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    DSHS HIV/STD Program

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17th Texas HIV-STD Conference Plenary Speakers and Speakers A-L

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Conference Speakers M-Z


Keynote Speaker Elizabeth Pisani

Elizabeth Pisani, Ph.D.
Director
Ternyata Limited
London, U.K.

The Texas HIV/STD Conference is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Pisani as keynote speaker. Scientist, writer and world traveler, Pisani received her doctorate in infectious disease epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to her career as an epidemiologist, she worked as a foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia for Reuters, The Economist and Asia Times. Pisani has been a consultant to governments and agencies alike, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her first book, The Wisdom of Whores, Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS, is a lively account of a decade spent in brothels and boardrooms trying to make sense of the multi-billion dollar AIDS industry. Keynote Plenary

Elizabeth Pisani, Ph.D.

Presenting the Texas HIV/STD Research Award:

David L. Lakey, M.D.
Commissioner
Department of State Health Services

Plenary Speaker: Adolfo M. Valadez, M.D., M.P.H.

Adolfo M. Valadez, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Commissioner
Prevention and Preparedness Services
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Adolfo M. Valadez, M.D., M.P.H. is the Assistant Commissioner for Prevention and Preparedness Services at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Dr. Valadez supports and advises the DSHS Commissioner, Dr. David Lakey, and other state leaders in his three primary responsibilities: overseeing infectious and chronic disease control and prevention programs, disaster preparedness and response activities, and laboratory services. He oversees approximately 1,000 employees and a budget of over $500 million. Prior to coming to DSHS, Dr. Valadez served as the medical director and health authority for the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (ATCHHSD). In the past, Dr. Valadez also served as the medical director of the Martha Eliot Health Center in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts and as a primary care provider. Dr. Valadez received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He is board certified in internal medicine and served as an instructor in clinical medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Later, Dr. Valadez completed the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy and received a Master of Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Valadez also serves as a consultant to the Texas Medical Association’s Public Health Committee and served as a former member of the national American Heart Association’s Women and Minority Leadership Committee. Recently, Dr. Valadez has participated on the Institute of Medicine’s Evidence Framework for Obesity Prevention Decision Making Committee. Dr. Valadez is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. He currently resides in Austin with his wife Alicia and son Alejandro. Opening Comments

Plenary Speaker: Christopher H. Bates

Christopher H. Bates
Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC

The Texas HIV/STD Conference is pleased to welcome Christopher H. Bates as a plenary speaker. Bates is the Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of HIV/AIDS Policy (OHAP). He is also the executive Director of the Presidential Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS. Prior to his appointment as Director, he was a Senior Health Program Analyst within the OHAP, and served as the National Director for a departmental initiative known as the Rapid Assessment Response and Evaluation (RARE). Before joining OHAP, Bates worked as a consultant with John Snow, Inc., conducting a feasibility study on the integration of STD, HIV, and drug abuse services for a proposed national demonstration project. From 1997 through 1998, he served as interim Director of the City of Philadelphia HIV Commission. From 1991 through 1997, Bates was the Executive Director of the D.C. Comprehensive AIDS Resources and CARE Consortium. The Consortium is an alliance of local organizations and institutions that provide HIV/AIDS services and education in the District of Columbia . Before 1991, Mr. Bates enjoyed a successful 11-year career as a program director and in various management positions with the District of Columbia government. Bates was recognized for his HIV/AIDS work with African-born Americans to develop a healthy and sustainable community at the first Mustard Seed Award Banquet, hosted by the Continental African Community, USA, Inc. in July 2009. The Mustard Seed Awards Program brings together public servants, elected officials and constituents in appreciation of excellence in public stewardship and philanthropic services. The award highlights the multi-disciplinary presence and contributions of the Continental African community in the U.S. and the significance of public private collaborations. Thursday Plenary

Plenary Speaker: Jean Flatley McGuire, Ph.D.

Jean Flatley McGuire, Ph.D.
Assistant Secretary for Disability Policy and Programs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Jean McGuire has a 30-year history of work in disability and public health policy and practice across public and private sectors. As Assistant Secretary, she is responsible for guiding all disability policy development across the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) Secretariat. Her work includes oversight of long term and other health care financing strategies that impact the lives of people with disabilities, including those with HIV/AIDS. She served as Assistant Commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health from 1997-2003, specifically developing and overseeing HIV and AIDS programs within the Commonwealth. For the last decade, she has been a major state and national leader in HIV prevention and care. Thursday Plenary

Murray C. Penner
Deputy Executive Director
Domestic Programs
National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
Washington, D.C.

