New Beginnings: a.l.p.h.a. Searches for New Executive Director

In 2003, a 24-year-old man from Wendell, Idaho set out to bridge the gap between the testing, services and education offered by the various agencies working with HIV and AIDS in Idaho.

Eight years later the outcome of his vision, Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS (a.l.p.h.a.), has become Idaho’s largest HIV and AIDS organization. Under Duane Quintana’s leadership the group has grown from just a small group of friends passing out condoms to bar patrons in downtown Boise to two staffed office locations in Boise and Twin Falls offering free testing, education and support, as well as a thrift store and numerous outreach activities throughout the state.

It’s impossible to say how many lives Quintana has touched over the years, not only through a.l.p.h.a., but through his many other interests and activities as well.

As rewarding as watching the organization growth has been, Quintana, now 32, is ready to begin a new life of his own. On December 15th 2011, Quintana  released a letter to the board, volunteers and supporters of the organization announcing his resignation as executive director. “This opportunity has been a gift, a gift that has just kept giving over the last almost 9 years now and I have been honored and humbled by the role I got to play in this organization,” wrote Quintana.

A few days later, on December 21st, the organization’s advisory board announced that it had begun to search for a new Executive Director.

Quintana, who plans on moving from Boise to his new home in Chicago later this month, writes that he has “the utmost faith and confidence in the board, the community at large and all those involved in a.l.p.h.a. now and in the future to continue to help a.l.p.h.a. better understand and be what it needs to be to support and respond to those at risk of, infected and affected by HIV, AIDS and the issues that impact the people involved.”

a.l.p.h.a.’s volunteers and staff say thanks to the advisory board’s leadership, they don’t anticipate any immediate changes in the day-to-day operations of the organization.

A “Good Luck!” party for Quintana will be held at the Twin Dragon Chinese Restaurant in Boise on Saturday, January 21st starting at 5:30 pm with a karaoke party following immediately after across the street at the Lucky Dog Bar. The event is open to the public. (Click HERE For More Information.)

You can learn more about a.l.p.h.a.’s Executive Director position by CLICKING HERE. Hurry though, resumes and or applications should be submitted by Friday January 7th, 2011.

Click HERE to learn more about this amazing organization.

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