ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+)

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~ Event Panelists ~

Michelle AndersonRobert Breining • Rob CaldwellChristine CampbellEric Flowers • John HellmanJoseph Jefferson
Jason KingMark King • Jules LevinBrandon MacsataDavid MansonJoan McGovernCandace Montague
Christopher Myron • Britten PundCarl Schmid • Robert SuttleTommy G. Thompson • Joey Wynn

Michelle Anderson

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Michelle AndersonMichelle Anderson, Ms. Plus America 2011, is first openly HIV positive woman to ever run for and win a national pageant title. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas and is very active in her community as a Advocacy Mobilizer for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Consultant for the Afiya Center HIV Prevention and Sexual Reproductive Justice, Co-Chair of Campaign to End AIDS Southwest, Treasurer/Board Member for ADAP Advocacy Association, member of the Texas Black Women Initiative and Blogger for A Girl Like Me! Michelle has dedicated much of her personal life to educating others on HIV/AIDS throughout the greater Dallas area and across the United States. She plans to finish her degree in Social Work where she will be able to continue to spread the message, and educate people regarding HIV/AIDS as well as use her title to raise awareness, end stigma, shame and blame associated with HIV infection among woman of color.

Michelle has Certificates of Completion in: NAPWA (National Association of People with HIV/AIDS) Common Threads, NMAC (National Minority AIDS Council) Treatment Adherence Peer Program Training, and CHANGE (Center for Health and Gender Equity) Global Leadership Training, Leadership in Advocacy and Planning (LEAP) Strengthening Consumer Involvement and Leadership (SCILS) Project.

Some of the most empowering appearances Michelle had the privileged of experiencing was sitting in panel discussion hosted by The Dallas Health Department (Regional Forum on Black Women and HIV/AIDS in Texas) in Houston, Texas to discuss the disparities of African-American women around HIV/AIDS. She also was an opening speaker for 97.9 The Beat HIP HOP for HIV and Dallas Health Department on World AIDS Day where she shared her story about becoming infected in hopes to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and the importance of getting tested.

She has done a number of appearances via video and radio such as CNN/HLN: What Matters, Syndicated radio show with Michael Baisden, HEAVEN 97, Plus Model Radio with Chenese Lewis, Public Service Announcements for ADAP Advocacy Association, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Re:Solve from Chronic Disease Fund, North Star Pro Blogtalk Radio, POZIAM Blogtalk Radio, Curvy-Girl and, The Condom Ladies Fishbowl Networks, and "Let's Stop HIV Together" a CDC national campaign designed to feature individual stories to champion the power relationships in their personal and public fight to stop HIV.

Her story has been featured in numerous news articles such as The Dallas Examiner by Marsha Jones, "Living with HIV" and "The Life of A Positive Queen", "A Hard Lesson to Learn Living with HIV/AIDS" by Ray Jordon of the Dallas Examiner, "Celebrity Speaks Out on AIDS" by Sherri Jacobson and "Dallas HIP HOP event Encourages HIV Testing" by Marianne Brown of The Dallas Morning News and web articles by The Body and Positivelite.com in Canada just to name a few.

Michelle was nominated to sit on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) in 2010 and has traveled to Austin and Washington DC to speak with elected officials regarding the impact of and policies surrounding HIV/AIDS and in July of 2012, Michelle was bestowed the honor of receiving the Positive Leadership Award by The National Association of People with AIDS recognizing the use of her "Bully Pulpit" to raise awareness.

Robert Breining

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Robert BreiningRobert Breining was born and reared in Philadelphia, PA. At a young age, Breining discovered the importance of working as a team to accomplish a goal. He has been playing soccer for over 20 years, and he currently plays for the Philadelphia Falcons; he has traveled as far as Copenhagen, Denmark to compete in an IGLFA (International Gay and Lesbian Futbol Association) Tournaments. In 2007, five years after the passing of his father and his HIV diagnosis, Breining had what he calls his 'Ah Ha' moment.

