ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+)

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~ Event Panelists ~

William E. Arnold • Paul Arons, M.D. • Janine Brignola • Christine Campbell • Lynda DeeCatherine Dratz • James Driscoll
Eric Flowers • Darryl Fore • Jesse Fry • Jeff GrahamEdward Hamilton • Dwayne R. Haught • Kathie M. HiersVictoria HollinsBrian Hujdich
Meeka JacksonMichael Juhlin  •  Jason King • Jeffrey R. LewisBrandon MacsataTom McCormack • Ken McCormick 
 Fran Barnes-MelvinRev. Harold W. Orr, Jr., M.D. • Deborah Hopson-ParhamBlaine Parrish, PhDMurray Penner
Glen Pietrandoni •  David Poole •  Christine RiveraJessica RiviereRandy H. Russell • Carl Schmid • Elizabeth Shepherd 
Coy StoutKen Trogden • Pritpal S. Virdee • Robin Webb • Andrea Weddle • Joey Wynn

William E. Arnold


William E. Arnold 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.

Paul Arons, M.D.


Paul Arons, M.D.Paul Arons, M.D. is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) Stony Brook School of Medicine (1980) and University of Florida Family Practice Residency Program (1983).

Dr. Arons was Medical Director in the Florida Department of Health (FL DOH) Bureau of HIV/AIDS from 1989-2007, including a year as Medical Director for the Leon County-Tallahassee Health Department.

He currently serves as a member of the ADAP Crisis Task Force and the Fair Pricing Coalition. Dr. Arons was a member of the FL DOH IRB from 2000-2009, including 5 years as Chair. He believes that upper-income earners should pay higher taxes.

Janine Brignola


Janine BrignolaJanine Brignola is a mother, college student, public speaker, HIV activist and advocate, and she is herself positive. Janine has spent the last four plus years since she was diagnosed learning what she could about HIV itself, the stigma attached to HIV, and how HIV affects the lives of those diagnosed positive in America as well as abroad.

After attending her first conference she decided to dedicate as much of her time and energy as possible to being a part of the solution. She has done advocacy work on the local, state, and national level. Janine is an activist, public speaker, blogger, she has participated in several state campaigns by being in commercials and on billboards.

She currently is employed at Hope's Voice as a speaker where she gets to travel to various college and university campuses across America educating about HIV. Janine enjoys to spend as much time possible just being mommy to her four year old son and she believes that it is her privilege and honor to be his mother and to be the activist she has became.

Christine Campbell


Christine CampbellChristine 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 Administration.

Lynda Dee


Lynda DeeLynda Dee is a Baltimore-based attorney who co-founded AIDS Action Baltimore (AAB) in 1986.

After the death of her husband from AIDS-related complications, Ms. Dee became an outspoken AIDS activist and has served on many national, state and local boards and committees, including the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition, the Treatment Action Group, Project Inform, the Fair Pricing Coalition, the Executive Committee and the Community Constituency Groups of the AIDS Clinical Trial Group, the NIH's Office of AIDS Research Therapeutics Research Working Group, FDA Antiviral Advisory Panels, the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research, the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program Formulary Advisory Committee, and the Johns Hopkins Hospital AIDS Service Community Advisory Board.

She has also worked with virtually every major HIV pharmaceutical company as a Community Advisory Board member.

Catherine Dratz


Photo Not AvailableCatherine Dratz is Director of Federal Government Affairs with Abbott. Catherine is responsible for Federal issues regarding cancer, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child nutrition, public health, health care disparities in underserved communities’, personalized medicine, and science and education issues.

Prior to joining Abbott, Catherine served as the Health Policy Advisor for Chairman Max Baucus for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance. Catherine handled prevention and wellness, public health, obesity, chronic disease and rural health among other issues.

Catherine has a Masters in Comparative and International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a B.A. in Modern Languages from Montana State University. Catherine loves to travel and enjoy the outdoors.

James (Jim) Driscoll


James DriscollBefore becoming an AIDS activist James Driscoll, Ph.D, was a Shakespeare scholar who had written academic books on Shakespeare, Milton and Jung. Living in San Francisco during 1980s and 1990s where he saw most of his friends swept away by the AIDS grim reaper, he became an AIDS activist in 1988 soon rising to leadership positions using his talents for writing.

He has written scores of opinion pieces and articles on AIDS which have appeared in major papers like the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. An early ACT UP leader, he initiated numerous actions and demonstrations to speed FDA approval of AIDS drugs. A lifelong Republican, he became National AIDS Policy Advisor to Log Cabin Republicans in 1994 and worked with the Republican Congress to secure funding for the ADAP program. In 2001 President Bush appointed him to PACHA where he worked on PEPFAR legislation and led efforts to approve rapid HIV testing with a CLIA waiver. He has been an advisor to NATAP, is currently an advisor to AHF, and lives in Las Vegas with his leopard cat Ariel.

Eric Flowers


Eric FlowersRamsell, a family-owned company since 1967, has a rich history of creating positive outcomes for the health and safety of underserved populations. Ramsell works with its clients in public health, education and corrections maximize limited funds and resources through cost-effective coordination of care and services. By offering our partners highly-configurable web-based technology and expertise, Ramsell has become a leader in connecting people to the services they need.

Eric joined the Flowers family business in 1994 and quickly moved up the ranks, playing a crucial role in transforming the company into a leader in ADAP services. Starting as a Vice President, Flowers developed and managed the Enrollment & Eligibility Network for the ADAP programs in San Francisco, Santa Barbara and San Mateo counties. He was promoted to CFO in 1996 and played a pivotal role in securing ADAP contracts with California and Washington. Assuming the role of President/COO in 2002, Flowers was responsible for the day-to-day management, strategic planning and implementation of corporate initiatives.

In January 2008, Eric was named CEO and President. As CEO of Ramsell Holding and its subsidiaries, he has taken Ramsell beyond its initial roots in pharmacy and PBM services, expanding the company's tools, technology and services to broaden Ramsell's impact in new markets, including education, corrections, and social services.

