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Leandra Lacy
Capacity Building / Technical Assistant
National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD)
Washington, DC

Leandra Lacy bio: Leandra provides capacity building and technical assistance to the members of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) in state, local, and territorial health departments.  Prior to joining NCSD, she was a Research Specialist at an FQHC, working on an HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) clinical trial. Leandra is passionate about HIV/STD prevention and education particularly among communities of color.  Hailing from South Carolina, she holds a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University.

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Kamaria Laffrey
HIV Advocate
The SERO Project – HIV Criminalization Reform
Milford, PA

Living with HIV and Black Girl Magic, Kamaria Laffrey serves nationally as a speaker, an advocate for HIV justice, a spokespersonfor treatment adherence & self-care and works withThe SERO Projecton HIV criminalization reform. Her local work extends to rural and underserved areas, as she serves on the West Central FL Ryan White Care Counciland the FL Dept. of Health Consumer Advisory Group. Since her diagnosisin 2003, Kamaria has worked to empower others to live beyond the societal and self-induced stigma of HIV; boldly speaking of life beyond a diagnosis and building a destiny as the founder of the community based organization, emPOWERed Legacies. A 2018 graduate of Positive Women’s Network – USA’sPolicy Fellowship Program, Kamaria is looking forward to furthering her patient advocacy in gender and racial justice for People Living with HIV. Sharing her lived experiences in POZ magazine, Plus magazineand various health blogs, Kamaria seeks to be a willing vessel that guides individuals in her community towards embracing healing, giving inspiration and living victorious with HIV.

Jennifer Lee, MPH
Program Manager
HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Center
Quality Improvement & Innovation (CQII)
New York State Department of Health
New York, NY

Jennifer Lee, MPH, Doctoral Candidate, serves as the Manager of Special Programs for the HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Center for Quality Improvement & Innovation (CQII) and is dedicated to advancing the quality of care for diverse communities and closing the health equity gap across the United States.

Maria Ma
Program Planner
New York State Department of Health
New York, NY

Maria Ma is a Program Planner in the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control (BHIV) at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene where she researches, develops and plans the implementation of evidence-based policy and planning recommendations concerning best practices for HIV prevention programmatic implementation. Maria was previously the PrEP Specialist in BHIV and coordinated PrEP/PEP-related trainings, developed tools and resources for PrEP implementation in clinical settings, and provided consultation and technical assistance to organizations. Maria is a graduate of the Yale School of Public Health where she earned a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. Maria has also previously worked on assessing interest and awareness of PrEP in healthcare workers and community members in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Victor Martinez
Associate Director
St. John’s Well Child and Family Center
Los Angeles, CA

Victor Martinez is an openly HIV positive gay immigrant living with HIV for over 28 years. Currently he is the Associate Director of Communicable Disease and Reproductive Health Programs and has over 20 years of experience in the HIV field working with vulnerable populations including immigrants and LGBTQ community. Mr. Martinez has vast experience in the development, implementation, fiscal management and evaluation of HIV care and prevention and substance abuse programs funded by County, State and Federal entities. In addition, Mr. Martinez has been a member of HIV Community Planning bodies, Community Advisory Boards (CAB) at the local, state and national level and has also participated as co-investigator in research programs funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). Additionally, Mr. Martinez also contributed in the development of SAMHSA’s “A Providers Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Individuals” in Chapter 2: Cultural Issues in Working with LGBT Individuals, published in 2001. Mr. Martinez has presented in numerous conferences and provided Capacity Building Assistance to Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) and Health Departments. He has Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University Autonomous of Guadalajara in Mexico.

Bianca Chanel Mayes
Health and Wellness Coordinator
Garden State Equality
Asbury Park, NJ

Bianca Chanel Mayes is a dedicated public health advocate for the health and wellness of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. In this role, she is responsible for developing and training LGBT cultural competency for healthcare professionals. Bianca’s career has been centered around general healthcare for marginalized populations. She worked at Atlantic Health System as a Health Educator and Research Associate for Community Health and Population Health Sciences. She holds her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education. During Bianca’s education at Montclair State University, she worked as a Health Promotion Supervisor for the Health Promotion department. For her graduate internship, Bianca worked as a Digital Education Specialist for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Bianca received her B.S. at William Paterson University of New Jersey with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies in 2015. Bianca was born and raised in New Jersey. In her free time, this Gryffindor loves to travel, read, and explore new restaurants!

