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Christopher "Chris" Alberts came to ASA with over 8 years of nonprofit development experience including previously serving as the Director of Development for Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Christopher is an Austin native with a bachelor of arts in Sociology from the University of North Texas. His nonprofit experience includes work voter registration efforts, affordable housing and financial stability, and medical access services.
Jeannie Nelson came to ASA after being a prevention volunteer and a dental clinic volunteer. Her background in human resources management, clinical dental hygiene practice and dental practice management make her a great in her role as Director of Dental Services for Jack Sansing Dental Clinic.
Jeannie received her Associate’s Degree in Dental Hygiene from Temple College and her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Technology from The University of Texas at Brownsville. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist and she practiced dental hygiene for ten years before joining ASA. During her time as a dental hygienist, Jeannie gained extensive dental practice management experience. Prior to her tenure in the dental field, she spent ten years in the field of human resources management.
Albert “Berto" Barragan came to ASA from the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, where he served as Director of Testing. He has over 5 years of experience in HIV prevention and testing. Berto has also served on HIV/Syphilis task force and advisory boards for local and federal programs. He has a diverse background working with minority organizations and communities of color.
Before his involvement in SAAF, Berto spent eight years in the military with the U.S. Marine Corps, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Leaving the Marine Corps in 2005, Berto returned to his native home near Chicago where he began to seek out volunteer opportunities in the area of support groups for gay men. After a friend in was diagnosed HIV positive, his priority shifted to HIV/AIDS prevention in younger populations. He become a test counselor at Project VIDA and eventually assumed the leadership role for support groups within that Chicago agency. His work was focused on three target populations: individuals aged 13 to 24, those age 25 and above, and for high-risk heterosexual men.
He truly enjoys working with others.
Leah Graham is the former Executive Director of The Wright House Wellness Center. She was with WHWC for over 17 years, serving 8 years as Executive Director. Leah served previously as Deputy Director of WHWC. She has experience as a Counselor and as a Case Manager, having interned at Project Transitions and Capital Area Mental Health Center and with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She holds a Master of Arts in Human Services from St. Edwards University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/English from the University of Denver. Leah has been involved in the Hill Country Ride for AIDS since 2004 as a Rider, Volunteer, and as a member of the Production Team. She has lived in Austin for 23 years and is mom to a 15 year old daughter.
Sandra Chavez came to ASA from Corpus Christi, TX in 2009 to serve as the housing case manager of the HPRP program (helping individuals sustain housing who experienced multiple barriers to stable housing) and then advanced to the coordinator of the community's HOPWA programs. Her 15 years of experience derives from her work with persons with developmental delays and metal health diagnoses. She has performed as a case manager and director for non-profit as well as for-profit agencies during that time. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Texas. In her current role she provides leadership to the Direct Services programs at ASA: the Paul Kirby fund, Helping Hands Food Bank, and housing programs.