ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+)

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~ Event Panelists ~

William ''Bill'' Arnold  •  Keith Blackmon  •  Sophia J. Byndloss  •  Christine Campbell  •  Jeffrey S. Crowley  •  Catherine D. Ferguson
Edward Hamilton  •  Hilary Hansen  •  Kathie M. Hiers  •  Marcus Hopkins  •  Deborah Parham Hopson  •  Joseph Jefferson
Diana Jordan  •  Brandon M. Macsata  •  Emily McCloskey  •  Ken McCormick  •  Marc Meachem  •  Kimberly A. Miller
Glen Pietrandoni  •  David Poole  •  Daniel Raymond  •  David Richwine  •  Albert J. Rizzi  •  Matt Salo  •  Carl Schmid
Scott A. Schoettes  •  Michael D. Shankle  •  Coy Stout  •  Joey Wynn  •  A. Toni Young

William ''Bill'' Arnold

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William ''Bill'' ArnoldWilliam ''Bill'' Arnold is a longtime HIV/AIDS activist and consumer organizer and has been active in developing HIV/AIDS organizations and HIV/AIDS policy at the local, state and national level since the mid 1980’s. Arnold is a founding director (1996) of the Community Access National Network (CANN), formerly the Ryan White CARE Act Title II Community AIDS National Network (TIICANN); he is currently its CEO. He is also a founder (1995) of The National ADAP Working Group, a Washington, DC based advocacy coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations.

His involvement with grassroots HIV/AIDS work has included roles from Board Chair and Board Member, to “Buddy” to AIDS Educator, Community Outreach Director, & pre & post test HIV Counselor. Arnold has testified on HIV/AIDS issues before several county legislatures, the New York State Assembly and the United States Congress on numerous occasions. In addition, Arnold has been active in global AIDS activities as Secretary/Treasurer of AIDSETI (AIDS Empowerment and Treatment International). He also serves on the Fair Pricing Coalition.

More recently, Arnold has also invested a lot of time in raising awareness about Viral Hepatitis.

Keith Blackmon

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Keith BlackmanKeith Blackmon is from Bethune, South Carolina. He has lived with HIV infection since 2004, and HCV since 2006; at that time was terminated from his job, due to illness (HIV). He moved in 2007 to Bethune SC to take care of an aging grandfather, and get HIV treatment until 2009.

In 2010, he became a certified beekeeper and opened Jake's Bee Haven, and in 2011 became a certified journeyman beekeeper and a certified beekeeper instructor . He has been a client and volunteer at Catawba Care sent 2006, serving on the client advisers board, a pier consoler, and the advocacy team among other groups.

He is also a member of the South Carolina HIV /AIDS Care Crisis Task Force. He has been The Catawba Care Volunteer of The Year.

Sophia J. Byndloss, MPA

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Sophia J. Byndloss, MPASophia J. Byndloss serves as division president of Ramsell Corporation, a company providing technology and solutions in the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) and information management services industry. With more than 17 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Byndloss' background includes information systems, prescription benefit program development and administration, training, safety net program administration, and retail/outpatient pharmacy prescription processing. Ramsell Corporation serves the public health arena, with a unique focus and service offering provided to AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP). Ramsell Corporation currently administers pharmacy benefits for more than 40% of the nation's ADAP prescription claims.

Prior to serving as division president, she served as vice president of operations for Ramsell Corporation. As vice president of Operations, Byndloss was responsible for overseeing the pharmacy service help desk, member service call center, strategy, client implementations, project management and PBM operations. As vice president of operations, she successfully managed operations for the company's portfolio of public health sponsors. Additionally, she led the company's charge to new and improved data management systems, reporting and analysis and when implemented, positively impacted operations and client service.

Byndloss holds a Master of Public Administration, and is active with pharmacy association National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) and she served as a board member for Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) 2007 - 2009, Oakland, California.

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.

Jeffrey S. Crowley, MPH

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Jeffrey S. CrowleyJeffrey S. Crowley, MPH is a Distinguished Scholar and Program Director of the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law. From 2009 to 2011, he served as the Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy and Senior Advisor on Disability Policy for President Barack Obama. As the President's chief HIV/AIDS advisor, Mr. Crowley led the development of the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States, focused on lowering the number of new HIV infections, increasing access to care, and reducing HIV-related health disparities.

