Austin PRIDE 2014

Media Relations and Volunteer Manager, Rick (above as the Wicked Witch of the East) says, "Dorothy might not be in such a hurry to get home after all!"

Austin PRIDE was big fun for us all, and Project Transitions is pleased to have been involved in the biggest Pride celebration in the city's history, with an attendance estimated to have been well over 7000 at the festival and over 9000 participants in the parade! Organizers hint at a change of location next year to better accommodate the festival that will also coincide with Pride's 25th anniversary. 
The streets were jam packed with spectators and revelers who saw Project Transitions' interpretation of Dorothy's exploits in the Emerald City with an 8 foot spinning tornado pulling "Studio 54 in OZ" behind it. (Click the link for a quick video).
We'd like to extend our gratitude to all who shared their time and skills to make this effort possible, and a special "thank you" to 2014 volunteer award recipient, Chris Jeane, for his amazing technical skills and assistance. We are all looking forward to outdoing ourselves next year. Further, we are very grateful to Austin Pride as we are one of the beneficiaries this year. Bravo to all who supported this amazing event! 
Longtime friend, supporter and founder of the Red Hot Party, 
Steve Higginbotham, to retire.

The incomparable and irreplaceable Steve Higginbotham has announced that he is retiring from work in the nightlife and is leaving Oilcan Harrys , bringing an end to an era that many find hard to believe. A loyal supporter of Project Transitions, he founded the Red Hot Party which, to date, has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for Central Texans affected by HIV/AIDS. No doubt, we have all enjoyed his masterful bartending, good company and of course his infamous wit and one-liners that have made him a beloved Austin legend. We wish him the best of luck and happiness in the years ahead.

Board of Directors


Matthew Albertson

Craig Davis

Jeffrey A. Early

Bob Garza

Cindy Goldman

Blair Hodgkins

Lynn McNeill

Michael Pizzutti

Thomas H. Smith, MD




Craig Thibodeau

Executive Director


Lisa Medina,  


Director of

Client Services


Layne Box

Development Director


Ricardo Jimenez

Media Relations and Volunteer Manager


Madge Whistler

Financial Administrator


Linelle Clark-Brown, PhD

Grants Manager


Ed Howard

Events and

Programs Support   

Liz Brown

Hospice Coordinator


Erika Hultquist 

Housing Coordinator


Estaban Olave

Senior Housing Specialist 


Karin Kokinda
Top Drawer Thrift

Store Manager


October is fast approaching and so is AIDS Walk!

Project Transitions has a team once again this year, the "Block Walkers." If you'd like to join, just visit the AIDS Walk site by clicking the above banner, search for our team and join. It's that easy! 

You can even be a "virtual walker" and join our team if you can't be present at the event. Let's raise money and have some fun while helping people affected by HIV/AIDS. Please contact Ricardo Jimenez at or at 512-454-8646 ext. 104. 

To understand how important this walk is to clients affected by HIV/AIDS, click on the link to see a clip from KEYE TV's morning show "We Are Austin" that features an interview with ex-Doug's House resident, James Chestnut.

Project Transitions welcomes new Development Director 


Layne Box has served in the nonprofit sector since 2008. From 2012 to 2013 he was the development manager for Equality Texas and Equality Texas Foundation where he was responsible for donor acquisition, retention customer service and overseeing fundraising events managed by board members. From 2008 to 2014 he volunteered for the Octopus Club and Equality Texas where he chaired numerous events and served as Head Octopus for the Octopus Club for two years helping raise money during their most profitable years. Layne Box is a native Texan and received his bachelor's degree in advertising from Texas State University. After eleven years of work in emergency services at two local hospitals, he changed careers and has focused on nonprofit work.


Project Transitions welcomes new Grant Writer

Linelle Clark- Brown received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from The University of Maryland, College Park, a Masters in Science in Business and Counseling from Wright State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration in Policy and Planning from The University of Texas at Austin. 


Dr. Clark-Brown has over 10 years of experience as a consultant for state, federal, and other entities providing training and service in the areas of: communication skills, mediation, negotiation, team building and grant writing. 

Project Transitions Presents...
Tickets for the Gala and After Glow on sale now!  
Join us on Saturday, October 25, 2014  
at the famed Austin Music Hall  
as Project Transitions honors its 25th anniversary  
of service to Central Texans living with HIV/AIDS.

Plus...Get your Raffle tickets for your chance to win a brand new 2014 Fiat 500 Pop!
all tickets available at:

The Silver Ball Gala starts at 6pm and will feature live music, entertainment, dinner and drinks as well as a live auction, plus tributes to honored guests. The "After Glow" dance party will begin at 9pm with Spin Master DJ Big Face, dancing, special entertainment, cash bar cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and ends at 11:30pm.

Drawing for the raffle will occur at the event. You do not have to be present to win.

Project Transitions | 512-454-8646 | |
7101 B Woodrow Ave
Austin, TX 78757

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