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John W. Meade Jr, MPH
Special Assistant to
Assistant Commissioner of New York City
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s
Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control
New York New York

John W. Meade Jr. is the Special Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. John has acquired over 6 years of public health experience, focusing on socio-contextual determinants of health and addressing health inequities and stigma among MSM of color and sex workers. John is a graduate of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health where he earned an MPH in Global Health, with a concentration in Sexual and Reproductive Health. John has also worked internationally supporting sexual health promotion efforts and HIV prevention research among priority populations in Peru and South Africa.

Dr. Iván Meléndez-Rivera
Chief Medical Officer
Centro Ararat, Inc.
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dr. Iván Meléndez-Rivera has dedicated his personal effort and professional expertise to serve the HIV/AIDS patient community since 1990. As a clinical consultant, Meléndez-Rivera has conducted numerous research studies related to various aspects of this health condition, sharing his particular vision of integrated healthcare to all his patients, students and peers. Also, Meléndez-Rivera has advised many academic, governmental and clinical organizations that promote better education efforts, clinical research, adequate funding, and better healthcare services for HIV/AIDS patients in his native country, Puerto Rico, as well as in the mainland United States.Among his many professional duties, Meléndez-Rivera is Assistant Professor at the Family Practice Department of the Ponce Health Science University and also at the University of Puerto Rico – Medical Sciences Campus. He also performs as Senior Clinical Research and Chief Medical Officer at Centro Ararat Inc., a non-profit multidisciplinary organization in service of the HIV/AIDS community-based in Ponce and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is currently acting as co-chair of the Puerto Rico HIV Medical Treating Professionals Association and invited editor in the professional magazine “Medicina & Salud Pública” His publications have an emphasis on HIV metabolic complications and aging process. He creates the first multidisciplinary transgender clinic in Puerto Rico.

Catherine Moutray
LGBTQ Capacity Building Manager
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
Tucson, AZ

Catherine Moutray currently serves as the LGBTQ Capacity Building Manager for the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF). She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. She has over four years of experience working in health promotion, specifically within the context of tobacco cessation and harm reduction for underserved populations in Arizona. As the LGBTQ Capacity Building Manager for SAAF, she works with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) populations to assess tobacco use and reduce health disparities within this community. Her current efforts involve developing and disseminating outreach materials, developing culturally responsive trainings for health care providers serving LGBTQ patients along with providing training on tobacco cessation and harm reduction to LGBTQ serving organizations.

Landon Lee Nichols, Jr
Civic Health Liaison
Medical Advocacy and Outreach
Montgomery, AL

Landon Lee Nichols, Jr. was born in Selma and spent their formative years at the end of a red dirt road in rural, unincorporated Perry County, Alabama. As such, voting rights (and voting’s impact on poverty, equality, healthcare access, education parity, and social justice) have always been a central focus throughout their education and career. After academic scholarships and employment opportunities with the Blackburn Institute made the ivory tower accessible, Landon was able to graduate from The University of Alabama with a B.A. in Advertising in May of 2014 and again with a Master of Public Administration in May of 2016. Upon graduation, Landon took their time and talents back home to the Selma area to work as the Destination/Marketing Coordinator for the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Information. While at the Chamber, Landon was responsible for the development & design of the Chamber’s annual Find it Local Guide, which was selected as the top chamber publication in the nation by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for 2017. After just over a year on the job, Landon was called to serve as Campaign Manager for Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb in their 2018 bid for governor. Based on available information, it looks like Landon was the first out LGBTQ+ gubernatorial campaign manager in Alabama history, and at 24, they were also one of the youngest. While the campaign was ultimately unsuccessful, Landon’s conversations with everyday Alabamians from Brewton to Bridgeport starkly reinforced the urgent need for action around so many issues holding Alabama and our people back. Equipped with this experience and fortified zeal, Landon has embarked on a new mission. They are now the Civic Health Liaison for Medical Advocacy & Outreach in Montgomery. MAO is a Ryan-White-funded AIDS Service Organization that provides 28 (mostly rural) counties across southern Alabama with HIV care, behavioral health services, dental services, prevention, education, provider trainings, and a variety of other wraparound social services. Landon’s primary focus at MAO is voter registration, voting rights restoration for formerly incarcerated people, and nonpartisan voter education among our client base, our agency personnel, and the community at-large. Outside of work, Landon serves as Secretary of the board for Easter Seals of West Central Alabama, on the Junior Board for the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, as a Fellow of the Blackburn Institute, as an organizer with Hometown Action, and as a counselor for the American Legion’s Alabama Boys’ State. Landon truly believes that the best way to ensure Alabama’s future is brighter than its past is to develop meaningful civic engagement throughout all of our communities, especially among Alabama’s youth.

