~ AIDS Drug Assistance Program Crisis Summit Speakers ~
July 5th-7th, 2010

[Randy Allgaier, M.A.]  [Paul A. Angelone]  [William E. Arnold]  [Nancy Bernstine]   [Christine Campbell]
[Kevin Dedner, MPH]  [Steven Duncan]  [Eric A. Flowers, M.B.A]  [Anselmo Fonseca]  [Robert Greenwald]
[Laura Hanen, MPP]  [Roy Hayes]  [Kathie Hiers]  [Cynthia Jones] [Connie M. Jorstad] [Gabriel Seth Koch]
[Jeffrey R. Lewis]  [Claude Martin, MS - CEO] [Emily McCloskey] [Arika Pierce] [Glen Pietrandoni, RPh, AAHIVE]
[Nick Rhoades]  [Ginny Shubert]  [Ken Trogdon]  [Vernon Watson]  [Robin Webb]  [Andrew Weber]  [Lorraine Wells]  [Joey Wynn]

Randy Allgaier, M.A.

Randy Allgaier, M.A. Randy Allgaier M.A. is the Director of the San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council and has been living with HIV for a quarter of a century and is also co-infected with Hepatitis C. Mr. Allgaier serves on the board of Directors of the Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition and serves as the co-chair of the coalition's PLWHA Caucus and the board of Directors of the National Working Positive Coalition where he chairs the coalitions' Policy and Advocacy Workgroup. From 1995-2000, Mr. Allgaier was the Director of the HIV Advocacy Network in the Public Policy Department of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF). During his tenure at SFAF he was one of the primary architects of developing a statewide coalition that successfully advocated for the first substantial increase of state funding for California's AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP). Allgaier was one of the first HIV/AIDS advocates in the nation to work on Medicare issues more than a year before the debate began on the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 and wrote a consumer advocate guide on Medicare issues for people living with HIV/AIDS for the National Association for People with AIDS, a project that was funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation. He also developed a program of consumer education on Medicare Part D for people living with HIV/AIDS that was funded by Gilead Sciences. Mr. Allgaier holds an A.B. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Paul A. Angelone

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Paul AngelonePaul Angelone serves as the Research and Program Associate at HealthHIV. An integral member of the Research & Evaluation team, Paul provides assistance collecting and managing evaluation data as well as provides assistance analyzing and reporting on those data. Before joining HealthHIV, Paul served as an Associate at the White House where he worked on human resources projects, performed research, and assisted in the identification of nominees for the Fall 2009 White House Internship Program. Prior to that, Paul worked as an organizer on the Obama for America. A former Quality Analyst for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Paul conducted program evaluation of CAEL's tuition assistance programs customer care department. Paul has taught English and working as an editor for the Asian Development Bank (ADB), working on bulletins and reports focused on market development and rural-urban migration. Paul holds a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University and studied at the Gujarat University's Center for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, India.

William E. Arnold

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William E. Arnold 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. He is a founding director (1996) of The Title II Community AIDS National Network and is currently its C.E.O. CANN is active nationally and at state and local levels in advocacy and policy issues involving Ryan White Title II (Part B) funding with a particular focus on the crucial role of ADAP programs in the access to HIV care discussions. Mr. Arnold is also a founder (1995) of The National ADAP Working Group, a Washington, DC based advocacy coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations, medical care providers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and others. The ADAP Working Group advocates at the federal level for ADAP (AIDS Drug Assistance Program) resources and policies. His involvement with grass roots AIDS work has included roles from Board Chair and Board Member, to "Buddy" to AIDS Educator, Community Outreach Director, & pre & post test HIV Counselor in multiple "Grass Roots" Community Based Organization, and AIDS Service Organization settings. Mr. Arnold has testified on HIV/AIDS issues before several county legislatures, the New York State Assembly and the United States Congress on numerous occasions. Mr. Arnold has also been active in global AIDS activities and served as Secretary & Treasurer of AIDSETI (AIDS Empowerment and Treatment International) from 2000 to 2006 - an international association of PWA led AIDS service organizations (NGO's) who actively provide HIV/AIDS medical treatment to their members - in 14 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. AIDSETI has main offices in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of aaa+ (ADAP Advocacy Association) - focused on national and local grass roots advocacy revival efforts as key to the broader access to HIV care and treatment for everyone in the U.S. who needs it - regardless of ability to pay.