During his tenure at the White House, Mr. Crowley also made major contributions to the development and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, comprehensive health care reform legislation enacted in 2010. His work helped ensure access to private health insurance for people living with HIV/AIDS and other people with disabilities, as well as expanding Medicaid eligibility to millions of low-income people who are currently uninsured.

Mr. Crowley has dedicated his professional career to advancing approaches and solutions to the nation's most pressing social policy challenges. From 2000 to 2009, he was a Senior Research Scholar at Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute and subsequent to its founding, a Senior Scholar at the University's O'Neill Institute, focusing his work on improving health care for people with disabilities and chronic conditions through improvements to Medicaid and Medicare. He also has extensive experience working on such issues as improving the private health insurance system, protecting consumers and expanding their ability to navigate the health care system, and protecting the privacy of personal health information.

Mr. Crowley is a respected leader among people affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, having served in senior positions at the National Association for People with AIDS from 1994 to 2000. He has worked with domestic and international advocates and policymakers to advance more responsive and humane policies regarding HIV treatment, prevention, and research.

Catherine D. Ferguson

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Catherine D. FergusonCatherine is Director of Federal Government Affairs with AbbVie. Catherine is responsible for Federal issues including: Viral Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, trade, pain management and other issues.

Previously, Catherine worked at Abbott where she handled maternal and child nutrition, performance and therapeutic nutrition, HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, oncology, personalized medicine, pharmaceutical supply chain security, drug shortages and science and education and other issues.

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

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

Edward Hamilton

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Edward HamiltonEddie Hamilton has 16 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.

Hilary Hansen

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Hilary HansenHilary Hansen has nearly fifteen years of experience in health care advocacy, grassroots, and alliance development. As the Alliance Development Director for Merck, Hilary is responsible for partnership development and grants management across Merck therapeutic areas, including HIV, diabetes, and oncology. Working with patient advocacy groups, professional societies and trade associations, Hilary serves as the Merck point of contact on federal policy issues.

During her time as a senior government relations manager at Drinker Biddle & Reath, Hilary focused her practice on grassroots and advocacy outreach, with an emphasis on assisting nonprofits and associations. Hilary has worked with nonprofit patient advocacy groups systems to draft and implement legislative strategies, particularly related to appropriations and Medicare-related legislation. She has designed advocacy capacity building strategic plans for organizations that include Capitol Hill days, coalition building and grassroots advocacy.

Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Hilary worked at the American Nurses Association (ANA) as the senior political action specialist, where she was responsible for organizing grassroots efforts. During her time at ANA, Hilary organized the "Nurses for Obama" campaign and was heavily involved in health care reform efforts. Hilary also worked as an aide to Congressman Martin Frost (D-TX) from 1999-2000.

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.

Marcus Hopkins

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Marcus HopkinsMarcus Hopkins is a policy and education advocate in the fields of HIV/AIDS, STDs/STIs, and Reproductive Health.

He majored in Health Communication at East Tennessee State University. Marcus has worked in his field for nearly ten years, and his career has spanned five states - CA, GA, FL, TN, and WV - where he has worked in both professional and educational capacities as a corporate training on infectious disease and as a guest lecturer at colleges and universities.

In addition to advocating, teaching, and lecturing, Marcus is currently an HIV/HCV co-infection blogger for HEAL Blog, part of the CANN network.

He currently resides in Morgantown, WV, and can be reached at

RADM Deborah Parham Hopson, PhD, RN, FAAN

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Deborah Parham HopsonDeborah Parham Hopson is the Senior Advisor for HIV/AIDS Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). As Senior Advisor, Dr. Parham Hopson provides expert guidance on initiatives involving national and international HIV/AIDS policies and issues. Prior to assuming this position in February 2013, Dr. Parham Hopson served as the Associate Administrator of the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) for 11 years.

As HAB's Associate Administrator, Dr. Parham Hopson was responsible for managing over $2.4 billion for programs authorized under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. The Ryan White HIV/AIDS program funds training for health care professionals and medical care, treatment, referrals and support services, for over 559,000 uninsured, underinsured, and underserved people living with HIV disease in the United States and the U.S. Territories.

In addition, as part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, she directed a multi-million dollar global HIV/AIDS program with training, care and treatment activities in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Dr. Parham Hopson received her undergraduate degree in nursing and health from the University of Cincinnati and her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in health policy and management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

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.

