~ Event Speakers ~
William E. Arnold Ballard
Everett Edward Hamilton
Kathie Hiers Joyce Turner
Killelea Gabriel Seth Koch
Princy Kumar, M.D.
Jeffrey R. Lewis Elizabeth
McLendon Ariel Novick
Britten Pund Jay Resio
Alan Richardson The Honorable
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
Shepherd Deadra Lawson Smith
Jessica Terlikowski Joey
Terrill Ben Tesdahl
Bill Arnold is a longtime
HIV/AIDS activist and consumer organizer and has been active in developing
HIV/AIDS Organizations and HIV/AIDS policy at the local, State and national
level since the mid 1980's. He is a founding director (1996) of The Title
II Community AIDS National Network and is currently its C.E.O. CANN is active
nationally and at state and local levels in advocacy and policy issues involving
Ryan White Title II (Part B) funding with a particular focus on the crucial
role of ADAP programs in the access to HIV care discussions.
Mr. Arnold is also a founder (1995) of The National ADAP Working Group, a
Washington, DC based advocacy coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations, medical
care providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and others. The ADAP Working
Group advocates at the federal level for ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program)
resources and policies. His involvement with grass roots AIDS work has included
roles from Board Chair and Board Member, to "Buddy" to AIDS Educator, Community
Outreach Director, & pre & post test HIV Counselor in multiple "Grass
Roots" Community Based Organization, and AIDS Service Organization settings.
Mr. Arnold has testified on HIV/AIDS issues before several county legislatures,
the New York State Assembly and the United States Congress on numerous occasions.
Mr. Arnold has also been active in global AIDS activities and served as Secretary
& Treasurer of AIDSETI (AIDS Empowerment and Treatment International)
from 2000 to 2006 - an international association of PWA led AIDS service
organizations (NGO's) who actively provide HIV/AIDS medical treatment to
their members - in 14 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. AIDSETI has
main offices in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He currently serves as Co-Chair
of the Board of aaa+ (ADAP Advocacy Association) - focused on national and
local grass roots advocacy revival efforts as key to the broader access to
HIV care and treatment for everyone in the U.S. who needs it - regardless
of ability to pay.
Ballard Everett is a public
affairs and political consultant based in Raleigh, NC. Since earning his
B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina State University in 1969, Ballard
has participated in more than 400 political campaigns, worked with numerous
trade associations and conducted many public affairs campaigns for corporateand
Ballard specializes in developing advocacy campaigns and coalition building
programs for corporate and association clients. He has worked on issues such
as health care, telecommunications, insurance, trade agreements, agriculture,
defense and sports at both the state and federal levels. Ballard continues
to consult with candidates all across North Carolina ranging from local to
statewide candidates. He has served as the lead consultant on the largest
and most successful local school bondreferendums in North Carolina.
He was one of the consultants on North Carolina's successful $3.1 billion
University and Community College referendum in 2000. In 2006 Ballard served
as the lead consultant on the successful $976 million Wake County school
Eddie Hamilton has 15 years
experience working as an AIDS advocate in various regions of the country.
Now living in Columbus, Ohio as of 2005, he is working with Ohio HIV+ individuals
at the grassroots level with the ADAP Educational Initiative to gain their
advocacy voice. He challenges and encourages them that complacency
is no longer an option.
For several years, he wore his advocacy hat in Massachusetts as a Consumer
Advisory Board (CAB) President at a Cape Cod Service Organization, then he
became a board member of the Provincetown AIDS Support Group on Cape Cod
assisting that organization with a restructure and merger that had enabled
that organization to become the The Aids Support Group of Cape Cod (ASG)
The HIV and AIDS organization on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard was able
to survive the financial climate of 9/11 and beyond.
He was later recognized by both Houses of the Massachusetts Legislature for
his efforts. In 2010, he had received his Degree from Columbus State Community
College in Legal Studies and will be completing his degree at Ohio University
in the Bachelors of Technical and Applied Sciences in the Summer of 2011.
When he isnt busy stirring the pot challenging state agencies
and other organizations about wait lists and other cost containment measures
(i.e medical criteria) that delay or obstruct access to life saving medications,
he spends his spare time saving the neighborhood cats.
