2018 Conference Speakers


Rev. Carla Cheatham
“Resilience in Caregiving: Boundaries and Self-Care for Clients Sake and Our Own”

Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham began her career in social services with an MA in Psychology, certification in trauma counseling and experience working in counseling and treatment centers.  She taught and researched on the interaction between spirituality and health at Texas A&M while receiving her PhD in Health & Kinesiology and earned her M.Div. at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.   She is now the Principal and Lead Trainer for Carla Cheatham Consulting Group, LLC and serves as a national keynote speaker and educator teaching in the areas of clinical presence and attunement, compassion fatigue and resilience, ethical spiritual and existential care, grief support, ethical boundaries and healthy teams, and more.  Carla is the Section Leader for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Spiritual Caregivers Section, Chair of NHPCO’s Ethics Advisory Council, an Adjunct Professor at the Seminary of the Southwest, and Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland where she is co-developing and teaching courses for their new Masters of Science in Palliative Care degree.  She is also the author of “Hospice Whispers: Stories of Life” and its companion piece, “Sharing Our Stories: A Hospice Whispers Grief Support Workbook;” her next book on grief is set for publication Fall 2018 and another on the art of presence with those who are suffering in the Spring of 2019.

Annette Juba, LCSW
“Speaking to the Silent Generation: Communicating Effectively with Older Adults”

Deputy Director of AGE of Central Texas, Annette Juba is a committed care professional and a leading expert on dementia and caregiving issues. With more than 20 years of experience working to support older adults and their families in Central Texas, she has served in such various positions as director of the Greater Austin Cares respite collaboration, co-director of New Connections, staff social worker at Westminster Manor, the past co-chair of the Aging Services Council, and a facilitator for numerous support groups. Annette is a licensed clinical social worker, and volunteers extensively in the community. Annette is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, earning her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Social Work. Annette joined AGE of Central Texas in 2010.

Dr. Rose M. Pulliam
Understanding and Overcoming Issues of Stigma Associated with HIV

Dr. Rose M. Pulliam joined the Texas State University School of Social Work faculty in 2014. Her experience includes over 20 years of advocacy and policy work on issues including domestic violence, reproductive justice, child abuse, LGBTQ populations, sexual assault, and perpetrator intervention program implementation. Rose’s programmatic background includes clinical and advocacy work with children, adolescents, and adults in community and health care settings. Rose earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Masters in Social Work, both from the University of Alabama and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include culturally specific interventions for African-American’s, engaging difference and diversity in practice, and social work education.

Paul Scott
“HIV Does Not Define Me: A First-Hand Account”

The Chief Executive Director of AIDS Services of Austin, Paul Scott has served in the nonprofit sector since 1995 and as an Executive Director since 1999. From 2006 to 2010, Paul served as the Executive Director of Equality Texas and the Equality Texas Foundation, where he was responsible for overseeing advocacy, education, and lobbying initiatives across the state for Texans of all sexual orientations and gender identities. From 2003 to 2006 he served as Executive Director of Resource Center Dallas, which provides health, social, and HIV services, along with education, advocacy, and support to LGBT individuals and organizations. Paul Scott is a native of Jackson, Mississippi, and received his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Georgia. After practicing civil litigation for nine years, he changed careers and focused on HIV nonprofit work in Tennessee, where he became Executive Director of Chattanooga CARES HIV Care Center. He previously served as board chair for Chattanooga CARES and was employed as a client services liaison and HIV prevention program manager before becoming Executive Director. Scott formerly served as Board Member of the Southeast Tennessee Homeless Coalition.

Claudella Wright, LBSW-IPR
“The History of AIDS in America and Its Moral and Ethical Issues”

Claudella Wright is a former Public Health Program Manager for the City of Austin Communicable Disease Program and Ryan White Quality Management Coordinator.  She has more than 30 years of public health experience in administration, program management, training, quality management and client complaint resolution.  She started her Public Health employment with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in San Francisco, Calif. in 1980.  She dedicated more than 20 years in the HIV field including the implementation of the Travis County HIV Victim’s Notification Program with the District Attorney’s Office in the early 90’s. She has served on multiple social service boards and committees including the Texas Department of Public Health’s Statewide HIV Named Reporting Committee and the HIV Statewide Prevention Planning Committee, Inter-Agency Council on Aging, American Cancer Society and City of Austin Delegate to Nigeria.  Currently Claudella is on the Women Rising Project Advisory Board and she is the Vice President of Texas State Soccer Association South (TSSAS).

Dri. David P. Wright, MD
“The History of AIDS in America and Its Moral and Ethical Issues”

Dr. David Wright currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, and a physician at the Blackstock Family Health Center.  Dr. 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.