2016 Marks 20 years of community service for Someone Cares
Each year since 1996, the organization and staff have met the challenge in providing essential and much needed services to all – the LGBTQ community, marginalized, indigent, homeless and high at-risk populations. To date, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary of addressing HIV/AIDS, mental health, and other health disparities – through hard work, empathy and love of being our brother’s keeper, we’ve reached and served over 80,000 individuals and have been an ardent supporter in LGBT community.
Help us to continue the work, click the link below and give a tax deductible gift of $1.00 for each year of our existence ($20.00). Your donation assists our quest in the continuation of services, health education, advocacy, and providing safe spaces for those in need. Join with us throughout the year in our celebration of putting action to words in showing under represented populations that Someone Cares.
“Still on the battlefield”
Ronnie E. Bass
Founder / Executive Director
Someone Cares has extraordinary access to the communities and places where the LGBTQ and high at risk marginalized, indigent, underserved populations are; addressing HIV/AIDS and other health disparities. Revered as “Gatekeepers”, thus, the agency has access to parks, homeless shelters, sex workers, gangs, youth, bathhouses, clubs, adult bookstores, private sex parties, internet chat rooms, etc.. In these settings, S1C is able to convey empowerment messages and provide HIV/AIDS/STD prevention, treatment, interventions, and educational information.
Having obtained the confidence of the community in a non-judgmental way, LGBT community has become more open to discussions about reducing at risk behavior and likewise more open to invitations to attend weekly social network gatherings and empowerment group meetings, where we reach one, teach one.
Community Outreach · 98%
Healthcare · 99%
Health Education · 99%
Someone Cares Programs and Services Staff & Board of Directors
Ronnie E. Bass, MSCM
Founder/ CEO/ Executive Director
Ronnie Bass serves as the Founder / Executive Director of Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta Early Detection Intervention Clinic. He received his Associate of Science degree in Accounting, Chowan Junior College (currently Chowan University); his Bachelor of Science degree in Human Science North Carolina Central University, his Master of Science Degree in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University. Currently a Doctoral Candidate, in General Counseling Studies at Capella University. Further studies in HIV/AIDS were done at Florida Community College at Jacksonville and the University of Florida where he received his certification in HIV/AIDS counseling and phlebotomy respectively. He is certified in HIV Counseling & Testing and several Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions; through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Winston Liburd, MScF, CHFP
Chief Financial Officer
Winston Liburd serves as Chief Financial Officer. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra university, Long Island, NY, Master of Science Finance Georgia State University, Atlanta, Candidate – CFA Institute, Atlanta, GA. He has an effective combination of theoretical and practical knowledge and solid understanding of how economic principles and policies affect business, social and political programs. He has experience in Mergers & Acquisition, LBO purchases valuation, financing mechanism, and IPOs.
Colleen Higgins, MSEd
Colleen Higgins serves as Program Manager of Someone Cares social and medical services. She has over 25 years of years’ human service experience.
Community / Correctional Outreach Supervisor
Alex Ancrum serves as the Community / Correctional Outreach Supervisor. He started out as a volunteer. Alex rose to his position through his good work ethics and his empathy to others. He leads Someone Cares HIV Prevention Outreach Team.
Trans Outreach Specialist
Tavianna Rouse serves a the Trans Outreach Specialist and Trans Health Coordinator. She brings a wealth of knowledge of the Trans community as well as compassion needed to assist those Trans individuals that enter through the doors of Someone Cares.
Earl Joyner, MD
Dr. Earl Joyner serves as Someone Cares Early Detection Intervention Clinic Medical Director. He is an experienced and compassionate physician currently practicing primary care and internal medicine in the greater Tyrone, Georgia area. He received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1983, after which he completed his residency at Mercy Catholic Center in 1987. Some of Dr. Joyner’s medical interests include infectious diseases as well as general men’s health. Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania. Has practiced over 33 years.
Board of Directors
The board of directors is a body of elected or appointed members who jointly oversee the activities of Someone Cares, Inc. of Atlanta EDIC .
J R, Esq.
Ms. J R received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and her Juris Doctor degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. Ms. JR passed the Georgia Bar in 2014 and began her commitment to community service by working as an Investigative Social Worker in Cleveland, Ohio as well as Phoenix, Arizona. Ms. JR has always had a passion for giving back to underrepresented communities and fine tuned her experience as a House Manager for a group home for boys and girls ages 4 years old to 20 years old.
Clinical Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University
Assistant Professor of Nursing and Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at Kennesaw State University
Clinical Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University, Chief Executive Officer at Select Specialty Hospital, Senior Vice…
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Board Secretary – Amy Pope, MSN, RN, PCCN
Amy Pope is a Doctoral candidate of Nursing Science at Kennesaw State University, concentration in Nursing Education and Research. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from Kennesaw State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samford University, Birmingham, 2009.
Amy is currently a course coordinator and lecturer in holistic health nursing for Wellstar School of Nursing at Kennesaw State University.
Barbara Blake, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN
Dr. Barbara Blake received her Bacelor of Science in Nursing from Florida Southern College located in Lakeland, Florida; her Master of Science in Nursing from University of South Florida located in Tampa, Florida; and her Doctor of Philosopy in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University located in Denton, Texas. Dr. Blake is a Professor of Nursing at Kennesaw State University and has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. Her area of nursing practice has been primarily in community health settings. For the several years Dr. Blake was involved in several HIV prevention projects for the State of Georiga. She served as the project director/co-director for the 2004 – 2006 and 2007 HIV Comprehensive Community Services Assessments and the 2005 – 2006 and 2008 HIV Comprehensive Plans. Dr. Blake has co-authored numerous publications, presented on a variety of topies at both national and international conferences, and is currently focusing her research on HIV and aging.
Gary L. Tracy
Manager – MAC Cosmetics
Gary L. Tracy is a Senior Area Manager for MAC Cosmetic.