Murray Penner is the Deputy Executive Director of Domestic Programs at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). Penner's primary responsibilities include oversight of NASTAD's domestic programs, including Care and Treatment, Prevention, Viral Hepatitis and Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities programs. Penner joined NASTAD in June 2001 as Care and Treatment Program Manager, became Director of the program in August 2002, and assumed his current responsibilities in July 2005. NASTAD's domestic program portfolio includes an emphasis on reducing racial and ethnic health disparities in the HIV and viral hepatitis epidemics as well as integration of HIV, viral hepatitis, STD and TB programs at the state and local level. Penner's background includes service as the planning coordinator for the Fort Worth, Texas, Ryan White Program Parts A and B planning bodies for nearly five years. Prior to that, he served as an administrator with the Fort Worth Metropolitan and Greater Oklahoma City YMCAs. Penner has extensive volunteer service in HIV prevention and care community planning, and served as the community-elected co-chair of the regional HIV prevention community planning group in north central Texas from 1998-99. He has conducted numerous HIV needs assessments and authored several comprehensive service plans, needs assessment reports and other planning documents in the north-central Texas region. Penner has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences on a variety of topics related to HIV/AIDS care and prevention services. Penner has a strong personal interest in helping to ensure adequate care services for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Monday Plenary

Wakefield
HVTN Associate Director
Community Relations and Education
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, Washington

Monday Plenary

Stephan Adelson
President
Adelson Consulting Services, Inc.
Chelsea, Massachusetts

Stephan Adelson is the President of Adelson Consulting Services Incorporated, the Executive Director of the nonprofit Internet Intervention Incorporated and the previous General Manger of Online Buddies, Inc. (Manhunt.net). Through Adelson Consulting Services and in partnership with the Internet and STD Center of Excellence, Stephan and his team developed the social networking website www.STDPreventionOnline.org (STDPO), designed to connect sexual health professionals and disseminate resources. Through Internet Interventions, he has developed the wiki InternetInterventions.org; created as a repository for information regarding Internet interventions such as Internet-based partner services and online outreach. Stephan currently provides consulting services for the National Association of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD), assisting departments of health and their funded community partners in the use of technologies such as the internet and other new media. Stephan also provides individual consulting and technical assistance to state and local areas in the development of protocols, guidelines, and training curriculum for programs that use advanced technologies in disease intervention and prevention activities. Session G6

Jemel P. Aguilar, M.S.W., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
Poster Presentation 10

Larry Alexander, Jr.
LCDC/Certified Trainer/Facilitator
Training Specialist
Alexander Specialized Training Services
Cedar Creek, Texas

Larry Alexander, Jr. is currently a Training Specialist with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability. He has been a substance abuse counselor and trainer/facilitator for the last 10 years. He recently started a training organization called Alexander Specialized Training Services. He is involved in various organizations at the community level as well as corporate level. Session M6

Dolores Alvarez, Manager
Targeted Prevention and Interventions Team
HIV/STD Prevention and Intervention Services Group
HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Dolores Alvarez is the manager of the Targeted Prevention and Interventions Team in the DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch. Her team consists of HIV prevention program consultants, trainers, a grant writer and a public health technician. Previously, she was the Field Operations Manager from 2005 to 2008. She has been with DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care since 1996 and has worked with Ryan White, HOPWA, and HIV/STD prevention services. Before coming to DSHS, Dolores was the manager of a Planned Parenthood Clinic for six years. Round Table Discussion 6

Lydwina Anderson, B.S.
Surveillance Investigator
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Lydwina Anderson has over 20 years of experience in public health, with emphasis on HIV/AIDS/STD surveillance and education. She is currently employed with the Bureau of Epidemiology within the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services. She received her formal education at Dillard University in New Orleans and is currently working on advanced education in infectious diseases. Round Table Discussion 19

Veronica Anderson
Surveillance Investigator
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Veronica Anderson is a surveillance investigator of the HIV/STD Surveillance Program in the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to serving in this position, Veronica worked as a case manager for the WAM Foundation, a non-profit HIV/AIDS service provider. Session F5

