In recognition of World AIDS Day, Thursday, December 1st, 2016, the Alamo Area Resource Center (AARC) is pleased to announce three university student fellowships at its newly opened LGBT Health Equity Clinic. These fellowships will be awarded to students pursuing degrees in the field of nursing, medicine and social work. With these fellowships, AARC seeks to encourage and support those hoping to serve others in their respective professions, while investing in students who are proven leaders in their academic achievements. Each of the three AARC Health Equity Fellowships will begin in early 2017, and provide $5000.00 to three university students per semester to work on-site at the clinic with skilled professionals to mentor and assist them with real time experience in a medical and social services environment. AARC announces these fellowships in honor of three individuals who have profoundly impacted the lives of others through tireless public service and volunteerism that exceeded all expectations. We are pleased to honor three selfless spirits for their years of service to others.
The Janice Janell Teague Nursing Fellowship is named for a tireless advocate of health care who provided care for some of the first diagnosed AIDS patients in rural Texas beginning in 1989. Janice later began treating elderly and indigent patients in rural Texas, many times traveling miles to those unable to travel or to access care. Her visits often included food she had prepared herself for her patients, and the stories of Janice helping others are legendary to all who knew her. She volunteered with countless non-profit organizations, including serving as the first nurse for Jennifer’s Camp, a summer camp program for children living with HIV held annually in the Texas hill country. Janice was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2013, and died at her home in the Texas hill country on April 9, 2015.
The James Randy Hinkle Fellowship commemorates the life of the late James Randy Hinkle, an AARC employee who served as Director of Programs at the agency for 23 years. Randy was born in Morgantown, West Virginia in 1960, and would later serve in the U.S. Air Force as an administration support specialist. Randy was a quiet force behind the success of AARC as a leader in innovative HIV social services, assisting in developing new programs from the first HIV scattered site housing program funded by the Levi Strauss Foundation to being on the core team that developed the “single point of care” model for those living with HIV. The AARC model is now recognized nationally as an effective combination of medical and social services housed within one primary care location. Randy Hinkle died on February 15, 2013 after a twelve month struggle with cancer.
The Linda Kay Kehl Fellowship honors the extraordinary life work of an amazing woman and tireless advocate for all men, women and children living with HIV in San Antonio. In the early years of the AIDS pandemic, Linda Kehl began volunteering with the Alamo Area Resource Center, baking desserts for clients having meals on site at the agency. Linda became known as “the dessert lady” and became a much loved figure to many young men in the early days of the AIDS epidemic. For Linda, many clients became family to her and each loss impacted her tremendously. During that period, AARC services included hot meals on site at the agency’s downtown location. Linda would later serve on the AARC board of directors through its evolution into a nationally recognized social services agency for HIV care. Under her leadership, AARC expanded all its programs and added housing, transportation and medical care to an array of existing services. Linda now serves as the first Board Chair Emeritus, in acknowledgment of her ongoing, tireless commitment to AARC and all humanitarian causes.