2017 Conference Speakers


“Education and HIV: What Older Adults Need to Know”
Dr. Rosalee Martin
For more than 30 years, Dr. Rosalee Martin has been at the forefront of HIV education in schools, churches, and organizations to expand HIV awareness and prevention in Austin, the United States and abroad.  She is a Professor of Sociology at Huston  Tillotson University, where she has been influential in creating the first HIV program on the campus, developing HIV literature to be included in cross disciplines, training HIV peer educators, and establishing a HIV non-discriminatory policy for the University.


“Dementia Issues Related to HIV”
Jennifer Scott
Jennifer Scott is the former Regional Director of the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area, where she developed services to support and advocate for the health, safety, and well-being of older adults across a 10-county region.  A nationally-recognized expert in dementia and aging issues, she is currently the Executive Director of The Heritage at Hunters Chase Assisted Living and Memory Care, in addition to being an Alzheimer’s Advocate and the founder of JAS Senior Care Consultants.


“Professional Ethics and HIV”
Debra L. Sparks, LMSW
Dr. Debra Sparks is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin, where she serves as a member of the Clinical Faculty team that provides field education and as faculty liaison to social work students in the undergraduate and graduate programs.  She also serves as the Associate Director for the Institute for Collaborative Health Research and Practice, and Program Director for UT HEALS.


“HIV Does Not Define Me: A First-Hand Account”
Scott Ullmann
With more than 35 years of experience in providing customer service in various spectrums, Scott Ullmann is recognized as a great motivator, mentor, and counseling advocate.  Scott believes we are all born with a light, a beacon we carry with us through our lifetimes. In most instances, either through abuse, neglect, or internal fears, the light becomes extinguished or people become invisible and forget their potential. He has made it a personal mission to turn as many lights back on, in the time he is allowed, through mentoring, modeling, and humor.


“Telomeres, HIV and Aging”
Dr. David Wright, MD
Dr. David Wright has been a board-certified family medicine physician in Austin for more than 30 years, and one of the first physicians to treat people with HIV/AIDS in Central Texas during the 1980s. Dr. Wright has won numerous teaching awards, and was honored as “Texas Family Physician of the Year” by the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.