A.J. Banuelos is End Overdose's Director of operations. After years of addiction, he is a living testament to change! Rather than being a part of the problem at hand, he is taking action to be a part of the solution. He is a survivor of opioid overdose himself and knows the dangers of abuse, has lost people close to him, both family and friends. His passion is to help others in there struggles, he is currently enrolled in CCAPP to become a Drug and Alcohol Counselor, to be an agent of change, to help guide people and discover their full potential.
Destiny Martinez, is a full time mother, the oldest of seven and a backbone to many things, such as people and movements, no matter how big or small it may be. Destiny is a fulfillment leader and advocate for End Overdose. She is inspired by a lifelong journey of heartbreak due to addiction that opened her eyes to stand tall and step forward to lend her open heart and arms, because addiction was taking over loved ones. Being with End Overdose accomplished her goal in life thus far in being able to help others. Destiny was inspired by her brother in law Anthony Banuelos, Director of Operations. She stands proudly with us to make extra step for change.
Gianna graduated cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.S. in Psychobiology and a minor in Public Affairs. She first started working with End Overdose to organize a grassroots harm reduction effort for UCLA greek life chapters. As the Events Director for Universities Allied for Essential Medicine (UAEM) at UCLA and a member of UCLA Greek life, she worked passionately to bring about positive change. Her dedication led her to co-found our UCLA Chapter alongside the current President, Maddie Ward. In her current position, Gianna focuses on fostering strong relationships between End Overdose and various community, governmental, and creative organizations. Additionally, she oversees the development and outreach strategies of End Overdose chapters across the United States. She works on the implementation of our high school programs, grant writing, and aids in the development of internal systems. Through these efforts, she seeks to educate and empower individuals in the fight against overdose.
Maddie Ward is a fourth year undergraduate student at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) studying cognitive science. As a UCLA student, Maddie has gained experience fighting for more affordable and accessible essential drugs and treatments as the External Relations Board Member for UCLA’s chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines– experiences that led her to End Overdose. Now, she serves as the President of UCLA’s End Overdose chapter along with completing research and design for End Overdose headquarters. Through the opening of the UCLA chapter, Maddie hopes to eliminate drug-related overdose on the UCLA campus and beyond.
Mike Giegerich is a former music publicist with over seven years of experience working alongside a list of acclaimed artists. He has seen the effects of the opioid epidemic on both family and friends while in recovery himself. His passion for combating the overdose crisis and public relations led him to End Overdose where he now spearheads communication to the media and our growing community. Through his role, Mike hopes to shine a light on End Overdose’s lifesaving work and all of the people who make it possible. Alongside his communications duties, he’s developing End Overdose's outreach to the alternative music community that kick-started his career years ago.
As the CEO of End Overdose and a full-time Los Angeles City firefighter/paramedic, Theo brings a wealth of firsthand experience and deep personal commitment to the fight against the opioid crisis. Witnessing the devastating impact of opioid overdoses in his professional life has fueled Theo's determination to make a tangible difference in this ongoing battle. Theo has revived countless individuals with naloxone, an experience that has profoundly shaped his approach to addressing the opioid epidemic. Recognizing the power of education and accessibility, Theo has been the driving force behind End Overdose's mission to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background or profession, has the skills and resources to respond effectively to an overdose situation. Under Theo's visionary leadership, End Overdose has pioneered a comprehensive online training platform that demystifies the process of responding to overdoses and makes life-saving knowledge freely available. His innovative partnerships with some of the largest music promoters in the country reflect a strategic approach to outreach, targeting environments where the risk of overdose is heightened. Theo’s relentless drive to expand End Overdose's impact has led to explosive growth, with thousands being trained each month across the United States. His work is propelled by a belief in the power of community and the necessity of making naloxone and fentanyl test strips accessible to all who need them. Theo envisions a world where knowledge, compassion, and the right tools can turn anyone into a lifesaver. His focus on building creative messaging campaigns and strategic organizational development has not only increased the organization's reach but has also raised public awareness about the opioid crisis and the importance of preparedness in saving lives. Resulting in most large music festivals now carrying naloxone and making it available to patrons. Theo's dedication to reducing the barriers to high-quality training and resources is unwavering. He continues to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible in the realm of overdose prevention. His story is one of hope, resilience, and the unyielding belief that together, we can end overdose.