RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina AIDS Action Network (NCAAN) elected three new board members, LaWanda Wilkerson, Jeffery Edwards-Knight and Mike Weir, to join the organization’s board of directors in October 2020. “We are thrilled that LaWanda, Jeffery and Mike are joining our board,” said Lee Storrow, NCAAN executive director.
“All three of them are known statewide and nationally for their leadership and experience as advocates for the HIV community. Jeffrey was board chair when I was hired in 2014, and I’m especially excited to have him return to our leadership,” Storrow added.
Wilkerson is from Henderson, N.C. and is a teacher who has been living with HIV since 2015. She is the current vice-chair for the community advisory board at Warren Vance Community Health Center, a member of Positive Women’s Network, a blogger for A Girl Like Me with The Well Project and co-vice-chair for the ADAP Advocacy Association community advisory board.
Edwards-Knight is the supervisor of the HIV/ STD Community Testing and Outreach program at Mecklenburg County Public Health. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jeffery was selected to attend and graduated from the African American HIV University in Los Angeles, sponsored by the Black AIDS Institute in collaboration with the University of California, Los Angeles. He was featured in the POZ 100 Celebration of 100 long-term survivors. He started his work in the HIV field with the Metrolina AIDS Project as the MSM health educator in 2006. Jeffery has served on the board in the past, including three years as board chair from 2014-2016.
Weir is a senior manager on the Policy and Legislative Affairs team at NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors). He assists in the implementation of NASTAD’s legislative and policy priorities on HIV and hepatitis-related federal appropriations and legislative priorities. Mike currently serves as an elected member and Co-Chair of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP) and HIV Prevention Action Coalition. Prior to NASTAD, he interned at the White House in the Employee Benefits Division and the Office of National AIDS Policy, as well as at RAIN in Charlotte, N.C. Originally from New Bern, N.C., Weir now resides in Washington, D.C. He received his Master of Public Health from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.