A passionate advocate of community health issues, Flowers has a long history of helping others. While earning his B.S. degree at University of California at Berkeley, he counseled and tutored at The Best Resort, a group home for boys. In 2001, he joined the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics' (HAFCI) board of directors, working on a variety of committees including finance, audit, governance and programs, and served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board. Flowers was actively involved in the negotiations and subsequent merger of HAFCI and Walden House in July 2011. He is also on the Advisory Board of the St. Mary's College School of Economics and Business Administration, and the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+). Flowers earned his MBA at St. Mary's in 2004.

Eric lives with his wife, two sons, and chocolate Labrador in Oakland, CA.

Darryl Fore


Darryl ForeDarryl Fore is a native Clevelander, who stills resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been employed in the fields of Banking, Theatrical production, Sales, Information Technology, Education and Property Management. He has been actively involved in the HIV/AIDS arena for more than 22 years. After he was diagnosed HIV+ in 1991, his volunteer commitment to HIV/AIDS issues increased. He felt compelled to do more to help others affected by the disease because of the comprehensive HIV education he had acquire at the time of his diagnosis.

His volunteer efforts have included: volunteering at his local AIDS taskforce, working as a HIV Pre-test Counselor at the Free Clinic of Cleveland, serving on the Ohio Department of Health's HIV/AIDS advisory board, participating on HIV Clinical Trials Unit advisory board, implementing various HIV/AIDS community outreach projects and serving as a member of Ryan White Part "A" Planning Council. He has a strong interest in all of the Arts, from visual arts to performance arts. He frequently volunteers in the Cleveland Theater community.

Because of Darryl's love of film and its transformative qualities he has volunteered with the Cleveland International Film Festival for over 18 years. He was once an avid reader of mystery novels until an opportunistic infection robbed him of that ability. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of The National Association of Black and White Men Together. He is a Cleveland State University graduate with a degree in Psychology.

Jesse Fry


Jesse FryJesse Fry has been involved with Florida HIV/AIDS Advocacy Network (FHAAN) since May 2009 when the group was founded at a grassroots advocacy meeting in Orlando, Florida. He currently serves as FHAAN's co-chairman and the advocacy committee chairman. Before joining FHAAN, he worked for Pfizer's HIV/AIDS division as the HIV Account Manager for their Southeast region. He had responsibility for so-called government accounts, like state Medicaid programs, Ryan White Part A Planning Councils and state ADAP's and worked with PBM's and private insurance companies on formulary matters to make sure patients had open access to the full range of HIV medicines.

His four southern states were Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Prior to his Account Manager position, Jesse was Pfizer's Therapeutic Specialty Representative II, a sales position for the Memphis territory which included Greater Memphis, the entire state of Arkansas and the northern half of Mississippi. While living in Memphis, he served on the Mid-South Ryan White Consortium and was a member of the Memphis TGA Planning Council as an Alternate Member.

Jesse joined Pfizer after five years as a Florida lobbyist and advocacy development director for The AIDS Institute, where he worked from 2002 to 2006. He's been involved in health-care advocacy and HIV treatment advocacy since 1998. Jesse was involved with the Orlando EMA Health Services Planning Council, as a committee member and Planning Council member from 1998 to 2002. Jesse considers his flagship advocacy work to be helping to bring protease inhibitors to PLWH from all walks of life and, overall, improving the lives of people living with chronic disease.

He has worked in health-care marketing, research and public relations since 1984. Jesse was born at a hospital which later became one of his clients - he conducted marketing research studies for Orlando Regional Medical Center which was called Orlando Memorial Hospital when he was born.

Jeff Graham


Jeff GrahamJeff is the executive director of Georgia Equality, an organization that works to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities throughout Georgia. One of Georgia Equality's lead programs is the facilitation of the Georgia HIV Advocacy Network. Jeff began advocating on LGBT and AIDS related issues as a college student in the mid-1980's and has continued his advocacy on these issues since that time.

He has been involved in a wide variety or grassroots and legislative advocacy campaigns and has served as either an executive director or board member to a number of local and national organizations working on issues related to gay and transgender rights, access to healthcare, community empowerment and HIV/AIDS.

Jeff has received numerous awards and recognition for both his advocacy and nonprofit work from organizations such as the National Center for Human Rights Education, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Atlanta City Council, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and several publications and organizations within the local LGBT and HIV communities. He is a current board member of Georgians for a Healthy Future and the national Equality Federation. He served for a decade as a board member of the Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition.

Edward Hamilton


Photo Not AvailableEddie 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 isn’t 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.

Dwayne R. Haught


Dwayne HaughtDwayne Rodger Haught, M.S.N., A.C.R.N. Dwayne is a registered nurse and holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami and a Masters of Science in Community Health Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. He is certified in HIV/AIDS Nursing by the National Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Dwayne's nursing career began in 1970 and his work in HIV/AIDS began in 1983 with the University of Miami Tropical Disease Department who were at the time trying to identify the causative agent for AIDS. In the 1980s, Dwayne spent a lot of his time educating people living with HIV/AIDS, their families and partners, physicians, nurses, hospital staff, social workers and the community at large about HIV transmission, prevention, pathophysiology, opportunistic infections, universal precautions, and care and treatment.

In 1991, he was one of the founders of the David Powell HIV Clinic in Austin, Texas, and actively managed the clinic for eight years. Under his management, the Clinic offered state of the art treatment and was cited as a center for excellence. In 1993, he also went on to develop the first HIV Specialty Women's Clinic in Central Texas. Dwayne was a member of the Ryan White Title I EMA Planning Body for Austin, Texas from 1995-1999. Since 2001, He has been the manager of the Texas AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), which provided over $95 million worth of medications to more than 16,000 clients during the past year. He has also been an active member of the National ADAP Crisis Task Force since its inception and is a member of the Fair Pricing Coalition. Since being the ADAP Manager, he has worked with governments, clients, the community, Legislatures, and the drug industry to dramatically increase funding for ADAPs and HIV services.

