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.
Darrell P. Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW
Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice Provost for Public Engagement
University at Albany – State University at Albany
Albany, New York
Darrell P. Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW is Interim Provost & Sr. VP for Academic Affairs and Vice Provost for Public Engagement at the University at Albany - SUNY. Previously he was Dean of Social Welfare University at Albany – SUNY and Dean School of Social Work Loyola University Chicago. Wheeler has also held academic positions at Hunter College, Columbia University, and the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.
He is an educator and researcher on HIV prevention and intervention in the African-American gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. His work has been funded by key health organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recent research studies include HPTN073 protocol chair; co-chair for HPTN061 (NIH sponsored) and Principal Investigator for B-ME (CDC sponsored). His work has demonstrated a deep understanding of social work practice methods and the social work community. Wheeler has used research to advance the use of data and evidence in developing innovative programs and policy initiatives.
He currently services as Vice Chair of the US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and is the President of the US Board of the National Association of Social Workers. He has also served on the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council. In 2015, he was named among the 30 most influential social workers alive today.
Wheeler earned his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, a master’s degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990, a master in social work from Howard University in 1988, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Cornell College in 1981.
Ada A. Adimora, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Dr. Adaora Adimora is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a physician-epidemiologist with specialty training and extensive clinical experience in infectious diseases, particularly HIV, both in North Carolina and New York City. 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. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of HIV and STDs among minority populations. She is particularly concerned with behavioral epidemiology and the role of sexual networks and the socioeconomic context in heterosexual HIV transmission among minorities. Her work has focused on the importance of sexual network patterns and important contextual factors, such as poverty and racism, in promoting behaviors that establish and maintain racial disparities in rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the United States.
A fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Dr. Adimora Chairs the Women at Risk Committee for the NIH’s HIV Prevention Trials Network's Women at Risk Committee. She has served on the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council and as Chair of the HIV Medicine Association and. She also serves on the US Department of Health and Human Services Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Panel. 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
VVice President for Health Affairs
Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
George Washington University
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
Founder and Senior Pastor, The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta
Presiding Bishop, United Progressive Pentecostal Fellowship of Churches
Oliver Clyde Allen, III is a religious trailblazer, author, human rights advocate, an international and community leader and entrepreneur. In 2015, Bishop Allen was appointed by President Barak Obama and the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). In 2016, He was appointed Southeastern Chair of the DNC-LGBT Advisory Board. Bishop Allen is currently a National Ambassador and consultant for the NAACP - Black Church/HIV Initiative. He is the Presiding Bishop and founder of the United Progressive Pentecostal Fellowship of Churches which oversees senior pastors, ministers, churches and faith-based organizations throughout the United States and abroad. There is also an international presence of the organization in Central and South America. He is the Senior Pastor and Founder of The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta known as "The Vision Church". Bishop Allen is best known for his creativity and innovation in ministry, oratorical gifts, scholarly and dynamic preaching, authenticity and cutting-edge leadership. He is the author of a motivational self-help book, "Master Your Emotions".
He is also 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 through its "Community In Action" aka CIA program, over 2000 women and children in its local shelters program, provides clothing and toys specifically for homeless children, provides GED training for students completing diplomas, provides Breast Cancer awareness education, and provides HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. The Vision Community Foundation hosts the annual Atlanta Black-Pride "Pure Heat Community Festival," which provides education and entertainment for over 30,000 people. He is a member of the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS.
Bishop Allen has been honored by a host of community and national groups including the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. In 2014, Bishop Allen 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 numerous initiatives to include the annual Presidential White House Easter Prayer Breakfast. Bishop Allen has been featured in numerous media outlets and periodicals to include CNN, BET and the Economist.
Bishop Allen was born on January 24th, 1973 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. Rashad Burgess is currently the Community Liaison for Gilead Sciences, Inc. and was formerly the branch Chief of the Capacity Building Branch at the CDC’s division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. 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
Editor, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC)
Associate Professor Emerita, University of Colorado Denver
Lucy Bradley-Springer, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN, is an Associate Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado Denver where she was the Principal Investigator and Director of the Mountain Plains AIDS Education and Training Center (1999-2015). She is the editor of the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC), has worked in the area of HIV infection since 1988, and has developed expertise in HIV 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), a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), and a member of the International Academy of Nurse Editors (INANE).
