Executive Director and Co-Founder
Hugo Delgado has spent the last 20 years providing HIV prevention services in Northern Virginia. Mr. Delgado brings his extensive knowledge and experience in working with the community and developed an evidence-based outreach program based on the community peer health educator model which aims at reaching the often difficult to reach at-risk population with effective prevention approaches and at locations and times which will maximize the program’s reach. He is responsible for contract and grants development, and fundraising efforts, resulting in the agency’s current annual budget of over half million. Mr. Delgado is a respected member of the Latino community in Northern Virginia and has a rapport with many leaders and members of many organizations. Mr. Delgado’s extensive experience and position in the Latino community makes him a prominent provider of HIV prevention services among the Latino communities. Most notably, Mr. Delgado reached a 2 percent HIV positivity rate as a result of his innovative community testing and outreach program. Additionally, Mr. Delgado represents the organization at legislative hearings and other appropriate policy forums; confers with local, state and federal officials on community public health issues; meets with advisory boards, committees, the public and the media on community health matters. In Addition, Mr. Delgado is currently a member of Arlington Leadership class 2015.
Sr. Health Educator
Ignacio Aguirre is a Sr. Health Educator and leads NovaSalud’s HIV testing and counseling program and supervises the transgender and MSM programs. He has 20 years of HIV/AIDS, STD, and substance abuse counseling experience in the Northern Virginia and the Washington DC area. Mr. Aguirre is bilingual in Spanish/English and has spent the majority of his career serving vulnerable patients and communities in the Washington DC area. Before joining NovaSalud, Ignacio worked with NOVAM, District of Columbia Department of Health, La Clinica del Pueblo and Neighbors Consejo, Alternative House, Hopkins House and Salud,Inc.
Community Health Worker
As a trusted support to individuals living with HIV, Freddy helps individuals overcome barriers to accessing the effective healthcare they need to maintain a strong health status and a healthy living environment. As a Spanish speaking CHW, he helps Latino HIV clients get and maintain the medical care that they need. He is an active member of the VA CHW Forum Advisory Group and VA CHW Association, and the Home Owners Association of Stone Ridge, Virginia.
(703) 827- 3199
Health Educator and RISE (Rewritting Inner Scripts Everyday) Facilitator – Now Hiring
If you’re interested in the position, contact Rodrigo at 703-533-1858 or email email@example.com
Gabriela Garcia, (Imaya Gabriela)
Health Educator and Transgender Program Leader.
Gabriela Garcia is the leader of NovaSalud Inc., TSISTA (Transgender Sisters Informing Sisters About Topics on AIDS.,) program. Gabriela Garcia has extensive experience in working with Latina transgender women, and is particularly experienced at reaching Latina transgender in the community. She is highly skilled at facilitating group interventions with Transgender Latinas. Gabriela spends her time advocating for expanded services for HIV prevention and treatment for transgender Latina women and received a community leadership award in 2014 for her advocacy for transgender Latina equality. Gabriela also serves on the board of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national transgender immigrant advocacy group.
Maria Antonia Alfonso, M.S, L.P.C
Mental Health Therapist
Maria Antonia Alfonso serves as the Clinical Supervisor of the CLEAR Program, a one-on-one evidence-based counseling for adults living with HIV/AIDS, and a Mental Health Therapist for people living with HIV/AIDS under the Ryan White Program.Maria Antonia Alfonso is fully bilingual (English/Spanish,) and has twenty-three years of experience in the Mental health and Public Health fields. She has a Masters in Science in Clinical Psychology from Havana University and completed educational requirements for licensure in Florida International University. Her areas of expertise include Post traumatic stress and Trauma resolution; Health support associated with HIV/AIDS/STI (from Prevention to Mental health with emphasis in Psycho Immunology); Communication; Couples’ relationships; Sexuality; Substance Abuse; Acculturation; Lost and grieving; and Co-Parenting. Mrs. Alfonso has worked with the Florida Department of Health, Care Resources, South Florida AIDS Network, the DC Department of Health and La Clinica del Pueblo in DC.
Brian DeVon Outlaw
Health Educator/HIV Counselor
Brian began as a dedicated NovaSalud, Inc. volunteer. He helped with various tasks and at events including modeling for our “open that closet door” fundraiser fashion show to combat HIV stigma. From his first day as an employee, Brian has been incredible successful at testing and finding HIV positive individuals who are HIV positive and were unaware of their status. Dedication to outreach and prevention have made him a great asset in testing at diverse places, including gay bars/clubs, shelters, churches, people’s houses, and other unique venues.
Maria Evelin Sejas
Maria Evelin Sejas is a recent graduate from Marymount University with a bachelor in Psychology. As a Ryan White Program Intern, Maria assists in the coordination of the weekly NovaSalud, Inc., Mental Health Support Group for individuals living with HIV/Aids, provides administrative and operational duties for the Organization, and will begin testing clients both in English and Spanish.
Intern/ HIV counselor
Arturo Hill is our new intern from the Department of Health in DC. He’ll not only be testing our clients, and joining us in many upcoming events. He will soon be working with his local public health organizations, to extend our service to the Hispanic and LGBTQ population in Alexandria.