Michele Durham, has been Executive Director of BEAT AIDS Coalition Trust 25 years and started as the accountant at BEAT AIDS December 1993. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in accounting from Lamar University and a Master’s degree in psychological education from the University of Texas at San Antonio with an emphasis in guidance and counseling. Her previous experience includes seven years of accounting experience. She has served as the chair of the San Antonio AIDS Coalition, the chair of the Region 8 HIV/AIDS Consortium, as a member of the Mayor’s HIV/AIDS Commission and is as the chair of the San Antonio HIV Services Planning Council and is currently an active member of the Statewide Prevention Syndicate. Mrs. Durham is also one of the founders of PEERS for Women, the Women’s Empowerment and Resiliency Program (WERP), two women’s support groups for minority women affected by HIV, Coalition of Positive People, a men’s support group for HIV positive men, and of Newly Empowered Women, a transitional living facility for women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. She has received certificates of appreciation, excellence and achievement from several organizations, including the Texas Department of Health. Under her leadership, BEAT-AIDS contacts and educates more than 15,000 people annually, and has served over 300,000 individuals since inception in 1987. BEAT-AIDS delivers nearly two dozen services which provide approximately 55,672 service units annually, or 835,080 minutes of service. Mrs. Durham has been married to Jerry Durham 20 years with 7 children, 2 boys and 5 girls. She attends Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and National Coalition of 100 Black Women.