Who We Are
The Mosaic Initiative is a grassroots organization committed to our mission of stopping the spread of HIV while being vigilant that mission work is more important than institutional survival. It is a work of love and faith. The Mosaic Initiative was founded by Brad Ogilvie and Cathy Hetrick in Wheaton IL in 2005. The work of the organization has been led by Brad Ogilvie.
After having spent a decade working on the "treatment" side of HIV (as a clinician and program coordinator in a holistic clinic, and then running an AIDS housing program), he was increasingly convinced that the "business of AIDS" was big business that placed greater weight on keeping case loads and beds full, rather than stopping the spread of HIV. As a person living with HIV, he also experienced the waste as a client of services. His commitment is to do what he can to stop the spread of HIV, and his belief is that, in doing so, the world will be a better place - a place of greater love and compassion for all people, a place of greater peace. He has found that we share far more as a human community than institutions that target specific groups would have us believe. He has worked in conservative and liberal communities in Illinois, Washington DC and rural Kenya. As a gay man living with HIV, he has also found that by simply engaging people with open arms rather than closed fists, we can find new alliances and friendships that can really make a difference. Brad lives in Washington, DC, works full-time for William Penn House where The Mosaic Initiative's work is now housed. He serves on the HPTN 065 Community Advisory Group and the DC HIV Prevention Planning Group. He testified to the FDA helping to gain approval of self-testing. He is the HIV topic expert for Goodtherapy.org. His efforts in Illinois, Washington DC and rural Kenya have been recognized in multiple media publications.
While not doing Mosaic work, he develops programs for youth and adults with the same passion and faith that fuels The Mosaic initiative's work: that the world can be a better place when we use all our resources for the greater good. This work takes him to communities in DC, West Virginia, New Orleans and South Dakota, with a goal of also returning to Kenya.