~ Event Panelists ~
Jeff Allen Mary
Bennefield Bob Bowers
Hillary Bray Jim
Dahl Todd Grove
John D. Kemp
Brandon M. Macsata Omar
Mayes Emily McCloskey
Kyle Palazzolo Glen
Britten Pund Carl
Schmid Corklin R. (Corky) Steinhart
Marissa Tonelli Joey
Wynn Korab Zuka
It was 1985; Jeff Allen had just
taken the test for the HIV virus. Jeff was not in a place to understand the
implications of the test. He was in a drug treatment facility, and it was
difficult to even imagine that he needed to deal with something besides
recovering from his drug addiction.
He took the test, and a few days later they called him back in and said the
test was not conclusive and required another one. After the second test he
discovered he was HIV positive. He told no one. Before long he was leaving
the treatment facility and heading out to finish out his life in private
Jeff moved to his parents home for a while, and went to Key West. Jeff
was gay and figured where better to be than where homosexuality and HIV were
widely accepted. He went there with little money and lived off of mustard
sandwiches. Finally, Jeff got a job at a restaurant. When he started making
good money, he ended up back on cocaine and heroin.
Jeff was fired from the restaurant because of performance issues and absenteeism.
With no money coming in, and his drug addiction escalating, he ended up living
in his car. After a short while the car was towed, and he ended up with no
place to stay what so ever.
After about 3 months, Jeff became very sick and ended up in the hospital
with PCP pneumonia. He was in the hospital for about 4 weeks, and very near
death. Thats when he met someone that had ventured down the same path.
His new friend offered him a place to stay and guidance in the right direction.
They gave him support and guidance, and helped him find a job.
Jeffs life was finally starting to take a positive turn. He had a spiritual
connection, was sober, and had a basic support system in place. His support
system offered him an affordable place of his OWN to stay in. All his new
friend asked in return was for Jeff to pay it forward.
For the past 27 years, this has been his mission. Jeff has seen too many
people not make it out of the situation that he was in, and it is his mission
to help as many people as possible come out of the depths of addiction and
homelessness and take full control of their lives.
Jeff has been involved with the local Ryan White consortium for 7 years.
The group has implemented a Consumer Peer program, which directly deals with
quality management, adherence and compliance within our area. It helps clients
to stay in care and adhere to medications.
Jeff began the Positive Champions Speakers Bureau, for individuals to speak
out into the community on the fear and stigma associated with HIV/AIDs, and
the importance of staying in care after testing positive for HIV/AIDS.
Since he began working with Positive Champions, his focus has been on quality
improvement for individuals living with the disease. Jeff believes that peers
have a definite effect on quality teams, by giving valuable insight to what
works and what doesnt. Retention of patients has been a problem in
the Daytona area for quite some time. Jeff cherishes the opportunity to help
in whatever way he can, and to share and learn new ways of improving HIV/AIDS
outreach efforts. Jeff Allen was included in the FACES OF HIV campaign which
is a statewide prevention campaign put forth by the Florida Department of
Health.This year Jeff Allen was recognized in POZ magazine (which is an
internationally recognized magazine) as 100 of Americas Unsung Heros.
Born October 14, 1973, Mary
Bennefield grew up the youngest of 7 children! She was raised in Yulee, FL,
a small town just north of Jacksonville.
Mary has been a substitute teacher in Nassau County, as well as a mentor
and math/reading tutor to young children through the Communities In
Schools program. During her high school years, she was involved with
a group Students Against Drunk Driving.
After being diagnosed with HIV in April 2011, Mary knew that she wanted to
get involved with HIV/AIDS community. She is a volunteer at Outreach Community
Care Network; as well as a member of Positive Champions Speakers Bureau
and also a local support group for people with HIV/AIDS!
I am not my disease!!
AIDS activist and HIV/AIDS youth educator Bob Bowers
has done more than just survive living with HIV/AIDS for three decades; he
has thrived. Also known as One Tough Pirate, Bowers outreach educates, raises
awareness, fights stigma, and perhaps most importantly, invokes compassion,
hope, and affirmative change on our planet.
