Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, PhD, MCHES, Executive Director
Melissa Haithcox-Dennis has a broad background in non-profit management and community health. She has more than 10 years of leadership experience in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment working in NJ, NY, NC, and WI. Her experience includes AIDS housing, HIV Testing, capacity building, treatment adherence and social support research initiatives. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in Health Education, a BS in Biology and is credentialed as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). Dr. Haithcox-Dennis, AKA known as “Dr. H-D” by her students, also has 10 years of university teaching experience, including her current appointment as a part-time, online instructor the University of Alabama.
Melissa is originally from New Jersey, but now lives in North Carolina with her husband, son and two love-bug dogs. A few fun facts about Melissa include her once-in-a-lifetime experience spending the entire day with Laverne Cox, from the hit television show, Orange is the New Black; the fact that she’s been to 41 of the 50 United States and the fact that she has been married for quite some time, but her favorite TV show (OF ALL TIME) is Say Yes to the Dress, on TLC.
Contact Dr. H-D at email@example.com or 919-834-2437 ext 1001
Alma Rodriguez-Gasca, Associate Director of Prevention
Alma has been working in the HIV field for almost 8 years now. Prevention and education are a true passion of hers and taking the road less traveled has driven Alma to remain committed to a field were stigma and discrimination thrive. Alma has been with the Alliance since 2015 and lives in the Garner area with her two boys, husband, 5 dogs, and assorted cats.
Contact Alma at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-834-2437 ext 1006
Stephanie Bryant, Associate Director of Care and Support
Stephanie Bryant is a New York native, a mother of five children and grandmother of ten. She has bachelor’s degree in psychology. Her passion to serve and give all her life has been very rewarding. Stephanie has always been a very determined woman and failure has never been an option.
She has over 30 years of experience in serving in the community at large and is very passionate about educating and serving the community. She started right out of high school as a CNA and then to become an LPN and that experience led her to know that she wanted to do more she signed up to be an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer and worked as a Volunteer Disaster Coordinator which led her to become a Red Cross Disaster Coordinator. She also has had the pleasure of working with the homeless and Mental Health Community at large as a case manager. Moving to North Carolina she worked as a QP for several group homes for the Mental Health Community. Stephanie also brings experience from working for WCHS Under One Roof serving people living with HIV.
This is Stephanie’s second time around with the AAS-C she started as a Housing Case Manger which led to her becoming the Housing Director. She continued to maintain a professional relationship with our agency and she is back as a CLEAR Counselor.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren. She also has a passion to teach mime and praise dance which prompted her to start a community dance ministry.
Contact Stephanie at email@example.com or 919-834-2437 ext 1005
Tiffany Hickman, Development Specialist
Tiffany has been with the Alliance since 2008. She is a graduate from East Carolina University where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Health Education. She later obtained her Masters in Psychology from Walden University.
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Josée Dussault, Research Coordinator
Josée has volunteered in HIV advocacy and prevention for 4 years. She earned her B.A. in Russian and Global Health, with a focus on infectious disease, and has since joined the ranks of AAS-C's passionate and committed staff. In her down time, Josée enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and rooting for any Duke or Boston sports teams.
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Danielle Jusko, Prevention Specialist
Danielle is a recent East Carolina University Graduate who has just attained her Bachelors in Public Health and Public Education. She had interned with Alliance for about 4 months and prior to interning, dedicated her time to volunteering with us as well. During her free time she likes to nap, read, doing D.Y.I. arts and crafts, and drink coffee at any local coffee shop. Danielle hopes to attain her Masters in Public Health Education and further her career in HIV/ STI preventative-based education.
Contact Danielle at Danielle.Jusko@aas-c.org or 919-834-2437 ext.
Anthony DiSanti, Prevention Specialist
Tony is a recent graduate of NC State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and minors in both Nonprofit Studies and Women and Gender Studies. His passion for the LGBT community drew him to this organization where he is excited to be a part of an amazing team. Tony lives in Raleigh with his partner and many pets including two very spoiled chihuahuas.
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Tracie Webb, Prevention Specialist
Tracie began with the Alliance as a Social Work intern from Barton College. She has a wealth of experience as a substance abuse counselor and was hired full-time as a Prevention Specialist. She lives in Benson with my husband and son and has two dogs. Now in her last year at Barton College, she looks forward to completing her Bachelors in Social Work next summer.
Eric Rinehardt, Care and Support Specialist
Eric joined the Alliance in February 2019 as a volunteer in our food pantry and has since joined our Care and Support team. He recently transitioned to human services after a 15+ year career in the insurance industry, and he plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work to further his professional development. A Seattle native, Eric enjoys hiking, traveling, volunteering, playing the guitar, and telling corny dad jokes.
DeVaughn Gentry, Care and Support Specialist
DeVaughn joined the Alliance in July 2019. He earned an A.A.S in human services and a B.A in psychology. Before joining the Alliance, he worked as a care and support counselor for autistic adults. DeVaughn’s experience giving care and support to autistic adults is an asset the Alliance and the community that we serve. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and taking walks.
Marcia Rogers – Food Pantry - Key Volunteer
Marcia was employed by the state of NC where she recently retired after 37 years of service. Marcia is an active member of St. James AME Church in the Method Community. She is passionate about a lot of things. Her family, her volunteer work , and most of all her relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She lives her faith and is on a first name basis with nearly all our clients who visit the Alliance food pantry. Miss Marcia, as we all call her, is an Angel sent to help us several days a week to organize and help with the food pantry. We serve about 170 households a month. In her spare time, she mountain climbs and sky dives.
Contact Marcia at Marcia.Rogers@aas-c.org or 919-834-2437 ext. 1011
Ben Marks, Facilities Assistant
Ben joined the Alliance in April 2019. He has been key to the success of the pantry and all of the Alliance’s facilities. Ben always has a smile and enjoys working with the community and his co-workers. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, playing with his grand kids and going to church.
* The Alliance does not provide any Substance Abuse Counseling. We provide HIV/STI testing at Substance Abuse Counseling sites through a state-funded grant that is called “SAC.”