Oriana Nolan
Hepatitis C Project Coordinator
Access Support Network
San Luis Obispo, CA

Oriana has been dedicated to community health for over 15 years. She currently advocates for Hep C access to care for people experiencing drug addiction and homelessness.

Joseph Olsen
HIV Testing Manager
CresentCare
New Orleans, LA

Joseph Olsen graduated from The Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a Master’s in Program Design and Management. He has worked in the field of HIV for 8 years and has grown his program to be the 3rd largest publicly funded HIV testing program in Louisiana which has included as many as 6 clinic locations and over 15 community partner locations. Joseph has worked closely with the state and CDC to pilot changes in testing strategies/protocols including the rapid/rapid testing algorithm and Rapid START. He has presented the findings of these advances with at multiple national and state conferences. Working to leverage all the agency’s assets though program collaboration across service areas has been an exciting challenge and rewarding as we continue to see ever increasing client access, linkage, and retention in care not only for HIV/AIDS services but for PrEP, Hep C, and Primary Care services for all.

Ilia M Otero Cruz
Research Coordinator
Sex+ TEAM
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Ilia M Otero Cruz is a research coordinator in the Sex+ TEAM, a sexual health research group committed to sexual health promotion, HIV and LGBTT health in the Center of Evaluation and Sociomedical Research from the University of Puerto Rico- Medical Sciences Campus. Born and raised in the island, her special research interests are regarding the sexual satisfaction and reproductive rights of Puerto Rican women considering the social and cultural context of their lives. Also, she coordinated the most recent Evaluation of Satisfaction of HIV/AIDS services subsidized by Ryan White Program in Puerto Rico. Ilia graduated with honors from the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico with a master’s degree in Public Health in 2015.