Dwayne was very involved in Medicare Part D implementation. He developed a series of cost-benefit analysis models to help ADAPs assess and formulate Part D wrap around strategies that would fill in client service gaps and that also worked best with unique ADAP medication distribution systems. On January 1, 2008, under Dwayne's management, the Texas ADAP implemented an HIV State Pharmacy Assistance program for low-income, Medicare beneficiaries that were denied full Low Income Subsidies by Social Security. Dwayne also established an effective, rapid response program for absorbing Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita evacuees from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama into the Texas ADAP so they could continue to receive their medications without interruption. He also worked with the drug industry to implement an ADAP cost-free evacuee assistance plan for the first eight weeks following the hurricane.

Most recently he has been working with HRSA as ADAP consultant on a variety of issues including Quality Management, Expenditure Projections, Payer of Last Resort, and ADAP drug dispensing systems. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Sigma Theta Tau (International Nursing Honor Society) Community Service Award, the Texas Nurses Association Fabulous Five Award, the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Alumnus of the year, the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors Nicholas Rango Leadership Award and most recently the HRSA Ryan White Part B Nicholas Rango Services Award. He is a featured speaker on HIV and ADAP issues at the national, state and local levels.

Kathie M. Hiers


Kathie M. HiersKathie M. Hiers is the Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Alabama, a nonprofit organization in Alabama that provides 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 several clinics in 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 a founder of the Lee Simmons Fund for People Living with AIDS in Mobile, Alabama.

Kathie has served locally as Co-Chair of the Central Alabama Ryan White Consortium, as well as a two-year term as President of the Metropolitan Birmingham Services for the Homeless, Birmingham's local Continuum of Care for homeless services. Kathie is a member of the Governor of Alabama's HIV Commission for Children, Youth, and Adults, the Alabama Legislative Workgroup, United Way of Central Alabama Council of Executive Directors, and the AIDS Service Organization Network of Alabama. Kathie leads the advocacy efforts for the State of Alabama, educating legislators on the state's HIV/AIDS issues, promoting legislative investment in the HIV/AIDS portfolio, and implementing an annual Media Day in the state's Capitol in which hundreds of HIV-positive persons, advocates, and policy makers gather to highlight the extreme need for resources to fight the HIV epidemic in Alabama.

Each year Kathie provides a workshop for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sparkman Program for visiting physicians from across the globe to orient them on the HIV epidemic in the southern United States. Kathie has been called upon for guidance on the development of state advocacy networks in the District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Nationally, Kathie served as Co-Chair for the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) from 2004 through early 2009. She currently serves as President on the board of directors for the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC), member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and as an elected member of the Convening Group of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP). Kathie also serves on the board of the Community AIDS National Network (CANN). Kathie often serves as the regional coordinator for AIDSWatch in Washington, D.C., the nation's largest gathering of HIV-positive citizens and AIDS advocates, and she provides training to the AIDSWatch group on federal funding for HIV care and housing.

Kathie represented Alabama's nine Title III clinics in the Communities Advocating for Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition from 2000 through 2003. Several national periodicals, including HIV Plus, Poz, The Washington Blade, The Houston Blade, Positive Populations, Mother Jones, the Progressive, Marie Claire, 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's efforts on the Ryan White Reauthorization have also been highlighted in Andrew Skerritt's Ashamed to Die. Kathie co-authored the housing portions of the Southern States Manifesto, which addressed the emerging HIV/AIDS crisis in the southern portion of the United States in 2003; she also co-authored the Southern States Manifesto: Update 2008, which was featured as the headline story on MSNBC in July 2008, as well as in media across the United States. Most recently, Kathie has been featured in a documentary titled, "deepsouth" that highlights her work in one of the three main story lines. Kathie is also going to be featured in an upcoming story on HIV crisis in the South on the Dan Rather Report.

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, for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program, and on health disparities, as well as for the Southern AIDS Coalition. In 2008 she was featured at a Congressional Briefing in support of a National AIDS Strategy. In 2006 Kathie appeared on a national webcast for the Southern AIDS Coalition that drew thousands of viewers. From 2003 to the present, Kathie has been featured or presented workshops at the U. S. Conference on AIDS, the National HV Prevention Conference, the HUD National Grantees Meeting, the National Conference to End Homelessness, the National ADAP Educational Conference, which she co-chaired in 2005, the National Association of People with AIDS Staying Alive and AIDS in America conferences, a Physicians for Human Rights conference, and many others. Kathie is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a BA in English.

Victoria Hollins


Victoria HollinsVictoria Hollins is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Welvista, a South Carolina based non-profit that provides access to donated medications to eligible, uninsured individuals since 1993. Welvista is a central fill mail order pharmacy with a broad formulary of over 220 medications, including retroviral medications, donated by 14 pharmaceutical manufacturers. Pharmaceutical partners include Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead Sciences, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Lilly, Merck & Co., Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Takeda and ViiV Healthcare.

Hollins has been responsible for the internal operational and programmatic infrastructure that allows Welvista to accomplish its commitment to partners as well as funders while continuing to grow and fulfill its mission. Since Hollins joined Welvista in 2004, Welvista has expanded to cover a national footprint of 19 states with the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). Also, Welvista implemented a Patient Advocacy Program partnering with 7 hospitals and health care systems throughout South Carolina. In addition, Welvista partnered with Central Dallas Ministries and Baylor Health Care System in Dallas, Texas and the Delaware Foundation for Medical Services in Delaware. Her special interest is working collaborative with states and local officials, corporations, foundations, health care providers, community and faith based organizations to eliminate duplication of resources to optimize the delivery of services provided to the uninsured.

