AIDS Resource Center Ohio Names New Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition
Former OAC Director of Programs, Tyler TerMeer, returns to the Ohio HIV Community
Dayton, OH - AIDS Resource Center Ohio (ARC Ohio) today announced that Tyler Andrew TerMeer has been named Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition (OAC). TerMeer comes to the OAC from the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), based in Washington, DC, where he served the nation's chief state health agency staff who have programmatic responsibility for administering HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis healthcare, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments. As a manager of HIV prevention and health equity, he led NASTAD’s call-to-action in addressing the HIV and STD crises among gay and bisexual men of all races and ethnicities in the United States. TerMeer brings 8 years of experience in HIV Prevention and Care and Treatment and Public Policy. He previously served as the OAC Director of Programs from 2004 – 2008.
TerMeer fills the position vacated with the September death of OAC’s former director, Kevin Sullivan. “We are delighted to have Tyler return to OAC and to Ohio,” states ARC Ohio CEO Bill Hardy. “His former experience with OAC and work at the national level are tremendous assets to OAC’s services across Ohio’s HIV/AIDS community. I know that Kevin would be delighted with his appointment.”
OAC and ARC Ohio announced their strategic merger in September, 2011 to ensure sustainable, quality services for Ohioans living with HIV/AIDS. OAC, now a program of the AIDS Resource Center Ohio, provides education, leadership training, advocacy, and support for Ohio’s HIV/AIDS community.
“The very foundation of who I have become in my professional career and the strength and inspiration that empower me in my personal life come largely from Sullivan’s mentorship, compassion, and above all friendship.” TerMeer and Sullivan previously worked side-by-side to ensure that the voices of people living with HIV/AIDS in Ohio were heard and valued. “I am honored to return and help shape the future of program and policy for people living with HIV throughout the state of Ohio as the Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition, continued TerMeer. “If I can leave half the legacy that Kevin Sullivan has, I will have been successful in my life.”