jesseJesse is a psychiatrist by trade and graduate of UNC–Chapel Hill for both his undergrad and medical school. He first became involved in the Atlanta community in 1984 when he joined the board of AID Atlanta. He has served on the Georgia AIDS Task Force, the Ryan White Planning Council, and on the boards of the Buyer’s Club, AIDS Survival Project, the Gay Men’s Chorus and the national board of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association [GLMA]. He was a founding member of Positive Impact and is a member of Saint Mark United Methodist Church. Jesse calls himself a theater geek and serves on the Board of Actor’s Express. Currently, Jesse is working with Emory University to develop their AIDS Legacy collection and LGBT Archives at the Woodruff Library. For the past fifteen years he has hosted weekly Sunday afternoon pool parties at his home, Camp Merton. Jesse retired from medical practice 24 years ago and has since devoted his time and energy to supporting and working with our HIV/AIDS and LGBT communities.

Why I support Lost-n-Found Youth

Homelessness among our youth is one of the most pressing problems facing our community today. Dispossessed youth are coming to Atlanta seeking a new life and a bit of affirmation just as people with HIV/AIDS came here thirty years ago. I want to bring the experience we gained during those days to LNFY to help develop the programs and services our young people need today. I welcome this opportunity to continue to serve our community which has been so good to me for the past forty years.