Nicole Angotti, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Sociology and Graduate Student Trainee
Population Research Center
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Nicole Angotti is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, with research interests in global/transnational processes, health and illness, HIV/AIDS, gender and sexuality, and field research methodologies. Her dissertation considers the differential incorporation of Western HIV testing norms in sub-Saharan Africa. This research has been supported generously by a UT Liberal Arts Graduate Research Fellowship (2007-2008), a Doug Forbes Dissertation Research Award (2008), a QUEST Research Award (2009), and a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation (2008-2009). Nicole has conducted and coordinated fieldwork for several socio-demographic research projects related to HIV testing throughout Malawi. She is currently working with a health education research team, contracted by the Texas Department of State Health Services, to assist in the development of community-based HIV prevention planning. Session I1

Deborah Anthony, M.S.N., R.N., F.N.P., B.C.
Nurse Practitioner
Dallas County Health Department, HIV Early Intervention Clinic
Dallas, Texas

Deborah Anthony has been a board certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) since 1993. Her experience as an RN for the past 34 years includes ICU, CCU, hospice care, psychiatric inpatient and substance abuse settings. In her role as FNP since 1993, she has specialized in the care of persons with HIV and AIDS and mentoring other professionals. Deborah enjoyed two years in her role conducting international symposia in the fields of oncology and immunology. Poster Presentation 6

Sonia Arbona, Ph.D.
Medical Geographer
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Sonia Arbona is a medical geographer with the DSHS TB/HIV/STD Unit's Information and Projects Group. She uses geographical analysis and GIS to conduct epidemiological investigations of HIV/AIDS and other STDs in the State of Texas. Her earliest research was on tuberculosis and access to tuberculosis clinics in Puerto Rico. Her subsequent research focuses on diverse subjects, including the presence of chemical pollution of water resources in Puerto Rico, access to dental care in rural Guatemala, forecasts of HIV infection in Puerto Rico, and the use of agrochemicals in rural Guatemala. Prior to her work in the public sector, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Shippensburg University (Pennsylvania), and the University of Puerto Rico. Session J1B | Poster Presentation 30

Lisa Y. Armitige, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Consultant
Heartland National Tuberculosis Center
San Antonio, Texas

Lisa Y. Armitige, M.D., Ph.D., is a medical consultant at the Heartland National Tuberculosis Center in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from the M.D./Ph.D. Program at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 1998. Dr. Armitige completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics and a Fellowship in adult infectious diseases at UT-Houston. She then joined the faculty in 2005 and managed a panel of HIV positive patients at Thomas Street Clinic and a TB clinic at LBJ Hospital. She joined Heartland in 2010. Session M1

Laura Armas-Kolostroubis, M.D.
Clinical Director
Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Armas has been a practicing internist in HIV services at Parkland Health and Hospital System since 1998. She completed fellowships in both women's health and general internal medicine, and is currently the Clinical Director for the Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center. Dr. Armas has presented and co-authored several publications and has presented within state, national and international arenas. Her goal is to raise awareness among health care providers and the community about quality, compassionate care to women infected with HIV through all stages of their lives. She is a champion for the empowerment of HIV-infected women and their efforts to gain high-quality evidence-based medical care. Session I4 | Session C6

Norma Atherton
Surveillance Investigator, Epidemiology
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Norma Atherton is a Surveillance Investigator in the HIV/STD Surveillance Program in the Houston Department of Health and Human Services since 2004 to the present time. Prior to serving in this position, Norma worked as a Senior Scientist in the Environment, Health and Safety program of a Houston-based Energy Company. She spent her earlier career in clinical laboratories in the nuclear medicine field. Session F5

Amber Baldwin, L.M.S.W.
Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) Medical Social Worker
City of Austin Health and Human Services Department
Communicable Disease Unit
Austin, Texas

Amber Baldwin is currently working at the City of Austin Health and Human Services Department as a Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS) provider. Amber has always been interested in working in the HIV field and got the opportunity to volunteer at a local hospice care provider in 2004. She continued her passion through her internships with AIDS Services of Austin during her bachelor's program and Waterloo Counseling Center for her master's program. She has been in her current position as CRCS counselor since 2008, providing counseling services to individuals, both HIV positive and negative, who want to reduce their risk behaviors associated with the transmission and/or contraction of HIV. Session I5

John I. Balogun
Surveillance Investigator
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

John Balogun is a surveillance investigator in the HIV/STD Surveillance Program in the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to serving in this position, John did a fellowship at the Department of Blood and Marrow Transplantation Immunology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Session F5

