Members & Staff
The Council may have up to 25 members, including the Chair. Members and the chair are selected by the Secretary from authorities with particular expertise in, or knowledge of, matters concerning HIV and AIDS. In addition, the Council includes ex officio members from relevant HHS components as deemed appropriate by the Secretary or designee.
Council members are invited to serve for overlapping terms of up to four years; terms are contingent upon the authorized continuation of the Council. A member can serve after the expiration of their term until their successor has taken office and/or until notified in writing that their term has ended or expired, but no longer than 180 days.
Nancy Mahon, JD
PACHA Chairperson – Sworn in December 2, 2011
Senior Vice President, M·A·C Cosmetics
Global Executive Director, M·A·C AIDS Fund
As a senior vice president at M•A•C and Global Executive Director of the M•A•C AIDS Fund, Nancy serves as a member of the brand’s senior management team while overseeing the strategic direction and day-to-day operation of the M•A•C AIDS Fund. Under Nancy’s leadership, the Fund has further refined and enhanced its giving, taking on larger grant initiatives including the Caribbean Initiative, while at the same time continuing to fund the grassroots service-based charities that the Fund has supported in the past. Currently, the Fund gives away over $18 million annually throughout the world particularly the 65 countries in which M•A•C has affiliates.
David Holtgrave, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Health, Behavior and Society; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Baltimore, MD
While much of Dr. Holtgrave’s efforts have been directed toward prevention, he also has knowledge and expertise of HIV/AIDS issues that impact treatment and housing. Dr. Holtgrave was previously employed by the CDC as Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention - Intervention Research and Support. While employed in this position, Dr. Holtgrave worked on the first comprehensive evaluation strategy for HIV prevention programs, coordinated the first review paper on HIV prevention intervention science; helped to establish HIV prevention community planning; and improved working relationships with health departments, community-based organizations, private sector partners, and others federal agencies. Dr. Holtgrave formerly served on an Institute of Medicine panel that examined a variety of strategies for the public sector funding of HIV care and treatment services in the United States. He currently serves on the Board of the National Association of People with AIDS.
Ada Adimora, MD, MPH
Professor, School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Adaora Adimora is a physician-epidemiologist with specialty training and extensive clinical experience in infectious diseases, particularly HIV, both in NC and NYC. She received her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine and completed specialty training at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, NY. Prior to coming to UNC, she served as Assistant Chief for Science of the NC Health Department's Communicable Disease Control Section. Dr. Adimora has published the first national data on concurrent partnerships in U.S. women in the National Survey of Family Growth and a conceptual analysis of contextual factors that promote concurrent sexual partnerships among African Americans. She is completing the analysis of a population-based case-control study of newly-reported heterosexually acquired HIV among African Americans in North Carolina, with an emphasis on the rural, eastern region of the state. Dr. Adimora is the recipient of a career development award for analysis of data on concurrent sexual partnerships.
A fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), she Chairs the Women at Risk Committee for the NIH’s HIV Prevention Trials Network Women at Risk Committee and is Vice Chair of the HIV Medicine Association. She also serves on the US Department of Health and Human Services Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Panel, the editorial board of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council. Dr. Adimora received her MD from Yale and MPH in epidemiology from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. In 2009 The Root (a publication of the Washington Post Company) named Dr. Adimora to its inaugural list of The Root 100, its recognition of “established and emerging African American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions.”
Jeffrey S. Akman, MD
Vice President for Health Affairs, George Washington University
Dean, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences
As the leader of the eleventh oldest medical school in the nation, Dr. Jeffrey Akman has articulated a bold vision for the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) to be involved in the eradication of HIV/AIDS through research, community partnerships and the development of an innovative clinical public health curriculum for medical students and physicians in training.
Dr. Akman’s leadership in HIV/AIDS dates back to the beginning of the epidemic where, as a psychiatric physician, he began treating patients with HIV/AIDS in 1983. He was part of a handful of physicians who created the field of HIV/AIDS psychiatry and served on the American Psychiatric Association’s Commission on AIDS. Through funding by the NIH/NIMH and as President of the National Lesbian and Gay Health Association he helped lead national efforts related to HIV/AIDS education for health professionals.
His efforts related to HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia are extensive and have included service on the Mayor of the District of Columbia’s Commission on HIV/AIDS and on multiple nonprofit boards including Whitman Walker Health (where he served as President). He serves as a member of the Oversight Committee of the NIH-funded District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research and as a founding board member of the GW SMHS Rodham Institute, whose mission is dedicated to achieving health equity in the Washington, DC community.
