Guiding Right, Inc. History
Guiding Right, Inc. (GRI) was incorporated in the State of Oklahoma in August of 1999. The inception of the organization came as a response from the Founder and Executive Director, Theodore Noel's previous work with minority adolescent youth in after school programs who exhibited complex behavioral issues. Mr. Noel observed a great majority of the children being reared by grandparents and to his dismay, the reason was some of the parents were HIV positive or had full blown AIDS and could not take on sole responsibility to care for their children.
This brought to light a need for HIV/AIDS services in Oklahoma to provide culturally competent services and support for African Americans infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. In addition to this, HIV/AIDS is a highly stigmatized disease, especially within the African American community therefore, acquiring it often produces feelings of fear, shame, and isolation. Unfortunately, this has hindered and continues to do so for many who have been infected with or affected by the disease from accessing proper treatment and care and/or support services. Hence, the beginning of GRI, whose mission is to promote and provide culturally appropriate education and life skills training to persons of all ages to decrease social, economic, and health disparities including (HIV/AIDS) for high risk populations with special emphasis on women, African Americans and youth within Oklahoma City's Metropolitan Statistical Area and
As Guiding Right, Inc. continues to have a vivid presence in Oklahoma; one of the basic organizational premises is to continue providing services that address the complex and unique issues of marginalized, underserved, and hard to reach individuals.
Governing Board of Directors
- Dr. Angela R. Christopher, JD - Chairperson
- Barry Lofton, MS
- Lisa M. Reed, BS
- Dr. George E. Young Sr., PhD
- Dr. Marshan Marick-Oliver, PhD
- Joanne Davis, MBA
- Brandie Calton