Gina M. Brown, MSW
Institute of Women and Ethnics Studies
New Orleans, Louisiana
Gina Brown is a Program Associate for the Institute of Women and Ethnics Studies where she conducts targeted outreach, HIV testing, and education with Black women at risk for HIV. Prior, Gina Brown was 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
Owner/Consultant, UBtheCURE LLC
Dr. Ulysses W. Burley III studied at 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 a position as Program Director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Strategy on HIV/AIDS. He now operates as an independent HIV and AIDS consultant.
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 has also been recognized by the National Minority Quality Forum as top 40 under 40 in minority health for his work in faith and HIV in communities of color. Ulysses served as the ELCA Executive Committee member to the World Council of Churches (WCC), holding positions 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.
Nicholas Carlisle, JD
Southern AIDS Coalition
Nic Carlisle is the executive director of the Southern AIDS Coalition. He has worked as an advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS, both domestically and internationally, for more than a decade. Upon graduating magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2006, he founded Alabama’s first legal program for people living with HIV/AIDS. He represented over 300 Alabamians during his four years with the program.
In 2010, Nic joined the United States Peace Corps, where he designed programs to empower women, youth, and disenfranchised ethnic minorities affected by HIV in Eastern Europe. His passion for grassroots advocacy around HIV/AIDS in the U.S. South, however, brought him back home to Alabama as the director of policy and advocacy at AIDS Alabama. Nic also previously served as the executive director of Thrive Alabama, a federally funded HIV primary care clinic in North Alabama.
During his time in the field, Nic has contributed to several local and national publications, including Positively Empowered: A Legal Guide for People Living with HIV/AIDS, a substantial portion of the update to the Southern States Manifesto in 2012, and the policy recommendations section of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Alabama State Plan: Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Vignetta Charles, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, ETR
Dr. Vignetta Charles is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer at ETR (Education, Training and Research, a national nonprofit focused on advancing health equity through science-based solutions. 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).
Senior Strategist, Transgender Law Center
San Francisco, California
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
Senior Vice President and General Manager
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.
Kevin Cranston, MDiv
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)
MDPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences
Kevin Cranston is Assistant Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and Director of the MDPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. Kevin previously served as the Director of the MDPH HIV/AIDS Bureau and was HIV/AIDS Program Director at the Massachusetts Department of Education. Prior to government work, Kevin was an adolescent HIV prevention specialist at The Children's Hospital, Boston. He is past Chair of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and served as a technical advisor to national, state, and provincial AIDS control programs in Nigeria, Brazil, and South Africa. Kevin earned his Master of Divinity degree at Harvard University. Kevin serves as a member of the Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission on LGBT Aging.
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.
Program Manager, HIV Prevention
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 Prevention Program Manager for the HIV Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. Grissel’s focus is on implementing structural change that increases access to HIV prevention services for young gay and bisexual men and transgender youth of color. She believes in a collaborative approach and thus she is involved in multiple community planning groups and multi-agency collaboratives. by 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 co-directed and produced the documentary film, We're Still Here, which highlights the stories of young adults who were born with HIV in the 80s and 90s. Grissel was born in Mexico City and has been living with HIV her entire life.
Gabriel Maldonado, MBA
Executive Director and CEO, TruEvolution
Gabriel Maldonado is the Executive Director and CEO of TruEvolution -- an LGBTQ justice and Ryan White-funded HIV/AIDS service organization serving Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California. Gabriel works with high-risk populations through community organizing efforts, prevention services, policy advocacy and improving access to care for those living with HIV/AIDS. Gabriel concentrates his efforts on promoting health equity for underserved youth populations and addressing social determinants of health by driving community-informed policies at the local and federal level.
Originally from Compton, Gabriel has been a community organizer for almost 10-years and now serves—openly as an Afro-Latino gay man living with HIV—as a city commissioner, Vice-Chair of the Ryan White HIV Planning Council for the Inland Empire Transitional Grant Area (TGA). He is a member of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Directors and was appointed onto the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS where he now serves as Co-Chair of the Disparities Committee.
Ligia Peralta, M.D., FAAP, FSAHM, AAHIVS
President and CEO, Casa Ruben Foundation
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for Biomedical Innovation
Ligia Peralta, M.D., 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.
Vancouver, BC Canada
Harlan Pruden (First Nation Cree/nēhiyaw) Ph.D student at the University of British Columbia's Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program and is also the Managing Editor of TwoSpiritJournal.com, an interactive multi-platform Two-Spirit media/news site. Harlan works with the Two-Spirit (LGBT Native) community locally, nationally and internationally. Harlan is a co-founder and former Director of the NorthEast Two Spirit Society. Harlan serves as the principal Two-Spirit consultant to 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.