Nancy Bernstine

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Nancy Bernstine Nancy Bernstine has served as Executive Director of the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) since 2003. NAHC is a national membership housing advocacy and policy organization working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by assuring that persons living with HIV/AIDS have quality, affordable and appropriate housing. Since 2005 NAHC has convened the HIV/AIDS Housing Research Summit series, the premiere venue for the presentation and discussion of research documenting housing's role in prevention and healthcare. Prior to joining NAHC, Nancy was a member of a Washington, DC law firm representing nonprofit housing organizations and housing industry trade associations. She also served as Director of Government Relations for the National Housing Law Project, providing back up services for legal services housing advocates and as Senior Policy Associate at the McAuley Institute, providing policy analysis on issues impacting community based organizations developing affordable housing. A graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and the LL.M. program at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Nancy is a member of the D.C. Bar and the A.B.A. Affordable Housing Forum and serves on the board of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Christine Campbell

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Christine Campbell Christine 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.

Kevin Dedner, MPH

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Kevin Dedner, MPH Kevin Dedner serves as the Section Chief for the HIV/STD Hep C Section for the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), where he's responsible for overseeing Arkansas' efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. The program also provides care to those living with HIV infections. Since coming for ADH, Kevin has taken significant steps to improve quality, performance, and accountability of the HIV/AIDS program. Over the past year and a half, with his new management team, Kevin, "has demonstrated a willingness to critically examine all program components and assess what is not working." Recent accomplishments include moving to a medical case management model, increasing the number of prevention providers from two to nine and creating an internet partner services notification pilot. Prior to joining the Arkansas Department of Health, Kevin served as the Director-State Government Relations and Public Policy for the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society; he was responsible for managing the public policy agenda for the six-state division. Some of his successes include helping to pass laws in Arkansas and Louisiana that prohibit smoking in public places and one of the most comprehensive Colorectal Cancer Control laws in the country. Kevin has also enjoyed a stint in the political arena, including being appointed director of the African-American outreach effort for Al Gore's presidential run. He also was the director of outreach for the Arkansas Democratic Party. Kevin has served on the Bio-Ethics Committee of Arkansas Children's Hospital. He has also served on the Arkansas Tobacco Control Board. He is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Southern AIDS Coalition and the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). Kevin is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Political Science and also holds a Masters of Public Health from Benedictine University. Through his very diverse back ground, Kevin has developed relationships across the state of Arkansas and the country. Kevin holds many awards and accolades including: Powerplay Magazine- Next Top Powerplayers Under 30, (2006), Arkansas Business- Forty Under Forty, (2007), and the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences/ Arkansas Cancer Community Network-2007 Health Policy Award. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys reading, traveling and working in his yard. He is a member of Rufus K Young Christian Church. Kevin is the charmed husband of the former Olivia Walton. Kevin and Olivia are blessed with a son- Davis Gibson and a daughter- Ella Marie Lillian. Kevin said he has adopted the words of George Bernard Shaw as his own," "I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community. And so long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die for the harder I work the more I live."

Steven Duncan

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Steven is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and moved to Orlando, FL 10 years ago. In 1987 he lost his eldest brother Ed to complications of HIV/AIDS. Prior to relocating to FL, he worked for Northwest Airlines Inc. where he was in charge of operations for aircraft weight and balance. In 2000, Steven began his specialty pharmacy career with Statscript pharmacy; based out of Kansas City, MO. Working as a pharmacy technician he became involved in patient advocacy working with people living with HIV/AIDS. Steven quickly became the face and voice of Statscript in central and south FL. In 2006, Steven was promoted to store manager for Statscript where he held the position until 2009. As store manager, he was instrumental in positioning Statscript at the forefront of the Central Florida HIV/AIDS community, and was the specialty pharmacy liaison for the area 7 EMA Ryan White office. Always looking for ways to educate consumers and physicians, Steven was involved with, and created, over 14 health and wellness events for the community each year. Steven came to Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy in March 2009, in the role of Account Executive for the State of FL. He oversees all HIV/AIDS initiatives for the State, and has built strong ties to the communities that Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy serves. Steven was also instrumental in helping The Pride Center of South Florida in obtaining a grant from the CDC for HIV testing and prevention. This will be The Pride Centers first federally funded grant.

