is Director for National Organizing of Housing Works, the nation's largest
minority controlled HIV & AIDS nonprofit organization. Larry works to
develop and support grassroots advocacy and activist networks which influence
politicians and policy that lead to addressing the factors that lead to ending
the HIV & AIDS epidemic in the United States and abroad.
Diagnosed himself while a freshman
football player at Norfolk State University, Larry has a distinct passion
that flows far beyond just spreading awareness - actions must be derived
through education, purpose, and passion which ultimately and effectively
lead to measurable outcomes. A native of Washington DC, Larry is an aspiring
professional photographer specializing in non-profit photography, essay work,
and civil/social justice photojournalism.
His shots allows us to see the humanity
in art by illustrating the art in humanity - from complex to creative, passionate
to passive, the human spirit is featured throughout his work and gives us
something far below the surface. Larry, who was recently named one of Poz
Magazine's 'The Poz 100' has one son attending college and currently lives
in the Historic Capitol Hill neighborhood in NE Washington D.C.
Christine Campbell, Vice President
of National Advocacy and Organizing oversees Housing Works' national and
global policy, advocacy and organizing activities including Housing Works'
support of the Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA), managing the DC and Mississippi
offices and advocacy participation in the International AIDS Housing Roundtable
and International AIDS Conferences.
Ms. Campbell has her Masters of Science
in Organizational Development from American University and has spent over
21 years operating housing programs, training HIV/AIDS housing providers
and advocating for people with special needs.
Ms. Campbell serves as a board member
of the National AIDS Housing Coalition that works to insure that indigent
persons living with HIV/AIDS have access to stable housing and services and
served as an adjunct professor New York University's Wagner School of Public
Jesse Fry is currently Co-Chairman
of Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network and a member of the AICP Statewide Technical
Advisory Committee, since 2003. At his position as HIV Account Manager with
Pfizer's HIV/AIDS division, Jesse had major-payer responsibilities for four
Southern states: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. He
joined Pfizer after five years as a Florida lobbyist and advocacy director
for The AIDS Institute. Mr. Fry has been involved in health care advocacy
since 1998. He has worked in health care marketing, public relations, and
market research since 1984. Jesse was born at a hospital in Orlando that
later became one of his clients. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
Johnny Guaylupo oversees efforts to
connect New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS to Cylar House's comprehensive
life-saving services. Infected with HIV at the age of 17, Guaylupo has served
as an organizer for the Campaign to End AIDS' Youth Action Institute since
In 2006, he spoke to over 300 young
people at the Ryan White AIDS Conference in Philadelphia; participated in
the civil society youth caucus at the United Nations High Level Meetings
on HIV/AIDS; and was awarded the Tarsha Durant National Leadership Award
(NAPWA). Johnny has been part of the Kaiser Family Foundation PSA "SOY" Campaign
and MTV Staying Alive PSA for World AIDS Day 2008.
He is also the chair for the V.O.C.A.L.
Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders. He serves in the Steering Committee
for Health GAP (Global Access Project).
Thomas Liberti currently serves as
the Chief of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS in the Division of Disease Control within
the Florida Department of Health. Mr. Liberti has served the state of Florida
in the public health arena since 1974, beginning his public health career
with the STD programs in Dade and Monroe counties. During the 1980's, Mr.
Liberti was the STD and AIDS regional director for Tampa Bay. In 1990, he
moved to Tallahassee to work with the AIDS program and in January 1997, he
was appointed the Chief of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS with the Florida Department
of Health. As chief of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS, Mr. Liberti is a dedicated
and outstanding leader, providing direction to the program in the face of
this ever-changing epidemic.
He has worked closely with other public
health officials and community representatives to design and implement effective
HIV prevention programs and, as a result of his leadership qualities, has
developed one of the nation's most comprehensive programs for HIV/AIDS
surveillance, education, prevention, early intervention, counseling, testing,
care and treatment. Mr. Liberti also administers the overall functions of
the Hepatitis Program within the Bureau of HIV/AIDS. Mr. Liberti is a clinical
assistant professor in the Department of Medical Humanities, College of Medicine
at Florida State University. At the national level, Mr. Liberti served as
Chair for NASTAD, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.
