An innovative thinker, Ms Tkachik has extensive experience as a provider of HIV/AIDS services, as a trainor of HIV/AIDS services and as an Administrator. She is the executive Director of Sisters and Brothers Helping Each Other (SBHEO, a 501(c) 3 Community based organization (CBO) which she founded in 1995 to help prevent the spread of HIV, and to break the cycle of drug addiction in minority communities. After years of watching services being offered within Chicago, but none being available in the suburbs; Ms Tkachik set out to pioneer new approaches to individual, group and organizational transformation through holistic strategic visioning, and risk reduction concepts to reduce the spread of HIV and to break the cycle of poverty, dependency, addiction, and prostitution. Ms Tkachik believes that individuals and organizations can achieve far-reaching and long lasting successes through collaborative efforts.
As a internationally recognized program developer, trainor and prevention expert Ms Tkachik has provided Technical services, trainings and program development assistance to organizations to numerous to name within Illinois, and to organizations outside of Illinois in Indiana, Kentucky, Rhoade Island, Ohio, Iowa, Florida, Louisiana, Colorado, Tennessee, and Montana. Ms Tkachik has also presented numerous times at the United States Conference on AIDS, National Conference on AIDS, and the Annual Illinois HIV Conference. She has also been the key note speaker at the Annual Montana HIV Prevention Conference and has participated in the International Harm reduction conference in Belfast, Ireland, and the International HIV Prevetion conference in Durban, South Africa.
Ms Tkachik has served, and is currently serving, on serveral planning committees with the mission of developing HIV/AIDS strategies, and developing priority setting recommendations for Illinois. She served as the co-chair of the HIV Prevention Community Planning group in 1998.
Ms Tkachik was honored to have been a Price fellow serving at Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta Georgia, in 1998. She is also a graduate of the CDC Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership, Atlanta Georgia, 1999.
Ms Tkachik received a Bachelors degree in Social Work from University of St Francis in Joliet, a Masters degree in Social Work from Aurora University in Aurora, and a Phd in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago.