Test Positive Aware Network, better known as TPAN, has appointed Colleen O’Neill as its new chief executive officer, effective November 2. The Chicago-based nonprofit provides care, treatment, prevention, education and related services for people affected by HIV and hepatitis C.

According to the TPAN announcement, O’Neill “brings more than 22 years of nonprofit leadership, high-level fundraising, business development [and] creative strategic planning [as well as] a creative spirit and deep-rooted passion for TPAN’s mission. She joins TPAN with a successful record of growing both grassroots and national organizations. She is a skilled professional speaker, community advocate and program cultivation professional who has built and implemented innovative programs, high-profile events and campaigns for organizations across the country. Her specialty is utilizing her unique ability to think beyond traditional nonprofit practices to stay ahead as the climate changes.”

“The TPAN Board of Directors is absolutely thrilled for our staff and our clients to have Colleen as our new CEO,” added TPAN’s board chair Michael Murphy. “She comes with high-caliber experience and leadership that will drive TPAN to the next level and beyond.”

TPAN was founded in 1987. Above is a video about the organization, filmed for its 30th anniversary in 2017. TPAN publishes Positively Aware, an HIV magazine that also spearheads the annual “Day With HIV” anti-stigma campaign. 

The search for new leadership at TPAN was announced in January of this year. The consulting organization Morten Group LLC assisted in the search for a new CEO.