~ Event Panelists ~
Darryl Fore Edward Hamilton
Kathie M. Hiers Jason
King Aaron M. Laxton
Jeffrey R. Lewis Brandon
Macsata David Manson Bill
D. McColl MaryBeth Musumeci
Glen Pietrandoni Britten Pund
Alan Richardson Michael D.
Shankle Robert Suttle
Joey Terrill Joey Wynn
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 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.
Eddie Hamilton has 15 years
experience working as an AIDS advocate in various regions of the country.
Now living in Columbus, Ohio as of 2005, he is working with Ohio HIV+ individuals
at the grassroots level with the ADAP Educational Initiative to gain their
advocacy voice. He challenges and encourages them that complacency
is no longer an option.
For several years, he wore his advocacy hat in Massachusetts as a Consumer
Advisory Board (CAB) President at a Cape Cod Service Organization, then he
became a board member of the Provincetown AIDS Support Group on Cape Cod
assisting that organization with a restructure and merger that had enabled
that organization to become the The Aids Support Group of Cape Cod (ASG)
The HIV and AIDS organization on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard was able
to survive the financial climate of 9/11 and beyond.
He was later recognized by both Houses of the Massachusetts Legislature for
his efforts. In 2010, he had received his Degree from Columbus State Community
College in Legal Studies and will be completing his degree at Ohio University
in the Bachelors of Technical and Applied Sciences in the Summer of 2011.
When he isnt busy stirring the pot challenging state agencies
and other organizations about wait lists and other cost containment measures
(i.e medical criteria) that delay or obstruct access to life saving medications,
he spends his spare time saving the neighborhood cats.
Kathie M. Hiers is the Chief Executive Officer of
AIDS Alabama, a nonprofit organization 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 English.
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.
Aaron M. Laxton is an International
HIV/AIDS Advocate, Activist and Public Speaker, he is also a contributor
He is also the Founder of the "I AM HIV+" photo campaign.
Aaron was diagnosed with HIV on June 6, 2011 and instantly began making regular
video blogs about his journey with HIV.
To date Aarons Youtube
been viewed by over 72,000 people in 30 countries.
Jules Levin Founded NATAP (National AIDS Treatment
Advocacy Project) in 1995 and remains the Executive Director. NATAP has been
a leader in HIV and hepatitis C and B education and information and in
policy/advocacy since 1995. NATAP pioneered large-scale national community
HIV and hepatitis C treatment education programs starting in 1996, and pioneered
online HIV conference coverage starting in 1996 adding hepatitis C and B
2 years later. NATAP held the first large-scale HIV community-based treatment
education forums in 1996 when HIV protease inhibitors were initially marketed,
and these 2 events in NYC and LA were attended by 800 people at each event,
and speakers included the discovery teams from each company. Hepatitis C
care and treatment education was added to the agenda 2 years later. This
program pioneered treatment education for communities of color in 1998 by
focusing this program in 1998 on targeting the education program for marginalized
patient communities, that is, communities of color, African-Americas, Latinos
and women of color.
Since then the program has always focused on these same marginalized communities
of color. Over these years over 17,000 individuals have attended the events.
The NATAP National Treatment Education Program has been ongoing ever since,
continues today, with over 400 large community-based forums and small workshops
having been held in over 25+ cities, in English and Spanish language, including
in the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, speakers include leading
researchers/clinicians. The NATAP website was the first to receive press
credentials to CROI and to provide CROI coverage online, it receives 1.7
million hits monthly and over 30,000 people receive the daily emails, globally.
It is a leading internet resource for HIV, HCV and HBV conference coverage
including in 'real-time', treatment and care updates, news and policy, related
journal publications, and information and education related to 'HIV &
Aging' and HIV Bone Disease. In the policy/advocacy arena NATAP also pioneered
key areas of clinical importance for patients. Jules was a member of the
ACTG Research Agenda Committee (RAC) for 5 years from 1999-2004.
Jules Levin and NATAP have been active in HCV Federal policy and in New York
City and New York State since 1998, and were responsible for getting HCV
language into the 2006 reauthorized Ryan White Care Act, following a 5-year
advocacy project in Washington DC and in NY State. As a result Ryan White
Care Act funds are available in Ryan White Care Act Regions throughout the
USA. In NYS Ryan White Care Act funds have been recently used to fund NYS-funded
HCV projects. NATAP's weekly radio show in NYC "Living Well With HIV and
Hepatitis" was on WOR-AM for 2 years from 2001 to 2003, a 1-hour interview
format produced and moderated and produced by Jules Levin, with over 30,000
listeners per week at its peak. Guests were leading HIV and HCV/HBV clinicians
and researchers. The weekly discussions focused on HIV and hepatitis care
and treatment, translating new research findings into care and treatment,
and discussing conference proceedings in real-time. Jules and NATAP led the
way 4 years ago in education and advocacy regarding 'HIV & Aging' before
any real attention was being paid to the research and care issues. NATAP
and Jules remain active in HIV/aging and HCV policy and research issues.
