Our best long term hope for stopping the spread of HIV is a safe and effective vaccine. For the last 6 years I have had the privilege of being a part of this great work, and for that I am thankful! I have had the opportunity to work with an amazing and talented team here at HVTN Core and together our primary mission has been to support the clinical trial site outreach and recruitment staff. Our 60 plus sites are blessed with CERs/CLOs and other staff whose passion for engaging their local communities has been an inspiration to me and those of us at Core. I have also enjoyed working with community advisory board members who selflessly give of their time and talents to be a living bridge between our trial sites and their own communities. Community is at the heart of the work that we do and we will never reach the goal of an HIV preventive vaccine without the active support of volunteers and others that care about the health of their communities.
As I leave the HVTN and begin a new chapter in my life, I will miss the passion of this great community of believers, of those who believe in the quest for an HIV vaccine. I will also miss the comradery and the laughter of this wonderful group of people, but please know that I will continue to care deeply about our mission. I do not doubt that one day we will have a vaccine and the spread of HIV will be relegated to history. May the days ahead be, for each of us, ones filled with passion, purpose, and unlimited possibilities! Thank you.