Bruce Weiss Named Executive Director of Test Positive Aware Network

Sat. March 21, 2009 12:00 AM

bruce weiss named executive director of tpan

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Chicago, IL - The Board of Directors of Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) is pleased to announce that Bruce Weiss has been named Executive Director of the leading peer-led, Chicago-based AIDS service organization.

"Bruce is that rare combination of experienced leadership and unbridled enthusiasm," stated TPAN Board President, Condon McGlothlen. "Everyone at TPAN is excited about his arrival."

A recipient of the 2006 Capital Pride Hero Award honoring LGBT leaders, Weiss has provided leadership to the HIV/AIDS community in Washington, D.C., for more than a decade. He served for several years as the Executive Director of SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Action League), overseeing major growth in their programs, staffing and funding. He later became the Director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic of Northern Virginia, a community health clinic focused on HIV and LGBT health care. Most recently, he was Director of Community Health at D.C.'s Whitman-Walker Clinic.

Weiss has an exceptional knowledge of fundraising, board development, and programmatic activities, and holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, and a graduate certificate in non-profit management from Georgetown University.

"I feel very fortunate to be joining such a vibrant organization," said Weiss. "Chicago is a great city and the TPAN staff, board of directors and volunteers inspired me with their energy and passion the moment I walked through the front door. It is a remarkable organization providing important HIV prevention and care services."

Bill Farrand, who has served as TPAN's Interim Executive Director since October 2008, will continue in his role as the agency's Director of Client Services.

TPAN publishes the nationally-distributed HIV treatment publication, Positively Aware magazine, and the Illinois HIV Services Directory. Positively Aware is a bi-monthly publication providing information, news and commentary concerning current treatment options, legal and political issues, and quality of life concerns important to all those living with, or affected by, HIV and AIDS. The annual HIV Drug Guide provides comprehensive information on each drug, including side effect and interaction information, and is a vital resource for individuals and their medical providers. PA currently is distributed in 17 countries, to over 85,000 subscribers. To learn more, participate in the community forum, or read the online version, visit

Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) empowers people living with HIV through peer-led programming, support services, information dissemination, and advocacy. TPAN also provides services to the broader community to increase HIV knowledge and sensitivity, and to reduce the risk of infection. To learn more about TPAN, its programs, services and special events, visit us online at


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