He now looks at every life experience and asks, "What am I supposed to learn from this?" In 2007, he became a Campaign Ambassador for Hope's Voice and participated in their Does HIV Look Like Me? campaign. That October he launched the POZIAM Community, a social networking website for people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. He wanted to give others living with HIV hope and a place "to just be themselves." In July of 2008, Breining launched the POZIAM Radio a bi-weekly internet radio show, with his Co-host Jeromy Dunn of POZitively Speaking on Sundays, and the following year Jack Mackenroth joined as his co-host.

Last year, Breining was a featured speaker at the ADAP Advocacy Association's 2009 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Breing is described as a "Positive Person with a Purpose." His goal is to help people living with HIV/AIDS discover similarities in each other...and form friendships. He has been living with HIV for 10 years and recently started receiving his medications through Pennsylvania's AIDS Drug Assistance Program.

Dr. Rob Caldwell

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Dr. Rob CaldwellDr. Caldwell received his Doctorate in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from Vanderbilt University, where he specialized in HIV disease pathogenesis and its effects in the pulmonary system. He completed his post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he utilized emerging technologies to identify molecular signatures that rapidly diagnose and prognosticate several relevant human diseases, including breast and bone cancer, osteoporosis, and infectious diseases.

Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Caldwell was promoted to Assistant Professor of Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he led clinical and basic research focusing on bone diseases and cancer. He has authored over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and two book chapters, procured competitive grant funding from government and private entities, and has delivered over a dozen invited platform presentations, nationwide.

After his tenure at Vanderbilt, Dr. Caldwell was recruited to the National Capital Region to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its anti-terrorism biosurveillance efforts. This included technical analysis, procurement and acquisition of cutting-edge biodetection modalities and forming cross-functional teams spanning major cities to determine operational testing and evaluation of a billion-dollar biodetection technology program.

In the private and non-for-profit sectors, Dr. Caldwell provides subject matter expertise to the business and broader biomedical and healthcare communities of practice that would inform research, policy decisions and business operations. Examples include informing and supporting lobbying groups for policy positions and initiatives, as well as to caregivers and consumers to elucidate emerging diagnostic technologies, mechanisms of drug action/s, and disease pathogenesis. This is supported by over a decade of experience in communicating, informing and supporting key decision makers from various educational backgrounds concerning high-level medical and scientific concepts.

Christine Campbell

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Christine CampbellChristine Campbell, Vice President of National Advocacy and Organizing oversees Housing Works' national and global policy, advocacy and organizing activities including Housing Works' support of the Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA), managing the DC and Mississippi offices and advocacy participation in the International AIDS Housing Roundtable and International AIDS Conferences.

Ms. Campbell has her Masters of Science in Organizational Development from American University and has spent over 21 years operating housing programs, training HIV/AIDS housing providers and advocating for people with special needs.

Ms. Campbell serves as a board member of the National AIDS Housing Coalition that works to insure that indigent persons living with HIV/AIDS have access to stable housing and services and served as an adjunct professor New York University's Wagner School of Public Administration.

Eric Flowers

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

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

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

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

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

John Hellman

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John HellmanJohn Hellman is the Director of Advocacy for the Latino Commission on AIDS, joining in November of 2010. In this capacity, he does local, state, and federal work on a broad range of issues that impact Latinos affected by HIV, AIDS, HCV, and other health challenges.

He has successfully lead efforts to restore HIV prevention funding cuts in NYC, ensure vital patient protection to NYS Medicaid patients, and the development of a bilingual video series that promote strategies Latinos/Hispanics living with HIV and HIV service providers can use to help identify and overcome barriers to effective HIV care.

He earned his Master's degree in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University and currently resides in New York, NY.

Joseph Jefferson

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Joseph JeffersonJoseph Jefferson brings to his role as HealthHIV's Director of Advocacy and Alliance nearly 20 years of experience in health-related resource development, organizational development, coalition building, and LGBT health advocacy. Before joining HealthHIV, Jefferson was the Senior Policy Associate at the National Coalition for LGBT Health.