Eric A. Flowers, M.B.A

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Eric Flowers earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990 and was a recipient of the Ford Foundation Fellowship award. A passionate advocate of community health issues and education, Flowers has a long history of helping others through work and volunteerism. While at the University of California at Berkeley, he worked as a counselor and tutor at The Best Resort, a group home for boys. In 1994, Flowers joined Ramsell and quickly moved up the ranks, playing a crucial role in transforming the company into a leader in AIDS Drug Assistance Program (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 managing the company's pharmacy network and in securing multiple statewide ADAP contracts with California and Washington. In 2002, Flowers was named Chief Operating Officer of Ramsell Corporation. In 2005, Ramsell Corporation underwent a reorganization separating its various lines of business into individual companies. At this time, Flowers was named President and CEO of Public Health Service Bureau, Ramsell Holding Corporation's Pharmacy Benefit Management subsidiary, and was responsible for more than $250 million in annual business. Flowers was instrumental in developing core competencies in payer of last resort administration and coordination of benefits that safeguard State and Federal dollars so that more dollars can go directly to patient care. Flowers was responsible for the day-to-day management, strategic planning and implementation of corporate initiatives. Also in 2005, Flowers in support of and along side of his father co-founded the Flowers Heritage Foundation (FHF). FHF's mission is to "Serve under-served communities and take care of the most fragile among us". Flowers, who earned an M.B.A from Saint Mary's College of California in 2004, ensures that Ramsell consistently delivers efficient and compassionate service to public health sponsors, service providers and clients. As the company's Chief Privacy Officer, Flowers has worked closely with the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that the privacy of patients is strictly maintained. In January 2008, Flowers assumed the role of President and CEO of Ramsell Holding Corporation taking over for his father, the company's founder, Sylester Flowers. In 2008, Ramsell continued its expansion and entered into contracts with Texas and Colorado to manage HIV/AIDS specific drug programs. Eric Flowers and his wife Hillary Flowers live in Oakland, CA.

Anselmo Fonseca

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Anselmo Fonseca was born in Brooklyn, New York and educated in the continental US, but currently reside on the "Island of Enchantment", Puerto Rico. He has an Associate's degree in Computer Operations & Administration, with continued self education in Microsoft Office, HTML editing among programs, he also has countless hours education in the HIV/AIDS field, and has graduated with honors from the University of Surviving HIV, HIV + since 1991. His passion for food, lead me to an apprenticeship as Chef in the Culinary Arts and worked in the field for several years. He also accumulated vast experience in the medical field due to his computer skills and knowledge of interpreting data to code, worked in Management Information Systems in Medical Reimbursement and collections for a Hospice, a Skilled Care Nursing Home and Hospital for 6 years. He also served on their Medicare Medical Utilization Review Board. In 1988 his then partner was in a car accident resulting in complications, later he was diagnosed with AIDS. Much to my surprise, his quality of life deteriorate rapidly, later in 1991 he died. The lack of sensitivity, quality of care and stigma witnessed by me caused a harsh impact on my potential future plans. Four years later he moved to Puerto Rico to live-out what life he might have left with my mom. Upon arrival I become acquainted with a man with remarkably similar circumstances. He too lost his life-long partner one month before. After a year Anselmo and his now partner of 15 years Jose Fernando Colon became more than friends and established an Educational Center specialized in English as second language for professionals in the Hospitality and Medical fields, also basic computer and INTERNET courses Then one day while preparing the daily work plan, they heard on radio that prominent political figures were being singled-out as victims in the San Juan AIDS Institute Scandal from 1988-1994. We were not willing to allow this farce to prevail, when the true victims were and continue to be the thousands that died or fled and the loved ones left to carry the scars of those horrific years. So together we co-founded Pacientes de SIDA pro Política Sana in 1999 for the purpose of redirecting the truth of the trial. Eleven years later we continue to defend the rights of People living with HIV/ AIDS primarily in Puerto Rico and where ever there is social injustice. Anselmo served as Community Rep. and Chaired the PWA committee of the San Juan EMA Planning Council for four years, currently as Community Rep. and chair the By-laws Committee of the Part B Planning Body of the State of Puerto Rico, he is also a member of the National Latino AIDS Action Network- Leadership Committee. Also as a Consumer Advisory Council member of National Quality Center he has worked to raise awareness among Ryan White grantees, HIV providers, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) across the United States about the importance of consumer involvement in quality improvement activities and has contributed to the improvement of the quality of HIV care throughout the U.S. and jurisdictions. He firmly believe that "knowledge = power", just as surely as "silence still = death", and truly believes "together we can make a difference.

