The nationally renowned World AIDS Museum and Educational Center (WAM) has appointed Terry Dyer as Executive Director. The announcement was made by Will Spencer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center.
“Terry Dyer brings a wealth of experience and passion to our organization which is committed to preserving history and promoting dialogue with education to end the stigma of HIV/AIDS,” said Spencer. “We are at a crucial stage of growth and we are thrilled to see Terry working his magic by connecting with national sponsors, engaging the community in embracing ingenious programming and special events, and recruiting new volunteers.”
Dyer has a strong track record of working with Fortune 100 and 500 companies and nonprofit organizations to help them reach their maximum potential and growth. His experience includes managing talent acquisition, recruiting, client services and program management. Prior to his new position, he was Director of Development for SunServe, a community service organization at Wilton Manors.
Additionally, Dyer has donated his time to various organizations in communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Salt Lake City and South Florida. For several years, he was a member of the San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau which aimed to dispel homophobic and transphobic violence by educating people about the daily lives of members of the community. In 2010, while working with the STOP AIDS project, POZ Health magazine named him “African American Person of the Month”.
In July 2020, Dyer became the bestselling author of “Letters to a GAY BLACK BOY,” a conversation-sparking memoir about racism, inequality, homophobia and more. Also in 2020, he received the Kujichagulia Award for Self-Determination, presented at the Black Brothers Esteem (San Francisco AIDS Foundation) annual Kwanzaa event.
In 2021, Dyer received the Ujima Men’s Collective Community Leadership Award and was named by South Florida Gay News as the 2021 Best New LGBT Activist. Currently, he volunteers as a board member of the nonprofit organization. nonprofit Plays of Wilton (POW) and as a member of the South Florida HRC Steering Committee.
Dyer earned his bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Chico State University and a second degree in communications with a major in public relations from Sacramento State University. He is a former All-American college volleyball player, All-American high school track and field athlete, competitive tennis player, and a former contestant on the popular television show Star Search.
The World AIDS and Museum and Educational Center works to promote dialogue that eliminates HIV/AIDS-related stigma through education, artistic expression and cultural programming. The organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2011, and Museum facilities opened to the public in May 2014. We provide prevention and education services to over than 5,000 people a year in public and charter schools, community social services, detention centers and colleges and universities. The museum includes a permanent exhibit, “The Timeline of HIV/AIDS,” and smaller rotating exhibits highlighting different aspects of the HIV epidemic around the world. Special programs, including art exhibits, films, and community dialogues, are offered throughout the year. For more information, call (954) 390-0550 or visit www.worldaidsmuseum.org.