TABLE OF CONTENTS

An introduction and summary of what this blog is about.

 

Like anyone who’s been diagnosed with HIV I was absolutely terrified. Thankfully I had so much support and help getting into care, being assured by every doctor, nurse, social worker, and case manager I met with that my information would never be made public. That I was protected. Of course I found out later on that they were all wrong.

 

Not too longer after I started going to Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN), a organization that assistance with my Medications, I found out about a pastor pushed for legislation for a bill that would make being gay and HIV positive a crime punishable by death in Uganda. This pastor was in part sponsored or aided by the Canyon Ridge Christian Church (CRCC), a local organization that partners with AFAN. I wrote AFAN’s executive director Jennifer Morss and Board members asking that they discontinue any partnerships with the CRCC. Despite my fear of possible retaliation I had to keep going to AFAN since I had no other way to get my HIV medications.

 

With AFAN’s previous connection to Kill the Gays Bill in Uganda, and with the Zero Tolerance Policy for clients that allowed staff to terminated clients services, I felt intimidated during my appointments for assistance. I had to renew every 6 months at AFAN for Ryan White part A, and again for part B.  Sybrina Bernabei started working at AFAN. I knew her from previous work in HIV/AIDS and I confined with her about my fear of losing assistance and any other problems I had at AFAN. Bernabei had heard similar concerns from other clients and spoke with her boss Jennifer Morss. The next day Barnabie was fired. I started participating in AFAN’s Education Department, which was like a community center for clients, ran by Lane Olson. Then Olson was fired, and shortly AFAN’s Board President Patrica Farley – Saavedra left a letter for clients that there was a thief at AFAN and that two employees were terminated.

 

I contacted Lane Olson after he was fired from AFAN. He was terminated by Jennifer Morss and the HR company that Board President Patricia Farley – Saavedra worked for because Olson was accused of gross misconduct and misappropriate of funds. Olson was offered $3,616 dollars as “Severance” pay if he signed their wavier. Olson didn’t understand why they would pay him if he was accused of stealing, so he refused to sign anything. Olson was open about his HIV status, and because Jennifer Morss submitted a letter to unemployment, Olson could not get his insurance to pay for his HIV medications and medical experiences.
Two years prior Olson and 11 other of AFAN staffer wrote letters to the Executive Board with concerns about Morss’s unprofessional and unethical behavior. OSHA had to be contacted because Morss neglected a serious mold problem in AFAN’s building were people with compromised immune systems came in for services, that Morss had a spy camera installed to watch staff, that funds were unaccounted for, that Morss intimidated pregnant receptionist for 8 months until Morss fired the receptionist one month before she gave birth to her twins and without insurance leaving the new mother in debt, and many MANY other issues regarding Jennifer Morss.
It seems to me that Morss and Farley – Savedra tried to publicly tie Olson to a real theft perpetrated by a different AFAN staffer Jared Hafen to ruin Olson’s reputation. Olson then retained lawyer and was able to get his unemployment benefits.  I was horrified that people like Jenifer Morss and Board President Patricia Farley – Saavedra were in charge of the largest AIDS organization in Nevada. At the time it was only place I could go to get my HIV medications.
Upcoming blog posts
FRENEMIES
FLIERS, AND FACEBOOK, AND FIREARMS. OH MY!
THE RYAN WHITE PLANNING COUNCIL : PART 1
THE RYAN WHITE PLANNING COUNCIL : PART 2
BANNED FROM AFAN or RESTRAINING ORDERS FOR HATERS
TRUTH & UNITY- FRIENDS OF AFAN : PART 1
UN-BANNED FROM AFAN?
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS : NO COMMENT?
SILENCE = SERVICES
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS : NOT GETTING INTO POLITICS
THE KANGAROO COURT
TRUTH & UNITY- FRIENDS OF AFAN : PART 2
THE RYAN WHITE PLANNING COUNCIL : PART 3
RETURN OF THE KANGAROO COURT 
THE RYAN WHITE PLANNING COUNCIL : PART 4
AT THE CENTER OF IT or BATTLE OF THE ORGS
THE SLAPPING OF THE WRISTS

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