Thursday, December 16, 2010

Meet the Staff at CEG Series- Ronnie Neamo

Ronnie Neamo – HIV Outreach Tester

The next member of our staff to be highlighted will be Ronnie Neamo. Neamo has been with CEG for almost two years. He serves as one of the HIV testers/counselors. He cites that he tests up to 100 to 140 people per month throughout wards 7 and 8. Neamo also exclaims that he feels a strong desire to reach people from all walks in order to better inform people about protection and resources.

Neamo is quite passionate about his desire to increase awareness concerning HIV in the District of Columbia. He hopes to contribute to increasing awareness saying, “By not only screening for the virus but educating any and every person I come into contact with when it comes to prevention”.

It is clear that Neamo demonstrates great passion and dedication for his role at CEG. He explains that his greatest accomplishment was, “My decision to enter this field of work, and I say that because that was the day that I decided to really put others before me and to make a difference in my community”.

A native of Roanoke, VA, Neamo declares that he stands out from others in a way that gives him a greater perspective, his travels and experience with diverse groups has prepared him to be more relatable to others.

“I believe that by me not being from the District of Columbia but still being able to go into some of the most dangerous sections of the city and offer HIV prevention among other services to our clients without incident, and to actually be embraced by these individuals is what makes me stand out”.

In his spare time, Neamo enjoys playing chess, and motivating others to “step their game up when it comes to life”.

Finally, for fun, Neamo prefers his peanut butter ‘smooooth’.

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