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
David Manson is Product Manager for Ramsell Correctional
Application (RCA) at Ramsell Corporation. RCA is a web based system that
solves the problem of coordination of care and benefits for ex-offenders
who are in need of any of a number of different paths of assistance to successful
reentry into society from state and city/county correctional facilities with
the available programs and resources within a community.
David has a lengthy and diverse background in community supervision, reentry,
public safety and juvenile delinquency intervention and prevention. Starting
his career as a classroom teacher in South Central Los Angeles in the late
1980s during the height of the crack epidemic and Bloods
and Crips wars, David soon migrated to leadership in the non-profit
arena as Director and Executive Director of a variety of community benefit
corporations. In addition to his work with high-risk adjudicated youth and
young adults, David also served as a Baptist Minister and High School Basketball
Coach for 25 years, and was selected in 2001 by the Contra Costa Times as
the Bay Area Coach of the Year.
David transitioned from his work on the front lines of community service
to work for California Senate President Pro-Tem Don Perata as his District
Director, responsible for operations of the Senators district office,
public safety and violence prevention issues and legislation, and also was
the inaugural Chair of the Alameda County Reentry Network, which included
representatives from elected officials at the city, county and state level,
Oakland Human Services, Alameda County Probation Department, Sheriff Department,
CDCR, Public Health and Social Services agencies and many more.
David has been involved in the drafting of legislation, lobbying of elected
officials for sound, evidence-based public and fiscal policies around public
safety and reentry issues, coordination and collaboration of care and services
for the reentry population in one of Californias largest counties,
direct delivery of services to that population, and providing consultative
services in solution to systemic barriers to effective partnering.
Currently, David leads a team of sales, customer support, and information
technology professionals as well as specialized consultants in the development,
sales, support and delivery of the Ramsell Correctional Application to
corrections, and corrections-related healthcare agencies and companies.
William D. McColl, Esq.
William D. McColl, Esq.,
the Political Director of AIDS United, has worked on HIV/AIDS, alcohol and
other drug treatment, and criminal justice reform issues for over 15 years.
He was Director of National Affairs at Drug Policy Alliance and an Executive
Director of NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals. A former
Missile Combat Crew Member in the Air Force, he became a Captain in the Reserve.
He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, a master's
in International Relations from Troy State University and bachelor's in Political
Science from the University of Michigan.
MaryBeth Musumeci is a
Senior Health Policy Analyst at the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the
Uninsured. The Commission provides information and analysis on health care
coverage and access for the low-income population. Ms. Musumeci's work
concentrates on Medicaid for people with disabilities, including issues related
to dual eligibles and long-term services and supports. Prior to joining the
Commission staff, she held a Reuschlein Clinical Teaching Fellowship at Villanova
University School of Law and spent eight years as a civil legal aid lawyer,
most recently as the Deputy Legal Advocacy Director of the Disabilities Law
Program at Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. in Wilmington, Delaware, where
her practice focused on Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, other public
benefits programs, and civil rights and accessibility issues.
She is a member of the bar in Pennsylvania (inactive), New Jersey, Delaware
(inactive), the U.S. District Courts for the District of Delaware and the
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third
Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Previously, Ms. Musumeci developed and
taught a seminar in Public Benefits Law at Widener University School of Law,
clerked in the Delaware Family Court, and held an Independence Foundation
Public Interest Law Fellowship representing women transitioning from welfare
to work in Chester, Pennsylvania.
She received her B.A. with highest honors from Douglass College, Rutgers
University, where she was valedictorian and elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and
her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was awarded the Irving P. Kaufman
Public Service Fellowship.
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.
Britten Pund is a Manager with the Health Care Access
Program at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
Ms. Pund has been with NASTAD since 2006 and is responsible for the research
and production of the National ADAP Monitoring Project and ADAP Watch.
Ms. Pund provides support for NASTAD's HRSA Cooperative agreement on the
topic of ADAP programmatic management, including formulary and waiting list
management, other cost-containment, and cost-effectiveness.
Ms. Pund received her Bachelor's degree from Elon University in North Carolina.
Alan Richardson joined Patient
Advocate Foundation in January 2004 as the Vice President of Corporate
Development and was promoted to Executive Vice President of Resource Development
in December 2004, served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development
Operations and is currently the Chief Development Operations Officer. He
is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Mass
Communications. He has over eighteen years of development experience in the
health care field, both in the free clinic and community health center look-alike
settings. Alan worked as the Director of Development for the Fan Free Clinic
in Richmond, VA. where he was responsible for all grant writing and special
event planning and promotion. While there, he obtained funding for a newly
created Women and Childrens Health Initiative, a program to provide
health care for women and children. He also obtained funding to expand the
Food Pantry Project which supplied basic food items for patients living with
HIV/AIDS who were clients of the clinics AIDS Program, the Richmond
AIDS Information Network.
