely with the Executive Director in all aspects of program development and organizational goals. She is responsible for HIPS program supervision, evaluation and administration as well as acting as a liaison to foundation and public funders.  Elizabeth has developed and implemented numerous interventions including, “Choices” for NJ DOH  and “Charm School” for HIPS which provides peer support, health education, goal setting and advocacy geared towards women who use drugs. She has also worked as a consultant for NECAPT (Northeast Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies-) and has presented various workshops on peer based strategies regarding public health and issues around the sex work community at national and international conferences. Elizabeth possesses an AA in Liberal Studies from Harcum College, BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a MS in Clinical Psychology from California Coast University. While not doing HIPS stuff, she  likes collecting 80’s punk and metal records, watching Celtic F.C. matches, and experimenting with street and mail art.

catherineCatherine Paquette, Mobile Services Manager

As the Mobile Services Manager at HIPS, Catherine manages HIPS needle exchange program, which distributed over 200,000 sterile syringes last year, as well as HIPS street-based sex worker outreach program, HIPS 24-hour crisis and support hotline, and DC’s LGBTQ Violence Response Hotline. She is also responsible for the recruitment, training, and supervision of over 100 volunteers each year who provide direct services to HIPS clients on the Mobile Van, Wellness Center, a

nd Hotlines. Catherine got her start at HIPS through the AIDS United Americorps program, serving for one year in the HIPS Outreach Department, and she has been managing the Mobile Services program since 2012. She was born and raised in the Philippines, and before she came to DC, she did outreach to male sex workers with a Chicago non-profit and did research on public policy and enforcement of sex work laws. More recently, Catherine has collaborated with HIPS volunteers to conduct research on the impacts of gentrification on street-based sex work in the District. 


Andrew Bell, Manager – Health & Supportive Services Manager

Andrew recently joined the staff team at HIPS as the Manager of Health and Supportive Services . It is a new role following  that succeeds the Manager for Enhanced Harm Reduction Services after some restructuring. He comes to HIPS having spent six years working in Direct Service and Project Management for the Portland Hotel Society: a Vancouver based organization that has long been a leader in Harm Reduction. His time there included two years at Insite, North America’s only legal Safe Injection Facility, and three years managing a low-barrier homeless shelter that also provided supportive and health services to individuals dealing with active addictions, mental health issues and other challenges.
Andrew came to DC in September with his wife, who is pursuing her masters. He spent the months while his green card was in process better get to know the District and make himself useful: interning at the Drug Policy Alliance in the fall, volunteering with HIPS since November and helping with Bread for the City’s Pre-Employment Program.
Andrew went to the University of British Columbia where he studied History and International Relations. He and his wife Anna have a dog named Louisa.


10498712_10152307219838873_8347613908645346648_oSara Knotts, Operations Manager













randyRandy Kier, Community Health Worker

Randy is a Community Health Worker with HIPS ?and has been with the organization since 2014.  Randy’s work involves assisting clients with linkage to medical care, performing HIV and HCV testing, facilitating treatment adherence, participating in mentorship opportunities, and providing counseling sessions. He is currently studying Social Work with a concentration in public health at the University of District Columbia. In addition to his studies, Randy serves as the Vice President for the Student Government Association at UDC. Randy is a member of the LGBT community and has always possessed a passion to combat HIV/AIDS and to educate his community with intent to change it for the better. Randy strongly believes that working together we can bring an end to HIV/AIDS.



1463952_10151816325888873_846749039_nMs. Kenny Mayo, Drop In Center Coordinator










Earline Budd, Treatment Adherence Specialist

Earline Budd is a long time DC resident and transgender woman who has worked tirelessly over the last 20 years to advocate for the rights and inclusion of transgender people and other members of the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LBGTQ) community. She is one of the founding members and former Executive Director of Transgender Health Empowerment, Inc. (T.H.E.) and was the District of Columbia’s first transgender women appointed to the Office of Human Rights. Earline currently works as a Treatment Adherence Specialist at HIPS and represents HIPS and the trans community on the Mayor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS and on the DC Ryan White Planning Council. Earline has two years of college in Business Administration and attended the Brookwein Business Institute of Washington, D.C.  Earline comes to HIPS everyday with a grocery bag of home cooked snacks and goodies and keeps everyone who walks through our doors well fed regardless if they are on her caseload. She describes her everyday hobby as just wanting to just “to help her community, even if it’s just by getting them something to eat just for today, and being there to work on the next step tomorrow.”



1378385_10151693366873873_1624674885_nShakita Chapman, Community Health Worker












OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKiefer Paterson, Case Manager/Client Care Coordinator









OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMaurice Abbey-Bey, Syringe Exchange Specialist









OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACharlotte Sawyer, Mobile Services Program Assistant – Global Health Corps








Joe Caldwell, Mobile Services Program Assistant – AmeriCorps