Kathie M. Hiers is the Chief Executive Officer of
AIDS Alabama, a nonprofit organization that works statewide to provide housing
and supportive services to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS as well as education,
outreach, and testing. AIDS Alabama has subcontracts with the other nine
AIDS Service Organizations and clinics in the state of Alabama to provide
services to all 67 counties. Kathie has been with AIDS Alabama since January
2001. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Mobile AIDS Support
Services and the founder of the Lee Simmons Fund for People Living with AIDS
in Mobile, Alabama.
Kathie is one of 25 people appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council
on HIV/AIDS, the body that provides advice and expertise to President Obama
and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Kathie was
recently awarded the University of Alabama's 2010 Outstanding Woman in the
Community Award. Kathie has served locally as Co-Chair of the Central Alabama
Ryan White Consortium and two-year term as President of the Metropolitan
Birmingham Services for the Homeless. Kathie is a member of the Governor
of Alabama's HIV Commission for Children, Youth, and Adults and facilitates
the Alabama Legislative Workgroup.
Kathie leads the advocacy efforts for the State of Alabama, educating legislators
on the state's HIV/AIDS issues and promoting financial support for HIV/AIDS
efforts from the Alabama State Legislature. Kathie has been called upon for
guidance on the development of state advocacy networks in Florida, Louisiana,
Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Nationally, Kathie
served for four years as Co-Chair of the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) and
currently heads the Public Policy Committee. Kathie also serves as Vice President
of the National AIDS Housing Coalition, as an elected member of the Federal
AIDS Policy Partnership Convening Group, and as a board member of the Community
Access National Network.
Kathie recently ended a four-year term on the board of the National Association
of People with AIDS, where she served as Treasurer. She also represented
Alabama's nine Title III clinics in the Communities Advocating for Emergency
AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition from 2000 through 2003. Several national magazines,
including HIV Plus, Poz, The Washington Blade, The Houston Blade, Positive
Populations, Mother Jones, the Progressive, Marie Claire, the Congressional
Quarterly, and Southern Voice, have published interviews with Kathie. Her
work in Alabama has also been featured in Jacob Levenson's book, The Secret
Epidemic: The Story of AIDS and Black America. Kathie co-authored the housing
portions of the Southern States Manifesto, as well as major portions of the
Southern States Manifesto: Update 2008, released on July 21, 2008. The Manifesto:
Update provided the lead story for MSNBC on July 25, 2008, the Kaiser Daily,
and periodicals and stations across the country. Kathie is frequently called
upon to speak on AIDS housing, advocacy, and service issues. She has been
a featured speaker for many press conferences and Congressional Briefings
on the Ryan White Act and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program,
as well as for the Southern AIDS Coalition.
Kathie served as Co-Chair of the 2005 National ADAP Conference. In 2006 and
2007, Kathie was featured on a national webcast for the Southern AIDS Coalition,
and she conducted workshops for the U.S. Conference on AIDS, the National
AIDS Housing Coalition, the National Minority Quality Forum, the National
Association of People with AIDS, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham
Sparkman Program for visiting physicians from across the globe. Kathie is
a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a BA in English.
Bishop Joyce Turner Keller
has lofted the term southern hospitality to an entirely new level.
She is not only the founder and CEO of Aspirations, a non-profit faith-based
community service organization, but someone who is living with HIV/AIDS herself,
and has dedicated herself to educating, supporting and inspiring others living
with HIV/AIDS throughout the nation.
In May 2006 she received proclamation from Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco
of Louisiana for hosting the first Hepatitis Awareness Day, shortly after
hosting the first National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in March
of that year. Over the years, Bishop Joyce has incurred an extensive list
of certifications, recognitions, and awards for her extensive work in community
awareness and development in the HIV/AIDS arena.
She is a certified HIV/AIDS Hepatitis C Community Educator by the
Louisiana State Office of Public Health and the Shreveport Office of Public
Health through the Atlanta Center for Disease Control. She has been an ordained
minister for thirty five years, is matriculating in the field of Psychology
at Southern University Baton Rouge, and is the proud grandmother of thirteen
Amy Killelea joined the
staff at the Harvard Law School Health Law and Policy Clinic and Treatment
Access Expansion Project in July 2010 as a clinical fellow. Her work includes
federal health care reform implementation, Medicaid advocacy, as well as
work on the Clinics State Healthcare Access Research Project (SHARP),
which involves state policy analysis and advocacy around access to care for
people living with HIV and AIDS.