Oliver Clyde Allen, III
Presiding Bishop, United Progressive Pentecostal Fellowship of Churches
Oliver Clyde Allen, III is a human rights activist, national LGBT community leader, Social Justice advocate and the Presiding Bishop of the United Progressive Pentecostal Fellowship of Churches. He oversees senior pastors, ministers, churches and faith-based organizations throughout the United States and abroad committed to a theology of social justice. He is the Senior Pastor and Founder of the Vision Church of Atlanta. Bishop Allen is the Executive Director of The Vision Community Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization created to address socioeconomic and health gaps in the greater Atlanta community. The Vision Community Foundation annually feeds over 20,000 families and provides HIV/AIDS counseling, testing and access to care. Bishop Allen has worked with AIDS Survival Project, AID Atlanta and AID Gwinnett. He has been honored by a host of community and national groups including the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012.
In 2014, Bishop Allen was inducted into the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. As a strong proponent for social and economic justice, he created and hosted a national Economic and Business Conference for LGBT Entrepreneurs in conjunction with the efforts of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Bishop Allen served as a regional spokesperson for the National Black Justice Coalition LGBT Economic Empowerment Tour for communities of color. He has worked closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide support to LGBT and other minority entrepreneurs in the community.
In April 2015, the Georgia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration awarded Bishop Allen the 2015 LGBT Business Champion of the Year Award for his strong advocacy for minority business initiatives and development. Bishop Allen was invited by the White House and the Obama Administration to participate in the annual White House Easter Breakfast.
Bishop Allen was born in Los Angeles, California. He studied at Morgan State University, Morehouse College, and Harvard University-Harvard Extension School where he majored in Philosophy and Religion. He is married to his life-partner, Mr. Rashad Burgess of Chicago, Illinois. They are the proud fathers of 2 beautiful children, Joshua and Caylee. In 2013, Bishop Allen and his family made history by being the first Same Gender Loving couple to be selected as one of Ebony Magazine’s “top 10 Coolest Black Families” in America.
Lucy A. Bradley-Springer, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN
PI and Director, Mountain Plains AIDS Education and Training Center
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, Colorado
Lucy Bradley-Springer, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver where she is the PI and Director of the Mountain Plains AIDS Education and Training Center. She has been working in the area of HIV infection since 1988 and has developed expertise in prevention, retention in care, and teaching healthcare providers about HIV. Dr. Bradley-Springer is a Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps, a past president of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC), and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is the editor of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.
Gina M. Brown, MSW
Planning Council Coordinator
New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council
Gina Brown is the Planning Council Coordinator at the New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council. Gina has worked in the field of HIV for 12 years and has been living with HIV for 20 years. Gina graduated Magna Cum Laude from Southern University at New Orleans, with a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in History in 2011 and received her Master’s degree in 2012. Gina is the past-VP of the School of Social Works’ service organization, and Historian of Psi Phi SUNO’s chapter of Phi Alpha Social Work Honors Society. Gina has served on numerous boards and committees. Gina is a Public Speaker and Community Advocate. Gina truly believes in service work and has made it her life’s mission to help the broader community gain a higher level of health literacy.
Ulysses W. Burley III, MD, MPH
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Dr. Ulysses W. Burley III is a graduate of Morehouse College and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM). Ulysses previously held an associate position at Northwestern University FSM Allergy, Asthma and Immunology clinical research unit and currently serves as Program Director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Strategy on HIV/AIDS.
Although his primary training is in scientific research and clinical medicine, Ulysses has dedicated much of his time to a vocation of social justice advocacy through the Church and community. His primary work with faith groups has been in the area of HIV and AIDS awareness, but also includes mass incarceration, gender and racial justice, food security, and peace in the Middle East. He has been a guest at both the White House and United Nations for consultations on the intersections of faith and HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health rights, respectively. Ulysses is the ELCA Executive Committee member to the World Council of Churches (WCC), and he serves on the WCC Gender Advisory Group and Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance’s (EAA) Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment Working Group. He is also a monthly contributor to the online magazine, “The Salt Collective” and has published writings in both medical science and advocacy. When Ulysses is not working or traveling, he serves as a life on life mentor for fatherless teens in Chicago with GRIP Outreach for Youth Program, where he is a member of their Board of Directors.
