Newsmaker: Tony Silvestre
Noteworthy: The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force will present Silvestre with the Kerry Stoner Award at its annual benefit in April. The award recognizes someone who has shown a commitment to the task force’s mission of preventing the spread of HIV and AIDS. Stoner was the task force’s first executive director. He died in 1993 of complications from AIDS. Silvestre has been involved in HIV prevention since 1984 and has recruited some 4,000 people to participate in HIV/AIDS research.
Residence: Highland Park
Family: Husband, Michael
Occupation: Professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health
Education: Bachelor’s degree in sociology, King’s College, 1969; master’s degree in sociology, Penn State University, 1979; Ph.D. in social work, Pitt, 1992
Quote: “Kerry Stoner was a very good friend of mine. Being recognized for an award created in his honor is especially sweet. My 30-plus years of working with AIDS and HIV infection has been an incredible experience that started with confronting a disease that was absolutely frightening to most people and very stigmatized. It went from very few people who did this work to large organizations with considerable state and federal support. It’s not done by any means. There’s a lot that needs to be done. But it speaks well of the human spirit.”