John Hatchett, BA, Director of the PLWHA Leadership Training Institute (LTI)
Mr. Hatchett is Vice President of Peer Programs at CAI and a nationally recognized PLWHA advocate and expert trainer. He has played a key role in the development, design and implement of LTI. Mr. Hatchett has provided training and technical assistance (T/TA) to Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and health departments for many years, and has assisted the National Association of Persons With AIDS (NAPWA) with their national delivery of leadership training based on the LTI model. Mr. Hatchett has been living with HIV for over 18 years and has been actively involved in the HIV/AIDS movement since the 1980s. He has over 17 years of HIV-related nonprofit experience, having held various leadership positions at the PWA Coalition of New York, including serving as their Executive Director from 1993 to 1996. He has served on the board of directors of the HIV Law Project since 1993 and is currently the Secretary and Chair of its Nominating Committee. He has also served on the boards of directors of the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS/North America (GNP+ /NA), the New York AIDS Coalition and Exponents, Inc. and on advisory boards for the New York City AIDS Fund and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Mr. Hatchett is involved in curriculum development as well as delivery of training and TA on HIV prevention interventions, multidisciplinary team development, PLWHA leadership development, and various human resource development areas.
Justin LiGreci, BA, Deputy Director of the PLWHA Leadership Training Institute (LTI)
Mr. LiGreci started as an advocate in the field of HIV/AIDS as a teenager after learning he was born with HIV. At age 16 Mr. LiGreci founded his own non-profit foundation and was responsible for directing a sleep-away camp program servicing children and teens infected with HIV/AIDS. During this time, he also co-facilitated an after school drop-in center for HIV-positive youth. As a young adult, Mr. LiGreci directed a peer education group called "The Teen HIV Educators Group" that used improvisational theatre to teach AIDS 101 to high school students in New York and New Jersey. He has served two consecutive three-year terms on the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute's Prevention Planning Group and was a member of the AIDS Institute's Young Adult Consumer Advisory Committee. He also served as a board member of the HIV networking non-profit Conscious Contact. Mr. LiGreci started his professional career at the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute working in the field of Epidemiology and then the Office of Prevention and Education. Mr. LiGreci joined CAI in March 2010 and brought his vast experience working with young adults. Shortly after joining the LTI team, he helped launch LTI's "Young Adult Self Management Training." Mr. LiGreci continues to promote HIV/AIDS awareness by speaking to school groups and participating on panels and was recently recognized by the New York State Assembly for his outstanding work with PLWHA.