Prior to joining the Health Law and Policy Clinic, Amy clerked for Justice
Denise R. Johnson on the Vermont Supreme Court. During law school, Amy worked
at various HIV/AIDS legal services and policy organizations throughout the
country and her note, Collaborative Lawyering Meets Collaborative
Doctoring: How a Multidisciplinary Partnership for HIV/AIDS Services Can
Improve Outcomes for the Marginalized Sick, was published in the Georgetown
Journal of Poverty Law and Policy.
Before attending law school, Amy worked as a legal assistant for Gay &
Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in Boston. Amy received her B.A.
from Smith College, magna cum laude, in 2004 and her J.D. from Georgetown
University Law Center, magna cum laude, in 2009. She is a licensed member
of the state bar of Massachusetts.
Gabriel Seth Koch is the
Manager of Policy & Federal Affairs at the Community Access National
Network. He began his work on HIV/AIDS in 2004 as an intern at CANN during
his junior year at George Washington University.
Taking his International Affairs major and combining it with the Congressional
experience he gained at CANN, Seth spent his final semester at GW interning
for Senator Joe Biden, then Ranking Member, on the Foreign Relations committee.
After graduating in 2006, Seth moved into campaign politics and ran field
operations in 6 Washington State counties for Senator Maria Cantwell in the
mid-term elections. Shortly thereafter, he moved back into issue advocacy
focusing on energy and the environment.
As the Canvass Director for Environment Maryland, his work was crucial in
passing the 'Clean Cars Act of 2007' through the state legislature and the
'Clean Energy Act of 2007' through Congress.
Princy N. Kumar, MD is Professor of Medicine and
Microbiology and Senior Associate Dean of Students at Georgetown University
School of Medicine, and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University
Hospital in Washington, DC. She directs the HIV/AIDS Clinic at Georgetown
Dr. Kumars areas of research interest focus on infectious diseases,
HIV disease and outcomes for both treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced
patients. She has a specific interest in the effect of race and gender on
the success of antiretroviral regimens. She has participated as Principle
or Co-Investigator in a number of studies sponsored by the National Institutes
of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Kumar has received many teaching awards, including two Sol Katz Society
Awards for Persistent Teaching Excellence from Georgetown University Hospital,
three Golden Apple Awards for Teaching Excellence from Georgetown University
School of Medicine, the Kaiser Permanente Award for Clinical Science for
Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Medical Students, and the Laurence H.
Kyle Award for Excellence in House Staff Education. Dr. Kumar was the first
woman in Georgetown University School of Medicine history to be inducted
into the Golden Orchard for sustained dedication to teaching medical students.
She is a Consultant to the Food & Drug Administration for the Antiviral
Drugs Committee, is a Consultant to the Peace Corps, and is Medical Director
for Gift of Peace, Mother Teresa House for Homeless Patients with AIDS in
Dr. Kumars published works appear in the journals Review of Infectious
Disease, Transfusion, Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, American
Journal of Roentgenology, Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Clinical
Infectious Diseases, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Journal of
Clinical Investigation, among others. She has edited two texts, and has
contributed a number of abstracts to both national and international scientific
meetings and symposia.
Jeffrey R. Lewis is a recognized
leader and philanthropic entrepreneur. An expert in health care, pharmaceuticals
and women's pension and retirement issues, he has learned to use the power
of the marketplace to create change.
Prior to joining the Heinz Family Office, Mr. Lewis worked in Congress for
three Republican Senators and one Democrat. He also worked as an assistant
to the last Republican Governor of Oregon.
Mr. Lewis has published extensively and holds three educational degrees:
a law degree, a Master's in Gerontology from the University of Southern
California, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.
Elizabeth McLendon is the
Coordinator for Special Projects and Volunteers at the South Carolina HIV/AIDS
Council based in Columbia, South Carolina. Since spring 2010, she has been
serving also as the Advocacy Liaison for the statewide South Carolina HIV/AIDS
Care Crisis Task Force. Ms. McLendon is the Chair of the HIV/AIDS Ministry
of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, a founding member of Women
of Faith (interfaith community gatherings), a member of the newly formed
Steering Committee of the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina and a former
member for nine years of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Benefit Foundation
of South Carolina.