Vignetta Charles, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer, ETR Associates
Dr. Vignetta Charles is currently serving as Chief Science Officer at ETR Associates, focused on the design of behavioral health interventions related to HIV/AIDS, sexual health, and mental health. Before joining ETR, Dr. Charles was Senior Vice President at AIDS United overseeing strategic grant making and capacity building programs. She is an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work experience is diverse and has led to the acquisition of a broad range of skills: conducting scholarly inquiry at academic institutions, evaluating national teen pregnancy prevention programs, assessing the effectiveness of black women’s health interventions in Boston, serving as the national health educator for the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies, initiating a teen pregnancy prevention portfolio for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and coordinating prevention and youth development programs in both San Francisco and Oakland, California. Dr. Charles currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS where she advises the Administration and Health and Human Services on pressing issues related to ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).
Senior Strategist, Transgender Law Center
Cecilia Chung is nationally recognized as a civil rights leader, advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness and care, LGBT equality, social justice and human rights. She is currently a Health Commissioner in San Francisco where she is the first trans woman appointed to the position by Mayor Ed Lee. Cecilia was also the first trans woman and first person living openly with HIV elected Chair to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission where she has served for over seven years. An immigrant from Hong Kong, Cecilia has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years where she has worked locally and internationally to advance equality and justice. During that time, she has broken ground in a number of ways including: being the first transgender woman and first Asian to be elected to lead the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration; the first transgender woman and first person living openly with HIV to Chair the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; and, an architect of the nation’s most ambitious publicly funded program addressing economic justice within the transgender community.
For almost two decades, she has worked to advance equality and justice both locally and internationally. In 1994 she was a member of the Transgender Discrimination Taskforce, which released a groundbreaking report by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, documenting widespread discrimination against trans people. The report led the City to adopt many pioneering anti-discrimination ordinances and policies. She is the former Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center, has also served on a number of planning bodies, including the San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council, and was a trainer of Community Planning for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In 2001, she was elected President of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration, becoming the first Asian and first trans gender women to hold the position, and she lead the Board to a new standard of inclusion and excellence. In 2004, as a founding producer of Trans March, she helped organize one of the world’s largest annual trans events.
Cecilia has dedicated herself to ending stigma, discrimination, and violence in all communities.
William H. Collier
Head North America
ViiV Healthcare, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Bill Collier is Head of ViiV Healthcare North America, responsible for the businesses in the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada. Bill has held this position since the creation of ViiV Healthcare in 2009 during which time he helped set up Positive Action Southern Initiative - a collaborative, community-focused program that supports HIV programs and services for underserved populations in the southern region of the United States.
Prior to this, Bill held several senior commercial roles for GlaxoSmithKline in the USA. In the late 1990’s, Bill was Area Director for GlaxoWellcome Sub-Saharan Africa operations based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Earlier in his career, Bill held a number of Sales and Marketing positions for Beecham Pharmaceuticals UK and also worked in Global Commercial Development for Wellcome UK.
Bill gained a BSc Hons in Mathematics and Management Sciences from Manchester University, UK. Originally from the UK, Bill is now a citizen of the USA and currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Michelle Collins-Ogle, MD, FAAP, AAHIVS
Director, Infectious Diseases
Warren-Vance Community Health Center, Inc.
Henderson, North Carolina
Dr. Collins-Ogle is a Clinical Infectious Disease Specialist who has dedicated the majority of her career to providing comprehensive medical care to infants, children, adolescents and adults living with HIV / AIDS. She also has a special interest and training in sexually transmitted infections in children and adolescents while working in Detroit, Michigan and North Carolina as well. While completing her Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Dr. Collins-Ogle published on the epidemic of Congenital Syphilis and atypical presentations in infants outside the newborn period. She also partnered with adult Infectious Disease Physicians at the Detroit Medical Center to establish the first HIV clinic which provided care for infants and mothers infected with HIV. Dr. Collins-Ogle relocated to North Carolina where she joined the NC Children’s and Adults’ Clinical Research Foundation in 2002. As the Principal Investigator for the Gardisil Vaccine in NC, Dr. Collins-Ogle was instrumental in developing protocols for clinical trials in pediatric and adolescent males and females living in rural as well as more urban areas of the state. Dr. Collins-Ogle is currently the Medical Director of the Northern Outreach Clinic which provides comprehensive medical care for adolescents and adults living with HIV/AIDS in the most rural, isolated communities in the state. Dr. Collins-Ogle continues to push the envelope in the rural community as the only HIV provider to establish free HIV and Syphilis screening in rural county jails since 2005. Dr. Collins-Ogle and her team is expanding services to provide screening and treatment for persons dually infected with Hepatitis C as well as Hep C mono infection.
Dr. Collins-Ogle passionately advocates for her patients living in rural, indigent isolated areas of North Carolina because she holds the belief that these patients deserve the same access to quality medical care as those living in urban areas. She is actively expanding the HIV practice to provide a warm, non-judgmental and welcoming environment for transgender people living with HIV in rural NC. Providing hormone therapy and coordinated HIV care for the transgender population has been a welcomed service.
Yvette Flunder, D. Min.
Founder and Senior Pastor, City of Refuge United Church of Christ
Presiding Bishop, The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries
Rev. Dr. Yvette A. Flunder is an unapologetic disciple and proponent of the radically inclusive love of Jesus Christ, who has raised her voice for justice from the church house to the White House and steps of the Supreme Court. She is a graduate of the Certificate of Ministry Studies and Master of Arts programs at Pacific School of Religion, and she received her Doctor of Ministry degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA.
In June 2003 Rev. Dr. Flunder was consecrated Presiding Bishop of The Fellowship (founded in 2000 and renamed The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries in 2011), a multi-denominational coalition of over 100 primarily African American Christian leaders and laity representing churches and faith-based organizations from all parts of the United States, and extending to Mexico, three countries in Africa and most recently, Asia. TFAM is in covenantal relationship with The United Church of Christ, The Metropolitan Community Church and The Centers for Spiritual Living.
Responding to the needs of the AIDS epidemic, Bishop Flunder and her staff opened Hazard-Ashley House and Walker House in Oakland and Restoration House in San Francisco through the Ark of Refuge, Inc., a non-profit agency which provided housing, direct services, education and training for persons affected by HIV/AIDS in the Bay Area, throughout the USA and in three countries in Africa. The Ark of Refuge transitioned into the Y. A. Flunder Foundation which continues the work of social justice exemplified through service and public advocacy, including collaborative partnerships to support the Mother of Peace Orphanage in Mutoko, Zimbabwe.
Grissel Granados, M.S.W.
HIV and STI Testing Coordinator
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Grissel Granados received a Masters in Social Work at the University of Southern California. She is currently the HIV & STI Testing Coordinator in the Risk Reduction Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Granados works primarily with young gay and bisexual men and transgender youth of color. She is part of the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV and co-chairs the Standards and Best Practices committee and advises and educates communities and institutions on issues related to youth and the HIV response locally and internationally. She also advocates for comprehensive sex health education for youth and emphasizes the need to discuss sexuality with a sex-positive approach. Granados was born and infected with HIV in Mexico City and has been positive her entire life.
Robert Greenwald, JD
Clinical Professor of Law Director
Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Robert Greenwald has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of health, public health, and HIV law and policy. Mr. Greenwald and his staff at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School are engaged in State and national research, policy development, and advocacy on health initiatives. Since 1998, he also has served as Director of the Treatment Access Expansion Project, working to improve access to care for people living with HIV. Mr. Greenwald has served as an advisor to the President’s National Commission on AIDS and the HRSA/CDC Community Advisory Committee, and as a board member of AIDS Action Council of Washington, DC, and the National Lesbian and Gay Bar Association.
Jen Kates, PhD
Director of Global Health & HIV Policy
Dr. Jen Kates is Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation. She oversees the Foundation’s policy analysis and research focused on the U.S. government’s role in global health and on the global and domestic HIV epidemics. Widely regarded as an expert in the field, she regularly publishes and presents on global health and HIV policy issues and is particularly known for her work analyzing donor government investments in global health; assessing and mapping the U.S. government’s global health architecture, programs, and funding; and tracking and analyzing major U.S. HIV programs and financing, and key trends in the HIV epidemic, an area she has been working in for twenty-five years. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1998, Dr. Kates was a Senior Associate with The Lewin Group, a health care consulting firm, where she focused on HIV policy, strategic planning/health systems analysis, and health care for vulnerable populations. Prior to that, she directed the Office of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns at Princeton University.
Dr. Kates serves on numerous federal and private sector advisory committees on global health and HIV issues. Currently, she is a member of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHACHSPT) and is an Alternate Board Member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She recently served on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Congressionally-mandated evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and on two IOM study committees commissioned by the White House to inform the implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Dr. Kates received her Ph.D. in Health Policy from George Washington University, where she is also a lecturer. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts.