Ben J. Barnett, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, Texas

Dr. Ben Barnett attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston and completed training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Emory University in Atlanta. He is an associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Texas at Houston, and the Associate Medical Director for HIV Services at the Harris County Hospital District. He spends most of his professional time as a primary care doctor for patients infected with HIV. Session D4

Tracee Belzle
Technology Transfer Team – Project Manager
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Tracee Belzle is the Program Manager for the Dallas STD/HIV Prevention Training Center and the Capacity Building Assistance Center funded by CDC. She has served in this position since 1997. Ms. Belzle teaches 20 courses and has presented at numerous local and national conferences, totaling in excess of 1,500 hours of instruction to over 2,000 participants. Ms. Belzle provides instruction and technical assistance on the use of behavioral science to develop effective STD/HIV interventions, conducting community assessments, selecting and adapting behavioral interventions to fit the needs of their community, and evaluating HIV prevention programs. In addition, she has assisted in the development of intervention packages for both Healthy Relationships and Nia. Session M4 | Session B2

April Biasiolli
Social Science Research Associate
Division of Community Pediatrics
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

April Biasiolli works both as an educator for Project SPARC (substance abuse, HIV, and hepatitis education for adults re-entering the community) and as a practice facilitator for the South Texas Oral Health Network. She has previous experience as a clinical psychiatric research assistant and as an English teacher for middle and high school students. Her research interests lie at the intersection of culture, health, and illness: reproductive health, maternity care, the body, gender, and nutrition in socio-cultural perspective. Session J5B

Dan Bigg, C.R.A.D.C.
Director
Chicago Recovery Alliance
Chicago, Illinois

Dan is the Director of the Chicago Recovery Alliance, a group that conducts harm reduction outreach with people using drugs in the Chicago area. Dan and other similarly concerned individuals formed the Chicago Recovery Alliance (CRA) in 1991 to practice "Any Positive Change" on the problems of drug use and HIV disease. In addition to growing to become one of the largest programs of syringe exchange in North America over the last two decades, Dan has helped develop programming at CRA to prevent opiate overdose deaths with naloxone prescription; avoid hepatitis risks among people injecting with safer injection and wide-spread hepatitis A/B vaccination, and pilot test MOST (mobile opiate substitution therapies). He is also one of the founders of the Harm Reduction Coalition in the USA and a former Project Developer for the International Harm Reduction Institute of the Open Society Institute. CRA's website is anypositivechange.org. Session A3

James S. Bissett Jr. B.S., M.B.A.
Program Specialist II
Department of State Health Services
Lubbock, Texas

James Bissett, Jr. has worked in public health at the diagnostic level, in a hospital setting, and at the state health department level in disease intervention since 2000. He served as Disaster District Committee Representative for DSHS Regions 7 and 1. He served in planning and intelligence during Hurricane Ike and as the Deputy Chief for Logistics for the H1N1 response in Region 1. He is a current member of the Science Advisory Board and a member of the International Society of Infectious Disease. Poster Presentation 26

Jocelyn J. Boudreau, L.C.S.W., L.C.D.C.
Richmond, Texas

Jocelyn J. Boudreau is an accomplished trainer in the field of behavioral health, who in 2008 relocated to the Houston area from the Midwest where she was responsible for the coordination of staff development and training in a large addictions treatment organization. Under a competency based training system developed from her research, the organization was able to improve retention and lower costs associated with hiring and orientation. In 2008, Ms. Boudreau served as the faculty for the Illinois Summer Institute of Addictions. Since arriving in Texas, Ms. Boudreau has provided training to addictions professionals across the state through the Center for Social Work Research at the University of Texas at Austin. She is licensed by the State of Texas as a clinical social worker and chemical dependency counselor. Her charismatic personality and facilitation style place participants at ease, invites the free exchange of ideas and creates an environment which empowers each participant to walk away with practical, usable information. Session H5

Anne M. Bowen, Ph.D. [University of Wyoming]
Professor, Psychology
University of Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming

Dr. Anne M. Bowen is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Nightingale Center for Nursing Scholarship at the University of Wyoming. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with a focus on integrating mental health treatments into primary care settings, sport psychology, and behavioral treatments of medical problems. Anne's research is focused on drug use, HIV and sexual risk reduction. She is currently the principal investigator on three federally funded grants that focus on methamphetamine use and recovery among rural people, funded by NIH and DOJ and a co-investigator on NIDA funded projects that focus on the development of face-to-face HIV risk reduction interventions for urban and rural crack users and Tanzanian heroin injectors. She is a consultant on a CDC funded project that focuses on HIV counseling and testing with heroin injectors in Tanzania . Anne has conducted studies that utilize Internet technology for participant recruitment and data collection, interventions with rural MSM and has expertise in developing and implementing theory driven interventions. Mini-plenary T6