Robert Greenwald

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Robert Greenwald Robert Greenwald has over twenty years experience in the fields of health, public health, and HIV law and policy. Robert has taught at Harvard Law School since 1989. He is the Managing Director of the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School and the Director of the Law School's Health Law and Policy Clinic. Robert oversees the work of Harvard Law clinical staff and students engaged in direct legal services in the areas of health, family, LGBT, domestic violence, employment, consumer, insurance, disability and estate planning law. Robert and his Health Law and Policy Clinic staff also are actively engaged in state and national research, policy development and advocacy on health law reform. Since 1998, Robert has served as Director of the Treatment Access Expansion Project, working on the national and state levels to improve access to early and comprehensive treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS. Robert is currently serving as co-chair of the HIV Health Care Access Working Group and as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.

Laura Hanen, MPP

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Laura Hanen has been the Director of Government Relations for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) for the last nine years. NASTAD represents the chief HIV/AIDS program administrators who are responsible for managing federally and state-funded HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment services in every state and territory. Ms. Hanen's primary responsibility is to oversee the policy development and federal lobbying on appropriations and legislation related to HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis prevention, care and treatment issues. Ms. Hanen has leadership roles in a number of national coalitions including the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, the HIV Health Care Access Working Group, the ADAP Working Group, and the Hepatitis C Appropriations Partnership. Ms. Hanen joined NASTAD in May 2000. Prior to coming to NASTAD, Ms Hanen was the Senior Lobbyist for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for 3 years. Ms. Hanen was a legislative assistant for Congressman Rick Boucher of the Ninth District of Virginia. Ms Hanen was also a legislative assistant in the Government Relations Department of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Ms. Hanen received her Bachelor's degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and a Master's degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Roy Hayes

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Roy Hayes has been living 26 years with HIV/AIDS and 26 years drug free. Since 1987, he has been an active member in AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, ACT- UP Philadelphia; he is well-known for his continuing role as a leader in ACT UP and as a mentor to people living with HIV to become advocates and activists. Roy is also a former member of the Ryan White Planning Council of Philadelphia, Positive Committee.