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.
Elizabeth Styffe, RN, MN
Director, HIV/AIDS and Orphan Care Initiatives
Saddleback Valley Community Church
Lake Forest, California
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.
Patrick S. Sullivan, PhD, DVM
Charles Howard Candler Professor, Epidemiology
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
Dr. Sullivan has over 20 years of experience in HIV epidemiology, prevention, and behavioral surveillance in the United States and in international settings. He worked in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 12 years, including service as a Branch Chief and Acting Deputy Division Director in the Division of HIV AIDS Prevention. He also has experience in design and oversight of biomedical prevention trials, having served as the Associate Director of Scientific Support for the NIH-funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network.
He is currently the PI of NIH-supported research grants to explain black/white disparities in HIV treatment outcomes among MSM, to develop mobile apps to increase uptake of HIV prevention services by MSM, and to pilot an HIV prevention package for MSM in South Africa. He is the Principal Scientist of AIDSVu.org, an online mapping resource for HIV surveillance and related data. He also serves as Co-Director of the Emory CFAR's Prevention Sciences Core.
Mildred Williamson, PhD, MSW
Director, Research and Regulatory Affairs
Cook County Health and Hospitals System
Mildred Williamson has more than twenty five years in public service with human rights/social justice as her passion. She is an experienced developer and leader of comprehensive health and human service programs for underserved and vulnerable populations. She currently serves as Director of Research & Regulatory Affairs for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS), and as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC-SPH).
Dr. Williamson has been principal investigator and program administrator for several federally and locally funded health and human service initiatives over the years. She served as HIV/AIDS Section Chief for the Illinois Department of Public Health from 2008-2015 with responsibility for administering HIV prevention, surveillance and comprehensive service programs, statewide. She 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 CCHHS 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 CCHHS 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.
Additionally, she was one of the founding members of AIDS Alliance for Children Youth & Families, a national organization that advocates for women, children, youth and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Dr. Williamson obtained her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Social Work at the School of Social Service Administration/University of Chicago.
B. Kaye Hayes, MPA
Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Before her appointment with PACHA, Ms. Hayes served as the Acting Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Policy for the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. Among her responsibilities at OWH were the formulation of budget, performance, and policy initiatives for the office, as well as management improvement and strategic planning. Prior to joining the OWH staff, Ms. Hayes served as Special Assistant to then-Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher. In this capacity, Ms. Hayes worked on many health policy initiatives and managed the immediate personal staff for Dr. Satcher. She was a Policy Advisor with the Surgeon General as a member of the health and medical team to assess public healthand medical needs after the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. She also has worked as the Extramural Community Liaison for the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she developed and strengthened partnerships with national, State, and local organizations, including business, labor, faith community, entertainment, and other nontraditional health partnerships. While at CDC, her career included assignments with CNN Medical News as a producer, where she produced news stories on “Innovative Campus Approaches to HIV/AIDS Education” and health research on other topics for medical news stories. Ms. Hayes also worked with the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues, a legislative service organization composed of members of Congress and co-chaired by Representatives Patricia Schroeder and Olympia Snowe, where she worked on a host of health policy initiatives, including the Women’s Health Equity Act and health care reform.
Ms. Hayes received a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public administration from Georgia State University, with a concentration in strategic management and human resource management. While in graduate school, she was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow and completed her 2-year assignment at CDC, National AIDS Information and Education Program.
Caroline Talev, MPA
Public Health Analyst
Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
As a Public Health Analyst for the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Ms. Talev serves as the committee manager for the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). In this capacity, she has assisted with the joint PACHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Care HIV Disclosure Summit, the dissemination of PACHA’S Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation report, and assisting with the White House’s Office of National AIDS Policy special task force on Employment and People Living with HIV/AIDS. Prior to her role with PACHA, Ms. Talev interned at the Office on Women’s Health, where she focused on strategic planning and employee satisfaction issues. During her graduate program, she was a Policy Fellow at the American Association of University Women, a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of women and their families. Additionally, she had the exciting opportunity to be an advocacy intern at All Women’s Action Society (AWAM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At AWAM, she focused on policy issues striving for a democratic and equitable society where women are free from all forms of violence and discrimination.
Ms. Talev received her bachelor’s in arts degree from the University of Central Florida and her master’s in public administration degree from American University.
Last revised: 01/20/2017