About Us

About Us

MISSION

To end the HIV/STI epidemic in Florida through comprehensive health education, prevention, testing, and treatment.

VISION

To see all generations empowered with the knowledge, resources, and opportunities necessary to live healthy and stay well.

Our Team

Hope & Help At-A-Glance

Hope & Help is a not-for-profit health organization and Medical Clinic, offering HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) testing, prevention, and treatment services.  Through its community-based HIV and STI prevention and outreach programs, Hope & Help provides Free Rapid HIV, Syphilis, and Hepatitis C Testing at its primary location and throughout the community at a variety of health events.  Through the Medical Clinic, Hope & Help provides a full panel of STI testing and treatment options, a fee may apply for these services.  Additionally, we offer free condom delivery by mail in Florida through our Protect Your O program.

With Florida consistently ranking higher nationally than most other states for new HIV and STI transmissions, Hope & Help is driven by its mission to end the HIV and STI epidemic in Florida through comprehensive health education, prevention, testing, and treatment.  Ultimately, Hope & Help’s vision is to see all generations empowered with the knowledge, resources, and opportunities necessary to live healthy and stay well.  For all people impacted by HIV and STIs, Hope & Help is the warm hug of health care you need to get tested and treated in a safe, friendly environment.

Our History

Hope & Help began in 1988 as a small support group of a few friends who cared for a close friend who was dying of AIDS-related complications. Since then, Hope & Help has grown into one of the most comprehensive HIV/STI service organizations in Florida, with a full medical clinic, in addition to testing, education, prevention, case management, and support group services.
 
Today, the organization offers HIV/STI preventive and treatment services in English and Spanish to thousands of patients across Florida, including Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Seminole, and Miami. 

Leadership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JIM PALMISANO

President
He/Him/His
iServ
jim.palmisano@hopeandhelp.org

TRACY RICHARDSON

Vice President
He/Him/His
Liberty National/Globe Life
tracy.richardson@hopeandhelp.org

BLAKE POWELL

Treasurer
He/Him/His
RSM US LLP
blake.powell@hopeandhelp.org

BOB ADAMS

Secretary
He/Him/His
AIMM Consulting
bob.adams@hopeandhelp.org

SUE IDTENSOHN

Director
She/Her/Hers
Planned Parenthood (Formerly, Retired)
sue.idetensohn@hopeandhelp.org

SUZANNE MEEHLE, ESQ

Director
She/Her/Hers
Meehle & Jay Law Firm
suzanne.meehle@hopeandhelp.org

BELINDA GAMMAGE

Advisory Director
She/Her/Hers
Victory Academy School / Purity Nation
belinda.gammage@hopeandhelp.org

DEBI JONES

Director
She/Her/Hers
SeaWorld Orlando
debi.jones@hopeandhelp.org

KURTIS MOHR, MD

Director
He/Him/His
Premise Health
kurtis.mohr@hopeandhelp.org

*Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

LISA BARR, MBA

Executive Director
She/Her/Hers

lisa.barr@hopeandhelp.org

Dr. JT VANDERBURG, MD, MBA, MHA

Medical Director
He/Him/His

trey.vanderburg@hopeandhelp.org

AMIE K. YOUNG, CPA

Finance Director
She/Her/Hers

amie.young@hopeandhelp.org

Amanda Cruz, MS, M.Ed, LPC

Prevention Director
She/Her/Hers

amanda.cruz@hopeandhelp.org

RAQUEL LUCIANO, MSW

Client Services Director
She/Her/Hers

raquel.luciano@hopeandhelp.org

ANTHONY SCURO

Pharmacy & 340B Director
He/Him/His

anthony.scuro@hopeandhelp.org

WES GOLON

HR Manager
He/Him/His

wes.golon@hopeandhelp.org

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