SOURCE: Children Affected by AIDS Foundation

Children Affected by AIDS Foundation

December 14, 2009 17:50 ET

New President Named for Children Affected by AIDS Foundation

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - December 14, 2009) - The board of directors of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) elected John L. Gile as the new President, effective January 4, 2010. In his new role, Gile will lead the Foundation's work and plans for expansion in grant making and fundraising initiatives.

John has more than 24 years of executive level experience in the non-profit industry, most recently as President of his own non-profit consulting firm, John L. Gile & Associates. Before that, John served for 15 years as Executive Director and then CEO of Project Angel Food where he oversaw all aspects of this nationally recognized non-profit food and nutrition agency and led the growth of this organization from $1.5 million to $7.5 million. Prior to that, John served for 8 years as District Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association where he was the chief staff person for the Los Angeles District of this national non-profit organization, managing cause-related marketing programs, fund raising, public relations and social services.

CAAF was founded in Los Angeles, CA, in 1993 by Joe Cristina, a Mattel, Inc. executive whose desire to help children was inspired by the outpouring of support he received when he disclosed his own HIV+ status. The mission of CAAF is to make a positive difference in the lives of children infected with HIV and affected by AIDS. CAAF accomplishes this by helping meet their diverse special needs, advocating and educating on their behalf, and bringing joy and fun into their lives.

Joe Cristina said, "All of us at CAAF are very pleased to welcome John to the team and feel extremely positive about the future of our organization under John's leadership."

"I am very pleased to have been chosen by the board to lead this organization. CAAF has an important and vital history in the AIDS movement and we intend to ensure that the future of CAAF is strong and secure," said Gile. "With the increased connection between AIDS and poverty -- and the troubling infection rates internationally, there is much more to be done in this fight and we will work to make sure CAAF is an effective collaborator in bringing assistance to those in need."

About the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation

Worldwide there are more than 33 million people infected with HIV and more than 15 million children orphaned by AIDS. The number of children affected by AIDS in the U.S. alone is currently estimated at nearly 125,000.