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CLAUDE MARTIN, MS - CEO

Claude Martin Claude Martin has a long and passionate history of addressing HIV and HIV-related issues. He was one of the initial volunteers that helped Lafayette CARES, now Acadiana CARES, get started in 1985. He has been Chief Executive Officer of Acadiana CARES since 1998, an agency which has created a comprehensive housing continuum for persons living with HIV that has become a model for the state, the state's only substance use disorder treatment facility with a program tract designed specifically for the special needs of persons living with HIV, as well as a fiscally responsible agency producing income from its own endeavors.

He is one of the founding members of Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network, an organization that is committed to bringing awareness about HIV and the need for greater funding for HIV related services in the state, such as increase funding for prevention efforts and the expansion of Medicaid.

He has been a board member of the Southern AIDS Coalition since 2002, an advocacy voice for the South whose mission is to promote accessible and high quality systems of HIV/STD prevention, care, treatment, and housing throughout the South. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National AIDS Housing Coalition from 2009 through 2012.

He holds a BS in Agricultural Sciences, General Studies and a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Prior to joining Acadiana CARES in a professional capacity, he was a Service Coordinator for Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) and he own and operated a landscaping business from 1979-1999.