Alan was also the Director of Development for Olde Towne Medical Center located
in Williamsburg, VA. Again, he was responsible for all grant writing and
special events. Alan was successful in obtaining funding to create the Family
Health Care Van project which purchased a 26 foot mobile van that was a
clinic on wheels that traveled the greater Williamsburg area
providing health care. Alan also served as Leader of the agencys
participation in the Bureau of Primary Health Cares Northeast Redesign
Collaborative which redesigned the OTMC patient visit. He also worked as
staff support and auction chair for the Autumn Leaf Golf Classic, a golf
tournament held at Kingsmill each year. Prior to working in development,
Alan was a graphic designer, creating direct mail, advertising materials
and campaigns for various companies and clients.
Alan is very involved in his community. He is a past President of the West
End Jaycees in Richmond, a past President of the Virginia Jaycees and the
Virginia JCI Senate, and is a past National Vice President of the United
States Junior Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Virginia Jaycees
Long Term Training Committee, the Corporate Planning Committee and on the
Finance Committee. Alan has also trained leaders at the local, state, national
and international levels. He has been recognized as a Life Member of the
West End and Virginia Jaycees, a US Ambassador (life membership in the US
Jaycees) and as a JCI Senator (life membership in the worldwide Jaycees).
Alan has also been recognized as an Outstanding Young Man in American four
times, Whos Who in American Advertising, and in 1998 as an Outstanding
Young Virginian by the Virginia Jaycees. He was recognized by Patient Advocate
Foundation in December 2004 as Advocate of the Year. Alan has served on the
Board of Directors of Camp Virginia Jaycee, the American Red Cross-Colonial
Virginia Chapter Board, the Williamsburg AIDS Network Board, and The Leadership
Historic Triangle Board, a program that he participated in as a class member
Alan has been a Trustee on the Virginia Jaycee Foundation since 2002, having
served as 2nd Vice President and has served as President since May, 2008.
He also is currently serving on the Tidewater AIDS Community Taskforce Board.
Alan is a Hampton native and currently resides in Williamsburg.
Michael D. Shankle, MPH
Michael D. Shankle, MPH,
is the Director of Prevention and Policy As HealthHIV's Director Prevention
Michael is responsible for leading the organization's day-to-day prevention
and policy efforts. Prior to joining HealthHIV, Michael began his career
as a research specialist with the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School
of Public Health in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology,
where he combined his experience of behavioral health sciences, health research,
and technology, to develop online HIV/STI interventions.
While there, he implemented programming that facilitated parity, inclusion,
and representation of high-risk, sexually active young adults in HIV community
planning processes. In 2006, Michael joined the AIDS Action Committee of
Massachusetts, first as Director of The MALE Center (Boston's gay and bisexual
men's community health and wellness center), and then as Director of Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender health. Michael has a BS in Biology from
the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, PA, and a MPH from the University
of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health.
Robert Suttle, serves as Assistant
Director of The Sero Project. Prior to joining Sero in March, 2012, Suttle
was a case manager and prevention specialist at the Philadelphia Center,
in Shreveport, Louisiana, working with young African American men who have
sex with men.
Robert was released from a Louisiana prison in January, 2011, after accepting
a plea bargain and serving six months for a conviction under Louisianas
so-called Intentional Exposure to AIDS Virus statute. Suttle
was prosecuted after he and a former partner, with whom he had a contentious
relationship, stopped seeing each other.
The partner, who had previously threatened to file charges against Suttle,
then went to the police and did so.
Joey Terrill has 25 years experience working as
an AIDS advocate in California. Based in Los Angeles, this has included 20
years of case management and prevention work with the disabled, including
the visually impaired, homeless, and mentally ill populations both able-bodied
and those requiring hospice care.
For 8 years he has been an employee of AIDS Healthcare Foundation including
4 years in Public Affairs covering state legislation related to making services
for HIV/AIDS more accessible and keeping HIV funding sustainable. With the
AHF Public Health Division he has collaborated with other organizations/agencies
to increase their capacity for HIV testing in Los Angeles County by providing
test kits, counselor/tester training and linkage to care.
Currently the AHF Domestic Advocacy Manager he is working with HIV+ individuals
at the grassroots level in states with ADAP wait lists and other cost containment
measures that delay or obstruct access to life saving medications. This includes
advocacy training and support for enhancing advocacy efforts at both the
state and federal levels. As a long term non-progressor, 2011 marks 31 years
living as a person with HIV.
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