Gabriel Maldonado, MBA
Executive Director and CEO, TruEvolution
Gabriel Maldonado is the Executive Director and CEO of TruEvolution — a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for LGBT justice and advocating for the prevention & elimination of HIV/AIDS in America. He holds a degree in Political Science & International Affairs and an Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Originally from Compton, CA, Gabriel has been a community organizer for almost 10 years and now serves as one of the youngest openly gay appointed officials of color in California as the Human Relations Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the county's HIV Planning Council in Riverside County where he serves transparently as a person living with HIV.
President and Chief Executive Officer
OraSure Technologies, Inc., Bethlehem, PA
Mr. Michels joined OraSure Technologies, Inc., in June 2004, as President and Chief Executive Officer. He is a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Since joining OraSure, Mr. Michels has led the company to become a global leader in oral fluid diagnostics for infectious disease and drugs of abuse. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Michels spent 19 years with Johnson & Johnson and 7 years with Abbott Laboratories. At Johnson and Johnson, he was President, International, for Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc., and President of Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, Inc.
Ligia Peralta, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, AAHIVS
Commissioner, Maryland Health Care Commission
Commissioner Baltimore HIV Commission
Silver Spring, Maryland
Ligia Peralta, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, AAHIVS is a clinician and scientist with extensive research expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and health disparities. Dr. Peralta is at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program in Innovation and Global Leadership. She has led innovative genomics research on women’s health and HIV transmission and established international HIV/AIDS clinical and research centers.
Dr. Peralta is a retired tenured Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology who served as Chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She holds certification from the American Academy of HIV Medicine and serves as its representative to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. She has served as Principal Investigator for over 30 NIH and CDC-funded grants and has published in various scientific journals, including PLOS, Journal of General Virology, International Journal of Gynecology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Dr. Peralta has worked with the Department of State in Africa, Caribbean and the Far East (United Arab Emirates) in the development of health care programs. In 2011, she was inducted to the Maryland Hall of Fame and was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to the state Health Care Commission.
Two-Spirit Community Organizer
Vancouver, BC Canada
Harlan Pruden (First Nations n?hiyaw/Cree), a co-founder and former Director of the NorthEast Two Spirit Society and works with the Two-Spirit (LGBT Native) community locally, nationally and internationally. Harlan is one of the lead organizers of the National Confederacy of Two-Spirit Organizations and serves as the principal Two-Spirit consultant for the National Native American and Alaskan Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center. Harlan also serves as an Honorary Committee Member of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta, Canada, and in the spring of 2013, Harlan was appointed to be an American representative to the International Indigenous Peoples Working Group on HIV/AIDS. Currently, Harlan is a Ph.D student at the University of British Columbia, where is conducting Two-Spirit research. After committing himself to sobriety 27 years ago, Harlan was the first person in his family to attend college and now devotes his life to progressive First Nations/Native community organizing.
Scott A. Schoettes, JD
HIV Project Director/Senior Attorney
Scott A. Schoettes, who is openly HIV-positive, is the HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization dedicated to making the case for equality on behalf of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV, through impact litigation, education and policy work.
Schoettes primarily litigates impact cases involving the discriminatory denial of employment, housing or access to healthcare based on a person’s HIV status, as well as cases involving the privacy and confidential rights of people living with HIV. He also does a significant amount of amicus work on issues of import to people living with HIV, most notably co-authoring an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court’s review of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. On the policy side, Schoettes was the point-person for Lambda Legal's work on the repeal of the HIV travel ban, advocates for better policies regarding blood and organ donations by gay and bisexual men, and is working on the reform of laws criminalizing conduct based on HIV status. He has presented on various topics related to HIV discrimination at forums across the country, including the White House.
Schoettes graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and clerked for the Hon. J. Frederick Motz in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Before joining Lambda Legal as the HIV Project Staff Attorney in 2007, Schoettes spent four years litigating at Latham & Watkins in Chicago.
Vanessa D. Sharp (Cephas), M.Div., MACM, MATM
Pastor of Worldwide Outreach for Higher Hope Christian Ministries; Atl., GA
Rev. Sharp was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, breaking her silence as a World AIDS Day speaker in December 1997. A strong advocate for HIV/AIDS, Rev. Sharp (Cephas) recently married, is Coordinator for the BLCA Metro Atlanta Affiliate of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA); SisterLove Inc's Board Chair; ChangeOneLife, Inc’s consultant in Kenya East Africa and Ghana West Africa; and founder of LINC Worldwide Outreach, Inc. (Love Integrates Nurture & Care), a “Girls to Women Empowerment Initiative” outreach both local and global. Rev. Sharp’s advocacy in the area of HIV and AIDS has spanned some fifteen years.