Previously, Victoria Hollins was the Director of Human Resources for the South Carolina Department of Labor, where she directed the strategic planning and administration of the Labor Department's statewide workforce for more than 15 years. As Director of Human Resources she led the development and implementation of human resources policies, programs and services. In 1994, the South Carolina Legislature created the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (LLR) combining 40 separate state agencies to include the Department of Labor, the State Fire Academy, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and 38 professional and occupational licensing boards. With the creation of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Hollins was responsible for the strategic plan, development, design and implementation of the Human Resources programs and facilitating the integration of the State's Human Resources function after the merger of 40 separate state agencies into one.

In 2000 Hollins was the recipient of the Governor's EXCEL Leadership Institute Award for Exemplifying Character and Excellence through leadership.

Hollins is active on a state wide level serving on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Arts Commission Foundation, the University of South Carolina Board of Dance, South Carolina Medical Society Alliance, and Pawmettolifeline. She is a founding member of the Palmetto Health Foundation's Women's Leadership Circle, a network of women who serve as community ambassadors for Palmetto Health to enhance the philanthropic leadership of women and to strengthen the extraordinary healthcare programs and services of Palmetto Health. Palmetto Health is the region's largest, most comprehensive, locally owned, not-for-profit health care resource.

Hollins is a graduate of Winthrop University. She resides in Columbia, South Carolina and is married with one son and three step-children.

Brian Hujdich


Brian HujdichBrian Hujdich serves as Executive Director of HealthHIV, one of the largest national HIV non-profit organizations, and provides leadership to HealthHIV's Board and staff in programmatic achievement, fiscal stability, and organizational development. Brian has over twenty-eight years of experience -- primarily in HIV -- in health care association management, medical advertising, public relations, health care policy, and medical education. Prior to leading HealthHIV, Brian served as deputy executive director of the American Academy of HIV Medicine, where he led the credentialing of HIV Specialists, among other initiatives.

Previously he was vice president, account director, for Medicus (Publicis), where he supervised consumer and professional advertising and medical education for numerous HIV treatments and diagnostics, including: Didanosine, Zalcitabine, Efavirenz, Atazanavir, and Trugene. Brian also worked in the healthcare practice at several major public relations firms (Ketchum, Hill & Knowlton and Burson-Marsteller) where he managed numerous HIV product introductions (including Nevirapine) and worked with a variety of HIV/AIDS service organizations, community-based organizations, and non-profit agencies on a variety of initiatives from HIV prevention campaigns to treatment guidelines promotions.

Brian is a member of the National Health Council, Alliance for Continuing Education in Health Professions, Coalition for LGBT Health, Victory Fund, Humane Society, and the Italian American Foundation. He is a graduate of Rowan University, and a frequent guest lecturer on medical education, public health initiatives, and health care advertising.

Meeka Jackson


Photo Not AvailableMs. Meeka Jackson is an account manager in the Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight/Office of Insurance Programs, within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In this capacity, Ms. Jackson provides technical assistance and oversight of state-administered Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) programs.

The PCIP program, created under the Affordable Care Act, provides comprehensive health insurance for people unable to secure coverage because of a pre-existing health condition.

Ms. Jackson participates in the national promotion of PCIP and assists with communicating program policy to internal and external stakeholders.

Michael Juhlin


Michael JuhlinMichael has been a Florida resident for most of his adult life. His passion for food and wine has led him to a career in the hospitality industry. In the last 20 years he has grown professionally, and has found himself working in leadership positions in several fine dining establishments. In 2008, he was diagnosed and immediately accessed primary care services through private insurance. Two years later, he was no longer able to maintain his private insurance and attempted to access the Ryan White system of care. Mountains of red tape, bureaucracy, and endless appointments with various agencies led him to give up and fall out of care.

Due to subsequent illness, regrettably, Michael was rendered unable to work, which led to myriad other problems in his life. He eventually found himself in the emergency room of a publicly funded hospital with critical illness and practically no remaining immune system. As a result, he resurfaces in the system with assistance from the ARTAS program, as well as a caring physician. Within months he was recovering to his regular vigor, and has been focused on rebuilding his life.

Without adherence to his medication regimen his health and well being would be in peril. The ADAP program has been significantly troublesome to access, and Michael has been forced to seek alternative and stopgap means to receive his regularly scheduled medications. This has caused even more stress and anxiety in an already difficult to navigate system that is essential to his continued improvement. Michael currently experiences great frustrations with the ADAP Program.

Jason King


Jason KingJason King, a transplant from Los Angeles, California, lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his partner. He started working for AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in 2010 in the organization's pharmacy division where he discovered his passion for patient advocacy.

King now serves as Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager in AHF's Southern Bureau, where he leads local and nationwide advocacy efforts and maintains relations with state and federal officials. King has been HIV positive for 6 years and aims to have an active role in reducing stigma that revolves around HIV/AIDS especially in the gay community.

As a former beneficiary of the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, King seeks to preserve the program as he joins others in protecting and expanding its capacity to provide lifesaving therapy to those in need. In his free time, King is a runner, a Pride Center volunteer and a classical pianist.

Jeffrey R. Lewis


Jeffrey LewisJeffrey R. Lewis is the Chief Operating Officer of EHIM Inc. and joined the company on June 1, 2011 after serving as President of Heinz Family Philanthropies and Chief of Staff to Teresa Heinz from 1991 until his recent appointment. He also served as president of PS2, a healthcare consulting entity created by the Heinz Foundation.

In his previous role at Heinz Family Philanthropies, Mr. Lewis built one of the nation's most interesting health care consulting businesses with a focus on helping public and private sector employers maximize the value of every dollar spent on health care. Under his leadership employers have successfully achieved millions of dollars in savings by changing how they purchase and understanding why. Most recently, Mr. Lewis finished a project for the Senate President / Senate Budget Committee Chairman in the Florida State Senate where his work helped the state achieve up to $200 million in health care savings.

Jeffrey is published extensively with articles on health care appearing in newspapers such as the Detroit News, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Atlanta Constitution and elsewhere across the U.S.

