U=U plus Staff and Research Fellows
Our team of U=U experts is here to help! We empower, engage, and educate people who are living with or vulnerable to HIV and the individuals, organizations, and systems that serve them.
Cameron Kinker (he/him)
Senior Director, Projects and Operations | Brooklyn, NY
Cameron Kinker is a Senior Director at U=U plus, focusing on operations, programs, and communications and has worked full-time for the U=U movement since 2018. Cameron graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, studying Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Anthropology (Global Health and the Environment track); he wrote his honors thesis on access to transgender healthcare in the St. Louis region. Cameron is HIV-negative and has been on PrEP since 2015; he firmly believes other HIV-negative folks need to speak up about U=U and that it should not only be on the shoulders of people living with HIV to advocate for their own health and wellbeing. Fun fact, Cameron is a huge avgeek and has a twin sister!
David Johns (he/him)
Outreach Coordinator | Jackson, MS
David Johns is an Outreach Coordinator at U=U plus, and is a driven advocate and self-proclaimed "jack of all trades." David has worked in numerous fields, including tech and electrical fields. He has personally advocated for people in his life to get tested for HIV and brings his lived experience to U=U outreach in Mississippi. David is an avid cook and baker.
Dee Conner (she/her)
Creative Engagements Outreach Specialist | Las Vegas, NV
Dee Conner is the Creative Engagements Outreach Specialist at U=U plus focusing on community and educating community organizations on U=U. Dee holds an associate degree in public health from American Public University. In 2015, she became an HIV educator, and now she serves on many boards, and has been featured in several magazines for her efforts in advocacy. She works extremely hard to reduce stigma and internalized stigma while normalizing HIV through her social media platforms. HIV has lived with Dee for 26 years, and she knows what self-stigma feels like, so she works hard to reach others dealing with the same thing. Dee says, “If we don't have community engagement how can we reach those who need it the most?” She has received several accolades, including the 2023 HIV Activism Award in Las Vegas from the Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Committee, the 2023 Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for her dedicated activism from Congressman Steven Horsford, the 2022 Stigma Award from the 13th Annual International Conference on Stigma, the 2021 Poz 100 celebrating Black Advocates, the 2019 Persistent Advocate Award presented by AIDS Watch, and the 2017 Social Media Award for her podcast.
Keith Lamont McMillian (he/him)
Outreach Coordinator | Jackson, MS
Keith Lamont McMillian is an Outreach Coordinator in Mississippi for U=U plus. Keith graduated with a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University and Master Of Arts in Political Science from Jackson State University. Having a background in community engagement and culturally appropriate programming, Keith is passionate about being able to share an important message that can help reduce new HIV infections, improve the health and well-being of people living with HIV, and promote a more inclusive and supportive society. It is a message that can bring hope and empowerment to people affected by HIV, and help to create a world where everyone can live free from the fear of HIV. Living in the LGBT Community, Keith says that "the "U=U" message is a powerful tool in the efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV, which can be a barrier to accessing testing and treatment." He has been involved in human rights and civil rights advocacy for more than a decade and loves to travel.
Murray Penner (he/him)
Executive Director | Washington, DC
Murray Penner is the Executive Director of U=U plus. Murray has a Bachelor in Social Work degree from Bethel College in North Newton, KS. Murray served as Executive Director at NASTAD from 2015-2018 and as its Deputy Executive Director and director of care & treatment program from 2001-2015; he also served as the Planning Coordinator for the Fort Worth Comprehensive HIV Planning Council from 1995-2001. Murray has strong expertise and experience in HIV and hepatitis treatments, the Ryan White Program, and drug pricing; serves on the boards of AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition (ATAC) and HarborPath, Inc.; and is a member of the Washington, DC Planning Commission on Health & HIV. Murray is a long-term survivor, living with HIV since 1986, and has lived experience with substance use and domestic violence. Murray has authored numerous publications; presented at various local, state, and national conferences; and is the recipient of the Nicholas Rango award from NASTAD and an Administrative Excellence award from YMCA of the USA. Murray has a deep personal interest in ensuring that people with HIV have access to the medical care and support they need to become undetectable, helping people achieve sexual health and quality of life, and reducing HIV stigma and shame.
Zundra Bateaste-Sutton (she/her)
Outreach Director | Terry, MS
Zundra Bateaste-Sutton is the Outreach Manager in Mississippi for U=U plus. Zundra received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and her graduate and post-graduate degrees from Jackson State University and The University of Mississippi Medical Center respectively and is currently pursuing a DrPH from Tulane University. Zundra is a Forensic Epidemiologist & Biostatistician who is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of CryOut Teen Organization. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist, certified HIV/AIDS Train the Trainer, Labels Table Facilitator, Lead Youth Educator who distributes thousands of free contraceptives through the HBCU Tour & Sexual Health PODS College Program with CryOut Teen Organization. Growing up in the rural South, it is hard to imagine a world free of racism, sexism, and HIV stigma, but through her work in HIV advocacy, she has witnessed firsthand the power of education and community engagement in breaking down barriers and promoting social justice. Zundra received the Mississippi Distinction Fundraising Award 2008-2010. She is a member of the National Health Honorary Eta Sigma Gamma, Alpha Iota Chapter (President 2002-2004). Zundra was featured in the Jacksonian after publishing the first of her three novels. Fun fact: As the fifth child of eight and a “GRITS” -a Girl Raised In The South- Zundra loves Mississippi and enjoys engulfing herself in the day to day of her beautiful children, 14-year-old daughter, Dallas Rai, 20-year-old son, Jaidon, & her amazing husband, Dallas.
Bryan-Tyler Orr (he/him)
Research Fellow | Arlington, TX
Bryan-Tyler Orr is a Research Fellow at U=U plus. Bryan has a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University, and will be graduating with his Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of North Texas. He is a Public Health Practitioner with 5+ years of experience in reducing barriers to care for those living with HIV. Since being diagnosed at 20, Bryan has shaped his career to be in positions to create health systems that benefit marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by HIV. As a current MPH student at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Bryan plans on utilizing his strengths and real-life experiences to provide culturally relevant healthcare navigation for those impacted or living with HIV to improve overall quality of life. By focusing on communities holistically, Bryan hopes to provide a sense of hope, value, and reaffirmation to those newly diagnosed and keep persons who are vulnerable negative with care, compassion, and respect.
Krishen Samuel (he/him)
Research Fellow | Fayetteville, AR
Krishen Samuel is a Research and Policy Analyst for U=U plus. Krishen has a clinical degree in Speech-Language Pathology and a Master's degree in Global Public Health and Policy, and he is currently completing his PhD in Public Health at the University of Arkansas. Krishen is from South Africa originally, and has worked in both public and private healthcare settings there. He has worked for NGOs in both the UK and the US, and has also lectured at universities in both countries. Krishen comes from a country that is home to the largest number of people living with HIV and the largest treatment program globally. He brings his lived intersectional experiences to every aspect of all his work, and he is passionate about the inclusion and belonging of people living with HIV in every sector, at every level. Krishen has spoken at the British Parliament, Harvard University and has been featured on the BBC in his role as an HIV activist. Fun fact: Krishen thinks he sounds like Mariah Carey when he sings; others tend to disagree with him on this.