Tamara Brickham, M.P.H.
Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Tamara Brickham is the Program Coordinator for Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to coming to Houston, Tamara was the Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator for the city of Philadelphia for the last five years. Currently, she is implementing a comprehensive HBV screening for the Houston Asian community, and working to enhance HCV screening throughout the city of Houston. Session M5

Myra Brinson, B.S., M.T.(A.S.C.P.)
Virology/Serology Unit Manager
North CarolinaState Laboratory of Public Health
Raleigh, North Carolina

Myra Brinson is the Laboratory Unit Manager and Technical Supervisor of the Virology/Serology Unit at the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health (NCSLPH) in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has been actively involved in the NC STAT (Screening and Tracing Active Transmission) Program since 2002 for the detection of acute HIV infection (AHI), and most recently served as an APHL/CDC technical consultant to China Centers for Disease Control. Prior to serving in this position, Myra supervised the NCSLPH Bacterial STD Laboratory and was a member of the Title X Region IV Chlamydia Infertility Prevention Project Advisory Board. She has over thirty-five years of experience in tertiary teaching hospital laboratories, physician's office laboratories, and other state public health laboratories. Session B4

Gina M. Brown, M.D.
Medical Officer
Office of AIDS Research
National Institute of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Brown, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, joined the National Institute of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR) as a Medical Officer to manage Microbicides and Women's and Girl's Research Issues. Before joining OAR, she served as the Chair of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) for 2004 and has chaired the OAR Women and Girls working group. Dr. Brown also was the maternal-fetal specialist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University . She served as the Women's Health Director of Women and Children Care Center at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center , a clinic that provides comprehensive care for HIV positive women and their families. At the Center, she also was a co-investigator for the Women and Infant's Transmission Study (WITTS) and the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group (PACTG). Session A6

Marvelyn Brown [MarvelynBrown.com]
Author and HIV Consultant
Marvelous Connections
New York, New York

Marvelyn Brown, a 25-year-old native Tennessean, was diagnosed with HIV at age 19. Since then, she has moved both live and television audiences around the world with her compelling personal story. She has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN's Black In America, America's Next Top Model, MTV, BET, The CBS Early Show, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Michael Baisden Show, and The Tyra Banks Show, among others. Her humanitarian work earned her a 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding National Public Service Announcement. Brown's autobiography, The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive, was published by Amistad/HarperCollins in 2008. She lives in New York, NY. Mini-plenary T2

Candyss Bryant
Coordinator
Center for Community Based and Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College
Austin, Texas

Candyss Bryant has more than ten years of experience in nonprofit development and management as both a professional and volunteer. Currently, she serves as the coordinator of Austin Community College's Center for Community-Based and Nonprofit Organizations (ACC CCBNO) and the President of Georgia's ROCA Resources, Inc. Bryant recently found her way to Austin, Texas, from Columbus, Georgia, with her husband Rodney and daughter Jasmin. She is a Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations consultant (TANO c3) and remains an active consultant in the state of Georgia. Candyss is committed to nonprofit excellence through capacity building efforts by means of strategic thought and planning. She has facilitated and or provided assistance to leadership gatherings, coalitions, boards of directors, planning committees, resource developers, nonprofit professional groups, conference organizers, event managers and many others. Session H2

Ruth S. Buzi, L.C.S.W., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of Social Services
Teen Health Clinic
BaylorCollege of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Dr. Ruth S. Buzi is an Assistant Professor and Director of Social Services at the Baylor College of Medicine Teen Health Clinic. Dr. Buzi has received a Ph.D. in behavioral science from the School of Public Health- University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston in 2002, a master of arts in social work from the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Houston in 1993, and a bachelor of arts in social work from the University of Haifa, Israel, in 1978. Dr. Buzi has worked at the Teen Health Clinic for 17 years. She supervises social workers at the different clinic sites, participates in grant writing, program development, and research on adolescents' health issues. She has published in peer-reviewed journals numerous articles related to adolescent fatherhood, male health, sexual health, sexual abuse, and mental health. Session G4