Diana Jordan

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Diana JordanDiana Jordan, RN, MS, ACRN has 28 years of experience providing high quality healthcare services with a focus on HIV/STDs prevention and treatment. She has worked in acute care, public health, community-based and ambulatory outpatient settings serving clients, educating healthcare professionals, and managing systems of care. She currently serves as the Director, Division of Disease Prevention, at Virginia Department of Health.

She is responsible for overseeing multiple state-wide programs and services related to the surveillance, prevention, testing, and treatment of HIV/AIDS, STDs, TB and viral hepatitis with the goal of reducing those diseases and their consequences.

These responsibilities include oversight of epidemiologic surveillance activities (investigations, case follow-up, screening, data management and reporting); treatment and service delivery activities for HIV/STDs, including the AIDS Drug Assistance Program; HIV/STD prevention strategies, including counseling and testing, partner services, and training; and TB contact tracing, screening, treatment, and prevention services. She manages all operational, technical, administrative, contract and grants management, public health informatics and programmatic activities associated with service delivery.

Brandon M. Macsata

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Brandon M. 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.

Emily McCloskey

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Emily McCloskeyEmily McCloskey is a Manager of Policy and Legislative Affairs at the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), which represents the nation's chief state health agency staff who administer HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs.

Emily co-chairs the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership’s AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition, a coalition of national advocates and organizations dedicated to increasing federal resources for HIV, viral hepatitis, and STD education, prevention, treatment and care. She is also coordinates the ADAP Coalition, a partnership dedicated to addressing issues facing AIDS Drug Assistance Programs.

Previously, Emily served as the Public Policy Associate at The AIDS Institute, a national nonprofit public policy research, advocacy, and education organization. Emily began her tenure in Washington, D.C. in Congressman John Olver’s office (MA-01). Emily graduated from Ursinus College with a degree in Politics and Media and Communication Studies.

Ken McCormick

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

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

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

Marc Meachem

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Marc MeachemMarc Meachem is Head of External Affairs North America at ViiV Healthcare, the only pharmaceutical company 100% focused on HIV. He is a member of ViiV Healthcare's North American Leadership Team, and manages ViiV Healthcare's corporate giving, which promotes supporting access and retention to HIV care, particularly in those communities most affected by HIV.

Marc directs ViiV Healthcare's US communications and its public affairs activities, including high-level relations with the government and national HIV and health advocacy groups. Mr. Meachem also plays a key role in shaping the Company's policy initiatives.

Marc is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BS in Economics and BA in French Literature) and the Fuqua School of Business (MBA).

Kimberly A. Miller

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Kimberly A. MillerKim Miller is a Policy Officer of the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the professional home for more than 5,000 physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals dedicated to the field of HIV/AIDS. Housed within the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), HIVMA promotes quality in HIV care and advocates policies that ensure a comprehensive and humane response to the AIDS pandemic informed by science and social justice.

In this position since May, 2009, Kim leads HIVMA policy and advocacy efforts on key issue areas, including appropriations, research, and promotion of science-based prevention and implementation of health care reform. She also represents HIVMA in a number of coalition groups within the HIV/AIDS and public health communities. Ms. Miller serves on a number of working groups of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP), including the AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition, the HIV Health Care Access Working Group, the HIV Prevention Action Coalition, and co-chairs the Research Work Group.

Prior to her work with HIVMA, Ms. Miller served for ten years with the Alcohol Policies Project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), for three years as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Tony Hall (D-OH), and for seven years in varying capacities with Catholic Relief Services (the overseas relief and development arm of the U.S. Catholic Church), including two years as a project manager in Senegal (West Africa). She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in International Development from Clark University.

Glen Pietrandoni, R.Ph

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Glen PietrandoniGlen Pietrandoni, R.Ph, is a 1979 graduate of the St Louis College of Pharmacy. After a decade as an owner of a small chain of independent pharmacies in Chicago, he joined Walgreens as a store manager and pharmacist at various locations throughout the Chicago area.

With the advent of early HIV therapy in the late 1980s, Glen addressed the needs of this community by establishing a relationship with a nearby physician's practice devoted to treating HIV patients and by understanding the unique needs of this population. In 1996, Walgreens opened its first HIV-focused pharmacy inside the Howard Brown Health Center, the Midwest's largest gay and lesbian healthcare center, which provides primary patient care, case management, social services, and research under one roof. Glen served as Pharmacy Manager for the Walgreens site at Howard Brown Health Center until 2003. As Walgreens expanded its HIV services and locations, Glen moved into the corporate office to manage nationwide HIV and hepatitis patient programs and services throughout the company's enterprise of retail, specialty, and other business units.