Infected in 1983 from a one-time decision to share a needle, Bob is one of
the first 14,000 Americans infected with HIV. He has lived throughout the
whole history of the AIDS pandemic, experienced many ups and downs in his
health, and lost so many friends you wonder how his heart can bear it. He
continues to fight the daily battles of adverse drug reactions through his
intense desire to live. His tough muscular and tattooed appearance is softened
by his inner sincerity and compassion while sharing his 31-year experience
with this devastating disease.
He is a powerful and motivating public speaker that reaches out to a large
array of diverse audiences. He is a tireless and passionate advocate helping
to shape HIV/AIDS policy. He is also active in fund-raising events, camps
for youth affected or infected by HIV, guest-speaking engagements, and youth
prevention education in schools, colleges, jails and community organizations.
He has been interviewed and featured through Film, Television, Radio, Magazine
and Newspapers. The feature length AIDS documentary, The Fire
Within, follows his life during 1999 and is a moving story of courage,
passion for life and the healing use of choice.
He is far from the stereotypical image of a person with AIDS,
thus having a profound and lasting impact on his audiences. He is generously
outspoken about his life struggles and personal choices prior to the time
of his infection. Through his public speaking, he shares how HIV disease
has helped him to make better choices and to appreciate the very simple beauty
of day-to-day life.
To broaden his message of survival, youth prevention through education, hope
and compassion, he founded HIVictorious, Inc. ® in 2005. In 2014, Bob's
outreach and message continues under, One Tough Pirate Productions, Inc.,
based in San Francisco, California. As an HIV positive speaker, Bob knows
first-hand the importance of putting a face to the disease in hopes of reducing
AIDS stigma and more.
In 2012, Bob had the honor of being a POZ Army General (POZ Magazine) in
the fight to cure HIV. Throughout these many years, his voice, passion, and
commitment continues! You can view One Tough Pirate on the May 2006 cover
of POZ Magazine He was also featured on the cover of Positively Aware.
Bob is living proof that there is nothing impossible in this world if you
apply yourself physically, spiritually and emotionally. He is a champion
for hope and survival despite some of the difficult circumstances that we
ALL face in life.
He feels his greatest accomplishment is survival in general. Im
out there way beyond my time, he says. And it is with the fiercely
honest grit of his courageous heart and soul that Bob pierces through the
slightest bit of complacency or prejudice any of his audience members may
hold. Compassion is our cure, he commands. And with this pirate
at the helm, you believe it. For more on Bob please visit him at
Kelly Brantley, Senior Manager,
provides strategic analysis to help clients assess and respond to health
insurance marketplace reforms, including the Affordable Care Act. She has
expertise in health insurance exchanges, essential health benefits, actuarial
value, Medicare, and insurance market regulation.
Prior to joining Avalere, Kelly worked at the Health Assistance Partnership
and as a consultant for the ECRI Institute.
Kelly has a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, and both a MPH in Health Promotion and Graduate Certificate in Health
Policy from the George Washington University School of Public Health and
Hillary Bray, Senior Associate,
advises Avalere clients on the Affordable Care Act and federal health policy.
Hillary has particular expertise in federal budget issues and the impact
of sequestration, as well as exchange benefit designs and care for HIV/AIDS
Prior to joining Avalere, Hillary served as a Graduate Policy Intern at Health
and Medicine Policy Research Group. She also was a Graduate Erikson Fellow
at the University of Chicago with Access Community Health Network.
Hillary has a dual BA in Political Science and History from The College of
William & Mary and an AM from the University of Chicago School of Social
Service Administration with a concentration in Health Policy.
Jim Dahl is an independent product security consultant
with significant experience in the public and private sectors.
He is considered a subject matter expert in pharmaceutical crime and malicious
product tampering. Jim is a retired federal law enforcement agent with 30
years experience having spent his last nine years in government as the Assistant
Director of the FDAs Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI).
