Our Team

Executive Director & Board President

Christopher V. Balthazar, MA, Executive Director

Mr. Balthazar has served as the Executive Director at Taskforce since 2019. He holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology and school counseling from Roosevelt University in Chicago and is finalizing his dissertation to earn his doctoral degree in community psychology at National Louis University.

In addition to his leadership role at Taskforce, he has worked as a Research Project Director at Stroger Hospital (Cook County Health) for 12 years conducting critical HIV prevention and treatment research among LGBTQ+ youth of Color. He identifies as a Black-gay male and uses him/he/his pronouns.

Darnell N. Motley, PhD, Board President

Dr. Motley, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the University of Chicago Medicine. He is also the Director of the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE).

Dr. Motley is committed to examining and challenging how structural factors such as racism, homophobia, and health stigma attempt to limit the experiences of racial, sexual, and gender minorities and individuals living with HIV. Motley, director of Structural Interventions for the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE), uses qualitative research to inform the development and adaptation of interventions intended to impact social determinants of sexual health.

Staff

Reyna Ortiz, Program Director

DeMario Adams, Outreach Director

Annie Smith, Office Manager

Dameon (Monroe) Reid, Health Systems Navigator

Elijah Barnes, Program Assistant


Ka'Riel Gaiter, Program Assistant


Kesha Kelly, Program Assistant

Nini (Arhmani) Washington, Program Assistant