Kneeshe Parkinson
HIV Ambassador
Positive Women’s Network – USA
Oakland, CA

Kneeshe was driven at a very young age to begin her work in the social services field by volunteering with the Helena Hatch Center for women, an organization serving women with HIV/AIDS. Kneeshe’s passion stemmed from the HIV diagnosis of her Aunt, Helena Hatch. Her illness and unfortunate death had a dramatic impact on Kneeshe’s life. Kneeshe has always had a positive impact on those around her. In a matter of time, Kneeshe was motivating other youth to get tested, stay on medications, and attend support groups. She became active in the “ADHERE” program to help women get tested & adhere to treatments using the motto “women need to know.” Kneeshe will work with individuals that are newly diagnosed, newly taking HIV medications, and/or struggling with adherence. Kneeshe has recently been promoted to the BEACON Project which engages or re-engages individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS who have not been in HIV medical care for more than one year. Kneeshe has been a consumer liaison in her region working countless hours over the last 24 months working on Quality Improvement efforts for PLWHA alongside the Missouri Statewide Quality Management Team in collaboration with H4C Continuum Collaborative spearheaded by the National Quality Center. Over 20 years’ experience in program development and community organization entailing outreach, fundraising and promotions; all positions have been in leadership capacities. More than 10 years’ social service experience in administrative and community level prevention for women and girls including counseling, training, facilitating and supervision.Kneeshe was hired at Project ARK (AIDS/HIV Resources and Knowledge) and became a member of the Prevention Team. Her primary role was to educate the community about HIV, test individuals in the drop-in center, and serve as an advocate to those around her. She also has acted as a peer in the Family Advisor Program serving women, children and youth that are affected by HIV/AIDS. As an advisor, Kneeshe has planned socials, facilitated women’s retreats, and has assisted with community wide events such as the Holiday Gold for Kids Toy Drive, serving nearly 1,000 children affected by HIV/AIDS.Since a young person, Kneeshe has cared for her community. That is true to this day as she pursues her educational goals. Kneeshe has earned an Associate’s Degree in Human Services and currently attends the University of Missouri-St. Louis pursuing a Bachelors of Social Work. She has gained the academic honor of Phi Theta Kappa and has been on the Dean’s list the past two years of her academic career. In terms of community based work, she additionally has chaired The Emergency Fund Network for the United Way-St. Louis Region 15yrs. Kneeshe knows there is no limit to what she can accomplish as long as she continues to remain passionate and true to herself with a strong commitment to the community. Kneeshe has been apart of Positive Women’s Network since 2016 where she has taken the charge in our state as the Missouri State lead to provide leadership based on the vision of Positive Women’s Network which all women living with HIV have access to high quality, culturally relevant, non stigmatizing and affordable health care and services to achieve emotional, mental and physical wellness, regardless of sex at birth, race, immigration status or ability to pay. She was recently the Shero of the month for October a current PWN Policy Fellow, and a fierce advocate. She’s also a dedicated team player. Said Olga Irwin, a member of her team on the PWN Policy Fellowship practicum, who nominated her for Shero of the Month, “She always reminds us of upcoming assignments and webinars. She also planned and wrote an abstract for our team for USCA, even though she already had a scholarship for herself–she wanted to find a way to get the whole team there. “Advocacy runs in Kneeshe’s veins: She grew up in a family of activists. “Before I knew anything about lobbying or mobilizing, my dad was an activist. He went to all the marches in D.C. for civil rights. Everyone participated.” Her aunt Helena Hatch, who died of AIDS-related complications in the early ’80s, was a particular inspiration for Kneeshe’s advocacy. Her aunt marched in the streets under her slogan–“Women need to know”–and brought people to get tested, handed out condoms in public parks, and led the fight for women living with HIV locally. Her advocacy was so important that there is a women’s clinic, the Helena Hatch Special Care Center for Women, at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, which provides care to women diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, regardless of their ability to pay. Kneeshe began dedicating her time there at a young age. “I eat, breathe, and sleep advocacy,” said Kneeshe. “If my voice goes dormant, who am I helping? I can’t shut up. I’m a woman living with HIV first. My voice does matter. I can’t change my diagnosis, but I can adapt in a meaningful way to improve life for others.”Kneeshe cites her involvement in Positive Women’s Network – USA as a highlight in her years of advocacy–in particular, being a PWN Policy Fellow. “Being part of PWN has enlightened me,” she explained. “I’ve had the opportunity to learn, to be chosen to do this work in policy. Hearing the lived experiences that others have walked through; all the women I’ve had an opportunity to sit down with and talk to, knowing they’re at the forefront of a movement” has helped her grow and think big. Asked about her goals for the future, Kneeshe shared some big plans. She envisions herself working with a national organization within five years, and within the next ten to fifteen years, she plans to have a Master degree and a PhD in public health. Her advice to any woman living with HIV considering getting involved in advocacy? “Advocacy can’t hurt. It can only make us change-makers–to continue the ‘we’ movement, so we can have access for all.”

Henna Patani
Epidemiology Analyst
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Washington, DC 

Patani is currently working as an Epidemiology Analyst for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. She received her Bachelor in Dental Surgery from India and then pursued Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from University of South Florida. She is currently based in Los Angeles and can be reached at henna.patani@aidshealth.org

Katherine Penrose
Senior Research Analyst
Research and Evaluation Unit
Care and Treatment Program
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
New York, NY

Katherine Penrose is currently a Senior Research Analyst with the Research and Evaluation Unit of the Care and Treatment Program at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she has worked since 2013. In this role, she works with large programmatic and HIV surveillance datasets to inform the planning, implementation and monitoring of Ryan White Part A programs. Her recent work has focused on the five-year NIH-funded CHORDS study to evaluate the effectiveness of New York City’s Ryan White medical case management program and on improving hepatitis C care and treatment rates among individuals co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C.

