Executive director emeritus and co-founder
Ms. Burnett is an advocate for older people living with HIV/AIDS and for those individuals striving to overcome the dis-ease of addiction. Marilyn has represented OWEL at events and outreach activities at agencies statewide and regionally. Ms. Burnett, who has been living with the challenge of HIV for 28 years, has been featured in many videos and articles that address the difficulties faced by women living with HIV/AIDS. She is featured in the bestselling author Iris Krasnow’s book, “Sex After…Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes,” published in 2014. In 2011, Ms. Burnett was featured as the only woman in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Special Issue of Aging with HIV. In 2000, she appeared in a video entitled “Sisters Alive,” a project that focused on six African-American women living with the challenge of HIV/AIDS. In 2007, she and the other women produced “Sisters Alive: The Sequel.” She has also been featured on an episode of Healthline, a program of Retirement Living TV and featured in several newspaper articles speaking about the graying of HIV as a chronic disease.