Lawrence Stallworth II
Project Assistant and HIV Prevention Specialist
Abounding Prosperity Inc.
Since speaking publicly about his HIV-positive status in local schools only a couple of months after his HIV positive diagnosis in April of 2009, Lawrence Stallworth II has since shared his story at the United Nations Headquarters for a 2011 World AIDS Day Special Briefing, at the United States Conference on AIDS in 2011, and in September of 2011 was one of the first young people to speak before the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS on the needs of young people living with HIV. He has since worked in many different roles in the field of HIV/AIDS including: Community Educator and Recruiter for Case Western Reserve University’s/University Hospitals AIDS Clinical Trials Unit working on HVTN 505, Community Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Be The Generation Bridge Project of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland and served in the role of Youth Services Coordinator for the Beyond Identities Community Center of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. Also in September of 2013 Mr. Stallworth was a presenter at the United States Conference on AIDS and at the age of 21 was appointed as the youngest voting member of the Cuyahoga Regional HIV Health Services Planning Council. In December of 2013, in recognition of his outstanding work in the HIV/AIDS community, he was selected as the youngest member of 2013’s POZ Magazine’s THE POZ 100. As of February 1st 2014, Mr. Stallworth was promoted to the role of Mobile Health Services Specialist/Youth Services Coordinator for the Public Health Division of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland/ AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Starting January of 2015, Mr. Stallworth was offered and accepted the position of Project Assistant/HIV Prevention Specialist for Abounding Prosperity Inc. He is currently working towards a Degree in Public Health.
Elizabeth Styffe, MSN
Director, HIV/AIDS ad Orphan Care Initiatives Saddleback Valley Community Church
Elizabeth Styffe is the co-founder of the HIV&AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church with Kay Warren and the Interim Director of the Global HIV&AIDS Initiative. She currently directs the Rwanda Healthcare Initiative. She launched and directs the Orphan Care Initiatives at Saddleback Church, which focuses on equipping churches locally and globally to end the orphan crisis.
An author and international speaker, Elizabeth combines her background in pediatric nursing, loss, grief and trauma with a passion to see the church at the center of HIV and orphan care. Having received a BSN from Biola University and Master’s Degree in Nursing from UCLA, she has helped develop robust programs and tools for churches across the globe and is helping churches launch effective ministries which are church-initiated with an emphasis on permanency as the right of every child.
Mildred Williamson, PhD, MSW
Adjunct Faculty Member
University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
Mildred Williamson, PhD, MSW, has spent a lifetime in public service with human rights/social justice as her passion. She has more than twenty years experience in developing and leading public health safety net programs for vulnerable populations in need of comprehensive health care and human services. She currently serves as HIV/AIDS Section Chief for the Illinois Department of Public Health, a position she has held since 2008. Dr. Williamson began her public health career at Cook County Hospital in 1989 as the first administrator of the Women & Children HIV Program, which today, is part of the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center - the largest provider of comprehensive HIV services in the Midwest. She went on to administer and manage community-based primary care and HIV programs in Cook County’s ambulatory health centers, and in 1998 helped to launch “Project Brotherhood: A Black Men’s Clinic,” while serving as administrator for Woodlawn Health Center in Chicago. That program is still in place today.
Mildred Williamson is principal investigator for several grants; served as program consultant and grant application reviewer for several health and human service initiatives; and as adjunct faculty and field placement supervisor with graduate and undergraduate students. Additionally, she has served on boards of several local non-profit organizations and some national advisory groups, including NIH/NIAID and CDC/HRSA Advisory Councils. She was one of the founding members of AIDS Alliance for Children Youth & Families, a national organization that advocated for women, children, youth and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. She is currently a member of the National Stakeholders Group for the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in the US and an advisory member of the Chicago-Developmental Center for AIDS Research; a collaboration between Rush University Medical Center, University of Illinois at Chicago and the CORE Center/Cook County Health and Hospitals System.
Dr. Williamson completed requirements for her Master’s degree in Social Work in 1989 and her doctorate in Social Work in 2000 at the School of Social Service Administration/University of Chicago.
Kaye Hayes, MPA
Executive Director, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 443H Washington, D.C. 20201 (202) 690-5560
Caroline Talev, MPA
Public Health Analyst for PACHA in the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy.
Last revised: 10/05/2015