Executive Director -
Mojgan Zare, MD, MPH

Co- Founder -
Mona Bennett
Mojgan Zare is a medical doctor and health educator who has substantial experience working with HIV, Hepatitis C, and substance use patients. Under her leadership, AHRC has become one of the preeminent US-based organizations promoting harm reduction as a mode of working with substance users, MSM, sex-workers, and homeless, and is noted for its capacity building, linkage and retention in care, resource development, and policy work.
Dr. Zare is at the forefront of AHRC’s advocacy work and is constantly planning and implementing new programs targeted towards enhancing health outcomes of AHRC’s clients and patients. Dr. Zare also oversees the Policy and Research Program at AHRC.
Dr. Zare holds a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in History and Biology from University of Maryland in Maryland, Doctor of Medicine Degree from American Global University School of Medicine in Belize, and a Master of Public Health from Walden University in Minnesota. 

Mona Bennett is a Co-Founder of AHRC and has worked at the organization since its inception. She attended McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana and studied the field of Mass Communication from 1982-1988.

She has been an activist in the fields of substance use, HIV, and VH for over twenty years. She has since worked in different roles including program coordinator, Health Educator, and outreach specialist.
She is known for her Harm Reduction strategies nation-wide and has spoken at many events and conferences. She has been involved in many policy work including Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law and Naloxone Distribution.
Management Team:

Program Director - Verna Gaines-Mathis, BS
Verna Gaines-Mathis has worked with HIV/AIDS, STIs, viral hepatitis, alcohol, and other drug treatment and criminal justice reform issues for over 16 years. She continues to successfully manage all three branches of testing, linkage, and clients and oversees eight different programs at AHRC. She has expertise in monitoring and evaluations, quality assurance, data collection and reporting requirements, and monitoring client records and managing project data. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Troy State University in Albany, Georgia.

Lead Linkage Specialist - Elizabeth Marks, LMSW
Ms. Marks is highly trained and experienced in mental health counseling, case management, and linking and retaining individuals in HIV, HCV, and STI medical and Substance Use Care. She has vast experience in identifying and removing barriers that affects retention in care of those who are HIV and HCV positive. As a LMSW she is at the forefront of our individual and group counseling interventions and oversees the Linkage to Care and Counseling programs at AHRC.
Ms. Marks received her Bachelor’s of Art in Political Science from University of Florida in Coral Gables, Florida in 2007 and master’s of Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in 2013.

Client Service Manager - Harry Ethridge
Mr. Ethridge has worked at AHRC for the past 16 years and oversees the Community Drop-in-Center at AHRC. He directly supervises our volunteers and clients. As the Client Service Manager, he oversees Direct Client Services, Healthy Meal Initiative, and Syringe Exchange Program at AHRC. Mr. Ethridge has been trained in and has extensive experience providing crisis intervention and behavior management.

Specialists Team





    Data Entry Clerk - Lorenzo Funchez
Lorenzo Funchez has worked at AHRC for the past ten years. Mr. Funchez performs a wide range of data gathering and compiling and is in charge of maintaining internal AHRC files. He is known for being meticulous with details. He is highly trained in HIV, HCV, and STI testing and Counseling. 

 Gary Barber- Outreach Worker
Mr. Barber has served at AHRC for the past 10 years and currently assists with AHRC's Drop-in-Center and during our Syringe Exchange outreaches. He is known for his warmth and welcoming attitude as well as his successful recruitment strategies. 


Administrative Staff


Elder Thomas
Elder Leroy Thomas has been serving AHRC as a volunteer for the past 6 years conducting a spiritual Lead group every Tuesdays with more than 30 participants. During the Tuesday group at AHRC, Elder Thomas addresses complex issues such as conflict resolution and anger management.
James Way
James Way has been volunteering at AHRC for 7 years and serves on the Community Advisory Board. Mr. Way is involved in many different capacities including but not limited to outreach, janitorial, and repairs.
Netline Lindsey
Netline Lindsey has been volunteering at AHRC for the past year and is AHRC’s Head Chef. Her meals are prepared according to the food pyramid, providing nutritious meals to our clients.
Ponce Ramsey
Ponce Ramsey has been volunteering at AHRC for the past year and is involved at many different capacities at AHRC including but not limited to direct services, outreach, and customer care. 

Displaying Kelleigh-Trepanier-VOTW-IMG_4850.jpgMs. Kelleigh Trepanier is Associate Director for the Burruss Institute. She earned a M.S. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and completed all requirements but dissertation for a Ph.D. in Education and Psychology. Ms. Trepanier has over 15 years of experience in conducting and supervising program evaluation projects. As the lead evaluator on Burruss Institute staff, she oversees evaluation projects for AHRC's Corporate grants. 

 Brian Bride, PhD, MSW, MPH is a Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at Georgia State University. Dr. Bride has more than 20 years of experience in program evaluation in the areas of HIV and substance use prevention and treatment, including service as Evaluator on six SAMHSA projects. Dr. Bride is responsible for oversight of all data collection, analysis, and reporting of AHRC's federal grants.


Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition, Inc.
1231 Joseph E. Boone Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone Number: (404) 817-9994
Fax Number: (404) 817-9939
Email: ahrcemail@ahrc-atl.org