Nathan Maxey is a graduate of Texas Southern University (TSU) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and a Master of Public Administration. He lives the mantra, “Nothing about us without us,” because it summarizes his passion and vigor for HIV Advocacy as a person openly living with HIV for twenty years. Currently, he serves as the CHANGE Project Coordinator for the TSU SHAPE Initiative. The program is a university and community-based partnership that seeks to increase access to substance use/dependence, HIV/STI and Hepatitis-C, screenings, and referrals among at-risk populations in the 3rd and 5th Wards area of Houston, Texas. He has presented at national conferences, served as an HIV grants reviewer, and former Facilitator for Houston Positive Organizing Project (POP+). Nathan has participated in several national programs and received awards and accolades for his work and meaningful involvement with the HIV community. Nathan serves as a Consultant with The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Inc. and a Subject Matter Expert with NASTAD’s Center for Innovation and Engagement. In his personal time, Nathan likes to relax, cook, have a cocktail or two, and spend time with his close family and friends.
Marnina Miller is a Black Queer young woman who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Marnina currently serves on the Board of Directors for Positive Women’s Network-USA (PWN-USA), where she is also a graduate of their Public Policy Fellowship. She is a Youth Ambassador for Youth Across Borders where she spends time at Montaña de Luz which is an orphanage for Children Living With HIV in Honduras. At the National Minority Aids Council she is a Youth Consultant, and she is also a Greater Than Aids Ambassador. She is the inaugural co-chair and a founding member of the Texans Living With HIV Network. She is also the founder of Marninathequeen a brand dedicated to holistic wellness and sex positivity. Marnina is also a feature writer for the international online publication Life and Love with HIV where she is dismantling the stigma of women; developing, maintaining, and pursuing a healthy sex life one blog post at a time.