Lisa Raville, Executive Director
Lisa Raville grew up outside of Chicago, IL and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Women’s Studies. Lisa is the Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Action Center, a public health agency that works with people who inject drugs. Lisa has been with HRAC since 2009. Lisa’s activist voice was cultivated with her experiences as an overnight homeless shelter coordinator, development work at a domestic violence agency, a former campaign manager for a CA County Supervisor, and an AmeriCorps VISTA at an AIDS agency.
Lisa is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. Lisa is the co-chair of the Naloxone workgroup for the Colorado Consortium on Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Lisa is on the Board of the New Leaders Council Denver and is the VP of Membership for a local Toastmasters chapter. In 2014, Lisa won the Colorado Public Health Association Award for Excellence in Policy.
Ruth Kanatser, Syringe Access Director/Senior Health Educator
Ruth has been integral staff member with our agency since 2003. As a certified tester for HCV, Ruth is our Senior Health Educator for our four health education curriculums, conducting group and individual-level interventions at our Center. Also, Ruth is our Syringe Access Director and manages that program arm. Ruth has built great referral connections with other agencies and has developed a strong bond with the unique population we serve. Ruth has been working to both enrich the lives of injection drug users while also being part of the efforts for disease prevention through education both onsite and offsite through community outreach. Ruth has partnered with the Empowerment Program, Inc. to offer emergency methadone services to injection drug users that are ready to quit using opiates. In December 2011, Ruth received the Josephine Roche Award from the city of Denver for providing excellent direct service to a marginalized community.
Teresa Hogan, Community Outreach Director
Teresa became the HRAC’s part-time CSC in March of 2015. Her introduction to harm reduction principles was kick started by Lisa Raville when she and two participants presented in her Anthropology of Drugs class at the University of Colorado Denver. After recognizing a great need within her own community for harm reduction services, she decided to get involved and started volunteering. Since then she has been a volunteer, intern, and independent contractor for the organization. Her responsibilities in her position as the Client Services Coordinator include Drop-in shelter support, SAP backup and support, weekend outreach coordination, intake coordinator, inventory management, and grant writing.
Preston Murray, Volunteer and Development Director
Preston Murray joined our staff in August 2015. “It’s an exciting feeling to be expanding my knowledge of harm reduction working at the HRAC. Since I moved to Colorado three years ago I have been actively involved with DanceSafe, providing health promotion and drug education as an outreach participant in the nightlife community. The field of harm reduction has given me a chance to make an impact on the lives in my community while broadening my understanding of practical health approaches – and I am so grateful for this chance to continue learning alongside the IDUs of Denver. I look forward to meeting each of you and hearing your story.” Preston is also a professional photographer and yoga teacher.
Vernon Lewis, Overdose Prevention Coordinator
Vernon is the current 1 on 1 trainer working under our physician’s standing orders for expansion to Naloxone in the Denver community among people who inject. Vernon provides these trainings M, W, and F mornings. He has saved over 50 lives with access to Naloxone. His incredible knowledge, along with his great connection with participants, makes him an excellent peer leader at our agency.
Beauclarine Thomas, Volunteer Director
Beauclarine is our Volunteer Director. She grew up in the Twin Cities and is a recent graduate of DePaul University. She majored in International Studies and African and Black Diaspora Studies. While at DePaul, Beauclarine was heavily involved in community service and worked with several grassroots organizations. Beauclarine is passionate about human rights and is excited to learn about HRAC’s approach to achieving more rights for people who inject drugs.Her favorite thing about being the Volunteer Director is getting to form relationships with people who volunteer. Beauclarine’s other interests include fitness, reading, exploring new neighborhoods, and getting outside of her comfort zone.
Xunflour Jonez, Client Services/Drop In Coordinator
Since moving to Denver Xunflour has worked primarily in the Emergency healthcare field with Health One hospitals and Carepoint Physicians. In 2013 Xunflour began her relationship with HRAC as a participant, soon after working as a volunteer with the syringe access program and aiding in fundraising on Colorado Gives day by filming a web commercial. After many logged volunteer hours, Xunflour proudly accepted the Client Services/Drop In Coordinator position where she will be responsible for the daily operations of the syringe access program table, managing the Inmate Outreach Program, and educating participants on vein care and safer shooting techniques. She states, “I promise wholeheartedly to represent and promote the outstanding community image, superior moral values, and the overall strong integrity of the HRAC and the HRAC Staff.”
Kat Humphries, Programs Director
In January of 2017, Kat Humphries joined the agency as the new Director of Programs and Data Evaluation. Kat spent several years in Denver doing harm reduction volunteer work and is a former HRAC volunteer and fundraiser. After spending nearly 4 years working in regulatory compliance, Kat was ready for a transition into direct service work. She hopes to bring her knowledge of policy, relationships with funders, and experience writing SOPs and other standard documents to the table to help the HRAC as the agency grows. As Programs Director it is Kat’s responsibility to manage interns, write reports and analyze data for grants, conduct HIV and HCV testing for participants, assist the Senior Health educator in administering individual and group-level interventions, and assist other HRAC staff in facilitating our syringe access program. As Director of Data Evaluations, it is her responsibility to track and analyze all syringe access data, evaluate program outcomes, and write monthly, quarterly, and year-end reports to submit to funders.