Jim also served more than five years as the Global Product Security Director
at Eisai Company Ltd., a research based pharmaceutical manufacturer with
operations throughout the world. His experience includes managing his own
independent consulting company and as senior managing director for crisis
management at an international security consulting firm.
Jim currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Partnership
for Safe Medicines (PSM), a Washington, DC based non-profit organization
dedicated to keeping unsafe medicines out of the global supply chain.
Todd Grove is the Healthcare Access Unit Lead at
the Colorado AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).
Part of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment's HIV
Care & Treatment Program, Colorado ADAP provides wrap-around assistance
to individuals living with HIV in accessing medical and prescription drug
treatments through Medicare, Medicaid, private / employer insurance, and
for those who cannot access insurance.
A PLWA since 1987, he is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder,
and has been working in HIV since 1994.
John D. Kemp became only the fourth
President & CEO of Abilities! of Albertson, NY, a national disability
service, education and advocacy organization, on February 7, 2011. He is
widely respected for his many achievements, both in the corporate and non-profit
worlds. As a person with a disability who uses four prostheses, John inspires
others to achieve the impossible through knowledge, experience, vision,
personality, and persistence. Mr. Kemp graduated from Georgetown University
in 1971 and from Washburn University School of Law in 1974. Mr. Kemp was
awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Washburn University School of Law
in May, 2003.
In March 2006, Mr. Kemp received the Henry B. Betts Award, widely regarded
as America's highest honor for disability leadership and service. Presented
jointly by the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the American Association
of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the Betts Award recognizes a person's
work and scope of influence that have significantly improved the quality
of life for people with disabilities in the past and who continues to be
a force for change in the future.
With more than 50 years of direct experience in the disability movement,
John D. Kemp has partnered with, worked for and served as Board Member/Chair
or CEO of some of the leading disability and nonprofit organizations such
as: United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Very Special Arts, HalfthePlanet
Foundation, Independent Sector, The Abilities Fund Inc., Disability Service
Providers of America, Easter Seals, Goodwill Industries of America, U.S.
Business Leadership Network, and the U.S. International Council on Disabilities,
to name a few. In 1995, Mr. Kemp co-founded the American Association of People
with Disabilities with Paul G. Hearne. In 2001, Mr. Kemp became a partner
in the Washington, DC Law Firm of Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville, P.C.,
where he developed an active federal legislative and lobbying practice.
Kemp has served on the Medicaid Commission as well as the U.S. State Department's
Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities which guided the Secretary
of State and the Administrator of the Agency for International Development
(USAID) in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy and
assistance with respect to people with disabilities.
Brandon Macsata serves as
Managing Partner of The Macsata-Kornegay Group, Inc. a national political
and fundraising consulting firm specializing in grassroots campaigns, media
messaging and political fundraising. He is widely recognized for his ability
to connect national, state and local stakeholders interested in influencing
public policy. Macsata has extensive experience working with political
candidates, national and statewide trade associations, and other corporate
entities. In November 2009, Macsata was acknowledged by HIV-Plus Magazine
to be amongst the Top 25 LGBT Leaders Fighting HIV/AIDS.
First diagnosed as HIV-positive in March 2002, Macsata has dedicated much
of his professional and personal life advocating for persons living with
HIV/AIDS. He currently serves as CEO of the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+),
a national non-profit organization working to improve the AIDS Drug Assistance
Program (ADAP). In his capacity as CEO, he has successfully assembled a wide
spectrum of ADAP stakeholders to re-energize patient advocacy around the
AIDS Drug Assistance Program at the national level. From November 2003 to
March 2006, he authored a weekly news column on national HIV-related stories
for The Weekly News in Miami, Florida.
He is also a former ADAP recipient. At the age of 27, Macsata was the youngest
Executive Director of a national trade association; he managed the American
Congress of Community Support & Employment Services (ACCSES) from 2000-2003,
a national trade association representing the interests of community, non-profit
agencies providing supports and services to persons with disabilities. Prior
to moving to Washington, DC in 2000, he opened a 100-bed assisted living
care facility in Wilmington, North Carolina. Serving as the facilitys
assistant administrator, Macsata worked closely with community leaders and
state agencies to advocate for seniors.
