The Board of Directors of AID Atlanta announced today that James Hughey will be resigning as CEO after less than nine months at the helm. AID Atlanta Director of Client Services Nicole Roebuck will be taking over as acting executive director.

“Hughey led the organization through a financially difficult era in 2015, turning it around to become a more stable entity financially and operationally,” read a statement released by AID Atlanta’s board. “He, organizational leadership and staff and the Board of Directors, helped shepherd the organization through an affiliation with the AHF Federation, a consortium of AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) and community groups committed to HIV/AIDS education, prevention, advocacy, medical treatment and support for underserved populations across the United States. The recent affiliation of the two organizations has expanded the resources for HIV-positive patients in Metro Atlanta, including the ability to provide more testing and to get more people into care.”

Roebuck, a 15-year veteran of the organization, said, “AID Atlanta has made dramatic improvements to the way we approach our patient services, testing and advocacy in an effort to impact our region’s epidemic radically in the next few months and years”, says Roebuck. “We are committed to getting 100 percent of all positive Georgians into care regardless of their ability to pay for those services.”

Hughey took over for former CEO Jose Diaz, who resigned in February due to health reasons after one year at the helm. AID Atlanta became an affiliate with AIDS Healthcare Foundation in June, with Hughey telling Georgia Voice that “significant debt” was one of the reasons.

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