St. Thomas' Parish at Dupont Circle – Washington, DC

Joe Zuniga Joins Vestry

Posted by WayneFloyd

On behalf of the Rector, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Lee Jose, the Wardens, and the entire Vestry of St. Thomas’ Parish, I am thrilled to announce that Joe Zuniga has accepted the appointment to fulfill the remaining term of the irreplaceable Mike Bell. Joe has participated in his first Vestry meeting and has already contributed valuable insight and expertise to St. Thomas’ Parish leadership. Joe’s name will be put forward for a full Vestry term in March, 2011. Please join me in thanking Joe for his willingness to serve in the important ministry of parish leadership. – John Johnson

José (Joe) Zuniga has been attending St. Thomas since July 2009. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (IAPAC) since December 1999. Before this, he served as IAPAC’s Vice President-Program. Prior to IAPAC, Joe served as Director of Communications at the AIDS Action Council in Washington, DC, from 1995 to 1997, following four years in the U.S. Army, including tours of duty in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Since becoming IAPAC President and CEO, the association’s membership has grown to more than 13,000 members in over 100 countries, and its geographic reach has expanded in Europe, the US, and Africa. Since December 1999, IAPAC has hosted 27 regional and national conferences ranging from clinical management to public policy. The association launched its peer-review clinical journal, JIAPAC, in 2001, which is edited by Joe and indexed in the National Library of Medicine’s Index Medicus.

Joe has immediate past experience serving on the Board of Directors for the capital campaign that led to the construction of Chicago’s Center on Halsted, the most comprehensive LGBT community center in the Midwest. The silent phase of a $20 million capital campaign was launched in 2003 with a new Board of Directors formed to envision the Center and make it a reality. Four years later, in June 2007, the Center opened and has been serving Chicago’s LGBT community as well as its straight allies. The capital campaign goal was surpassed by almost $5 million, which was invested in an endowment for the Center’s operations.

Joe’s academic credentials include a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in International Health Policy, and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Development and Social Policy. He lectures at various academic institutions, has been published in various journals, authored thematic chapters for several books, and served as a Contributing Editor for numerous books.

Joe serves on a number of advisory bodies, including the IAPAC Board of Trustees; the Humanitas Foundation Board of Directors; the JIAPAC Editorial Advisory Board; and the Secure the Future Technical Advisory Board. And he is a technical consultant for various public policy institutes, including the Collaborative Institute of Virology and the Jonathan Mann Institute on Health and Human Rights. He also routinely advises intergovernmental agencies, including the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

In addition to this HIV/AIDS-related work, Joe has been active in efforts to repeal the 17-year-old Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. Joe served in the US Army for four years, including in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm with the 1st Cavalry Division, where he earned the Combat Medical Badge and numerous other distinctions. He was named 6th US Army Soldier of the Year in 1992, and came out at the 1993 March on Washington as a highly decorate gay soldier in an effort to provide then President Bill Clinton with further ammunition to dispel notions that gay and lesbian service members should not serve in the US military. Zuniga has written and spoken extensively about DADT, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Servicemember’s Legal Defense Network (SLDN).

Joe resides in Washington, DC, with his husband, Mr. John Charles.  They were married at St. Thomas’ Parish in 2010.

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