Prior to Heinz, Mr. Lewis worked as the Republican Staff Director for the late United States Senator John Heinz at the United States Special Committee on Aging and as Deputy Staff Director for United States Senator Pete Domenici on the same committee. In addition, he served as Chief of Staff to Teresa Heinz during the John Kerry for President campaign, Senior Policy Advisor for United States Senator John Kerry, and as Senior Legislative Assistant at the Office of United States Senator Bob Packwood.

Mr. Lewis also has served at the state level, as Assistant to Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Michigan, and has a Master of Science degree in Gerontology from The University of Southern California. Mr. Lewis earned his Juris Doctorate from The Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.

Brandon Macsata


Brandon MacsataBrandon Macsata serves as Managing Partner of The Macsata-Kornegay Group, Inc. – a national political and fundraising consulting firm specializing in grassroots campaigns, media messaging and political fundraising. He is widely recognized for his ability to connect national, state and local stakeholders interested in influencing public policy. Macsata has extensive experience working with political candidates, national and statewide trade associations, and other corporate entities. In November 2009, Macsata was acknowledged by HIV-Plus Magazine to be amongst the “Top 25 LGBT Leaders Fighting HIV/AIDS”.

First diagnosed as HIV-positive in March 2002, Macsata has dedicated much of his professional and personal life advocating for persons living with HIV/AIDS. He currently serves as CEO of the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+), a national non-profit organization working to improve the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). In his capacity as CEO, he has successfully assembled a wide spectrum of ADAP stakeholders to re-energize patient advocacy around the AIDS Drug Assistance Program at the national level. From November 2003 to March 2006, he authored a weekly news column on national HIV-related stories for The Weekly News in Miami, Florida.

He is also a former ADAP recipient. At the age of 27, Macsata was the youngest Executive Director of a national trade association; he managed the American Congress of Community Support & Employment Services (ACCSES) from 2000-2003, a national trade association representing the interests of community, non-profit agencies providing supports and services to persons with disabilities. Prior to moving to Washington, DC in 2000, he opened a 100-bed assisted living care facility in Wilmington, North Carolina. Serving as the facility’s assistant administrator, Macsata worked closely with community leaders and state agencies to advocate for seniors.

Macsata has advised candidates for political office, and has also run for office himself at the local and national levels. In 1995, he was just 79 votes short of beating a 22-year incumbent and becoming the youngest person ever elected in the State of North Carolina. In 2000, he formed an exploratory committee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives before ultimately deciding against running for that office. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. In April 2009, UNCW awarded Macsata – and his business partner – the Political Science Department’s “Outstanding Political Science Graduate” award in recognition for their accomplishments.

Tom McCormack


Tom McCormackThomas McCormack serves as the Community Action National Network's (CANN) Public Benefits Policy Consultant,handling advocacy and policy for those benefits which supplement ADAP and other Ryan White programs--Medicaid, Medicare, VA health care, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), state health in surance risk pools, state premium payment and alternate health coverage initiatives, SSDI, SSI, TANF (welfare), food and housing programs and health coverage for those returning to work. Tom is a Vietnam Era Air Force veteran who was born in Manhattan grew up in New York City, Long Island and Northern Virginia, graduated from the University of Virginia and attended the University of Baltimore Law School.

He served as a Washington editor for the Commerce Clearing House's (CCH) respected "Medicare-Medicaid Guide" and "Social Security Law Reporter"; a District of Columbia and Virginia welfare worker; Medicaid, Medicare, welfare and SSI eligibility policy staffer with the federal Department of Health and Human Services; client benefits advocate with Washington's Whitman-Walker Clinic and the Maryland Disability Entitlement Advocacy Program (DEAP); a benefits and insurance policy consultant with the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) and Affording Care; and an indigent patient financial counselor at two Washington hospitals. McCormack's "AIDS Benefits Handbook" (Yale University Press) was honored as one of the year's ten best books by the New York Public Library in a Lincoln Center ceremony.

His work on benefits has appeared in many health and social services periodicals and on many Internet websites. Tom has represented CANN on the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities' Social Security, Work Incentives and Health Task Forces and spent years advocating for the Medicare prescription drug benefit bill that was enacted in late 2003 and the comprehensive health reform law that passed in 2010. He was a key advocate in pressing for low cost sharing protections in those and other bills for limited imited income patients, as well as for strengthened formulary and appeal protections. Now he still researches, writes and edits the monthly "MEDICAID WATCH" e-newsletter on states' cutbacks and expansions in Medicaid and other health assistance programs; and regularly authors advocacy papers on reforms to allow states to economize on, and enhance federal funding for, Medicaid, ADAP and other health programs rather than cut eligibility or services.

Ken McCormick


Ken McCormickKen McCormick is the National Director - Strategic Accounts and Reimbursement at Janssen Therapeutics. Ken has been with Janssen Therapeutics for 7 years and has been actively involved in the successful launches of PREZISTA® , INTELENCE®, EDURANT® and COMPLERA® during his tenure at J&J. Ken is responsible for managing a team of 8 Access and Reimbursement Managers/ Directors who focus on key areas of the HIV Payor landscape.

Also among Ken's responsibilities are the development of reimbursement, pricing and contracting strategies both within the government sector as well as commercial managed care. Ken developed and implemented the Janssen Therapeutics Patient Savings Program which provides co pay support for patients. He is also the liaison for Janssen Therapeutics to the Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation.

Ken recently received his Certificate in Health Policy from Thomas Jefferson University. Ken has been working in the HIV Arena for over 25 years. He started his career at Burroughs Wellcome in 1980 and subsequently worked for Glaxo Wellcome, Agouron, and Pfizer before coming to J&J in 2005 working on the launches of more than 7 HIV compounds. Ken is also very active within his church as a Trustee and member of the Finance Council.

Fran Barnes-Melvin


Photo Not AvailableFran Barnes-Melvin currently serves as Head of US Payer Strategy and Operations for ViiV Healthcare, a company 100% focused on improving the healthcare and quality of life of people affected by HIV.

