Raeline Nobles, executive director of AIDS Arms Inc., announced that she will step down from her position at the end of the year. She has been with the agency for more than 14 years.
Nobles said she has no plans after leaving other than finishing her master gardening course, learning bartending and taking some time off.
For the last four years Nobles has helped lead a capital campaign that ended last year with the completion of the Trinity Health and Wellness Clinic.
“Frankly, that took a toll,” Nobles said.
She said she spent months thinking about stepping down before making her decision. She informed her board of directors in April, and a nationwide search for a new director has begun. The search committee is being chaired by Scott Chase, AAI’s former board chair.
Nobles said while it wasn’t an easy decision, she felt this was the perfect time for a transition given that the agency is “in a position of strength” and has “a wonderful future in front of it.”
“I have to say I am a different, so much better person now after spending the past 14-plus years here,” Nobles said. “It has changed my life in deep and forever ways that I will always be so grateful for.”
John Loza, board chair for AIDS Arms, said: “Our community has been extremely fortunate to have Raeline as the leader of AIDS Arms for over 14 years. Her outstanding leadership and advocacy have made a tangible difference in lives of countless people living with HIV and AIDS throughout North Texas.”
AIDS Arms is the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organization in North Texas, serving over 15,000 at-risk and HIV-infected individuals every year.