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Our mission is to serve individuals, families and communities in Central Alabama and the Black Belt areas through meaningful HIV/AIDS prevention education programs and direct supportive services performed with compassion and care to those living with HIV/AIDS. We strive to promote hope, tolerance and social justice for all people affected by HIV/AIDS.


We serve 25 counties, which include 17 black belt counties in Alabama. The counties we serve are Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Choctaw, Chilton, Coosa, Crenshaw, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tallapoosa
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We offer free HIV community education programs, free condom distribution, linkage to free HIV testing, and free referrals to HIV community based organizations for those living with HIV and needing medical assistance and supportive services.

Current services are

        • Free HIV testing
        • HCV testing
        • Grassroots leadership development
        • Community outreach
        • Resource referral and supportive services
        • Personal development services for consumers

Board of Directors

Articia Hunter, President

Vacant, Vice President

Sandra Varner, Secretary

Christina Henderson, Treasurer

DaQuentin Davis

LaShondra Vaughn

Jaffe Pickett

Bonnie Letford

Adrienne Knight

Romando McCants

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Jaffe S. Pickett is a Montgomery Attorney, Community Activist and educates on issues impacting low income communities and communities of color locally, regionally and nationally. Pickett became Deputy Director of Legal Services Alabama in 2018 and has served as Director of Development since 2013. Prior to that, Pickett led various departments at Legal Services including Director of Training, Call Center Director and Director of Alabama’s first Elder Law Helpline. Pickett was hired at LSA in 2005, specializing in Elder Law working with the Central Alabama Aging Consortium in the Montgomery Office. Pickett was named LSA Employee of the Year in 2009, and joined the Executive Leadership Team in 2009. Pickett graduated from Troy University, Cum Laude, and Louisiana State University School of Law, where she received dual degrees in Civil Law Studies and a Juris Doctorate degree.


Pickett was selected as a member of the Alabama State Bar Leadership Forum in 2013 and was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees (Middle District) for the State Bar Lawyer Referral Service (2014-2017) and the Pro Bono Public Service Committee (2014-2018). Pickett was appointed to the Alabama WINGS Steering Committee in 2017 and also serves on the WINGS statewide taskforce.


Pickett served as Interim Executive Director in 2016 and 2017 and oversees partnerships and collaborations, disaster work, grants, donations, external and internal communications and publications, and continues to highlight LSA's advocacy and impact statewide.

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Romando McCants is a licensed social worker who currently works as a nonprofit management professional in the affordable housing sector for seniors and disability. Romando holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Language and Literatures) and a Social Work Degree from Alabama State University. Romando believes that everyone will need help at some point during their lifetime. Therefore, Romando strives to help people by using empathy, compassion, and authencity.  


LaShondra Vaughn has a bachelors degree in social work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has worked in various area of social work which include foster care maternity care and public health. LaShondra also has a masters degree in human resource management from Troy University. She currently manages a medical practice. 

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*For information about applying for the board, please contact [email protected] for an application. 

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Sandra Ellis is a Verbena, AL native. She holds both a Bachelors and Masters degrees from Troy University. Her experience in the field of human and social services has allowed her to work in various concentrations including child/adult abuse & neglect, family preservation as well as case management for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Ms.Ellis serves as Minister of Music for multiple ministries and is currently Lead Choir Director for Lighthouse International Fellowship.
Ellis believes that being a service to others is ministry at work.

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Staff

Shakita B. Jones, Executive Director

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Shakita Brooks Jones is a Montgomery, AL native. Shakita is a graduate of Troy State University with a B.S. in social work and a master’s in social work from the University of Alabama. Shakita also has a master’s degree in public administration and a nonprofit management certification from Auburn University Montgomery. Her experience as a social worker serving low-income HIV/AIDS patients and hospice clients led her to work for more humane state policies as a community organizer. She is the founder of Central Alabama Alliance Resource & Advocacy Center. Shakita recently joined the Auburn University’s Social Work Program as an adjunct instructor. She teaches History of Social Welfare and Social Welfare Policy. Shakita’s area of interests are understanding more about the root causes of poverty and the plight of the working poor; exploring increased HIV/AIDS rates in Alabama; and applying practice knowledge to remove historical socioeconomic barriers that have disproportionately impacted Alabama’s working poor in rural areas. In Alabama Coalition Builds Leadership for Change, Shakita writes for Equal Voice Action about grassroots community organizing work in Alabama. She has also contributed to the book, African American Student’s Guide to College Success, in which she shares her experience and advice about her journey as a first generation college student.