DeeJay Johannessen has served as the Executive Director of HELP for the past eighteen years and has more than twenty-five years experience working in the HIV field. He is an active member of our community and has worked with several community and grassroots organizations. DeeJay is recognized as a community leader in the areas of HIV public policy and civil rights. DeeJay manages the day-to-day activities of HELP, facilitates the Community Mobilization program, and co-facilitates the iPlay program.
HIV Testing and Linkage Coordinator
This position is currently open.
Co-facilitator for the iPlay program
Michael Cook-Messick joined HELP in 2010 as the co-facilitator for the iPlay program. Michael is very active in the community and serves as the HELP representative to local organizations serving the LGBT community. In addition, Michael works with HELP’s Oral Connect and Community Mobilization programs. Prior to joining HELP, Michael worked professionally assisting individuals through the disability determination process.
Community Health Coordinator
Carol joined the HELP team in 2015 as our new Community Health Coordinator. Carol received her Doctorate in Health Education from Texas Women’s University and has extensive experience in health education and research. As the Community Health Coordinator Carol will be coordinating community efforts for our new syphilis prevention and education grant.
Lead coordinator for the RAP program
Jerel joined HELP’s team in 2016. He has been involved in the LGBT community in Tarrant County for more than twenty years. Jerel is the lead coordinator for the RAP program and works directly with local community leaders, businesses, colleges, universities, and other organizations to broaden HIV prevention efforts. In addition, he facilitates the Condom of the Month program.