He was appointed by the former HHS Secretary, Donna Shalala, to the HRSA
AIDS Advisory Committee where he still serves. He has developed a unique
perspective on HIV/AIDS, enabling him to put Florida's experience in the
context of the national epidemic.
Mr. Liberti was awarded the Nicholas
Rango Leadership Award for his national and state involvement and recently
was given a leadership award by Florida's AIDS Education and Training Centers
where he is a member of the Management Committee. Mr. Liberti is an ex-officio
member of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition Board where he serves
as a key resource for people with HIV/AIDS in need of greater supportive
housing opportunities. Mr. Liberti is highly respected among his peers and
possesses a spirit of compassionate involvement in his work with HIV/AIDS.
He is an extraordinary individual whose HIV/AIDS expertise is
Murray Penner is the Deputy Executive
Director at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
(NASTAD). Penner's primary responsibilities include oversight of NASTAD's
domestic programs, including Care and Treatment (including ADAP), Prevention,
Viral Hepatitis and Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities. Penner joined NASTAD
in June 2001 as Care and Treatment Program Manager, became Director of the
program in August 2002, and assumed his current responsibilities in July
2005. Penner's background includes service as the planning coordinator for
the Fort Worth, Texas, Ryan White CARE Act Titles I and II planning bodies
for nearly five years.
Prior to that, he served as an
administrator with the Fort Worth Metropolitan and Greater Oklahoma City
YMCAs. Penner has extensive volunteer service in HIV prevention and care
community planning, and served as the community-elected co-chair of the regional
HIV prevention community planning group in north central Texas from 1998-99.
He has conducted numerous HIV needs assessments and authored several
comprehensive service plans, needs assessment reports and other planning
documents in the north-central Texas region. Penner has presented at numerous
local, state and national conferences on a variety of topics related to HIV/AIDS
care and prevention services.
Penner has a strong personal interest
in helping to ensure adequate treatment and care services for persons living
with HIV/AIDS. Penner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work with
a Minor in Psychology from Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas and has
two children, Chance and Bailey.
has 25 years experience working as an AIDS advocate in California. Based
in Los Angeles, this has included 20 years of case management and prevention
work with the disabled, including the visually impaired, homeless, and mentally
ill populations both able-bodied and those requiring hospice care. For 8
years he has been an employee of AIDS Healthcare Foundation including 4 years
in Public Affairs covering state legislation related to making services for
HIV/AIDS more accessible and keeping HIV funding sustainable.
With the AHF Public Health Division
he has collaborated with other organizations/agencies to increase their capacity
for HIV testing in Los Angeles County by providing test kits, counselor/tester
training and linkage to care.
Currently the AHF Domestic Advocacy
Manager he is working with HIV+ individuals at the grassroots level in states
with ADAP wait lists and other cost containment measures that delay or obstruct
access to life saving medications. This includes advocacy training and support
for enhancing advocacy efforts at both the state and federal levels. As a
long term non-progressor, 2011 marks 31 years living as a person with
chants, crystals, Chinatown docs, herbs, teas, tears, memorials, grief groups,
brotherhood, Manhattan Center for Living, Friends In Deed and ACT UP NYC.
Fast forward: the millennium approaches; Robin lives. 'Empowerment' (yawn)
is suddenly so 80s; act-up morphs into act-out: with 149 t-cells now in tow,
RW moves on up to Gramercy Park, coasts along fashionably, a la AIDS and
the City, when "HA!" comes calling, yet again. His partner of 10 yrs. dies.
There's 9/11. RW moves to Mississippi to face in-your-face stigma, isolation,
disparities, inequities in ways he never imagined, joining ranks with 10,000
other MS HIV survivors. Depression mounted; isolation was lethal.
Ultimately on August 29th, 2005, the
very day Hurricane Katrina utterly ravaged his homeland, Robin Timothy Webb
ended his own life, sadly, end of story. Naw, not really. Instead, he dug
deep, found his voice by singing the old spiritual, I Ain't Got Time to Die.
