Our Team

 

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Devin Reaves Executive Director & Co-Founder

Devin is a person living in recovery since 2007.  He is a community organizer and grassroots advocacy leader. Devin has worked on the expansion of access to the lifesaving medication Naloxone, implantation of 911 Good Samaritan policies, and the development of youth oriented systems. He wants to build constituencies of consequence that will lead to meaningful public health policy changes around substance use disorders. Devin is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition (PAHRC).

The mission of PAHRC is to promote the health, dignity, and human rights of individuals who use drugs and communities impacted by drug use. Recognizing that social inequity, criminalization, and stigma silence those affected most, we advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for people who use drugs, people in recovery, and their communities.

Devin received a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice with a focus on community and organizational change and has a BA in Human Services from Lynn University. Devin also serves on the Camden County Addiction Awareness Task Force and the Board of Directors for the Association of Recovery Schools.



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Erin Haas Co-Founder

Erin Haas partnered with Devin to co-found the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition in 2017. She provides expertise in harm reduction policy and programs fostered through ten years of progressive responsibility in the field. She got her start in harm reduction as a volunteer with Prevention Point Pittsburgh’s syringe services program in 2008, and continues to act on the organization’s board of directors. Erin currently works in a leadership role with the Maryland Department of Health on harm reduction policy development and program implementation, during which she has been instrumental in passing statewide syringe access legislation in 2016 and a naloxone expansion law in both 2015 and 2017 that made naloxone “over the counter” in Maryland. Erin holds a Master in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. She supports PAHRC with grant writing, policy development, and strategic planning using giant sticky paper.



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Jasper Katz Coalition Coordinator

Jasper Katz is a second-year law student at Temple University. They come to PAHRC with experience working on political campaigns in Maine, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. In law school, they have focused on providing direct legal services to LGBTQ+ folks and folks living with HIV/AIDS. At Temple, Jasper is president of two student organizations, and actively works to ensure that LGBTQ+ students feel supported throughout their education. Jasper is excited to work with PAHRC’s coalition partners and engage Pennsylvanians across the state to ensure that all of us have access to what we need and deserve. 



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Anthony Sierzega Policy Fellow

Anthony Sierzega is a third year law student at Temple University Beasley School of Law and a graduate of Ursinus College. As a member of Temple’s Law and Public Policy Program, Anthony has experience working at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Health and Human Services, and for Philadelphia Councilman Kenyatta Johnson. Along with his work in government, Anthony has worked in Temple’s Legal Aid Office and in the law school’s Sheller Center for Social Justice, representing low-income clients in a variety of civil cases. Working with PAHRC, Anthony is excited to work at the intersection of law and public health and advocate for progressive harm reduction policies that will strengthen Pennsylvania communities.



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Virgil Hayes Macro Social Work Intern

Virgil Hayes currently serves a graduate student intern at Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP). During his time at PPP, Virgil has gained experience in grant writing/research, event planning, and legislative advocacy. Prior to interning at Prevention Point Philadelphia, Virgil served as an undergraduate student intern at Court-Based Intervention & Resource Teams (CIRT). During his time as an undergraduate student, Virgil presented research at the 2016 & 2017 Undergraduate Research Conference concerning the role of Social Work within criminal justice reform efforts and higher education. In 2017, Virgil graduated magna cum laude from the College of Staten Island where he received his bachelor’s in social work and became the first student in the department's history to be nominated for class Valedictorian. Currently, Virgil is enrolled as a full-time master’s student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice.



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Bob Lamb Public Health Graduate Intern

Bob Lamb currently serves a graduate public health intern with the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition. As a person in long term recovery since 2012, Bob has worked with the Philadelphia Chapter of Young People in Recovery to make Philadelphia more recovery ready by providing community education, hosting social events, and advocating for legislation for substance use disorders.  Through this work, he has gained experience on advocacy, event planning, and collaborating with various agencies across the Philadelphia region.  Bob is Master's in Public Health - Health Policy and Management student at Temple University's College of Public Heath.



 


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