Leadership & Staff

DeeJay Johannessen Chief Executive Officer
DeeJay Johannessen, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Education Learning Project since 1998, has been a driving force in the development, implementation, and administration of ground-breaking service and prevention programming for the LGBT community and those at risk for and living with HIV/AIDS. Capitalizing upon experience gained over a 30-year career in the non-profit sector – 25 of it in the HIV field – in 2016 DeeJay oversaw the development of an exciting new initiative called the HELP Center for LGBT Health and Wellness, or “The HELP Center” for short. The HELP Center’s purpose is to expand access to sexual health services for the LGBT population in Texas. Currently, the HELP Center operates the largest PrEP program in North Texas via two clinics in Tarrant County serving more than 1,300 patients from 103 cities throughout Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
Cheryl Beauchamp Chief Operating Officer
Cheryl joined HELP in March 2019 after 12 years of working as a Project Manager for Oncology Clinical Trials. She has more than 30 years experience in Pharmacy, including Compliance, Quality and Process Improvements, and she is dedicated to HIV and Cancer Prevention, Treatment and solutions to help the patients in need. She is active in a Non-Profit Foundation at her former High School that is providing food, clothing, mentoring and daily essentials to those in need. She assists DeeJay with the activities of HELP, as well as all other day-to-day activities to support the Staff and Clients.
Kelle Tillman Chief Clinical Officer
Kelle Tillman, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC: Kelle serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for The HELP Center. Kelle is a board-certified adult and gerontological clinical nurse specialist. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Nursing  in 1992, her Master’s in Nursing  in 2013 and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Texas Christian University in 2019. Kelle has been a part of the HELP Center’s PrEP program since it launched in 2017. Kelle is excited to  be a part of The HELP Center for LGBT Health and Wellness.
Johnnie Ireland Practitioner
Johnnie Ireland, DNP, APRN, ACNS, WHNP-BC: Johnnie serves as one of the Medical Providers for The HELP Center, Fort Worth location, and has been at HELP since its inauguration in 2017.  Johnnie is a board-certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist.  She obtained her Bachelor’s of Nursing in 1987, Master’s in Nursing in 2013 and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice, 2019 all from Texas Christian University. She completed her Post-Masters Certification in Women’s Health from UT Southwestern Medical School in 1996.
Josephine Correia Practitioner
Josephine Correia, MSN, APRN, FNP-C (she/her/hers): Josephine is a Spanish-speaking, certified family nurse practitioner, practicing in the primary care setting since 2014.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at University of California, Riverside, and her Master of Science in Nursing degree at Vanderbilt University.  She has a passion for LGBTQIA focused primary care and strives to keep her patients healthy and thriving through prevention and education.  Josephine values the importance of patient provider relationships in fostering healthy choices and lifestyles, and is committed to establishing trust and communication with her patients.
Eddie Flores Practitioner
Eduardo Flores-Lopez (Eddie) is a Spanish-speaking, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He received his Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and earned his Associates of Applied Science in Nursing from Brookhaven College. He has worked in emergency medicine and critical care medicine since 2009. Eddie was named one of Fort Worth’s Top Ten Nurses in 2020 by Fort Worth Magazine. Eddie has a passion for preventative health, patient education and empowerment. He is excited to be part of the HELP team!
Cody Hutchison Director of Marketing & Brand Management
Cody joined HELP in February 2020 with 11 years experience in developing and executing marketing and branding strategies, media relations, social media and design. He has extensive experience with non-profits in fundraising and building awareness during his previous positions and consulting business. He is excited to bring his expertise to grow HELP's awareness and services in our community.