Steven Headington President & Co-Founder
Steven L Headington-Gadsky is currently the President and co-founder of Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) – Portland, is a board member of the IPG (Integrated Planning Group) for the Oregon Health Authority, is a state certified peer support specialist along with being a valued member and volunteer with AARP Oregon. Steve works and volunteers in the LGBT and HIV/AIDS community since 1996 while raising awareness, education, health and diversity to the community at large. Steve’s passions are to help people not only to survive, but also to thrive while aging in place and to help end isolation. In his spare time, he likes to have coffee with friends and goes on hikes along rivers to lay out in the sun.
John Flack Secretary & Co-Founder
John grew up in rural southeastern Pennsylvania (where he felt he never quite fit in) and moved to the city shortly after graduation from high school. After working several years working in the airline industry John switched to a career in retail new store openings and management. For the past 5 years, he has become an active member of the local nonprofit community, focusing on organizations which promote healthy aging, senior advocacy, and livable communities. John has volunteered with AARP Oregon, Elders in Action, Villages NW, Cascade AIDS Project, and Quest Center for Integrative Health. He also served on the board of his home owners association for 7 years. He is a founding member of Let’s Kick ASS (AIDS Survivor Syndrome) Portland.
Marie Fisher Board Member
Marie Fisher is a negative long-term survivor who has been involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy for over 25 years. Marie was first confronted by the epidemic in the early 1990s when her older brother was diagnosed positive with a CD4 count of 2. He recovered from the devastation of his initial diagnosis, but later passed away from lymphoma at the age of 49. Supporting him on his journey over the years, while losing friends and loved ones along the way, indelibly shaped Marie’s commitment to helping others who have been infected and affected to thrive. A long-time veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Marie began working professionally in HIV in 2011 while employed by Gilead Sciences, where she created an award-winning mobile app for newly diagnosed, young gay men of color. She was the sole member of the marketing team assigned to PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) at a time when the HIV community was clamoring for better prevention options. Through her collaboration with national organizations such as the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the National Minority AIDS Council, Marie established herself as a committed patient advocate on the corporate side. In addition to infectious diseases, Marie has also worked on treatments for cancer,…