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.
Sara joined the organization in 2013 as the Operations Manager. She brings to HIPS over 12 years of experience in Operations and Finance. Sara is responsible for grants management, human resources, and administrative oversight. Sara grew up in Greenville, North Carolina where she attended East Carolina University. She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management in 2004 and relocated to the Northern Virginia shortly after graduation. Sara is a member of the American Society for Quality and the National Association for Professional Women. When Sara’s not helping HIPS run like a well-oiled machine, she’s spending time with her partner, Liz, and their very rotund cat, Smush, volunteering for She-DC (a task force put together by the Mayor’s Office on Women’s Policy and Initiatives), and researching ways to be a “baller on a budget”.
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 interned at the Drug Policy Alliance in the fall, of 2014 while also volunteering with HIPS 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.
Sasanka Jinadasa, Capacity Building and Community Resource Manager
As the Capacity Building and Community Resource Manager at HIPS, Sasanka manages volunteer coordination, staff development, and coalition building at HIPS and in the DC community. A recent graduate of Harvard University with a BA in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality (with a focus in African American studies), she has been a justice advocate for those whose identities exist at the margins and intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Sasanka identifies as a queer Lankan hard femme and has spearheaded projects on sex education, LGBTQ allyship, and diversity and inclusion within activist spaces. When she’s not working, she is probably baking, writing/reading short stories and poetry, or dancing and collaborating with HIPS volunteers to conduct research on the impacts of gentrification on street-based sex work in the District.
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.
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.”
Kiefer Paterson was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in & around the city. During his teens he experienced several periods of homelessness which have informed both his advocacy and professional work. As a result, harm reduction is a deeply personal philosophy for him. In 2011, Kiefer moved to D.C. and worked on a variety of issues as a community organizer including anti-trans violence prevention, intimate partner violence, LGBT youth suicide prevention, affordable housing, and volunteered with the HIPS Mobile Services Team. In 2013 he joined HIPS staff & has been providing supportive services and case management for our clients ever since. As the Client Care Coordinator, Kiefer continues to work to expand the reach and depth of HIPS supportive services to make sure we can meet our clients where they’re at.
Shakita joined HIPS in 2013 as a Community Health Worker. She is a certified Treatment Adherence Specialist, HIV and HCV tester and brings 6 years of experience in the HIV care and prevention field. Shakita spends her days helping our clients navigate the healthcare system with the overall goal being to decrease barriers in accessing medical care and support our clients in leading healthy lives. In her role as a HIPS Community Health Worker, Shakita assists HIV positive individuals in linking them to a medical provider, then advocates on their behalf to help them personally achieve a better health outcome. In addition to her community health work, Shakita frequently participates in healthcare events in all eight wards in order to provide HIV and HCV testing and education to all communities of the District. Shakita is well known for her passion for helping others and is a self-proclaimed “Person for the People” because of her love for giving back to the community. Shakita has a strong interest in addiction and recovery is currently taking steps toward becoming an Addiction Counselor. When Shakita is off the clock, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and enjoying life to the fullest!
Maurice is a Washington DC native who came to HIPS in 2013 as Secondary Exchanger who provided syringe access and support to his community. Maurice has watched HIPS grow in the community and has seen his own role grow within it as well. In and out of prison, jail, chaotic drug use and substance abuse treatment since the age of 13, Maurice says that those years were when he realized he has to “reach the lowest depths before reaching the highest heights”. Today Maurice serves as HIPS’ full time Syringe Exchange Specialist, supervising HIPS mobile syringe exchange program, the linchpin of HIPS street based services. He greatly enjoys working hands and using his easy and welcoming manner and drawing on his deep network of relationships to make Washington, DC a healthier and safer place to live. While not at HIPS, you can find Maurice at the dog park with his 2 Maltese puppies, Lily and Bear!
Joe Caldwell, Testing Specialist