MEET THE STAFF
Rev. Mary Diggs-Hobson
Reverend Mary Diggs-Hobson is a Cofounder and the Executive Director of African Americans Reach and Teach Health (AARTH) Ministry, a faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2002 to respond to HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions that disproportionately affect African and Black people in the diaspora.
Rev. Diggs-Hobson and her staff are the organizers of a host of state and regional health conferences for health providers. She and her staff continue to develop, sponsor and deliver culturally appropriate behavioral health-change and clinical education and training for communities,
organizations and health institutions throughout Washington and five regional states including, Utah, Oregon, Alaska, Colarado, and Wyoming.
She is a 1992 graduate of RHEMA Bible College Tulsa, Oklahoma with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. Reverend Mary and her husband, Reverend Lee Hobson have served since 2010 on the Pastoral Leadership team at Damascus International Fellowship in Seattle, WA where Reverend James P. Broughton III, is the senior pastor.
Dedra Barrow, MPH
Dedra Barrow is the Program Director at AARTH. Born in Seattle, WA but raised in Atlanta, GA, Dedra considers herself to be a native of the Pacific Northwest. Dedra is a dedicated mother, daughter and health equity advocate. Prior to joining the AARTH family, Dedra served as a Health Center Administrator at Sea Mar Community Health Centers from 2015 to 2018 where she oversaw daily operations.
Dedra’s educational background includes a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Georgia (UGA)., as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Georgia. Dedra was a member of the UGA track & field team, and is a self-proclaimed, die-hard UGA football fan. Go Dawgs!
Dedra is passionate about striving for better health outcomes for the black community. Dedra believes that working at AARTH is an honor and she is always looking for opportunities to partner with others who share her vision and passion for a thriving, healthy, equitable African American community.
Linda Chastine, BSW
Linda Chastine is a Black Queer Femme living, working, and building community in Seattle, WA. Graduating from the illustrious Clark Atlanta University’s Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work in 2015, Linda has been dedicated to health equity, for marginalized communities, since her introduction to the field. Linda's health equity journey has taken her from working at Planned Parenthood Southeast as an intern, moving to Seattle through the Lutheran Volunteer Corps to volunteer as a Community Outreach Liaison with The Hepatitis Education Project, to now working as the HIV Program Coordinator with AARTH, since her re-introduction to Seattle in 2017. Linda’s mission and purpose are to create and facilitate spaces for Black, Brown, & Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC), to safely share their narratives as a joyful proclamation of defiance, resiliency, reclamation, and reparation. Ultimately, Linda is dedicated to dismantling all forms of oppression so that one day, all beings may have the ability to live in fullness with love, joy, & dignity, free from fear, shame, and injustice.
HIV Program Coordinator
CeCe Smith was born and raised in southeast Seattle and has over 13 years of experience working in Higher Education and Social Services. She completed her MPA at National University and
studied undergrad at Evergreen State College Tacoma. Her work in social services included outreach and advocacy within the foster care system. Being a single mother of four, CeCe understands
the importance of health education in the African
American community. She’s excited to have the
opportunity to work for AARTH as the Program Coordinator
for the CDSME program.
CDSMP Program Coordinator