Previously, Jefferson held senior leadership positions with the New York LGBT Community Center; Our House of Portland - an HIV/AIDS service provider in Oregon; and The Collins Group - a Pacific Northwest-based capital campaign consulting firm. Jefferson earned his MPH at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, producing a seminal report on HIV & Aging for the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America in New York.

Jefferson leads HealthHIV’s expanding advocacy platform across multiple initiatives that include integrated HIV primary care and service delivery models, workforce capacity building and training, leading edge prevention and treatment, health equity, LGBT health, and Affordable Care Act implementation.

Jason King

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

During the years 2010 and 2011, the country experienced an ADAP crisis that threatened thousands of patients and their ability to access treatment. In his role as a patient advocate, King successfully helped lead a statewide movement in Florida to prevent the reduction in income eligibility guidelines that would have ejected hundreds, if not thousands, from the program. During this time, King also actively participated in lobbying for greater funding to ADAP. There is now no wait list in Florida.

King now serves as Advocacy and Legislative Affairs Manager in AHF's Southern Bureau, where he leads local, state-level and nationwide advocacy efforts and maintains relations with state and federal officials. King continues to lead other state and national efforts that concern access to treatment and HIV drug pricing.

King has been HIV positive for nearly 7 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 foodie, and a classical pianist.

Mark S. King

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Mark KingMark S. King has been involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy since testing HIV positive in 1985, when the antibody test became publicly available.

He has held senior positions with organizations such as LA Shanti, AID Atlanta and AID Survival Project, and has written about life with HIV for the last 25 years.

Mark is currently featured on the cover of POZ Magazine for an essay on HIV stigma and gay men.

His popular blog, MyFabulousDisease.com, chronicles his life as an HIV positive gay man in recovery.

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.

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 W. Manson, Jr.

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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.

Joan M. McGovern

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Joan McGovernAfter becoming a Eucharistic Minister, at St. Joseph's Church-Garden City, in 2002, Joan participated in a Beginning Experience weekend (for single, divorced, widowed), in 2003. Realizing the movement of the Holy Spirit and accepting the invitation to more directly pursue her faith journey, Joan accepted a leadership role with the team; facilitating several weekends, through 2005.

Wanting to assist others in recognizing the presence of Jesus in their lives, Joan pursued the Diocesan 2 year Pastoral Formation Institute (PFI) program and received her certificate in June, 2009. Joan continues to provide leadership support with members of the Office of Faith Formation, as an Alumni Coordinator and presenter of the PFI "Discernment" weekend retreat.

As a 25+ year Vice President in the Corporate Technology division of a major financial institution, Joan felt the need to integrate her faith more directly into her career life. Through discussions with her Spiritual Director and another business colleague, the development of the "Workplace Spirituality" series, at the St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House, was established; concluding its second year.

Having completed the 19th Annotation in 2010, Joan continued her next two years pursuing the Spiritual Director certification program, at Brentwood-Long Island, being commissioned in May, 2012. She guides directees in their spiritual journey as well as coordinates a monthly meeting with the 2012 Spiritual Directors to keep this community connected.

Once commissioned, Joan was offered a Staff Associate position at the St. Ignatius Retreat House - Manhasset where she conducts spiritual consultations with retreat participants as well as leading prayer services in retreats, such as: Step 11, Men's Weekend, Women's Weekend, and Charis Ministry Young Adults throughout the year.

Also in 2012, Joan accepted the offer to participate in the Jesuit Collaborative - Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) program as a mentor and spiritual director to young adults.

Candace Montague

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Candace MontagueCandace Y.A. Montague is a health advocate and freelance writer in Washington, D.C.

She is the DC HIV/AIDS Examiner for Examiner.com and a blogger for TheBody.com. Candace is also a contributing writer for TheGrio.com, The Black AIDS Weekly Newsletter, and East of the River Magazine, a publication of Capital Community News.