Kathie Hiers

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Kathie Hires Kathie M. Hiers is the Chief Executive Officer of AIDS Alabama, a nonprofit organization that works statewide to provide 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 clinics in the state of 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 the founder of the Lee Simmons Fund for People Living with AIDS in Mobile, Alabama. Kathie is one of 25 people appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, the body that provides advice and expertise to President Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius. Kathie was recently awarded the University of Alabama's 2010 Outstanding Woman in the Community Award. Kathie has served locally as Co-Chair of the Central Alabama Ryan White Consortium and two-year term as President of the Metropolitan Birmingham Services for the Homeless. Kathie is a member of the Governor of Alabama's HIV Commission for Children, Youth, and Adults and facilitates the Alabama Legislative Workgroup. Kathie leads the advocacy efforts for the State of Alabama, educating legislators on the state's HIV/AIDS issues and promoting financial support for HIV/AIDS efforts from the Alabama State Legislature. Kathie has been called upon for guidance on the development of state advocacy networks in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Nationally, Kathie served for four years as Co-Chair of the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) and currently heads the Public Policy Committee. Kathie also serves as Vice President of the National AIDS Housing Coalition, as an elected member of the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership Convening Group, and as a board member of the Community Access National Network. Kathie recently ended a four-year term on the board of the National Association of People with AIDS, where she served as Treasurer. She also represented Alabama's nine Title III clinics in the Communities Advocating for Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition from 2000 through 2003. Several national magazines, including HIV Plus, Poz, The Washington Blade, The Houston Blade, Positive Populations, Mother Jones, the Progressive, Marie Claire, the 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 co-authored the housing portions of the Southern States Manifesto, as well as major portions of the Southern States Manifesto: Update 2008, released on July 21, 2008. The Manifesto: Update provided the lead story for MSNBC on July 25, 2008, the Kaiser Daily, and periodicals and stations across the country. 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 and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program, as well as for the Southern AIDS Coalition. Kathie served as Co-Chair of the 2005 National ADAP Conference. In 2006 and 2007, Kathie was featured on a national webcast for the Southern AIDS Coalition, and she conducted workshops for the U.S. Conference on AIDS, the National AIDS Housing Coalition, the National Minority Quality Forum, the National Association of People with AIDS, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sparkman Program for visiting physicians from across the globe. Kathie is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a BA in English.

Cynthia Jones

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Cynthia Jones has more than 15 years experience in the healthcare industry and is a subject matter expert for enrollment services including eligibility determination, HIPP and AVS. She designed and led the development of HMS's IntegriMatch product and provides oversight for all new HMS projects includint project management, operational installation and IT enhancement. Ms. Jones has managed care Certification, AHIP Continuing Education, a MS from Rush University and a BA from Northwestern University.

Connie M. Jorstad

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Connie JorstadConnie Jorstad serves as the Research and Evaluation Manager at HealthHIV. In this role, she manages Research & Evaluation projects from conceptualization and development, including numerous nationally and regionally-based surveys. Before joining HealthHIV Connie served as Senior Program Manager at Gilead Sciences where she developed and implemented an evaluation strategy for the Testing and Linkage to Care Initiative.

She is also a former Program Manager at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of prevention issues (including technical assistance, mental health, substance use, corrections, and community planning). Connie holds a Masters of Public Policy from the American University. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University - Mankato, and received her M.A in Political Science from Ball State University.

   

Gabriel Seth Koch

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Gabriel Seth Koch is the Manager of Policy & Federal Affairs at the Community Access National Network. He began his work on HIV/AIDS in 2004 as an intern at CANN during his junior year at George Washington University. Taking his International Affairs major and combining it with the Congressional experience he gained at CANN, Seth spent his final semester at GW interning for Senator Joe Biden, then Ranking Member, on the Foreign Relations committee. After graduating in 2006, Seth moved into campaign politics and ran field operations in 6 Washington State counties for Senator Maria Cantwell in the mid-term elections. Shortly thereafter, he moved back into issue advocacy focusing on energy and the environment. As the Canvass Director for Environment Maryland, his work was crucial in passing the 'Clean Cars Act of 2007' through the state legislature and the 'Clean Energy Act of 2007' through Congress.

Jeffrey R. Lewis

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Jeffrey R. Lewis Jeffrey R. Lewis is a recognized leader and philanthropic entrepreneur. An expert in health care, pharmaceuticals and women's pension and retirement issues, he has learned to use the power of the marketplace to create change.

Prior to joining the Heinz Family Office, Mr. Lewis worked in Congress for three Republican Senators and one Democrat. He also worked as an assistant to the last Republican Governor of Oregon.