Quick to confront, Robin joined Ryan White and CPG groups and the Board of
the Southern AIDS Coalition; he co-founded AIDS Action in MS ("AAIM," an
affiliate of Housing Works) and recently A Brave New Day, both aiming to
help the "left behinds" -- rural Deep South survivors -- when it comes to
empowerment, advocacy, activism, oppression, AIDS services, all that. No
day but today! Oil-spills notwithstanding.
Michael Weinstein is the president
of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the nation's largest provider of HIV/AIDS
medical care. Before becoming involved in HIV/AIDS related issues in the
1980s, he was a businessman and graphic designer. Since 1986, Mr. Weinstein
has been a leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS. As president and co-founder
of AHF, he oversees a $200-million organization whose mission is to provide
"cutting-edge medicine and advocacy regardless of ability to pay." AHF currently
serves more than 150,000 clients in the U.S., Africa, Latin American/Caribbean,
the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. Under Mr. Weinstein's leadership,
AHF has grown from a group of friends dedicated to the creation of dignified
care for people in the last stages of AIDS to the largest AIDS organization
in the United States.
The Foundation now operates 16 outpatient
AHF Healthcare Centers in California, Florida and Washington D.C. AHF also
operates seventeen AHF Pharmacy locations, a clinical research unit, a disease
management program throughout the State of Florida (Positive Healthcare/Florida),
and the first capitated Medicaid managed care program for people with AIDS
(Positive Healthcare/California). In 2001, AHF launched AHF Global, a non-profit,
international initiative to bring lifesaving antiretroviral therapy to developing
and resource-poor countries. AHF works in partnership with local stakeholders
including ministries of health and non-government organizations to establish
sustainable and replicable models for high-quality, sustainable HIV/AIDS
healthcare service delivery. AHF currently has partnerships and provides
free medical care and/or services in 21 countries including: the U.S. (in
California, Florida and Washington D.C.), Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Guatemala,
Haiti, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa,
Swaziland, Thailand, The Netherlands, Uganda, Ukraine, Viet Nam and Zambia.
In order to help finance some of the
many services AHF provides, Weinstein also created the popular fundraising
Out of the Closet thrift store chain, the nation's largest AIDS-related retail
business, which contributes to the innovative HIV/AIDS initiatives of AHF.
Out of the closet now boasts 19 stores in California and Florida, many of
which offer free HIV testing as part of the Foundation's groundbreaking
alternative HIV testing. Before founding AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Weinstein
served as coordinator of the Stop the AIDS Quarantine Committee and then
as executive director of the Los Angeles AIDS Hospice Committee, which led
the fight for hospice care in the mid-eighties.In 2001, Weinstein was awarded
an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Whittier College for his career
is a person living with HIV for over 23 years. In 1994, he was involved in
the start up of the first Ryan White (Title 1 / Part A) Outpatient HIV Special
Immunology Services (SIS) Department at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida.
In 1996 he joined Florida AIDS Action, a statewide advocacy agency involved
throughout Florida to provide medical treatment information & education
for both consumers and physicians. Increasing the awareness of State politicians
for the need to increase state funding for HIV related services, especially
AICP, was another main goal accomplished while at FLAA. He then served for
5 years as the Ryan White Patient Care Administrator for the Broward County
Health Departments AIDS Program office, overseeing provision of $20
million of HIV services for two clinics four pharmacies and seven subcontractor
agencies throughout Broward County.
Since then he worked for over 5 years
in the Statewide Medicaid HIV Disease management program, Positive Healthcare,
as the statewide Community Relations Director. He now works at Broward House,
Browards Oldest & Largest AIDS Service organization, providing
medical care, substance abuse rehabilitation, mental health, and social services
for people living with HIV and addressing their long term housing needs.
He is a 14 year member of the Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)
workgroup. He also was a member of the Florida Statewide Medicaid Advisory
group and also a past President of the People With AIDS Coalition (PWAC)
in Miami Dade County in 1994. He has worked on various Pharmacy formulary
panels and workgroups over the past 15 years, and developed a Ryan White
funded analysis of Pharmacy efficiency / effectiveness evaluations for the
Broward EMA, comparing Florida EMAs cost & utilization models with Florida