Scott Petersen
Epidemiology Analyst
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Washington, DC 

Scott Petersen is a licensed New York State social worker. He has previously worked in the capacity of a Community Mobilization Coordinator at Pride for Youth, an LGBTQ+ community-based organization on Long Island. In his role he developed media campaigns, produced community-wide events, and helped to build coalitions around ending HIV as per the ETE 2020 Blueprint put forward by Gov. Cuomo. Since then, Scott has moved to Northwell Health working in the Division of Infectious Disease and the Center for AIDS Research and Treatment. He is currently the Program Improvement Coordinator, utilizing data and quality improvement tools to better serve patients living with HIV/AIDS. He has sat as the chair of the Nassau County Ending the Epidemic Steering Committee and was recognized by the New York State Department of Health – AIDS Institute (Metropolitan Area Office) for his outstanding work and commitment to ending the HIV epidemic.

Kenneth J. Pettigrew
Program Manager
DC Department of Health
Washington, DC

Ken currently works at the District of Columbia Health Department in the HIV, Hepatitis, AIDS, Tuberculosis, and STD Administration (HAHSTA) as the Supervisor/Program Manager for a CDC demonstration project. The goal of the project is to create a system of care for men who have sex with men and transgender persons of color within in the District of Columbia, Suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia metropolitan area. Using the whole person health model, this system will address access to HIV treatment/care, behavioral health and other social services. He has been involved in sexual minority health, advocacy, education and public health for over 20 years. Ken is a native of Chicago Illinois; he moved to Washington DC in 1989 in pursuit of professional growth and development. His early work in Washington DC includes management in banking and telecommunications. It was during those early years he developed an understanding of importance of customer needs and customer satisfaction. Ken began working with gay men in the late nineties as a volunteer facilitator for a local gay men’s discussion group. In 2000 Ken accessed services at local a HIV community based organization, Us Helping Us, People Into Living. Shortly after his experience as a client, he immediately began volunteering to assist in a variety of functions, thus tapping into his passion, helping others. In 2005 Ken became Director of Programs, managing programs and services targeting black gay/bisexual men at the very same agency he started at as a client. During his tenure as Director of Programs was responsible for the increases in the number of black gay men and transgender persons who typically would not access programs and services at local community based organizations (hard to reach individuals). In June 2011, Ken left Us Helping Us to become Chief of Program at Metro Teen AIDS, an organization dedicated to serving youth within the District of Columbia. As Chief of Programs, from June 2011 to November 2012, he was responsible for the oversight of all program departments including: Prevention; Clinical Services; Evaluation and School Services. In 2013 he joined the Wanda Alston Foundation where he was responsible creating and maintaining innovative programming for LGBTQ youth who may be at risk for or experience homelessness. As an ongoing consultant for many years, he has provided capacity building and subject expert consultation to such agencies as the American Psychological Association, Stroger Hospital of Cook County-Chicago Il- Department of Psychiatry and ABT and Associates. Ken remains committed to serving the community by sitting within various boards and committees including the local HIV community plan group and HIV Vaccine Trial Network (HVTN) working group. He is a 2005 graduate of CDC’s Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership. Terrance Payton:Terrance Payton is currently employed with DC Health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) as a Public Health Services Specialist/Community Liaison for the Improve Measureable Participation and Access to Care and Treatment project (IMPACT DMV). IMPACT DMV is a regional project aiming to establish a system of care for men who have sex with men and transgender persons of color in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Terrance’s journey in HIV prevention began with Friends 4 A Cause and The Ernest M. Bradley Center. Both were organizations working to increase awareness of HIV in the African American community via performance and visual arts integration. His interests in community engagement would continue in working with Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. as a volunteer community outreach worker. Terrance later joined the staff of Us Helping Us where he served last as the Manager of Prevention Programs. Terrance is also a founder of Project Healthy Living- The ManDate. ManDate is an organization working to create healthier whole-life outcomes for African-American gay and bisexual men and their social and sexual networks.

Thaddeus Pham
Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator
Harm Reduction Services Branch
Hawaii Department of Health
Honolulu, HI

Thaddeus Pham is currently Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator for the Hawaii State Department of Health in the Harm Reduction Services Branch. He is also co-Founder and co-Director of the Hep Free Hawaii Coalition, a community-based program focused on increasing awareness and access to hepatitis services in Hawaii (www.hepfreehawaii.org). In 2018, he was recognized by the National Minority Quality Forum as a 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health. He approaches public health from a social justice perspective and seeks to leverage community partnerships and systems-level policy changes to address health disparities, regardless of disease state.

