Jimmy Thomason, Executive Director
Jimmy Thomason has been actively involved in the HIV community since 2005. Jimmy joined Aunt Rita’s Board of Directors in 2016 and transitioned to Board Chair in 2019. Jimmy has been a leader at Bank of America for the last 12 years and most recently served as Vice President of Global Human Resources. While at Bank of America Jimmy served as the community outreach chair for the LGBT employee network. Prior to his roles at Bank of America, Jimmy worked in Human Resources and restaurant management at Hilton Hotels, and as assistant to the CEO at The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona.
Jimmy has received fundraising and volunteer awards from Aunt Rita’s Foundation, Southwest Center, one-n-ten, Phoenix Pride, and several other organizations throughout the Valley. Jimmy has volunteered for more than 5 years as a cabin counselor at one-n-ten’s Camp OUTDoors. He has served on committees and chaired fundraisers for various LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS organizations over the years. Jimmy finds balance to his serious commitment to work and community by enjoying time at his home in Central Phoenix with the brightest light he’s ever met – his husband, Jesus – and their four dogs, Nitro, Shayla, Sparkles, and Bella
Jaimi Romano, Director of Marketing & Events
Jaimi Romano is an Arizona native and joined Aunt Rita's as Director of Marketing and Events in 2019. Jaimi realized her passion for HIV/AIDS causes while studying Global Health at Arizona State University, and she has been involved with sexual health education and outreach since. Jaimi previously worked for Aunt Rita's partner agency, HEAL International, as a Community Health Facilitator, Executive Assistant, and Program Coordinator for Of My Own, a program that provides sexual health and relationship education to at-risk youth in Arizona. In her free time she loves to hike, cycle, play board games, act, and write. Jaimi is excited to be on the Aunt Rita’s team and looks forward to supporting an incredible organization!
Juan Lopez, Director of Programs
After working for Wells Fargo Bank for over five years, Juan Lopez has joined Aunt Rita's Foundation as Program Manager for HIVAZ Connect! Juan has put on his own fundraisers, raising money for Pulse Orlando victims, the Phoenix Pride Scholarship Fund, and many other causes. Juan has a great passion for community outreach and ensuring youth and minorities are able to get the resources and education they need around HIV/AIDS. Juan is excited to be joining the Aunt Rita's team and looks forward to helping the organization continue to make an impact!
Glen Spencer, Outgoing Executive Director
Glen Spencer has been involved in HIV and AIDS issues in Arizona since 2002, following his own AIDS diagnosis. Following membership on the Ryan White Planning Council between 2003 and 2005, and volunteering in the community, he became a medical case manager with HIV Care Directions in 2005. Glen served as a case manager for six years, developing expertise with Social Security Disability benefits. He was promoted by the parent organization, Area Agency on Aging, to be the Benefits Assistance Program Director in 2011. In this capacity he oversaw the State Health Insurance Assistance Program and assisted Medicare beneficiaries with their benefits, managed government grants, and was a frequent presenter in the community about Medicare and Healthcare reform.
Glen’s Aunt Rita's Foundation involvement began in 2007 as a Board Member, and he served as the Board Chair of Aunt Rita's Foundation between 2008 and 2010, and resigned from the Board in 2011. Glen remained a donor and involved participant with all of Aunt Rita's events and activities until he was appointed the Executive Director of Aunt Rita's Foundation in January of 2016.
Glen takes his HIV regimen daily, and is very healthy.