Hometown Hero: Jon Parker

Story by Rocko Jerome | Photo courtesy of Jon Parker


Jon Parker
Executive Director of AVOL Kentucky

As the Executive Director of AVOL Kentucky since 2015, Jon galvanizes a small team and a comprehensive response on behalf of individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS across 72 Kentucky counties through bold advocacy, housing assistance, harm reduction, and education outreach, and empowerment. In this spring of COVID-19, Jon is helping AVOL navigate innovative ways to meet clients' growing needs. He helps them to attain and keep stable housing and maintain stable lives, even as the staff is following physical distancing directives by working separately and utilizing multiple virtual connections. Jon is an original steering committee member for the development of Lexington's Solomon House, a long-term residence for people with AIDS. He is instrumental in assisting AVOL and Winterwood, Inc. in the development of a new apartment and community center project, that will be both LGBT- and senior-friendly, as well as supportive of medically vulnerable people. Stonewall Terrace, the first of its kind in Kentucky, is slated to break ground in 2020.

Jon is married, enjoys exploring family genealogy, traveling to new places, and cooking. Jon holds a Master's Degree in Social Work, has worked in the field of HIV prevention for more than 30 years and recently received the 2020 Dr. Rice C. Leach Public Health Hero Award. 

Nominated by Vicki Stanley