Harlan Pruden
Educator
British Columbia Center for Disease Control
Vancouver, BC

Harlan Pruden is a proud member of the Cree Nation, or nēhiyaw in Cree. Harlan’s mother is from the Beaver Lake Reservation and father from the Whitefish Lake Reservation, both located in northeastern Alberta – Treaty 6 territory. After living in New York for 20 years, Harlan moved to Vancouver and now lives, works and plays on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the shared territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.Harlan works with the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally and internationally. Harlan is currently a Ph.D student at UBC’s Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program and is focusing on historical images of Two-Spirit individuals. Harlan is also an Educator with the BC Center for Disease Control’s Indigenous public health program, Chee Mamuk and the Managing Editor of Two-SpiritJournal.com, an interactive multi-platform Two-Spirit media/news site. Closer to home, Harlan is a board member for Qmunity, the home for Vancouver’s LGBT, Queer and Two-Spirit community and was just appointed by the City of Vancouver as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Vancouver Public Library. Harlan serves as a representative to the International Indigenous Peoples Working Group on HIV/AIDS.Before moving to Vancouver, Harlan was co-founder and Director of the New York City’s NorthEast Two Spirit Society and served as the principal Two-Spirit consultant to US’ Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center and Trans Care BC. In August 2014, Harlan was appointed by President Obama to the US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and provided advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services and the White House. (In December 2018, Harlan was fired from PACHA by Trump via Fedex.

Cedric Pulliam
Senior Human Rights and Key Populations Advisor
U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC)
Washington, DC

Cedric Pulliam serves as the Senior Human Rights and Key Populations Advisor at the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) fostering partnerships and working with civil society organizations, leading as the expert on Stigma & Discrimination efforts, and engaging work within the PEPFAR HBCU Global Health Consortium and enhancing the continued key populations, human rights, and LGBTI programming. He currently serves on the International Steering Committee for the International Conference on HIV and STIs in Africa. Cedric serves on several local, national, and global boards of directors and councils.In the DC/MD/VA community, he serves as a HIV Outreach and Prevention Volunteer at the Gay Men’s Health Collaborative (GMHC). He’s worked on the Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS,Regional HIV/AIDS Policy and Planning Summit, co-founder of the Ending the Criminalization of HIV and Overincarceration in Virginia Coalition (ECHO VA Coalition), and supports organizations like Safe Space NOVA, Gay Professional Men of Color (GPMC), The Counter Narrative Project (Atlanta), Brotherhood in Advocacy Leadership Retreat, and Positive Women’s Network.

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Emily Raganold
HCV Project Coordinator
San FranciscoDepartment of Public Health
San Francisco, CA

Emily Raganold currently works as the HCV Project Coordinator for the San FranciscoDepartment of Public Health. Her primary focus is on hepatitis C testing at community-based sites andhepatitis C treatment within the San Francisco safety net health network. Emily also serves on theCoordinating Committee of End Hep C SF, a collective-impact multisector hepatitis C elimination initiative. End Hep C SF’s mission is to support all San Franciscans living with, and at risk for, hepatitis C to maximize their health and wellness through low-barrier hepatitis C testing and treatment. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in community health. Emily previously worked as the HIV Programs Coordinator for the Shanti Project,
providing supportive services to people living with HIV in San Francisco, California.

Siddharth Raich
Education and Research Director
Center for Health Justice
Los Angeles, CA

Siddharth has researched issues ranging from tobacco cessation and education to infectious diseases. His passion is serving underprivileged populations and helping bridge health disparities. He completed his Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from New York University. Siddharth also has a scientific background with his Bachelors in Biological Sciences from UNLV. Additionally, he has collaborated with various non-profit Sindhu Ravishankar, MPhil organizations including Immunize Nevada on projects to map out areas with low immunization rates that overlap with low health care accessibility throughout Nevada. His graduate thesis analyzed the cultural influences of diet on heart disease among the South Asian population, taking into account variables of exercise and acculturation. Siddharth also has extensive experience in health education and mentoring K-12 youth.

Ravishankar Sindhu
Senior Director,
Technical Programs
Fast-Track Cities
International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Washington, DC

Sindhu Ravishankar is the Senior Director of Technical Initiatives for the Fast-Track Cities at the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. She holds a Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies from the University of Oxford where she focused on health and development and wrote her thesis on barriers to antiretroviral therapy adherence in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Prior to joining IAPAC in 2015, Sindhu has lived and worked in the United States, South Africa, India, and the UK, and has primarily focused on HIV and intersecting health issues including mental health, substance use, and reproductive health.

