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Meet the People Behind the Work
Our team of givers is dedicated to continuing and expanding our charitable mission. We are a family of creative minds, qualified volunteers, and diverse professionals who focus our different skills and expertise on a singular goal of serving the needs of people living with mental health, Hiv, and Aids challenges. Read more about our individual team members below.
WANDA STIGMAGODDESS COLLIER
Founder & Foundation Activist
When most people are off to start their lives at nineteen, Wanda Collier in 1988 was informed she was Hiv positive. That diagnosis began her extensive battle with drugs and a revolving door with the criminal justice system. Finally, with her determination to end her disruptive behavior, she accepted an opportunity to become a resident at St. Stephen’s Ministry, a (now shuttered) transitional house for persons living with Hiv & Aids. This life-changing opportunity afforded her the acceptance and healing she had sought for over twenty years; including housing and various other life-changing supports after leaving its protective loving hub.
After becoming a St. Stephen’s success story Ms. Collier made the decision that she must rectify the harm she committed against her community. Thus, she founded the former not-for-profit organization “Stop Da Stigma” which is now officially “Stop Our Stigma (SOS) Foundation, Inc''. Stop Our Stigma Foundation provides educational events, raises awareness, assists, and StigmaGoddess advocates on behalf of newly diagnosed persons, and fundraises for underfunded Hiv & Aids and Mental Health Agencies in our communities throughout the year.
For the past eleven years, SOS and StigmaGoddess have impacted the lives of people in our communities living with Hiv & Aids, Mental Health Challenges, and other challenges (e.g., Homelessness, Returning Citizens, and Lgbtq Communities) that are associated with stigma without the benefit of state or federal aid.
Her achievements: Community Activist, Wham Facilitator (WHOLE HEALTH ACTION MANAGEMENT) Trauma-Informed
Care Facilitator, Certified Peer Specialist, Board Member of Georgia Legal Services Program (8 YR Term), Member of Georgia Client Council (Present), Homeless and Low-Income Communities Representative for CSRA EOA, Forensic Peer Mentor
TONSHIA (HARLEMKIDD) FLUITT
Co-Founder & Direct Manager of StigmaGoddess
Tonshia Fluitt was born & raised in New York City (Manhattan/Harlem). She resided there for 31 years before relocating to Greensboro, NC. During her 31 years in New York City, she's had employment in many different fields of construction jobs, Dept. of Consumer Affairs & a Certified CPM1 under the Environmental Protection Agency with NYC Housing Preservation & Development. She's always had the desire to help the community in any way she can. So she landed a job with a company called City Harvest. This company gets taxable donations of Perishable & cooked foods from many top restaurants, businesses & the community throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC. The food is distributed to churches, soup kitchens & shelters to help feed the homeless. With her keen belief in the power of charity Tonshia (HarlemKidd), Fluitt is committed to changing the world of stigma. When she met the founder of Stop Our Stigma Foundation Inc. Wanda StigmaGodddess Collier in March of 2020 she learned about this awesome organization. She didn't hesitate & jumped at the opportunity to help out in any way she can. She is now the Co-Founder of the foundation & Direct Manger of StigmaGoddess and is dedicated to promoting Hiv-Loving Hiv+. She is also the owner of HarlemKidd Productions. We’re so happy to have Tonshia (HarlemKidd), Fluitt, as part of the Stop Our Stigma Foundation Inc. team.
Fore-Founder, Director of Foundation & Assistant Manager to StigmaGoddess
Tiffany Ramble is the Founding Member of Stop Da Stigma which is now SOS Foundation Inc.
Ms. Ramble honorable served our nation. She is an Air Force and Department of Defense Veteran. She believes that you help others because they need help. She has exemplified this by her lifelong volunteering for various organizations and non-profits since her teen years. When she befriended Wanda Collier in 2009, she had no idea two years later in 2011 that she would gain a Sister and a partner in Stopping the Stigma of HIV & AIDS and Mental Health Challenges in the CSRA. She certainly wasn't aware that her years of volunteering and public service had prepared her to become a founding member of Stop Our Stigma( SOS and formerly Stop Da Stigma). Her dedication and drive to help others are what keep a smile in her heart and her passion for making the world just a bit better. As SOS’s Community Outreach Manager, she oversees the distribution of SOS resources, volunteers, personnel appearances, and speaking requests.
Coordinator of Resources
Patricia Yates is a native of Fort Valley, Georgia, and was educated in the Peach County Public School Systems, where she ran Track and played B-Team Basketball. She attended her parents’ Alma MaterFort Valley State College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and completed graduate studies in Rehabilitation Counseling. Patricia has also obtained over 4000 Continuing Education Units in Social Services and was among the first 20 people in 2014 in the State of Georgia to be licensed as a Navigator for Affordable Care Act/Obamacare. She also has received training from Former Vice President Al Gore for the Climate Reality Leadership Project. Patricia has worked in the social service field for over 28 years holding various positions in all levels of treatment modalities, including the Penial system, in which she served as the Program Director of a Prison Substance Abuse Program in a level 5 male correctional institution in Glennville Georgia. She has also worked at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Augusta, Georgia counseling Veterans in the Community Re-Entry / Substance Abuse Program. Her passion is for working with the HIV/AIDS community and she has served as the Program Director of an AIDS Service Organization in Aiken South Carolina, where she chaired the 1st World AIDS Day Walk in 2005. Patricia also started an AIDS Ministry at her church, Williams Memorial CME Church in Augusta, Ga, and wrote Ryan White Reimbursement Grant via the Richmond County Health Department to provide financial assistance to individuals and families living in the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) In 2008, she participated in an 8 week trained the Trainer Elton John’s HIV/AIDS Initiative which was sponsored by AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) out of New York, she later relocated to Atlanta in 2008 to work as a Medical Case Manager for AID Atlanta offsite location at Mercy Care Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia. Patricia has also worked for Conifer Health Solutions, in which she was a part of a select team to develop an employee online training curriculum for the Affordable Care Act. She currently holds the position of State Manager for Balm In Gilead, Inc, and manages their CDC-funded Ga-Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative Program in which she supervises 6 counties across the state of Georgia National Diabetes Prevention Program. Patricia has served on several Community Service Boards throughout her career. She currently serves on the Morehouse School of Medicine Community Advisory Board and the Georgia Diabetes Coalition Board as Member-at-Large. She was appointed in 2014 by Bishop Kenneth Wayne Carter to serve as the Health Initiative Coordinator for the 6th Episcopal CME District (State of Georgia), which she still holds today. She is very active within the faith-based communities assisting churches with organizing community health fairs as well as organizing yearly health screenings at all major CME church conferences. Patricia has one adult daughter, Kourtney, and one four-legged grandchild, named Willow- a Pitbull. She has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc since Spring 1984. After traveling Georgia’s highways, she relaxes in her She Shed with her Adult Coloring Books and the sounds of smooth jazz. Her look is in honor of her aunt who lost the battle to Skin and Breast Cancer in 2008. She oversees the community resources we need to serve our peers. and shared responsibility for coordinating the engagements of StigmaGoddess.