New Staff at The Damien Center!


January 12, 2011



We would like to welcome four new staff members this month!

Samantha Akers is our new receptionist. An Indianapolis native, she has been involved with Spotlight, AIDS Walk, and the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis. Samantha is currently studying American Sign Language.

Jamie Putman joins our prevention team as the Prevention Case Manager for Project CORE. She has experience with youth drug and alcohol prevention, LGBTQ issues, HIV/AIDS prevention, breast cancer awareness, and political campaigns. A creative thinker, Jamie loves to craft and bake.

Bashiri Asad is our newest HIV Tester. He is a former Americorps member who has worked with The Red Cross, FEMA, Denver Parks Department, and Habitat for Humanity. Outside of work, Bashiri is the leading vocalist for Xenobia Green.

Ricky Ward joins us as our HIV/AIDS Youth Peer Educator. He has experience working with youth at the Brookside Community Youth Program and Celebrity Cruises. He is currently a student at IUPUI pursuing his degree in social work.