Mr. Lewis has published extensively and holds three educational degrees: a law degree, a Master's in Gerontology from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

 

Claude Martin, MS - CEO

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Claude Martin, MS - CEO Claude Martin has a long history of involvement in HIV and HIV related issues, such as poverty, substance abuse and homelessness. He was one of the initial volunteers that helped then Lafayette CARES, now Acadiana CARES, get started back in 1985. He has been Executive Director of Acadiana CARES since 1998. He is Co-Chair of Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network, an organization that is committed to bringing awareness about HIV and the need for greater funding for HIV related services in the state, such as increase funding for prevention efforts and the expansion of the Louisiana AIDS Drugs Assistance Program or ADAP. He is also a board member of the Southern AIDS Coalition, an advocacy voice for the South whose mission is to promote accessible and high quality systems of HIV/STD prevention, care, treatment, and housing throughout the South. The National AIDS Housing Coalition elected him to their Board of Directors in January of 2009. He holds a Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Prior to joining Acadiana CARES in a professional capacity, he was a Service Coordinator for Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN) and he own and operated his own landscaping business from 1979-1999.

Emily McCloskey

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Emily McCloskeyEmily McCloskey is the Public Policy Associate for The AIDS Institute, a national nonprofit public policy research, advocacy, and education organization located in Washington, DC. Prior to joining The AIDS Institute in 2009, she worked in Congressman John Olver's office (MA-01).

In addition, to her federal legislative experience, she has also been actively involved in both state and local politics. Emily is a graduate of Ursinus College.

   

 

Arika Pierce

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As Director of Federal Government Relations, Arika Pierce is responsible for developing HMS's Federal Government Relations program. This program serves as a vehicle for supporting legislation that promotes healthcare expansion and efficient government healthcare spending. In addition, Ms. Pierce works closely with CMS, Federal legislators, and other health policy stakeholders to develop and promote policy and legislation that furthers the reach and effectiveness of public health programs. Prior to joining HMS, Ms. Pierce worked in the Federal Affairs Department of the American Academy of Pediatrics where she advocated on child health issues before members of Congress and Federal agencies. Ms. Pierce also worked for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Glen Pietrandoni, RPh, AAHIVE

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Glen PietrandoniGlen Pietrandoni, RPh, AAHIVE is a 1979 graduate of the St. Louis College of Pharmacy began his pharmacy career as the owner of multiple independent pharmacies in Chicago and its suburbs for 10 years. His pharmacies were purchased by Walgreens in 1990, around the time of the approval of the first HIV/AIDS drugs. At that time, he began working with this community, dispensing much-needed emotional support as well as medication during a time when people did not survive as long with HIV/AIDS as they do today. From 1996 to 2003, he managed the Walgreens pharmacy at the Howard Brown Health Center which specializes in HIV/AIDS-the first Walgreens pharmacy of its kind, located in an LGBT community center. Today, Walgreens serves people living with HIV/AIDS in all communities across the country, including more than 120 locations within health centers focused on HIV/AIDS. Now a 20-year veteran with Walgreens, Glen is responsible for HIV/AIDS pharmacy services for people living with HIV/AIDS across the country. Some of his key accomplishments include implementing patient support programs across multiple channels and providing pharmacist HIV/AIDS education. As part of his ongoing commitment to supporting patients with HIV/AIDS, Glen earned his American Academy of HIV Medicine Expert designation in 2008. He plays an active role in gay community initiatives, co-chairing gala committees for HBHC and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, as well as serving on the boards of directors of several national and local HIV/AIDS organizations. Glen also co-chairs WPRIDE, the Walgreens LGBT affinity group. He is the recipient of the following awards: 2002 Volunteer of the Year, Test Positive Aware Network, 1999 Drug Topics Magazine Pharmacist of the Year-Overall Performance and 1998 Drug Topics Magazine Pharmacist of the Year-Community Service.

Nick Rhoades

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Nick RhoadesNick Rhoades, who has been HIV+ since 1998, was a board member for 2½ years with the Waterloo, Iowa-based Community AIDS Assistance Project (CAAP). CAAP focused largely on fundraising efforts to directly assist the quality of life and emergency needs for PLWHA in Iowa's Cedar Valley. Currently Nick represents Iowa from two different angles. First, his volunteer affiliations: Nick is a member of Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network (CHAIN); a member of the Iowa HIV Community Planning Group (CPG) chaired by Pat Young from the Iowa Department of Public Health; a member of the "Take A Stand Committee" (TASC) - also recognized as the Iowa Men's Health Task Force - specifically targeting the MSM community with regards to HIV prevention efforts; and Nick is a member/volunteer of Positive Iowans Taking Charge (PITCH), an educational and emotional support group comprised of Iowans living with HIV/AIDS. Last but certainly not least, Nick is at the ADAP Crisis Summit as one of ninety-nine Iowans on the ADAP wait list as of June 28, 2010.

