CEO, AIDS Alabama

Kathie M. Hiers is the Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Alabama, a nonprofit organization in Alabama that provides housing and supportive services to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS as well as education, outreach, and testing.  AIDS Alabama has subcontracts with the other nine AIDS Service Organizations and several clinics in Alabama to provide services to all 67 counties.  Kathie has been with AIDS Alabama since January 2001.  Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Mobile AIDS Support Services and a founder of the Lee Simmons Fund for People Living with AIDS in Mobile, Alabama.

Kathie has served locally as Co-Chair of the local Ryan White Consortium, as well as a two-year term as President of the Metropolitan Birmingham Services for the Homeless, Birmingham’s local Continuum of Care for homeless services.  Kathie is a member of the Governor of Alabama’s HIV Task Force, the Alabama HIV/AIDS Policy Partnership, United Way of Central Alabama Council of Executive Directors, and the AIDS Service Organization Network of Alabama. Kathie leads the advocacy efforts for the State of Alabama, educating legislators on the state’s HIV/AIDS policy issues, promoting legislative investment in the HIV/AIDS portfolio, and implementing an annual Awareness Day in the state’s Capitol in which hundreds of HIV-positive persons, advocates, and policy makers gather to highlight the extreme need for resources to fight the HIV epidemic in Alabama.  Each year Kathie provides a workshop for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sparkman Program for visiting physicians from across the globe to orient them on the HIV epidemic in the southern United States.  Kathie has been called upon for guidance on the development of state advocacy networks in the District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Nationally, Kathie was the only southerner selected in 2010 to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, where she is Co-Chair of the Disparities Committee.  She served as Co-Chair for the Southern AIDS Coalition from 2004 through early 2009 and currently serves as President of the board for the National AIDS Housing Coalition, as an elected member and Co-Chair of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, and on the board of the Community AIDS National Network.  Kathie often serves as the regional coordinator for AIDSWatch in Washington, D.C., the nation’s largest gathering of HIV-positive citizens and AIDS advocates, and she provides training to the AIDSWatch group on federal funding and policy issues for HIV care and housing.  Kathie represented Alabama’s nine Title III clinics in the Communities Advocating for Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition from 2000 through 2003.

Kathie is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a BA in English.