Ms. McLendon graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina
in 1974. Subsequently living and working for over 20 years in San Francisco
-- a city many people consider the original epicenter of the AIDS epidemic
-- Ms. McLendon lost countless friends to AIDS. She responded by earning
her Master of Arts degree in religious studies at the Institute for Culture
and Creation Spirituality in Oakland, California, where she wrote her thesis
on using the arts to raise awareness about the HIV epidemic.
In 2004, Ms. McLendon received a certificate in Pastoral Counseling. Combining
her two major interests, she helped start the recently launched H.O.P.E.
Chaplaincy program to provide free, non-judgmental and interfaith pastoral
counseling for people infected with and affected by HIV. In honor of her
work with HIV/AIDS throughout South Carolina and her strong belief in promoting
partnerships and collaboration, Ms. McLendon was presented with the Outstanding
Partner Award at the 2004 South Carolina HIV/STD Conference.
Ariel is currently with
the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Ariel was part of the team that
set-up the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program, a program
established under the Affordable Care Act to provide coverage for individuals
with pre-existing medical conditions.
She currently works on benefit, premium, and payment policy issues affecting
the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. She most recently comes from the
CMS Office of Legislation where she was responsible for working with Congress
and the Executive branch on legislative issues pertinent to health reform,
high risk pools, and federal regulation of private health insurance.
She started with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a
Presidential Management Fellow at the Food and Drug Administrations
(FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs.
Ariel holds a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of
Michigan and Bachelors degree from Wellesley College.
Britten Pund is a Manager with the Health Care Access
Program at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
Ms. Pund has been with NASTAD since 2006 and is responsible for the research
and production of the National ADAP Monitoring Project and ADAP Watch.
Ms. Pund provides support for NASTAD's HRSA Cooperative agreement on the
topic of ADAP programmatic management, including formulary and waiting list
management, other cost-containment, and cost-effectiveness.
Ms. Pund received her Bachelor's degree from Elon University in North Carolina.
Jay Resio is the founder and president of MyGov365,
a civic engagement platform to connect citizens, elected officials, organizations
and government. The company sprang out of simple frustration. Jay woke up
one morning to find his front lawn and sidewalk spray painted all different
Looking up and down the street, he noticed the same of his neighbors'. After
some investigation, he finally found out what was happening. The spray painting
was done by a telecommunications company that had signed a deal with the
township to install new communication lines and would be digging up neighborhood
Jay quickly went from a bewildered and uninformed citizen to a very angry
one as he had just paid good money to get his grass reseeded. He knew there
had to be a more effective and efficient means to communicate and collaborate
for all types of civic information and activities. Thus, MyGov365 was born.
Jay is a graduate of Robert Morris University and was a 2010 finalist for
Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year.
Alan Richardson joined Patient
Advocate Foundation in January 2004 as the Vice President of Corporate
Development and was promoted to Executive Vice President of Resource Development
in December 2004, served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development
Operations and is currently the Chief Development Operations Officer. He
is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Mass
Communications. He has over eighteen years of development experience in the
health care field, both in the free clinic and community health center look-alike
settings. Alan worked as the Director of Development for the Fan Free Clinic
in Richmond, VA. where he was responsible for all grant writing and special
event planning and promotion. While there, he obtained funding for a newly
created Women and Childrens Health Initiative, a program to provide
health care for women and children. He also obtained funding to expand the
Food Pantry Project which supplied basic food items for patients living with
HIV/AIDS who were clients of the clinics AIDS Program, the Richmond
AIDS Information Network.
Alan was also the Director of Development for Olde Towne Medical Center located
in Williamsburg, VA. Again, he was responsible for all grant writing and
special events. Alan was successful in obtaining funding to create the Family
Health Care Van project which purchased a 26 foot mobile van that was a
clinic on wheels that traveled the greater Williamsburg area
providing health care. Alan also served as Leader of the agencys
participation in the Bureau of Primary Health Cares Northeast Redesign
Collaborative which redesigned the OTMC patient visit. He also worked as
staff support and auction chair for the Autumn Leaf Golf Classic, a golf
tournament held at Kingsmill each year. Prior to working in development,
Alan was a graphic designer, creating direct mail, advertising materials
and campaigns for various companies and clients.