Glen has received numerous awards and recognition for his work in HIV and community pharmacy, including Pharmacist of the Year from Drug Topics Magazine in 1998 and 1999, and Volunteer of the Year for Test Positive Aware in 2002. Glen is a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and supports numerous AIDS service organizations across the country.

David Poole

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David PooleDavid Poole has worked with persons living with HIV disease for over 22 years now.

In 1992 David began volunteering at a local ASO, Big Bend Cares in Tallahassee and then went on to become their Clinical Coordinator over case management. This job led to an opportunity with the FL Dept of Health where he ultimately managed the statewide HIV Patient Care program from 1993-2005 (this program included ADAP and HOPWA).

In 2005 David left the public sector for an opportunity at Gilead Sciences where he worked in National Accounts and Government Affairs for over 8 years and was responsible for teams that covered the entire U.S. with the purpose of ensuring optimal access to life saving medications for HIV and other life threatening illnesses.

In late 2013, David joined the AIDS Healthcare Foundation where he continues to work in the area of public policy and legislative affairs for the Southern Bureau. He is based in Tallahassee where he lives with his partner of 15 years.

Daniel Raymond

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Daniel RaymondDaniel Raymond is the Policy Director of the Harm Reduction Coalition, based in New York City, where he leads national, state and local advocacy efforts to advance strategies addressing the intersection of substance use and health.

His current work focuses on hepatitis C, opioid overdose prevention, syringe access, and coverage of harm reduction and addiction treatment and recovery services.

He currently serves on the AASLD/IDSA Hepatitis C Guidance Panel and the FDA Antiviral Drugs Advisory Committee. He is a Steering Committee member and former Chair of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable.

He has worked in the fields of syringe exchange and harm reduction for over two decades.

David Richwine, RN

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David RichwineDavid Richwine, RN has worked with the HIV advocacy and activist communities for over 30 years. In 1990 after working as a volunteer with an AIDS organization in Lexington, KY David choose to become more involved with direct patient care. As part of that decision he attend New York University’s College of Nursing.

After graduation he worked at New York University Medical Center, Tisch Hospital, on an HIV/AIDS unit. While working as a nurse he became an active member of ACT UP New York. Following the advent of successful treatment regimens know as HAART in 1996 the need for that unit ended. David then began his career in the pharmaceutical industry working directly with advocacy and activist organizations on policy and treatment issues and providing direct patient education.

He has worked in those positions for Merck & Co., DuPont Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Currently he holds the position of Associate Director, National Advocacy and Policy at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Prior to the AIDS epidemic he was living a life-long dream training Saddlebred show horses in Lexington, KY.

Albert J. Rizzi

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Albert J. RizziOn January 6th, 2006, Albert Rizzi came out of a drug-induced coma and opened his eyes to a world gone dark. The meningitis that sent him into a near-death spiral had robbed him of his sight.

"I spent a few days feeling sorry for myself. But then my father reminded me: 'You weren't raised to say you can't do anything. You were raised to rise over adversity."

With energy and determination, Albert threw himself into learning how to navigate the world as a blind person. He brought a sense of adventure to all his endeavors, from grocery shopping to traveling the New York City subways to driving a race car in a blindfold derby. A tireless and vocal advocate, Albert debunks stereotypes about those who live with disabilities and speaks out for job opportunities, accessible technologies, and financial independence of the disabled, particularly the blind and visually impaired. In 2009, he founded a not-for-profit, My Blind Spot, dedicated to helping visually impaired individuals live, achieve, and prosper.

"Children would say, 'Why is he carrying a stick?' or 'Mommy, that man is blind.' This would usually be followed by an adult voice saying something like, 'Hush-it's not polite to talk about people that way."

Albert has addressed thousands of people across the U.S. and internationally. His unique blend of passion, optimism, humor, and outspokenness make him a sought-after speaker who engages and inspires audiences of all ages.

Matt Salo

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Matt SaloMatt Salo was named Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) in February 2011.

The newly formed association represents all 56 of the nation's state and territorial Medicaid Directors, and provides them with a strong unified voice in national discussions as well as a locus for technical assistance and best practices.

