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Moving Forward: Cynthia Nelson’s Vision for SAAF

Moving Forward: Cynthia Nelson’s Vision for SAAF

“I’m happy to be out there and say that SAAF is alive and well.” As the San Antonio AIDS Foundation prepares for its 30th anniversary in 2016, the organization announced in October the appointment of its new president, Cynthia Nelson. Founded in the back of a gay bar by Robert “Papa Bear” Edwards in 1986,

San Antonio AIDS Foundation at a Crossroads

Nearly 30 years ago, Robert “Papa Bear” Edwards started the San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF) in the back of a gay bar. From those humble beginnings, the organization has flourished, and now appears to be ready for another growth spurt under newly hired president Cynthia Nelson. However, for Edwards and some supporters, that growth has

SAAF appoints new president

Seven months after they fired their executive director, the board of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation announced on October 9 that they hired a replacement who will now hold the title of president. The appointment of Cynthia Nelson as president of SAAF ends a months-long search to replace former Executive Director David Ewell. Nelson has

A painful separation as SAAF moves patients to nursing homes

A plan to move long-term patients at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation to nursing homes took a toll on the relationship of two residents who have been roommates and companions for the last 16 years. On September 18, the two men, Rogelio Saucedo and Armando Castro, were separated without being given an opportunity to say

Council members express concern over SAAF leadership

Updated: August 11, 2015, 3:30 p.m. Three members of the City Council expressed concern over recent management changes at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation during a discussion last Thursday about the distribution of funds to provide housing for homeless people with HIV. As reported in the Rivard Report, Rebecca Viagran, Cris Medina and Shirley Gonzales

SAAF executive director issues statement on “up yours” comment

Jack Downey, the interim executive director of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, issued a statement today in response to a report yesterday on KSAT-TV where he is shown responding to a volunteer with the expression, “up yours.” According to KSAT, “Downey uttered the words during a heated confrontation with Anthony Medrano, whose cousin died at

Ewell issues statement on departure from SAAF

David Ewell is speaking out for the first time since the board of directors of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation, under the leadership of President Anne Marie Simmons, terminated him from his job as executive director on April 20. Ewell’s firing was first made public by SAAF founder Robert “Papa Bear” Edwards, who forwarded Out

SAAF appoints interim executive director

The San Antonio AIDS Foundation announced the appointment of an interim executive director via a posting on the home page of their web site on April 30. The SAAF board gave no reason for firing former executive director David Ewell on April 20, other than to say in a letter to employees, “In order to