BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jax Kelly, President

Jax has been a tireless advocate for health care for people living with HIV and people of color for more than 30 years. He assumed his first leadership role in HIV advocacy in 1991 serving as a board member of The Upper Room AIDS Ministry (now Harlem United). Diagnosed with HIV in 2006, he has served as President of LKAPS since May 2019.

Jax was recently appointed to the to the Equity in Aging Advisory Committee (EAAC) whose purpose is to advise the Newsom administration on the implementation of the Master Plan for Aging, as well as the California Department of Aging on the planning and implementation of aging and disability programs, services, data collection, and staff development.

Jax is treasurer of The Reunion Project, the national alliance of long-term survivors of HIV. He is a member of the California Planning Group, a community advisory board for the CDPH Office of AIDS, serving as co-chair of its HIV and Aging Committee. He also is a member of the Coachella Valley Senior Collaborative.Jax serves on the AIDS Clinical Trials Group and the HIV 50+ Strong and Healthy Program of NMAC (formerly the National Minority AIDS Coalition). He is a former commissioner of the L.A. County Commission on HIV and served as a member of its Priorities and Planning Committee.

Jax graduated from Yale University, received an MBA from New York University and a juris doctorate from Fordham University School of Law. He expects to complete his MPH degree at USC in Health Services and Policy in August 2022. Email Jax

Peter Kostrobala, Treasurer

I have been HIV+ since 1999 and an AIDS Survivor since 2008. I have previously been treasurer of my HOA and prior to the death of my partner spent most my volunteer time in theatre and performing arts.  Since his passing I’ve concentrated my volunteer time in organizations supporting the LGBTQT and HIV/AIDS communities such as Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, Desert AIDS Project, AIDS Assistance Program / Food Samaritans and now LKA-PS.  As my resiliency and stamina improve I hope to increasingly become an advocate, activist and standard-bearer for the communities I am a member of.  Email Peter

Tim Hoeffgen, Board Member 

I have been HIV positive since 1989 and I have lived in Palm Springs since 2015. I previously worked in HIV prevention in Massachusetts and have been a volunteer for LKAPS since its inception in 2015. 

Roundtable Discussion Group

The Roundtable is our weekly drop-in discussion group, where we make connections and build community through conversation. Peer coordinators facilitate discussions of topics both serious and fun that include and allow everyone to participate. The Roundtable meets on Zoom on Tuesdays at 4 PM and in person at 1900 E. Tahquitz Canyon Drive on Fridays at 5:30 PM. Contact roundtableteam@lkaps.org for more information.

Roundtable facilitators:

Alex Snell

Blaine Haws

Bob Basque

Casey Jones

Luís Villanueva

Michael Harbin

Tom Peterson

FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE

Jax Kelly, Chair

Tim Hoeffgen, Member

EDUCATION & ADVOCACY COMMITTEE

Jax Kelly, Chair

Jeff Taylor, Member

SOCIAL COMMITTEE

Jonathan Goldman, Chair

David Smith, Member

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Ken Vergonet, Chair Email Ken

To volunteer for the Social Committee contact: Social@lkaps.org the Communications Committee contact: News@lkaps.org. If you would like information about the Roundtable Discussion group contact roundtableteam@lkaps.org.

You can also fill out the volunteer form.