Matt formerly spent 12 years at the National Governors Association, where he worked on the Governors' health care and human services reform agendas, and spent the 5 years prior to that as a health policy analyst working for the state Medicaid Directors as part of the American Public Human Services Association.

Matt also spent two years as a substitute teacher in the public school system in Alexandria, VA, and holds a BA in Eastern Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.

Carl Schmid

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Carl SchmidDeputy 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.

Scott A. Schoettes

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Scott A. SchoettesScott A. Schoettes is the HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization dedicated to making the case for equality on behalf of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work.

Schoettes, who lives openly with HIV, has successfully litigated cases involving the discriminatory denial of medical care to an incarcerated woman living with HIV in Wisconsin (Rose v. Cahee); the eviction of a 75-year-old man from an assisted living facility in Arkansas (Franke v. Parkstone Living Center); and assisted in representing Lorenzo Taylor in his successful effort to lift the State Department's blanket ban on hiring people with HIV for the Foreign Service (Taylor v. Rice). More recently, Schoettes co-authored an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in its review of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and prevailed in an appeal to the U.S.Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of an HIV-positive man denied the opportunity to serve on the Atlanta police force (Roe v. City of Atlanta).

On the policy side, Schoettes was the point-person for Lambda Legal's work on the repeal of the HIV travel ban, recently assisted a subcommittee of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in developing recommendations to promote safe and voluntary disclosure of HIV status pursuant to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and is working on the reform of laws criminalizing conduct based on HIV status. He has presented on various topics related to HIV discrimination at forums across the country, including at the White House and in a plenary address at the 2013 Lavender Law Conference of the National LGBT Bar Association.

Schoettes graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and clerked for the Hon. J. Frederick Motz in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Before joining Lambda Legal as the HIV Project Staff Attorney in 2007, Schoettes spent four years at Latham & Watkins.

Michael D. Shankle, MPH

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Michael D. Shankle, MPHMichael 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.

Coy Stout

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

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

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

Joey Wynn

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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 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.

A. Toni Young

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A. Toni YoungA. Toni Young brings more than 18 years of experience in community mobilization, fiscal and personnel management and creating effective collaborative partnerships which meet the diverse needs of marginalized communities. In 1993, she founded NWAP, now Community Education Group (CEG) and has served as the Executive Director since its inception. Today, CEG continues to organize individuals and organizations at the grassroots level, empowering communities and building coalitions on issues associated with HIV/AIDS, women and the Black community.

Complementing her work at CEG, Toni has a long history of advocating for the coordination of services for women with HIV/AIDS and working with Black communities around HIV and other health issues in local, regional and national settings. As Community Co-chair for the San Francisco HIV Prevention Planning Council, she facilitated a group of 27 community and government representatives who were responsible for the allocation of more than $8 million in federal and state resources. Since her return to D.C. in 2003, Toni has served as the Chair of the D.C. HIV Prevention Planning Council, a vital role that allows her to coordinate efforts in this community.

Toni has also lent her expertise to numerous projects, including developing and presenting HIV/AIDS congressional testimony for the White House working group, and working with lead staff of the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) to develop the 1996 Ryan White application to states. She has also served on numerous federal panels and committees including the CDC Sterile Needle Committee, the CDC meeting on Woman to Woman transmission and the Ryan White Title I & II Review Committees. Toni has also successfully planned and executed three regional forums concerning Woman and HIV/AIDS as it relates to women's health for the National Women's Health Network (NWHN).

Today, Toni is leading efforts at CEG to expand the reach of the organization. Through the HIV testing training program, CHAMPS, CEG now has over 30 outreach workers in the field, six days a week, using 8 mobile testing units to educate, test and link to care clients who are hardest to reach. As well, Toni has taken the lead in developing educational materials that are used throughout the country, and promoting replicable models for community development that she has tested and proven. A leader in the field of HIV/AIDS outreach to Black communities and women, Toni has made a career of leading the way to solutions that work, and lending her expertise in community and capacity building at every opportunity.

CEG is has developed a tablet based enrollment tool for DC Alliance, Medicaid and Medicare along with HIV/AIDS, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, HEPc, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity. This will build on the outreach CEG currently conducts and folds into the goals of the Affordable Care Act to increase utilization of preventative care rather than urgent care.

CEG has lead efforts for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day for the past 6 years. Develop community partners across the United State, developing campaign materials and creating the first national Spokesperson Ms. Vanessa Williams in 2012.


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