~ Event Panelists ~
William E. Arnold Paul Arons,
M.D. Janine Brignola
Christine Campbell Lynda
Dee Catherine Dratz
Eric Flowers Darryl
Fry Jeff Graham
Edward Hamilton Dwayne
R. Haught Kathie M. Hiers
Victoria Hollins Brian Hujdich
Meeka Jackson Michael
Juhlin Jason King
Jeffrey R. Lewis Brandon Macsata
Tom McCormack Ken
Fran Barnes-Melvin Rev. Harold
W. Orr, Jr., M.D. Deborah Hopson-Parham
Blaine Parrish, PhD Murray
Glen Pietrandoni David
Poole Christine Rivera
Jessica Riviere Randy H.
Russell Carl Schmid
Coy Stout Ken Trogden
Pritpal S. Virdee
Robin Webb Andrea
Weddle Joey Wynn
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. 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 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
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, 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
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 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 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.
Before 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.
Ramsell, 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
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
Eric lives with his wife, two sons, and chocolate Labrador in Oakland, CA.
Darryl 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
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 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 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
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.
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.
Dwayne 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
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 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,
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
Victoria 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
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 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.
Ms. 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
The PCIP program, created under the Affordable Care Act, provides comprehensive
health insurance for people unable to secure coverage because of a pre-existing
Ms. Jackson participates in the national promotion of PCIP and assists with
communicating program policy to internal and external
Michael 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, 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 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
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 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 facilitys
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 Departments
Outstanding Political Science Graduate award in recognition for
Thomas 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 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
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 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. 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,
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 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.
E. 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
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 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, 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 joined Gilead Sciences in February 2005
after working with the Florida Department of Health for 12 years as administrator
of the states HIV Patient Care and Housing Programs.
David was hired as Gileads 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 Gileads lobbying
presence across the U.S. David and his partner Doug Moore reside in Tallahassee,
Ms. 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.
As 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
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 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,
HRSAs Ryan White program, and HUDs 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: 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 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 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
Ken 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.
At 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
Prior to Express Scripts, Virdee co-founded and served as Executive Vice
President of Medihub.com, 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.
Recipient 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 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 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