Alan is very involved in his community. He is a past President of the West
End Jaycees in Richmond, a past President of the Virginia Jaycees and the
Virginia JCI Senate, and is a past National Vice President of the United
States Junior Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Virginia Jaycees
Long Term Training Committee, the Corporate Planning Committee and on the
Finance Committee. Alan has also trained leaders at the local, state, national
and international levels. He has been recognized as a Life Member of the
West End and Virginia Jaycees, a US Ambassador (life membership in the US
Jaycees) and as a JCI Senator (life membership in the worldwide Jaycees).
Alan has also been recognized as an Outstanding Young Man in American four
times, Whos Who in American Advertising, and in 1998 as an Outstanding
Young Virginian by the Virginia Jaycees. He was recognized by Patient Advocate
Foundation in December 2004 as Advocate of the Year. Alan has served on the
Board of Directors of Camp Virginia Jaycee, the American Red Cross-Colonial
Virginia Chapter Board, the Williamsburg AIDS Network Board, and The Leadership
Historic Triangle Board, a program that he participated in as a class member
Alan has been a Trustee on the Virginia Jaycee Foundation since 2002, having
served as 2nd Vice President and has served as President since May, 2008.
He also is currently serving on the Tidewater AIDS Community Taskforce Board.
Alan is a Hampton native and currently resides in Williamsburg.
The Honorable David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.
David Satcher served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States. He
was sworn in on February 13, 1998.
Dr. Satcher served simultaneously in the positions of Surgeon General and
Assistant Secretary for Health from February 1998 through January 2001. He
also held the posts of Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
from 1993 to 1998.
Before joining the Clinton Administration, he was President of Meharry Medical
College in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1982 to 1993.
Dr. Satcher served as professor and chairman of the Department of Community
Medicine and Family Practice at Morehouse School of Medicine from 1979 to
1982. He is a former faculty member of the UCLA School of Medicine and Public
Health and the Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles, where
he developed and chaired the King/Drew Department of Family Medicine. From
1977 to 1979, he served as the Interim Dean of the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate
Medical School, during which time he negotiated the agreement with the UCLA
School of Medicine and the Board of Regents that led to a medical education
program at King/Drew. He also directed the King/Drew Sickle Cell Research
Center for six years.
Dr. Satcher is a former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and Macy Faculty
Fellow. He is the recipient of 18 honorary degrees and numerous distinguished
honors, including top awards from the American Medical Association, the American
College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and Ebony
magazine. In 1995, he received the Breslow Award in Public Health and in
1997 the New York Academy of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award. Last year,
he received the Bennie Mays Trailblazer Award and the Jimmy and Roslyn Carter
Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind from the
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Satcher graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta in 1963 and was elected
to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve
University in 1970 with election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He did
residency/fellowship training at Strong Memorial Hospital, the University
of Rochester, UCLA and King/Drew. He is a fellow of the American Academy
of Family Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the
American College of Physicians. .Dr. Satcher would most like to be known
as the Surgeon General who listens to the American people and who responds
with effective programs. His mission is to make public health work for all
groups in this nation. He not only is a champion of promoting healthy lifestyles,
he is also an avid jogger and enjoys tennis, gardening and reading.
Born in Anniston, Alabama, on March 2, 1941, Dr. Satcher and his wife, Nola,
reside in Bethesda, Maryland, and have four grown children.
Elizabeth M. Shepherd
Elizabeth Shepherd has
been an ADAP Advocacy Association Board Member since 2010. Elizabeth is pursing
a dual Master Degree in Health Education and Health Care Administration.
She lives in Summerton, SC the central Lake Marion region, where she works
as an activity therapist at a residential care facility for people who are
chronically ill (HIV/AIDS) and Seniors involving memory concerns and
dementia related health issues.
Elizabeth Shepherd is a founding member of the South Carolina Campaign to
End AIDS and has made it her life mission to assist individuals not receiving
medications proper resources and state and federal advocacy initiatives.
Elizabeth believes that advocacy and self-efficacy to her own building health
has enabled her to stream from poverty and hopelessness to self-sufficiency
She continues to grow in her professional educational development and is
the passionate and proud South Carolina Representative of the ADAP Advocacy
Deadra Lawson Smith is a Community Health Specialist
for PROJECT F.A.I.T.H. (Fostering AIDS Initiatives That Heal), a state-wide
demonstration project of the South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council, located in
Columbia, South Carolina.