Writing is her activism.

   
 

Christopher Myron

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Christopher MyronChristopher Myron was diagnosed with HIV January 21, 2010. Almost instantly, he took a vow to himself to not let this dictate him from following his dreams and living a healthy, normal life and express his feelings in his writing.

He currently lives in New York City where he holds a full time job and continues to write for online publications while contributing to his YouTube vlog and own blog relating to topics on HIV and AIDS.

He is also working on a fictional novel in the hopes to make its way to publication and finally aspires to move to the West Coast to write a television sitcom.

Writing aside, Christopher thrives on being vocal of his diagnosis in an effort to end the stigma of HIV and AIDS.

Britten Pund

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Britten PundBritten 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.

Carl Schmid

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

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

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

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.

The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson

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Tommy G. ThompsonTommy G. Thompson served as the 42nd Governor of Wisconsin from 1987 to 2001, and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2001 to 2005. After his time in the Bush Administration, Thompson was a partner with the law-firm Akin Gump and Chairman of Deloitte's global healthcare practice and has served on the board 22 other organizations.

Thompson left the governorship when he was appointed by President George W. Bush as HHS Secretary. He was confirmed by the Senate on January 24, 2001.While Secretary, he launched initiatives to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health, reorganize the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to encourage greater responsiveness and efficiency, and clear the backlog of waivers and state plan amendments.

He approved 1,400 state plans and waiver requests and thereby provide health insurance to 1.8 million lower-income Americans. In the aftermath of 9-11 he also worked on strengthening the nation's preparedness for a bio-terrorism attack, by stockpiling smallpox vaccines and investing heavily in state and local public health infrastructure. Both as Governor and HHS Secretary, Thompson was a strong supporter of the AIDS Drug Assistance Programs.

Joey Wynn, Director of Public Policy, Minority Development & Empowerment, MDE

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Joey WynnJoey Wynn has made a career in HIV advocacy, public policy and working in a variety of public health settings over the course of his 22 years in the state of Florida. In 1994, he was involved in the start up of the first Ryan White Outpatient HIV Program (SIS) Dept. at Mercy Hospital in Miami, FL.

In 1996 he joined Florida AIDS Action (FLAAC), based in North Miami, it was a statewide advocacy agency providing medical treatment information & education for patients and physicians; with a focus on increasing awareness for funding from the State Legislature for HIV related services, especially the AIDS Insurance Continuation Program by bringing in a multi-bus tour with patients from around the state to the Capitol, resulting in the first million dollars of state funding earmarked for the AICP program as well as additional funding for other HIV projects.

Then he 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.

His next step was a five year role in the Statewide Medicaid HIV Disease Management program, Positive Healthcare, as the statewide Community Relations Director. Acting as a liaison with the six HIV Ryan White "Part A" planning bodies across six cities, he worked directly with various HIV service delivery systems of care throughout Florida. Joey then worked for Broward House for 5 years as the Director of Public Policy. BH is an AIDS Service organization providing the entire spectrum of services for clients: Housing, primary medical care, substance abuse rehabilitation, mental health, and social services for people living with HIV.

He currently is involved at Minority Development & Empowerment as the Public Policy & Community Affairs Consultant, involved in the creation of the first South Florida Hepatitis Network, coordinating grants, and recruitment of providers for a comprehensive indigent care testing linkage and care program for Hep C patients.

He served 14 years on the Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) workgroup, and served for the past 4 years on the Board of Directors for the National ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+) in Washington D.C.

He is currently the Chair of the Area 10 Consortia, South Florida AIDS Network (SFAN), serving over 8 years. He also served four years as a member of the Florida Statewide Medicaid Advisory group. He has worked on various local, State, and Federal Pharmacy formulary panels and workgroups over the past 17 years, and developed a Ryan White Part A funded analysis of Pharmacy efficiency / effectiveness in an evaluation report for the Broward County EMA, comparing Florida EMAs for cost & utilization with the Florida ADAP in 2005.

     

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