Jordan Richardson Cahoon
Graduate Research Assistant
University of Texas School of Public Health
Houston, Texas

Jordan Cahoon is a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Texas School of Public Health working on the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) project. She will graduate with a master of public health in epidemiology in August. Session J2A | Session J2B

Bret Camp, R.T., A.R.R.T.
Associate Executive Director, Health and Medical Services
Resource Center Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Bret Camp has been the Associate Executive Director of Health and Medical Services at Resource Center of Dallas since 1996. Camp has more than 25 years experience in providing healthcare services and management in the profit and non profit sectors. In 1996, his career focus turned to his passion of providing services to people living with HIV and AIDS, which brought him to Resource Center Dallas, where he has continued his employment and commitment to the HIV positive community in North Texas for more than 12 years. An active member of AIDS Treatment Activists (ATAC), Camp sits on ATAC's Drug Development Committee and also works with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the approval process of HIV drugs as a patient representative. Currently, Camp also serves as the Vice Chair of the Ryan White Planning Council of Dallas. Poster Presentation 27

Alfonso Carlon, B.A.
Project Director
Center for Health Training
Austin, Texas

Alfonso Carlon is a project director with the Center for Health Training in Austin, Texas. He has served in numerous roles in public health over the past 19 years, including community clinic health educator, community outreach worker, state health services trainer-facilitator. Mr. Carlon currently directs and manages the Male Family Planning Research Cooperative and well as two campus-based HIV prevention education initiatives, HIV/AIDS Prevention Education for Women Attending Minority Educational Institutions. Round Table Discussion 22

Deborah Carr
Assistant Senior Public Health Advisor
HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch
TB/HIV/STD Unit
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Deborah Carr has eighteen years of experience in the field of public health. Her responsibilities have included providing strategic direction relating to performance and quality assurance; promoting best practices for the delivery of care; identifying needs and gaps in services; building strategic alliances; health education and consultation to public and private entities; program operations and evaluations; corrections; surveillance; technical assistance; capacity building; disease intervention and prevention including service delivery; contact investigation; STD/HIV outreach; development of protocols and procedures to improve programmatic outcomes; and supervision. Session B4/5

Daniel Casillas
Program Coordinator
CapacityBuilding Assistance Center at UT Southwestern
Dallas, Texas

Daniel Casillas is the Program Coordinator at the Capacity Building Assistance Center at UT Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Casillas has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS over 10 years offering training and technical assistance services to agencies and health departments implementing prevention strategies and evidence-based interventions. Interventions and prevention strategies include: Healthy Relationships, Partnership for Health, CLEAR (Choosing Life: Empowerment, Action, Results!), Nia, Connect, Popular Opinion Leader, Willow, RESPECT, START, PROMISE, Many Men Many Voices, Sister-to-Sister, and Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services. Pre-Conference Workshop 4 | Round Table Discussion 1

Alice C. Cates, M.S.
Research Associate
Division of Epidemiology and Disease Control
School of Public Health
University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, Texas

Alice Cates is a Research Associate at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. She has been involved in the last three cycles of the National HIV Surveillance System, acting as a field supervisor and data collector, as well as assisting in formative research and data management. Session J2A | Session J2B

Shirley Chan, M.P.H., M.T., A.S.C.P.
Staff Epidemiologist Specialist/HIV Incidence Surveillance Coordinator
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Shirley Chan has been working as an HIV/AIDS epidemiologist for the Houston Department of Health and Human Services since 2001. Since April, 2006 she has been the acting team leader for the Houston Incidence Surveillance program. Session F2B | Poster Presentation 20

Kathleen Clanon, M.D.
NQC Consultant
NationalQuality Center
Oakland, California

Dr. Kathleen Clanon is an internist specializing in the care of people with HIV. She practices at Alameda County Medical Center in Oakland, and is the Medical Director of HIV ACCESS, a network of primary care sites serving people with HIV. She has special interests in the reduction of health disparities and in quality improvement in HIV programs. She works as a consultant for the National Quality Center and the HIVQUAL Project. Dr. Clanon is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF and Clinical Director of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center , as well as founding Board Chair of the Community Institute for Healthcare Equity. Session D5 | Round Table Discussion 11

David Clifford, M.D.
Professor of Neurology
WashingtonUniversity School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
St. Louis, Missouri

