Letter From Board Of Directors


The Board of Directors thank all of our faith partners in the United States and throughout Africa that have joined The Balm In Gilead's crusade to prevent diseases and improve the physical, emotional and spiritual health of all people.

We believe that faith communities must be on the front line of addressing life-threatening diseases, especially HIV/AIDS. We honor and thank all of our faith partners for their courage and commitment to fight AIDS stigma and providing compassionate service and education. The light that faith communities are beginning to shine on HIV/AIDS in rural and urban villages from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Richmond, VA are flames of healing. We sincerely hope that the new wind of hope will spread these flames and all of us will burn with a new commitment to save our communities from all preventable diseases.

As we move forward together, may each of us commit to making the space we occupy in the universe, loving, beautiful, healthy and economically sustainable for all.

May God always bless you with wisdom and love!

Erline Belton
The Balm In Gilead

The Balm In Gilead Board Of Directors

Ms. Erline Belton, Chairperson

Founder & CEO

The Lyceum Group

Boston, MA


Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.

Senior Pastor Emeritus

Olivet Institutional Baptist Church

Cleveland, OH


Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.

Presiding Prelate

African Methodist Episcoal Zion Church

Charlotte, NC


Dr. Marilyn Valentine, MD

Merrick, NY


Dr. Barbara Shaw

Immediate Past President

National Council of Negro Women

Baltimore, MD


Rev. Dr. William Lee

Senior Pastor

Loudon Avenue Christian Church

Roanoke, VA


Mr. Charles Owens


Owens Financial Services

Richmond, VA


Dr. Angela Aidala, PhD

Research Scientist

Mailman School of Public Health

New York, NY


Dr. Elnora P. Hamb

Immediate Past President

Women's Missionary Council

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Chicago, IL


Dr. Pernessa C. Seele

Founder & CEO

The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

Richmond, VA