Christopher Webb is the Outreach Specialist for the AMAAD Institute. He has lived in Los Angeles since 2012 and can’t find himself to leave.  He has a deep passion for my youth and the LGBT community because he believes there are many barriers and he would love to be the one to help break them down. 



Darnell Green, a native of Cleveland, Ohio who has a passion for youth mentorship and community building within the LGBTQ community of color.  Darnell believes that it is our “civic duty to stand in the gap for people who are underserved.”   He takes great pride leading the fight for youth health and wellness at The AMAAD Institute.


Arming Minorities Against Addiction and Disease​

Jamar Moore

Policy & Training Coordinator

Jamar Moore serves as the Policy and Training Coordinator.  He has a wealth of knowledge about Public Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment, PrEP and PEP services and accessibility, along with a decade of experience in management, leadership and community outreach.  He has a passion for youth, the LGBT+ Community and serving others.   



Outreach Specialist



Mental Health Counselor

Meet Anthony from Chicago, IL. Anthony is a 28-year-old basketball junkie who also composes music, when he’s not in school or work. At the age of 18, Anthony got involved in the LGBT community as a health educator. Ten Years later, Anthony is still fiercely committed to serving the community in any way possible. Anthony coordinates both leadership and social groups at the AMAAD Institute. 


Thomas Nabors is graduated from the University of Memphis with his Bachelor of Arts Degree.  He received his Master of Art Degree from the University of Central Florida.  He is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California.  Thomas specialize in addiction, both sexual and substance addiction.   


Nina Barkers is the Program Coordinator for the Amaad Institute. She has been serving the LGBT community for over 8 years ranging from (HIV prevention, counseling, linkage, education and advocacy). In this position she orchestrates  overall program execution, communication engagement and coordination of events. She is grateful for the opportunity to keep elevating the culture she represents.


Dale Hughes, is the Amaad Institute office Manager who works closely with the administrative staff coordinating the office, also he is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. 



Behavioral Health Counselor

Kenneth is the housing manager at AMAAD's House of Resiliency (HOR) where he oversees, manages and engages with transitional housing occupants.  He is very warm, welcoming and community oriented.  His ongoing love and compassion keeps occupants motivated and empowered to re-engage and be ready to re-enter society.  





Manager of Youth

& Programs

​​Carl Highshaw is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the AMAAD Institute.  He has more than twenty-years of nonprofit program and administrative management experience.  Prior to establishing the AMAAD Institute, Carl served as the Deputy Director of In The Meantime Men’s Group and was responsible for developing and implementing its rapid HIV testing program as well as overseeing the administration of various health education and risk reduction programs targeting gay men of color.  In addition, Highshaw previously served as a Contract Program Auditor in the Capacity Building Unit of the County of Los Angeles Division of HIV and STD Programs, and he has also worked as Administrative Director of Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride and Director of Community Outreach and Education for Los Angeles LGBT Center.  Carl completed his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his Bachelor of Psychology from Western Illinois University. Carl has received Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Certification from L.A Training Institute for Drug and Alcohol Counseling as well as Human Resources Management Certification from California Statement University-Dominguez Hills.  Carl Highshaw is currently pursuing a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) and anticipants completing his degree requirements by 2021.


Linkage and Navigation Coordinator

Troy Issaac has served in the LGBT+ community for over a decade.  He has great passion and loves to assist others.  He currently just finished his Certified Drug and Alcohol program at UCLA.  His background in politics and pollical science only further help him to engage, inform and assist in providing and seeking services in South Los Angeles to help the many clients and Community members re-enter to programing and services that may cater to their needs and wants. 

Currently, Donte T. Boyd is a Behavioral Health Counselor at Arming Minorities Against Addiction and Disease (AMAAD) Institute. He also conducts evaluations for the Institute’s programs and events. Moreover, Donte is a current Ph.D. Candidate in Social Welfare at UCLA (Expected Ph.D. Spring 2019.), where his research addresses the ways in which socio-contextual factors impact Black male adolescents’ decision-making behaviors on health. He graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO, George Warren Brown School of Social Work with his MSW/MPH in 2014.



Gerald Garth currently serves as Manager of Policy, Training, & Operations. In his role, Gerald develops, implements, and evaluates processes, policies, programs, and strategies to address the uniqueness of the Black experience, particularly among youth, LGBTQ, and other underserved communities through trainings, policies, advocacy, and team oversight.

Kenneth Martin

Housing Manager


     Manager of Policy,

Training, and Operations


Office Manager


Program Coordinator

Anthony Singleton

Health Education &

Outreach Coordinator

Carl Highshaw,


Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO),

Executive Social Worker