Fran's responsibilities include customer focused marketing as it relates to developing payer value strategies for both pipeline and approved products. She is responsible for all areas of access and reimbursement.

Fran brings over 20 years of pharmaceutical experience to this role including positions in marketing, pricing/rebate and contract management, and financial analysis. Before working in the pharmaceutical industry she was a senior accountant at Deloitte & Touche.

She is a graduate cum laude of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, holding a BS in Accounting, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Rev. Harold W. Orr, Jr., M.D.


Rev. Harold W. Orr, Jr., M.D.Rev. Harold W. Orr Jr. MD graduated from Richmond Union High School and at the age of 17 and boarded a bus for Washington, DC to attend Howard University. He majored in pre-med courses and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. He decided on medicine and in 1973, Dr. Orr received his MD degree from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF). He completed his internship and residency at the Harlem Hospital an affiliate of Columbia University in NYC.

Upon completion of his medical training, he served two years in the US Navy Public Health Corp as a Lt. 04. After discharge from the military he moved to Oakland where he had a private practice in Internal Medicine for 18 years. In 2006, he completed another one of his earlier ambitions and graduated from the American Baptist Seminary of the West with a Masters of Divinity. Later that same year he was ordained at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California.

In January 2010 Orr traveled to Haiti, 7 days after the earthquake, without a supporting agency, where he used both his medical and spiritual gifts in one of the most challenging episodes of his life. In Haiti he worked tirelessly to render comfort to a people in need of his skills. He continues his mission and ministry as the Regional Medical Director for Corizon at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Ca., the Glen Dwyer Detention Facility in Oakland, Ca. and the county jail in Santa Barbara, Ca.

Deborah Hopson-Parham


Deborah Hopson-ParhamDeborah Parham Hopson is the Associate Administrator of the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the federal Department of Health and Human Services. As Associate Administrator of the HIV/AIDS Bureau, Dr. Parham Hopson is responsible for managing over $2.3 billion for programs authorized under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act of 2009 (i.e. Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program).

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS program funds training for health care professionals and medical care, treatment, referrals and support services, for uninsured, underinsured, and underserved people living with HIV disease in the United States and the U.S. Territories. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program is part of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.

The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds over 800 programs which then provide services to approximately 529,000 people each year. In addition, as part of the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, she directs a multi-million dollar global HIV/AIDS program with training, care and treatment activities in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

Blaine Parrish, PhD


Blaine Parrish, PhDE. Blaine Parrish, PhD is Vice Chair for Finance and Administration and Assistance Professor in the Department of Health Policy. Dr. Parrish also serves as Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) program in the Department of Prevention and Community Health. He is the Program Director for the Graduate Certificate in Community-Based Program Management. His work includes academic research, direct client services, project planning, administration and financial evaluation, building community coalitions, management of resources, and program evaluation.

His areas of interest are in design, implementation, maintenance, and evaluation of health-related community-based programs, community-based housing, prevention, primary care, and public health promotion programs. Dr. Parrish currently serves as principle investigator of a state-wide community health centers program to integrate HIV testing in the medical setting. He also serves as co-principle investigator for a four-year project to translate best practices for childhood asthma into community health centers. Dr. Parrish serves as the principle investigator of a parks and recreation program developing a city-wide response in Yuma, Arizona to childhood obesity and inactivity.

He also serves as an investigator on a multi-year project to evaluate successful pregnancy prevention interventions for minority youth. Dr. Parrish was recently awarded a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) grant to study the use of sentiment analysis as a method for community engagement in public health issues. Work experience includes seven years as executive director of a community-based HIV service organization (clinical, behavioral health, HOPWA housing and social services); project officer in HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau Program Development Branch where he monitored design, development, implementation, and evaluation of HIV primary medical care and prevention programs; and project director for a number of HIV program evaluation projects, transgender health promotion and evaluation projects, and minority-based health initiatives.

Dr. Parrish's areas of expertise include: community-based health program development, implementation, and evaluation; organization and management of community-based health service organizations; infrastructure development (financial, organizational, community); qualitative research methods in minority community-based health issues, including transgender health; and development of systems of care (medical, behavioral health, prevention, housing, and quality of care). He teaches the MPH Capstone course; budgeting and consumer advocacy course; and courses in social entrepreneurship. Dr. Parrish, along with his colleague Dr. Amita Vyas, were awarded the 2011 National Delta Omega Innovative Curriculum Award for their course Social Entrepreneurship: India, A Case Study. Dr. Parrish holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Organization and Management from Capella University, a Master's Degree in Humanities from the University of Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Murray Penner


Murray PennerMurray 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.

Glen Pietrandoni


Glen PietrandoniGlen Pietrandoni, RPh, AAHIVP, is a life-long resident of the Chicago area, where he been an active member of the HIV/AIDS community. After graduating from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Glen became the owner of multiple independent pharmacies in Chicago and its suburbs for 10 years. He began his career with Walgreens in 1990, around the time of the approval of the first HIV/AIDS drugs. At that time, he began working with the LGBT community, dispensing much-needed emotional support as well as medication during a time when people did not survive as long with HIV/AIDS as they do today.

From 1996 to 2003, he managed the Walgreens pharmacy at the Howard Brown Health Center which specializes in HIV/AIDS-the first Walgreens pharmacy of its kind, located in an LGBT community center. Today, Walgreens has more than 120 locations within health centers, and 40 of them focus on HIV/AIDS. Now a 20-year veteran with Walgreens, Glen is responsible for HIV/AIDS pharmacy services for people living with HIV/AIDS across the country. Some of his key accomplishments include implementing patient support programs across multiple channels and providing pharmacist HIV/AIDS education.

