Team Friendly DF​W

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 25 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.

Below are the Bio's of the two amazing leaders of Team Friendly Austin 

Team Friendly Austin Board


Interim Managing Director: Gauge Xavier


Education Director: Nurse V


Secretary: vacant


Outreach Director: vacant


Interim Finance Director: Ray Farias


Media & Information Director: Miss Debi


Board Members At-Large (2) - vacant