News & Notes from JASMYN                                                                    August 2015

Board of Directors

Bruce Musser


Dr. Jim Crooks
Vice Chair 


Gerry Orton 



Barbara Drake



Dr. Afesa Adams


Edi Castro


Gregory Foster, Esq.


Charles Garrison


Dr. Holly Hamilton


Kelly James


David Rinzler


Dr. Tom Serwatka


Lori Shad


Billy Wells


Veronica Wilson


JASMYN Properties Board
  David Rinzler


Bruce Musser
Vice Chair 

Barbara Drake

Cindy Watson

Edi Castro

Dr. Jay Dutton


Jimmy Midyette, Esq. 



Cindy Watson
Executive Director


Dan Merkan

Director of Evaluation and Technology

Emily Rokosch

Director of Operations


Angela Strain

Director of Development


Sabrina Cluesman

Assistant Director of Services


Tim Jefferson

Assistant Director of Programs


Cosmos Cranston

Testing Coordinator


Bradley Landon
Case Manager 


Princess Burch

Case Manager


Kaitlyn Dulmes

Patient Navigator


Toni Liggins

Case Manager


Riece Hamilton

Case Manager for Homeless Youth


Heather Loran

High School Teen Clinics Manager


Ace Canessa

Student Support Coordinator


Edmon Galloway

Outreach Specialist


Jensen Lindquist

Outreach Specialist


Evelyn Wilkinson

Finance Manager


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Upcoming Events

August 14, 2015

October 3, 2015

October 4, 2015

October 16, 2015

2nd Annual 
JASMYN House Ball
October 17, 2015
(Stay tuned for more details!)

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In This Issue
A Night of Enchanted Costumes, Fairytales 
and Fun Benefiting JASMYN

8:00 PM
The Museum
4160 Boulevard Center Dr.
 Jacksonville, Florida 32207

Bring your golden ticket into the woods on Friday, August 14th to the 6th Annual JASMYN Benefit - Feel the Fantasy, a whimsical night of imagination in motion, sponsored by Adkins Electric.

Dress as your favorite fictional character from *any genre* and follow the yellow brick road to the enchanted forest at The Museum for a night of over the top costumes, dancing, drinks, and merriment. Come one, come all, we're all mad here... 

What should you expect? The crowd - ages 21+ only! Special guest entertainers, DJ Harmony will be spinning dance hits, Dan Harris Photography will be onsite with free "step & repeat" photo prints against a red carpet backdrop, the photo booth will delight and entertain you, and the Jacksonville Magazine Shoe Cam will capture images of the fabulous footsies walking into this fantastical world. The Folkfood Food Truck will serve specially created items for purchase during the event...plus over the top d├ęcor will transform the multi-level museum into an enchanted forest. 

And while you're waiting for the magical night to arrive, take a look at our online auction   and see all of the items our team has scrounged up! From Key West to Riverside, there's something exciting for every budget. As you're looking through the list, be sure to support the businesses and organizations that support you. Now get to bidding!
Feel the Fantasy Online Auction

Summer Art Series Young Artists At Work

For five weeks this summer, sculptor, art teacher and JASMYN volunteer, Jim Smith, worked with eight JASMYN young  people to create three-dimensional pieces to help bring a youth voice to the amazing "J2" building. Each piece tells a personal story about the past and about the present for each artist. For half of the young artists participating, it was their first ever artmaking experience. 

"JASMYN makes me stronger because I feel safe in the environment, safe around my peers, and accepted for being myself," says Amber, 18. Each night was spent sharing a meal, receiving instruction from Jim and exploring ways to make each assemblage tell a great story. 
Thank you, Jim Smith!

The art will be permanently installed throughout the J2 house. T he community will be invited to help celebrate the youth and their work at a Community Open House & Young Artist Reception, 923 & 929 Peninsular Place on September 16th, 4 to 6 PM

We need your help to make this a special event for the proud artists. Can you chip in to help make this event memorable?  From refreshments and entertainment to photo keepsakes, you can help make it happen. We also want to make sure that every young artist is inspired to keep creating.  Support them now and mark your calendars for September!
NationalHIVTestingDayFollowUp       White House Releases National HIV/AIDS Strategy 2020 - Towards an AIDS-Free Generation #HIV2020
To get to an AIDS-free generation, the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) has been updated with aggressive goals and measures through the year 2020.  

The strategy focuses on right people, right places, and right practices to achieve this vision:

"The United States will become a place where new HIV infections are rare, and when they do occur, every person, regardless of age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or socio-economic circumstance will have unfettered access to high quality, life-extending care, free from stigma and discrimination."

Priority is given to strategies that specifically support youth aged 13 to 24 years, transgender women, and young Black gay and bisexual men. And especially in the South, which accounts for more than half of all HIV diagnoses in the U.S.!

JASMYN is already engaged in many of the practices recommended, such as widespread HIV testing and linkage to care, broad support for people living with HIV, including help remaining in care and adhering to medications to reach viral suppression. Over the next few months, we'll be sharing more about how Jacksonville can help support an AIDS-free generation right here! 
NHAS 2020 - What You Need To Know
The South accounts for more than half of all HIV diagnoses. Click on this image for a one-page fact sheet about #HIV2020.

CODB2015Save the Date: 9th Annual Coming Out Day Breakfast
CODB 2014 JASMYN Staff
Friday, October 16th
7:30 - 9:30 AM 

Celebrate National Coming Out Day with representatives from corporate partners, educational institutions, and local businesses affirming LGBT equality. 

Would you like your company or civic group to be recognized among these leaders? Consider sponsoring the event or purchasing a table for your team. Details are available in our information packet, or visit our event on Facebook

Questions? Call or email Angela Strain ( astrain@jasmyn.org or 904.389.3857, ext. 216). Look forward to seeing you there!