As part of his ongoing commitment to supporting patients with HIV/AIDS, Glen earned his American Academy of HIV Medicine Expert designation in 2008. He plays an active role in gay community initiatives, co-chairing gala committees for HBHC and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, as well as currently serving on the boards of directors' two national HIV/AIDS organizations based in Washington, D.C. (AIDS United and ADAP Advocacy Association). Glen is also a member of WPRIDE, the Walgreens LGBT affinity group. He is the recipient of the following awards: 2002 Volunteer of the Year, Test Positive Aware Network, 1999 Drug Topics Magazine Pharmacist of the Year-Overall Performance and 1998 Drug Topics Magazine Pharmacist of the Year-Community Service.

David Poole


David PooleDavid Poole joined Gilead Sciences in February 2005 after working with the Florida Department of Health for 12 years as administrator of the state’s HIV Patient Care and Housing Programs.

David was hired as Gilead’s first Community Liaison Director helping launch and grow these new teams for a two year period, he then spent four years as Director of Government Accounts. David is now working with State Government Affairs as of October 2010.

During the past 16 months David has worked with the HIV FOCUS initiative and most recently has been involved with the expansion of Gilead’s lobbying presence across the U.S. David and his partner Doug Moore reside in Tallahassee, Florida.

Christine Rivera


Photo Not AvailableMs. Rivera serves as the Director of the Office of HIV Uninsured Care Programs. Prior to her role as Director she served as the Deputy Program Director for 14 years, beginning in April of 1990. During her 22 year tenure with the Program Ms. Rivera has experienced the evolution of the HIV epidemic in all of its phases. From a Public Health perspective the HIV Uninsured Care Programs have grown and evolved to meet the ever challenging needs of people living with HIV and AIDS in New York State. The Office is located in the AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health.

The mission of the HIV Uninsured Care Programs is to provide access to health care and medications for uninsured and underinsured HIV infected New York State residents. The Programs employ a dual approach to carry out this mission. First, the Programs empower individuals to seek and access care by providing an "Enrollment Card" which allows individuals to choose a provider and receive medical care and prescription drugs without cost.

Second, the Programs supply a stable and timely funding stream to health care providers, enabling them to use revenues to develop program capacity to meet the needs of the uninsured and underinsured people living with HIV and AIDS. Prior to serving people with HIV / AIDS Christine served as the Deputy Commissioner of the Rensselaer County Department for the Aging from 1987 to 1990.

Jessica Riviere


Jessica RiviereAs the Director of Advocacy and Policy for Virology at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Jessica engages with national and local Hepatitis and HIV organizations and advocates. During her tenure at Bristol-Myers, Jessica has developed a substantive advocacy presence in the HIV community with numerous partnerships designed to strengthen access to care.

She has developed strategies and initiatives that have been recognized nationally, including by the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, for their success and innovation. Prior to joining Bristol-Myers Squibb, Jessica served as the health advisor for Massachusetts for U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, a Medicare policy analyst the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Office of Legislation and Policy and as the Coordinator of the Resident Physician and Medical Student Sections for the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A mother of two boys, Henry and Silas, Jessica lives in Philadelphia with her children and partner, Tara.

Randy H. Russell


Randy H. Russell, LASWRandy Russell has served in the HIV community for 30 years as a volunteer, leader of AIDS Service Organizations, advocate, and technical assistance provider for the CDC, HRSA’s Ryan White program, and HUD’s special needs housing program. He has also served as Founder of the Professional Association of Social Work in HIV and AIDS (PASWHA), the Southern AIDS Coalition, Collaborative Solutions, and served as President of the National AIDS Housing Coalition.

As of July 1, 2011, he began as the CEO of Lifelong AIDS Alliance in Seattle, Washington where he will strive to develop practical solutions for persons with HIV after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington state. Lifelong AIDS Alliance will implement an active policy and advocacy program this year targeted at the national, state, and local levels related to chronic communicable diseases.

Russell has been a successful grantee of HUD, HRSA, and the CDC at various times throughout his career. He is an avid social worker, hiker, and is a proud gay Eagle Scout.

Carl Schmid


Carl SchmidCARL SCHMID: Deputy Executive Director, The AIDS Institute, Washington, D.C. Carl Schmid has been with The AIDS Institute, a national public policy, advocacy and research organization, since February 2004. He is co-chair of the AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition; a Convening Group member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, and co-chair of an HIV Testing Reimbursement Work Group.

He is a former chair of the HIV Prevention Action Coalition and the Ryan White Reauthorization Work Group. He remains active in those coalitions and others that advocate for Medicaid, Medicare, and Healthcare Reform; the AIDS Drug Assistance Program; and Hepatitis. He was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 2007-09, and chaired its Domestic Subcommittee.

In 2010 he was named by POZ Magazine as one of the 100 most effective AIDS fighters and by Whitman Walker Health as one of the 25 individuals who have played prominent roles in the fight against HIV in DC. Mr. Schmid earned a B.A. in Public Affairs and a M.B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Shepherd


Elizabeth ShepherdElizabeth Shepherd is a resident of Summerton, SC where it's 6th in the state for HIV/AIDS and highest of no insurance individuals. Elizabeth has a dual Master's Degree on May 4tth of 2012 with a concentration in Health Education and Promotion and a Certificate in Healthcare Administration and Management. Her largest concern is the lack of funding for AIDS Drug Assistance Programs and the critical need for prevention funding in the rural areas of South Carolina where most undetected HIV/AIDS are living. Elizabeth recently took on a position as a Prevention Program Director for a new HIV/AIDS Outreach center called Monique's Hope for Cure in Holly Hill, SC.

While she finishes her last two months of school she is busy writing a grant or two to help Monique's Center in any way possible and to obtain the funding it needs to HIV test and provide the HIV/AIDS Health Education needed in this high-risk impacted rural area of South Carolina. She has been a Board Member for the ADAP Advocacy Association since 2009 and hopes to follow in Brandon's business etiquette footsteps. Other accomplishments include being the one of six in the world to receive the Leadership International Award for the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the All American Academic Team and much more.

