The Long Island Association for AIDS Care, Inc. (LIAAC) announces the retirement of Catherine Hart, LMSW, Chief Operating Officer and 20 year agency veteran. Her last day will be June 30, 2017. Under Catherine’s leadership, LIAAC obtained over 30 million dollars in federal funding awards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and Office of Minority Health (OMH). Catherine pioneered LIAAC’s Health Homes Medicaid program, which provides services to thousands of Long Islanders infected/affected with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses.
Dr. Gail Barouh, LIAAC President and CEO, praised Catherine who started as a volunteer on the HIV/AIDS hotline during the height of the AIDS epidemic. In 1997, Catherine joined LIAAC as an employee and went on to hold various agency positions until becoming COO in 2009. Beyond her work within the agency, Catherine also mentored young social work interns from Stony Brook University and Adelphi University.
As a family member of a relative who died of HIV/AIDS early in the epidemic, Catherine always brought compassion, respect, and dedication to all clients and their families.
Although her retirement is well earned and deserved, Catherine will be greatly missed by all the LIAAC staff. The Board of Directors thanks Catherine for her pioneering efforts and appreciates her many years of service to the agency and Long Island. We wish Catherine all the best in her retirement.