Macsata has advised candidates for political office, and has also run for
office himself at the local and national levels. In 1995, he was just 79
votes short of beating a 22-year incumbent and becoming the youngest person
ever elected in the State of North Carolina. In 2000, he formed an exploratory
committee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives before ultimately
deciding against running for that office. He is a graduate of the University
of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor
of Arts in political science. In April 2009, UNCW awarded Macsata
and his business partner the Political Science Departments
Outstanding Political Science Graduate award in recognition for
Omar Mayes was born in Daytona Beach, FL and is a
fraternal twin and the second oldest of five children. Omar grew up in a
broken home due to a father that was an alcoholic. He graduated from Mainland
Senior High School then joined the United States Marine Corps where he served
for eight years.
Omar was diagnosed with AIDS in November 2004 with a CD4 (T cell) count of
less than 20. The average healthy persons CD4 or T cell count ranges
from 1500 to 1000. He was very ill and basically on his death bed; he had
pneumonia, PCP, and was on FIVE liters of oxygen. Understandably, Omar was
not coping well. He was afraid, depressed, grieving, and felt all alone.
He wondered how a healthy veteran like himself who had not been very promiscuous
could have contracted this horrible disease. Once his physical health returned,
Omar turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with the fear and despair.
In June of 2009, Omar lost his mother very unexpectedly to ARDS (Acute
Respiratory Distress Syndrome). Still in his addiction, Omar lost his main
supporter and safety net, and it left him fearful of his future. Forced with
some very difficult decisions, he found his way to a Twelve Step program
a few months later. Since September 2009, Omar has been clean and sober with
the help of a Higher Power, a sponsor, and the Steps.
Omar has experienced a great deal of discrimination, judgment, and ridicule
for being gay, and for how he speaks, acts, and carries himself. Surprisingly
enough, discrimination exists in the gay community towards effeminate guys
because they are clock-able, i.e. the average person can guess
they are gay because they dress in an androgynous manner or not quite urban
enough. Omar Mayes was included in the FACES OF HIV campaign which is a statewide
prevention campaign put forth by the Florida Department of Health.
Emily 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
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
Olvers office (MA-01). Emily graduated from Ursinus College with a
degree in Politics and Media and Communication Studies.
Kyle Palazzolo is a Staff and
HIV Project Attorney in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal, the
oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of
lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and individuals living with
Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Palazzolo worked as a commercial litigator
in private practice at Jenner & Block. Palazzolos work has been
recognized with the Illinois State Bar Association, Community Leadership
Award and the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award.
Glen 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
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.
Laurie-Marie works to
increase awareness of NeedyMeds' resources through facilitating various outreach,
advocacy, and educational efforts. She develops and maintains strategic
partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and communities that support
NeedyMeds' mission and oversees the NeedyMeds webinar program.
Laurie-Marie grew up in South Florida and has lived in New England since
A social justice activist since her time at the University of Florida, she
has worked as an advocate in the nonprofit and medical sectors.
Britten Pund is a Manager with the Health Care Access
Program at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
Ms. Pund has been with NASTAD since 2006 and is responsible for the research
and production of the National ADAP Monitoring Project and ADAP Watch.
Ms. Pund provides support for NASTAD's HRSA Cooperative agreement on the
topic of ADAP programmatic management, including formulary and waiting list
management, other cost-containment, and cost-effectiveness.
Ms. Pund received her Bachelor's degree from Elon University in North Carolina.
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.
is currently the Global Medical Lead for "Trii", ViiV Healthcare's
investigational single tablet regimen. He also is the Executive Director,
Medical Strategy, North America.
