I have been working for BABES for 10 years as a Peer Counselor/Event Coordinator and am honored to be the Program Manager for such an amazing program for the last 3 years. BABES is not just any job – the sisterhood and the comfort from understanding this disease together is beyond anything I can put into words. I have been living with HIV since 2000 and am passionate about working with women and children affected by HIV. I have attended some amazing trainings over the years that have made me more aware of the importance of Advocacy and Leadership for women living with HIV in our community. Through AIDS Alliance for children youth and families I attended the VOICES Conference twice and also a graduated the 2010 Consumer Leadership Training Program. I have met many wonderful and inspiring Advocates across the country during NAPWA conferences, Lotus Peer trainings and speakers’ trainings through Gilead Sciences. I love to dance and my favorite foods are Mexican and Italian. Cheers!
Tranisha Arzah, Peer Advocate
I have been living with HIV for 24 years since birth and lost several family members to AIDS complications. I have been working as an Peer Advocate for a little over a year now. This first year has been unbelievably amazing and has excelled my love for advocacy and supporting other HIV positive woman. I have also been a member for a little over four years now. Since given my position as Peer Advocate at BABES-Network YWCA I have been part of many wonderful events, retreats, educational trainings and support groups. These opportunities have meant everything to me and have made me a better person, advocate and HIV positive woman. I am privileged that I get to work with such gifted coworkers and be part of the BABES sisterhood.
My name is Kelly Ann Haddenham, and I was diagnosed with HIV in 1993. I have been a BABE since 2002, a volunteer for BABES since 2009, and now I have the privilege of working as a Peer Advocate! I also did an internship with Health Care Access this past year. I graduated in December with my Bachelors in Applied Behavioral Science, and I am ready to engage with the clients of BABES, and the community. I feel that making a difference in even one person’s life, makes my life worth living. I am so excited to have the opportunity to do so with BABES Network/YWCA. It has been a goal of mine since I began volunteering to one day work for BABES, and assist other HIV+ women with taking care of their health, medication adherence, and providing one-on-one support. I look forward to getting to know all of you. Please feel free to call me or come by the office so we can get to know each other! Cheers!!
My name is Andrea Yoshida and I am thrilled to be working with BABES as the Lead Case Manager! My career in social work and social justice really began when I was a teenager and discovered a love for volunteering. In 2007, I received my Bachelor in Social Welfare from University of Washington. I worked with Lifelong AIDS Alliance for the next four years in Volunteer Services and Client Services. In 2011, I left Seattle for graduate school and two years later, I completed my Master of Social Work at Smith College. My career at the YWCA began six months ago as a Health Care Access Advocate, providing health-related support and referrals to women and families experiencing homelessness. My passions in social justice are women’s health and reproductive rights, as well as anti-racism work. I was born and raised in the Seattle area. I fantasize about someday becoming a tour guide because I love showing off this city! My partner and I live in North Seattle and we have a 9-year-old adopted Pitbull mix named Rumba, who loves to run and eat dirt. I am a patron of the arts – you can find me at the library or at a live music venue almost any day of the week. I also enjoy trying new foods and cooking, and love to share meals with friends and loved ones. I am so honored to be a part of this program and look forward to getting to know all the BABES.