Like many individuals who lived through the decade of the eighties, I watched with a sense of desperation, as the AIDS crisis grew—seemingly unchecked. I watched it grow and transform from an unknown malady to a full-blown epidemic. Fortunately, much has changed since that time. I am proud to say that I am part of a compassionate, considerate organization born out of a time of hardship for those impacted by the deadly, now treatable disease. As a member of the board of the Valley AIDS Network (VAN) I’ve been given the great opportunity to work a collection of individuals looking to make the Valley a better place to live for everyone. Some of the projects I have worked directly with include helping to plan the route for the Tour and Taste, as well as working with the Continuous Quality Improvement Committee. I’ve also recruited an intern to help Alex in the main office. In terms of upcoming projects, I look forward to working with the Events Committee to plan for the Silent Auction as well as the Paws Walk this Spring. I am proud of our work and look forward to continuing to help out in any way that I might.
Lee Mayfield, Member-at-large