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Jeff Markley named AIDS Task Force's executive director

A New Haven native and 27-year resident of Fort Wayne has been chosen to lead the AIDS Task Force.

Jeff Markley was named as the new executive director of the task force Friday.

The previous executive director, Lisa Terry, left the organization in April and longtime task force employee Kandace Kelly has served as interim executive director since May.

“I am thrilled that Jeff is our new executive director and I know he will be an asset to the agency,” Kelly said. “He brings so much experience and qualifications to his new role. I am looking forward to working alongside of him at the task force.”

Markley is a 25-year volunteer for the AIDS Task Force and was a founding member of the organization’s Gay and Lesbian Dinner Dance benefit. He has served on the board of the IPFW Center for Social Research and the personnel board of Plymouth Congregational Church, and has also done humanitarian work in Uganda and volunteered at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

He served as the first HIV/AIDS program coordinator for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Health Department from 1990 through 1994, and as a disease intervention specialist before that.

Markley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington and a Masters Degree in Public Management from IPFW. While attending the Fort Wayne campus, Markley was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Markley is a limited term lecturer and teaches at IPFW in the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs. He currently works as the general manager with Williams-Sonoma at Jefferson Pointe.

Kelly will return to her former position in the Outreach Services Department, where she spearheads testing, education and outreach.