ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+)

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~ Event Panelists ~

Darryl ForeEdward HamiltonKathie M. HiersJason King • Aaron M. LaxtonJules Levin
Jeffrey R. Lewis  • Brandon MacsataDavid MansonBill D. McCollMaryBeth MusumeciGlen Pietrandoni • Britten Pund
Alan RichardsonMichael D. Shankle • Robert SuttleJoey TerrillJoey Wynn

Darryl Fore

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Darryl ForeDarryl Fore is a native Clevelander, who stills resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He has been employed in the fields of Banking, Theatrical production, Sales, Information Technology, Education and Property Management. He has been actively involved in the HIV/AIDS arena for more than 22 years. After he was diagnosed HIV+ in 1991, his volunteer commitment to HIV/AIDS issues increased. He felt compelled to do more to help others affected by the disease because of the comprehensive HIV education he had acquire at the time of his diagnosis. His volunteer efforts have included: volunteering at his local AIDS taskforce, working as a HIV Pre-test Counselor at the Free Clinic of Cleveland, serving on the Ohio Department of Health's HIV/AIDS advisory board, participating on HIV Clinical Trials Unit advisory board, implementing various HIV/AIDS community outreach projects and serving as a member of Ryan White Part "A" Planning Council. He has a strong interest in all of the Arts, from visual arts to performance arts. He frequently volunteers in the Cleveland Theater community.

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

Edward Hamilton

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Photo Not AvailableEddie Hamilton has 15 years experience working as an AIDS advocate in various regions of the country. Now living in Columbus, Ohio as of 2005, he is working with Ohio HIV+ individuals at the grassroots level with the ADAP Educational Initiative to gain their advocacy voice. He challenges and encourages them that “complacency is no longer an option.”

For several years, he wore his advocacy hat in Massachusetts as a Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) President at a Cape Cod Service Organization, then he became a board member of the Provincetown AIDS Support Group on Cape Cod assisting that organization with a restructure and merger that had enabled that organization to become the The Aids Support Group of Cape Cod (ASG) The HIV and AIDS organization on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard was able to survive the financial climate of 9/11 and beyond.

He was later recognized by both Houses of the Massachusetts Legislature for his efforts. In 2010, he had received his Degree from Columbus State Community College in Legal Studies and will be completing his degree at Ohio University in the Bachelors of Technical and Applied Sciences in the Summer of 2011.

When he isn’t busy “stirring the pot” challenging state agencies and other organizations about wait lists and other cost containment measures (i.e medical criteria) that delay or obstruct access to life saving medications, he spends his spare time saving the neighborhood cats.

Kathie M. Hiers

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Kathie M. HiersKathie M. Hiers is the Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Alabama, a nonprofit organization in Alabama that provides housing and supportive services to low-income persons with HIV/AIDS as well as education, outreach, and testing. AIDS Alabama has subcontracts with the other nine AIDS Service Organizations and several clinics in Alabama to provide services to all 67 counties. Kathie has been with AIDS Alabama since January 2001. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Mobile AIDS Support Services and a founder of the Lee Simmons Fund for People Living with AIDS in Mobile, Alabama.

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

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

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

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

Jason King

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

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

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

Aaron M. Laxton

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Aaron M. LaxtonAaron M. Laxton is an International HIV/AIDS Advocate, Activist and Public Speaker, he is also a contributor to “www.thebody.com”.

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 Aaron’s Youtube Channel:www.youtube.com/laxtona has been viewed by over 72,000 people in 30 countries.

 

Jules Levin

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Jules Levin 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brandon Macsata

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

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

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

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

David Manson

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David MansonDavid 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 1980’s 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 Senator’s 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 California’s 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.

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Bill 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

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Photo Not AvailableMaryBeth 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

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

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

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

Britten Pund

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Britten Pund Britten Pund is a Manager with the Health Care Access Program at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).

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

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Alan Richardson 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 Children’s 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 agency’s participation in the Bureau of Primary Health Care’s 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, Who’s 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 in 1999.

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

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Michael D ShankleMichael D. Shankle, MPH, is the Director of Prevention and Policy As HealthHIV's Director Prevention and Policy.

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

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Robert SuttleRobert 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 Louisiana’s 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

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Joey Terrill 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

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Joey WynnJoey Wynn is a person living with HIV for over 23 years. In 1994, he was involved in the start up of the first Ryan White (Title 1 / Part A) Outpatient HIV Special Immunology Services (SIS) Department at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida. In 1996 he joined Florida AIDS Action, a statewide advocacy agency involved throughout Florida to provide medical treatment information & education for both consumers and physicians. Increasing the awareness of State politicians for the need to increase state funding for HIV related services, especially AICP, was another main goal accomplished while at FLAA.

He then served for 5 years as the Ryan White Patient Care Administrator for the Broward County Health Department’s AIDS Program office, overseeing provision of $20 million of HIV services for two clinics four pharmacies and seven subcontractor agencies throughout Broward County. Since then he worked for over 5 years in the Statewide Medicaid HIV Disease management program, Positive Healthcare, as the statewide Community Relations Director. He now works at Broward House, Broward’s Oldest & Largest AIDS Service organization, providing medical care, substance abuse rehabilitation, mental health, and social services for people living with HIV and addressing their long term housing needs.

He is a 14 year member of the Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) workgroup. He also was a member of the Florida Statewide Medicaid Advisory group and also a past President of the People With AIDS Coalition (PWAC) in Miami Dade County in 1994. He has worked on various Pharmacy formulary panels and workgroups over the past 15 years, and developed a Ryan White funded analysis of Pharmacy efficiency / effectiveness evaluations for the Broward EMA, comparing Florida EMAs cost & utilization models with Florida ADAP.

   

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