Ginny Shubert

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Ginny ShubertVirginia (Ginny) Shubert is a principal of Shubert Botein Policy Associates, a public policy consulting group that supports the development and implementation of public policies and programs that impact low-income people and communities. Ms. Shubert has 25 years' experience as an advocate, service provider and consultant working on poverty and health issues including homelessness and access to housing, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and drug and alcohol dependence. A graduate of the Harvard Law School, she has been counsel in landmark lawsuits involving access to care and services for disabled persons, including Mixon v. Grinker, brought to establish the right of persons with HIV illness to safe, medially appropriate housing, and Henrietta D. v. Giuliani, a federal class action that has established the right of disabled persons to reasonable accommodations necessary to ensure access to public entitlements. In 1988, Ms. Shubert founded the AIDS Project of the Coalition for the Homeless, and in the early 1990s she was a founder and Co-Executive Director of Housing Works, where she established and headed its Advocacy and Public Policy Department. For the last fifteen years Ms. Shubert has worked as a consultant on housing, health, and economic justice issues. Since 2005, she has worked with the National AIDS Housing Coalition and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network to plan and document the Housing and HIV/AIDS Research Summit Series. In addition to her consulting work, Ms. Shubert has written on a range of health and housing issues.

Ken Trogdon

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Ken TrogdonKen Trogdon is the Chief Executive Officer of Welvista. He has led the organization since 1997, steering Welvista toward innovation through partnerships to provide access to healthcare for the uninsured. Under Trogdon's leadership, Welvista has emerged as a leading mail-order pharmacy for the uninsured in the country providing access to medications for the uninsured with the long-term outcome of reducing the cost of uncompensated care while improving quality of life. During his tenure, Welvista has expanded its reach into free clinics, hospitals, and community health centers throughout South Carolina. It has also experienced a cultural transformation driven by the establishment of a set of core values, a commitment to continuous process improvement, and a collaborative approach to serving its patients. As Chief Executive Officer, Trogdon has successfully led Welvista to strong growth programmatically, operationally, and publicly. Under Trogdon's leadership, Welvista's programs have been widely recognized as a model program for the uninsured. Welvista was selected as a Best Practices Initiative by the Department of Health and Human Services, validating Welvista as an innovative model of non-governmental health care intervention. Trogdon has played a key role in the success of Welvista, delivering a program that has proven to help bridge the gap in health care. Trogdon is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He is married and he and his wife Christy have two daughters.

Vernon Watson

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Vernon Watson has been working with people living with HIV/AIDS for over 15 years. Watson started out working as a Health Educator developing measurable goals objective for HIV prevention strategies and interventions in defined target populations specifically among the underserved communities. He graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management. He has been working for MOMS Pharmacy for over 15 years in sales as the Regional Manager of the northeastern region. Watson is currently a volunteer at the Glen Cove Boys and Girl Club working with the youth in health and awareness projects related to STD and HIV.

Robin Webb

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Robin Webb Acupuncture, chants, crystals, Chinatown docs, herbs, teas, tears, memorials, grief groups, brotherhood, Manhattan Center for Living, Friends In Deed and ACT UP NYC. Fast forward: the millennium approaches; Robin lives. 'Empowerment' (yawn) is suddenly so 80s; act-up morphs into act-out: with 149 t-cells now in tow, RW moves on up to Gramercy Park, coasts along fashionably, a la AIDS and the City, when "HA!" comes calling, yet again. His partner of 10 yrs. dies. There's 9/11. RW moves to Mississippi to face in-your-face stigma, isolation, disparities, inequities in ways he never imagined, joining ranks with 10,000 other MS HIV survivors. Depression mounted; isolation was lethal. Ultimately on August 29th, 2005, the very day Hurricane Katrina utterly ravaged his homeland, Robin Timothy Webb ended his own life, sadly, end of story. Naw, not really. Instead, he dug deep, found his voice by singing the old spiritual, I Ain't Got Time to Die. Quick to confront, Robin joined Ryan White and CPG groups and the Board of the Southern AIDS Coalition; he co-founded AIDS Action in MS ("AAIM," an affiliate of Housing Works) and recently A Brave New Day, both aiming to help the "left behinds" -- rural Deep South survivors -- when it comes to empowerment, advocacy, activism, oppression, AIDS services, all that. No day but today! Oil-spills notwithstanding.