She serves as a member of the North Carolina Society of Public Health Educators, the Positive Women's Network steering committee, and a founding member of the Campaign to END AIDS in South Carolina in 2005. It is her passion to see everyone positive for HIV/AIDS receive medication early in their diagnosis so they can have the same wonderful life and success she has been able to have despite her diagnosis.

Coy Stout


Coy StoutCoy Stout joined Gilead Sciences in 2004. As Vice President of U.S. Managed Markets, he leads the National Accounts, Market Access, and Business Operations and Contracts departments for the U.S. commercial organization. Areas of responsibility include public and private payer coverage, patient access programs, product distribution, and government pricing programs for Gilead's products marketed in the U.S. for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, and Ischemic Heart Disease.

Since 2008, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Gilead Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the health and well-being of underserved communities around the world. Coy has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS since the early 1990's in various roles as a clinical social worker at the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington, DC and as the director of the Maryland AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

Prior to joining Gilead, he was Associate Director of Healthcare Policy and Reimbursement at PAREXEL International Corporation. Coy earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work at the University of Alabama.

Ken Trogden


Ken TrogdenKen Trogdon is the Founder and President of HarborPath, Inc., a non-profit organization serving qualified low-income underinsured and uninsured individuals with HIV/AIDS throughout the United States. HarborPath was created to answer the overwhelming need for a seamless solution to deliver therapeutic medication-at lower or no cost-through a simplified one-stop-shopping process. HarborPath enables those providing HIV/AIDS care and treatment to fill the medication and educational gap for the uninsured and underinsured.

Through HarborPath's partnerships with industry leaders, the organization will directly impact the lives of patients suffering from HIV/AIDS at the community and national levels.

Previously, Trogdon was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Welvista, a South Carolina-based non-profit mail-order pharmacy that provides access to both chronic and antiretroviral medications for the uninsured. As CEO, Trogdon successfully led Welvista to strong growth programmatically, operationally, and publicly. Under Trogdon's leadership, Welvista initiatives were widely recognized as model programs for the uninsured and were selected as a Best Practices Initiative by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Trogdon played a key role in the success of Welvista, and in delivering proven programs to help bridge gaps in health care.

Trogdon is a graduate of the Liberty Fellowship Program, Class of 2007, a statewide leadership effort sponsored by South Carolina philanthropist Hayne Hipp. Trogdon was also a member of the 2009 Midlands Class of the Riley Diversity Leadership Program, sponsored by Furman University. In 2006, he was awarded The Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian honor, for exceptional, dedicated service to the Palmetto State. He is actively engaged as a speaker for conferences and organizations serving the medically uninsured throughout the United States.

Trogdon is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is married, and he and his wife, Christy, have two daughters.

Pritpal S. Virdee


Pritpal VirdeeAt Walgreens Pritpal's responsibility is to build a Government sales strategy that will help governments to be become a more efficient payor and a valued employer-promoting innovative, integrated health and pharmacy programs that deliver positive healthcomes at the lowest cost effective cost.

Prior to joining Walgreens, Pritpal worked for Express Scripts and held a number of senior positions in the Product Management team with responsibility for e-prescribing , Specialty Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Directed Healthcare, Medicare . As Vice President, Medicare and COO of the Express Scripts Insurance Company, Pritpal was responsible for the execution of Express Scripts' Medicare strategy and day-to-day management for the insurance company. Most recently Pritpal was the Vice President and General Manager of the Workers Compensation PBM.

Prior to Express Scripts, Virdee co-founded and served as Executive Vice President of, an innovative provider of electronic-procurement solutions to the non-hospital sector of the healthcare industry. He also co-founded one of the country's first e-Prescribing companies- RxEase. From 1993 to 2000, he was President and COO of the publicly held home infusion and specialty pharmacy Infu-tech, Inc. For the multi-billion-dollar medical products company, Fresenius A.G., he headed Fresenius Pharma U.S.A., serving as President of that corporate subsidiary from 1990 to 1993, and for five years prior to that he served as General Manager of the Fresenius U.K. Pharma Division. A native of the U.K., Virdee also worked for the pharmaceutical company G.D. Searle. Pritpal holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Southbank University of London.

Robin Webb


Robin WebbRecipient of NAPWA's National Positive Leadership Award 2011 and the Martin Delaney 2012 Power of One Award (from Positive Living Conference), Robin Webb, a Mississippi native, earned his doctorate at The University of Arizona, Masters and Bachelors at Rice University. Robin is an HIV and AIDS survivor of 25 years.

While living in New York City during the 80s and 90s, Robin facilitated groups and workshops at the Manhattan Center for Living. He moved back home to Mississippi in the last decade and out of an urgent need to connect with other People Living with HIV/AIDS, Robin started A Brave New Day, organizing PLWHA all across the state of Mississippi. A Brave New Day organizes regional meetings and a nationally recognized annual event called "Empower Us!: The Mississippi State AIDS Conference and Legislative Day."

Robin serves on the Executive Committee of the Southern AIDS Coalition Board of Directors, the Southern AIDS Strategy Initiative (Steering Committee), HIV/PJA (Prevention Justice Alliance/ Steering Committee), the CANN (Community Access National Network) Board of Directors and the Community Advisory Board of the Latino AIDS Commission.

Andrea Weddle, MSW


Andrea Weddle, MSWAndrea Weddle has been the executive director of the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), an organization representing frontline HIV medical providers and researchers, since September 2008. Previously she served as the associate director of the association for six years.

She devotes much of her time to advancing HIVMA's public policy and advocacy priorities, which include improving access to health care for people with HIV/AIDS; addressing HIV medical workforce issues and promoting public policies grounded in science. She currently serves as the co-chair of the HIV Health Care Access Working Group.

Prior to joining HIVMA, she conducted policy research on Medicaid managed care programs as a research associate for the Center for HIV Quality Care and served as the staff director for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. Ms. Weddle has worked in the health policy field for more than 10 years and has a Master's in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

Joey Wynn


Joey WynnJoey 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 Department’s 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, Broward’s 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 ADAP.


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