Rev. Debra Hickman is the co-founder of Sisters Together And Reaching, Inc. (STAR) – a faith-based, non-profit, community-based organization that provides spiritual support and direct services and prevention education to HIV/AIDS infected, affected and at-risk African-Americans. Since its inception, she has served STAR in the capacity of President/CEO and has led a fledgling one-employee organization to a thriving 20-plus employee, nationally and internationally renowned organization.

She is an ongoing consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 1999, she was selected to be among the first 40 CDC Leadership Scholars. Under the leadership of the former Mayor Martin O’Malley and past City Council President Sheila Dixon, Rev. Hickman was appointed to serve as a Commissioner for the Baltimore City HIV Commission and recently appointed by the White House Secretary of Health and Human Service Office to the Centers for Disease Control/Health Resource Services Administration Advisory Board.

Rev. Hickman serves as Assistant to Pastor Rev. Dr. Grady A. Yeargin of the City Temple of Baltimore where she has been instrumental in City Temple’s winter shelter program, AIDS Ministry and more.