Andrew Reynolds
Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Manager
Project Inform
San Francisco, CA

Andrew Reynolds in the Hepatitis C and Harm Reduction Manager at Project Inform. In this role, he writes health education materials, fact sheets, toolkits and articles on all aspects of hepatitis C awareness, prevention and treatment, as well as managing Project Inform’s viral hepatitis and drug user health policy portfolio, including managing the California Hepatitis Alliance. He is the author of the Positively Aware “Annual Hepatitis C Drug Guide,” and sits on the AASLD/IDSA HCV Guidance Panel. Andrew has over 20 years of HCV, HIV and STD awareness, prevention and treatment experience, delivered in a wide variety of settings from street outreach to clinical settings to jails and prisons. Andrew writes and lectures extensively on sexual transmission of HCV, including developing the Hepatitis C Screening Toolkit for HIV Providers, and a patient education booklet entitled “Sex-C: Sexual Transmission of Hepatitis C. Prevention Tips for Gay Men.” In addition to HCV, Andrew works extensively in drug user health, harm reduction and safe consumption space education and advocacy. He serves on numerous boards of directors, advisory boards and committees, including the Organizing Committee of the “End the Epidemics” campaign for California, a community initiative to eliminate HIV, HCV and STDs in California.

Brian Risley
Program Manager
HIV/Hep C Health Promotion
APLA Health
Los Angeles, CA

Brian Risley has worked in the fields of HIV and viral hepatitis for 20 years and has been named by Thebody.com as one of the Top 10 U.S. HIV Prevention Educators. In his seventeen years at APLA Health, Brian has managed the Treatment Education Program and currently manages the new program HIV/Hep C Health Promotion, as well as an innovative program for HIV & Older Adults. Brian is the Co-Chair of the Hepatitis C Task Force for Los Angeles County and facilitates the longest-running newly diagnosed HIV group in California.

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Jason Rivera
Associate Director
Prevention Services
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
Tucson, AZ

Jason Rivera holds a master’s degree in Public Health and is the Associate Director of Prevention Services at the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation. Mr. Rivera has 14 years of experience in public health primarily in the areas of sexual health and substance use. He has lived and worked in Tucson and southern Arizona since 2009 with positions at University of Arizona College of Medicine and Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. Mr. Rivera works closely with Ms. Moutray in implementing a statewide program addressing tobacco use disparities among LGBTQ residents. He oversees three SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grants which fund prevention and harm reduction interventions for youth, young adults, and people who used drugs along with managing SAAF’s Syringe Access Program.

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz
Associate Professor
1981

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz is a community health scientist with over fifteen years of experience conducting action research in Puerto Rico, the United States of America, and the Caribbean Region. His work has focused in the areas of HIV care and prevention, sexual health promotion, and health equity through actions on the social determinants of health. He has served as lead in several programs and studies addressing health inequities among populations made socially vulnerable including people with HIV, Hispanic/Latinxs, incarcerated populations, LGBT individuals, and men who have sex with men. Rodriguez-Diaz completed post-doctoral training in HIV and Global Health Research, a PhD in Public Health with a major in Community Health, and a MPH in Health Education. He has also completed post-graduate training in health policy, human rights, and health diplomacy.

Grant Roth
Program Coordinator
Sexual and Behavioral Health Program
Mount Sinai Hospital Institute for Advanced Medicine
New York, NY

Grant Roth is the Program Coordinator for the Sexual and Behavioral Health program at the Mount Sinai Hospital Institute for Advanced Medicine in New York, NY. He has previously worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York University Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies. A large focus of his research is HIV prevention in gay and bisexual men, specifically around PEP and PrEP.

Laura Duggan Russell, MPH
Senior Program Coordinator
Office of the Medical Director
New York State Department of Health
New York, NY

Laura Duggan Russell, MPH is a Senior Program Coordinator at the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute’s Office of the Medical Director where she manages the AIDS Institute’s Clinical Guidelines Program and participates in statewide efforts to meet the goals of New York State’s Ending the Epidemic initiative.