Team Friendly Austin started in September 2017 as a result of a chance meeting with Gauge Xavier of Team Friendly DFW at ILSb/ICBB 2017 in Dallas.
Team Friendly Austin hopes to improve access to testing, meds, and to fight the continuing stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS, both in Austin, and globally.Type your paragraph here.
Meet Vanessa Nichols
Vanessa Nichols, MSN, RN, LMT is an Associate Professor of Nursing, specializing in mental health nursing at Austin Community College, in Austin, Texas. Before her move to academia, Ms. Nichols worked as a nurse for more than 20 years in mental health settings (inpatient, substance abuse, case management and administration), as well as in surgical, and emergency settings (ED), and family practice. Ms. Nichols is also a licensed and board certified massage therapist (NCBTMB), and maintains a private practice specifically serving the LGBTQ community. She is a member of the Honor Society of Nursing: Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), The Texas Association of Vocational Nurse Educators (TAVNE), and The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).
Ms. Nichols has developed and presented programs on communication, wellness, conflict resolution, stress management and the benefits of massage therapy for hospitals and health care organizations in Texas, Florida, and New York. Currently, Ms. Nichols is a PhD student planning research to help nursing students manage anxiety in performance situations; she is also certified as a master practitioner of neurolinguistic programming (NLP). Ms. Nichols lives in Austin, Texas and is actively involved with the LGBTQ and alternative communities as an advocate and educator.Type your paragraph here.
Nicholas has been involved with HIVAIDS education for many years, having been touched by the disease for many years. He has been involved with AIDS Walk Austin since 2011. Diagnosed in 2010, Nicholas has been fighting stigma ever since. His uncle passed from AIDS-related illness in 1990, and Nicholas doesn't want anyone to experience the personal trauma or sadness that his family did. HIV/AIDS does not have to be the death sentence it used to be. Nicholas is here to fight stigma, get better care for those who are positive, advocate for PrEP, and wipe HIV off the planet!
Nicholas has been involved with Team Friendly national for 3 years and is very excited to have the opportunity to start a local chapter in Austin. Nicholas has been an HIV/AIDS advocate for several years, not only working with those who need care and access to meds, but also fighting stigma in the straight AND gay communities.
Below are the Bio's of the two amazing leaders of Team Friendly Austin