Ms. Lawson-Smith serves as Project Coordinator for P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E. Voices,
a newly formed advocacy initiative comprised of HIV positive women from around
the State of South Carolina. She remains a trainer of Celebrate Recovery,
a faith-based centered recovery intervention created through the Saddleback
Church founded by Rev. Rick Warren (CA).
Ms. Lawson-Smith is a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, and
local/state/national trainer, who has committed the last 17 years to eliminating
HIV/AIDS stigma, educating the community, empowering persons living with
HIV/AIDS, and serving as a catalyst for change in the lives of those infected
and affected by this epidemic. Deadra Lawson-Smith is also the loving mother
of 4 children, Charmaine, Reginald, Sara and Jean-Elizabeth.
For the last six years,
Jessica Terlikowski has worked to ensure that people living with and at risk
of HIV/AIDS have the tools and knowledge necessary to inform and advocate
for the policies that impact their lives.
Terlikowski has launched, nurtured, and overseen diverse local and regional
coalitions that advocate for harm reduction programs and policies, increased
access to existing and emerging HIV prevention tools, wider access to HIV
medications, and food security.
Additionally, Terlikowski has enabled greater coordination, communication,
and exchanges of successful advocacy strategies and issue expertise among
Midwest HIV/AIDS organizations.
Terlikowski has provided support and technical assistance to Midwest and
Southern AIDS organizations seeking to develop and implement advocacy strategies
to advance sound HIV/AIDS policies in their respective states. She is now
laying the groundwork to launch a regional organizing initiative to support
and strengthen grassroots HIV/AIDS advocacy efforts.
Joey Terrill 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 HIV.
Ben Tesdahl specializes in the law of tax-exempt
organizations. He represents all types of nonprofit entities, including health
care providers, charitable and educational organizations, religious
organizations, veterans groups, trade and professional associations, and
lobbying and political organizations. His practice encompasses the full spectrum
of tax, contract law and corporate law issues applicable to exempt organizations.
Mr. Tesdahl has extensive experience reviewing and negotiating hotel, meeting
and convention contracts. He also provides consulting and strategic planning
assistance to nonprofit organizations, as well as providing advice on governance
and bylaws issues. Additionally, he provides advice on relevant collateral
areas of law, such as the nonprofit postal regulations, charitable fund-raising
statutes, and trademark and copyright law.
Mr. Tesdahl serves as general counsel to some of the country's leading tax-exempt
organizations, including: The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation; The National
Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators; Association of Public
and Land-grant Universities; Officers' Christian Fellowship; Convention Industry
Council; Golden Key International Honour Society; and ANCOR and the ANCOR
Foundation. He also serves as corporate counsel to St. John's Community Services
and its subsidiaries. In addition, Mr. Tesdahl provides tax, corporate and
contract law advice to some prominent for-profit entities. Specifically,
he serves as general counsel to Trailways Transportation System, Inc. and
to Envision EMI, Inc.
Mr. Tesdahl has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University
Law Center, where he taught an advanced seminar on tax-exempt organizations
as part of the University's graduate tax program. He is co-author of Intermediate
Sanctions: Curbing Nonprofit Abuse, published by John Wiley & Sons, New
York. For over four years, he also wrote a monthly tax column for the Exempt
Organization Tax Review, published by Tax Analysts, and he currently serves
on its Editorial Board. He is also the author of The Nonprofit Board's Guide
to Bylaws, published by BoardSource, and he serves on its Editorial Board
Mr. Tesdahl is a member of the American Bar Association's Committee on Exempt
Organizations, the Exempt Organizations Committee of the District of Columbia
Bar, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Professional Convention
Management Association. He was also co-chair of an American Bar Association
subcommittee on tax-exempt entities. He is admitted to practice in the District
of Columbia, Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United
States Supreme Court.
Mr. Tesdahl holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Military Academy
at West Point and a Master of Science degree in Systems Management from the
University of Southern California. He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence
degree from the University of Oregon Law School, where he was selected to
the national law school honor society, Order of the Coif. He was also an
associate editor of the Oregon Law Review and received both of the review's
annual awards for editorial excellence and outstanding achievement. After
completing his law degree, Mr. Tesdahl earned a Master of Laws degree in
taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center.
Joey Wynn 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