Prior to joining ViiV in June 2013, he held a number of Medical Affairs positions
in both HIV and HCV at Merck, which he joined in the spring of 2006. In 1991,
Corky began Steinhart Medical Associates, a medical practice specializing
in HIV, in Miami Florida. During his time at SMA, Corky was also the Founding
Medical Director of Mercy Hospital's Special Immunology Services, and served
as Chairperson of Mercy Hospital's Institutional Review Board. In addition,
he also served as the Medical Director of the Florida Caribbean AIDS Education
Training Center. At the time Corky left practice, SMA had 4 physicians and
cared for more than 2300 HIV+ patients. He conducted numerous HIV studies,
was fortunate to serve on a number of pharmaceutical advisory boards, lectured
both nationally and internationally, and published extensively.
Corky has a B.S and M.S. in Secondary Education from Bucknell University,
a PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology from the Johns Hopkins University, and
obtained his MD degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine.
He did his post-graduate training at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial
Hospital. Corky currently lives in beautiful Naples, Florida, is married
to Philippa (Pippa) Steinhart, has 2 children and one grandson.
Chrys Thorsen is an education
and technology consultant who innovates sustainable enterprise training
solutions. In her lifetime as an IT professional, she has garnered over 35
IT certifications including Certified Cisco Systems Instructor and Network
Professional (CCSI/CCNP), Microsoft Certified Trainer, Systems Engineer and
IT Professional (MCT/MCSE/MCITP), ISC(2) Certified Information Systems Security
Professional (CISSP) and ISACA Certified IS Auditor (CISA). Living by the
mantra that the only true measure of a successful program is results
on the ground - everything else is just noise, Chrys designs, develops
and delivers solutions with the end goal in mind.
In Africa, from 2009 - 2011, she worked for SmartCare, a PEPFAR-funded electronic
health record (EHR) program that is a collaborative effort between the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Republic of Zambias
Ministry of Health. Recognizing that drive-by activism from a
donor nation is a recipe for failure, Chrys led an international team to
create the viral teaching method to continuously train and certify
Zambian health professionals in the EHR software system. In 2011, Chrys developed
the SmartCare exhibit for the annual PEPFAR conference in Johannesburg. At
that conference, SmartCare won the PEPFAR Marketplace award for the Most
Innovative PEPFAR project. By the time Chrys returned to the US in
February 2012, over 700 Zambian health professionals (from all provinces
and districts) had been trained and certified using the viral method. Today
the count stands at over 3000 and climbing. Her teams demanding
certification exam is a government requirement for all health professionals
who receive SmartCare training.
Chrys current project in Africa is The Advanced Technical and Business
Management Institute of the United States, a school that will build a
sustainable, international-market-ready labor pool from the Zambian people.
Her international writing and design team at TBH Consulting has authored
fifteen textbooks on an array of IT subjects, with four more in the works.
Over the past 17 years as a master trainer, Chrys has delivered 400 IT
certification classes and taught 5000 students.
Marissa Tonelli is the Senior
Manager of the HealthHCV Initiative, an advocacy and education initiative
of HealthHIV. She also serves as the Senior Capacity Building Manager for
HealthHIV's National Center for Healthcare Capacity Building. She has been
with HealthHIV since 2012.
Marissa was formerly a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fellow
with a field assignment at the DC Department of Health's HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis,
TB and STI Administration where she provided technical assistance on viral
hepatitis prevention to community-based organizations.
Marissa received a Bachelor's of Science in Public Health from the George
Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
Joey 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
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.
Korab Zuka, Vice President of External Relations
& Patient Services, directs PAN's fundraising strategy and manages all
interactions with current and potential donors.
Prior to joining PAN, Korab spent 5 years working for the United Nations
in Kosovo, Youth and Higher Education Support Unit where he supported several
projects focused on promoting education and enrichment experiences for
underserved youth in Kosovo. While at the United Nations, Korab also founded
and served as Executive Director for the Center for Social Emancipation,
a non-profit organization that sought to promote human rights for marginalized
communities in Kosovo.
Korab earned his Bachelor's degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology
in Project Management and Online Business and holds certificates in Advanced
Leadership Studies and Management and Process Development.