Andrew Weber

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Andrew Weber Andrew Weber is a Senior Director at Johnson & Johnson, Health Care Systems Inc. in Piscataway, New Jersey. Andrew is committed to spreading the word about access2wellness® as our single point of access that aligns and coordinates resources to ensure that un- and underinsured individuals get access to medications and medical products for free or at a discount. Andrew joined Johnson & Johnson in 1996 as Director of International Strategic Brand Management for Janssen Pharmaceutica, located in Belgium. In 1999, he came back to the States to take on a leadership role in pharmaceutical marketing. In 2006, he was chosen to develop and execute the enterprise wide Johnson & Johnson access and affordability platform entitled access2wellness. In this role he leads a team that is working to spread the message about access2wellness and to assist those who are in need get access to programs for which they may qualify. Andrew has over 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry with a proven record of successfully obtaining results across a wide range of disciplines. Andrew holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma City University and a Master's in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. Andrew and his wife Ann reside in Pennsylvania and are the proud parents of four children.

Lorraine Wells

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Lorraine Wells Since 2006, Lorraine has been serving as the Program Director for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program. As the ADAP Program Director, she serves as a member of the National ADAP Crisis Task Force for the State of Florida. She has facilitated the development of a comprehensive quality management program, the development of annual reports, and several new initiatives aimed at improving client services and adherence. Prior to ADAP, she was the Executive Director of the Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness and Nursing Scholarship Programs for the Office of Public Health Nursing. There she also served as the Associate Director for the Governor's Mammography Accessibility Workgroup, and participated in leading a statewide interagency hurricane preparedness committee for Special Needs Shelters and was involved in leading deployment activities during the historic 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons. Lorraine has vast experience in facilitative leadership, building stakeholder relations/partnerships, and strategic planning and evaluation. Lorraine holds a degree in Communications from Florida State University. She was a Supreme Court Certified Mediator from 1996 - 2006 and to this day provides Alternative Dispute Resolution consulting services.

Joey Wynn

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Joey WynnJoey Wynn is a person living with HIV for over 23 years. In 1994, he was involved in the start up of the first Ryan White (Title 1 / Part A) Outpatient HIV Special Immunology Services (SIS) Department at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida. In 1996 he joined Florida AIDS Action, a statewide advocacy agency involved throughout Florida to provide medical treatment information & education for both consumers and physicians. Increasing the awareness of State politicians for the need to increase state funding for HIV related services, especially AICP, was another main goal accomplished while at FLAA. He then served for 5 years as the Ryan White Patient Care Administrator for the Broward County Health Department’s AIDS Program office, overseeing provision of $20 million of HIV services for two clinics four pharmacies and seven subcontractor agencies throughout Broward County. Since then he worked for over 5 years in the Statewide Medicaid HIV Disease management program, Positive Healthcare, as the statewide Community Relations Director. He now works at Broward House, Broward’s Oldest & Largest AIDS Service organization, providing medical care, substance abuse rehabilitation, mental health, and social services for people living with HIV and addressing their long term housing needs. He is a 14 year member of the Florida AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) workgroup. He also was a member of the Florida Statewide Medicaid Advisory group and also a past President of the People With AIDS Coalition (PWAC) in Miami Dade County in 1994. He has worked on various Pharmacy formulary panels and workgroups over the past 15 years, and developed a Ryan White funded analysis of Pharmacy efficiency / effectiveness evaluations for the Broward EMA, comparing Florida EMAs cost & utilization models with Florida ADAP.