Dr. David Clifford is a Professor of Neurology and Medicine and the Melba and Forest Seay Professor of Clinical Neuropharmacology in Neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Clifford specializes in adult neurology, neurologic infectious diseases, and HIV medicine. His areas of clinical interest are HIV neurological disorders, peripheral neuropathy, HIV related dementia, AIDS neurology, progressive multi focal leukoencephalopathy, PML, neurologic infection, and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Clifford is originally from Georgetown, Texas. Session C3

Renita Coleman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Journalism
University of Texas
Austin, Texas

Renita Coleman has a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Florida and a master of science and doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri. Her research focuses on visual communication, ethics, and health reporting. She has studied the effects of framing and sourcing on health stories, TV news magazines' use of the public health model for reporting, creating more effective HIV/AIDS messages for African Americans, and ethical messages in health PSAs, among other topics. She has published more than 21 peer reviewed articles in academic journals including Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Visual Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, Journalism, and Journalism Studies. She has a book, published in 2005 with co-author with Lee Wilkins of the University of Missouri, titled “The Moral Media: How Journalists Reason About Ethics.” Before beginning her academic career, Coleman was a journalist at newspapers and magazines for 15 years. She was a reporter, editor, and designer at the Raleigh, North Carolina News & Observer, the Sarasota, Florida Herald-Tribune, and the Orlando, Florida Sentinel. Coleman teaches courses in public health reporting, ethics, and visual communication. Session G1

Leslie Conley, L.M.S.W.-I.P.R.
Social Work/Case Manager
Parkland Health and Hospital System
Dallas, Texas

Leslie Conley is a social work/case manager at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. For the past seven years, Leslie has been providing care to HIV positive women admitted to the hospital for medical, surgical, and obstetrical services. In addition, she is responsible for the case management of all HIV positive pregnant patients and affected babies born throughout the Parkland Health and Hospital System. Leslie is a member of the Hope Coalition, a perinatal prevention project located in the North Texas area. She is also a Charter Member of the Texas Consortium for Perinatal HIV Prevention. Session F3

Natalie O. Cramer, M.S.S.W.
Associate Director, Prevention
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors
Washington, DC

Natalie Cramer is the Associate Director for the Prevention Program at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). Founded in 1992, NASTAD is a not-for-profit membership organization representing state and territorial health department HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis programs that serve every population affected by and infected with HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis in the United States. Ms. Cramer manages NASTAD's Communication and Technical Assistance Support for HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Additionally, Ms. Cramer oversees NASTAD's portfolios for HIV testing, people who inject drugs and HIV surveillance. Ms. Cramer has over 17 years of experience working on HIV/AIDS prevention issues. She previously worked for 11 years with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health HIV/AIDS Bureau's HIV Prevention and Education Unit, where she oversaw the unit's data collection systems and served as fiscal and programmatic contract manager for a diverse group of HIV prevention programs throughout the state targeting those at greatest risk of infection. Additionally, she worked closely with the state's needle exchange programs on all program, policy, and data-related issues. In 2000, she was the recipient of Citation for Outstanding Performance on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for her work on needle exchange. Session A3

Larry Cuellar
Texas Adult Viral Hepatitis Coordinator
TB/HIV/STD Unit
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Larry Cuellar has been involved with HIV prevention efforts since 1985 and worked managing a community based HIV/STD program in the Latino community for two years. He has been with the Texas state health department since 1993, working in contract monitoring, HIV prevention community planning, special projects and health disparities. He has been the Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator for the Department of State Health Services since February 2009. Pre-Conference Workshop 5 | Round Table Discussion 18

Nick Curry, M.D.
Medical Officer, TB/HIV/STD/Viral Hepatitis
Infectious Disease Prevention Section
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas
Mini-Plenary W7

Robert D. Dabney, II
Risk Reduction Specialist
Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department
Austin, Texas

Robert Dabney, a risk reduction specialist with the City of Austin, has counseled and tested numerous clients since September 2001. He and his co-workers often work with community-based organizations to better meet the needs of the clients in the community by testing for HIV/HCV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. He is instrumental in finding new locations to test with the use of the mobile outreach van in order to serve high-risk, hard-to-reach populations. Prior to coming to Texas, Robert spent two years doing volunteer work for The Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (R.A.I.N.) in Missouri, befriending clients living in the last stages with AIDS. Poster Presentation 3

Amy Lauren de la Cruz, R.N., M.Ed.
Education Coordinator
Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center
Parkland Health and Hospital System
Dallas, Texas

Amy de la Cruz is the Education Coordinator for the Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center at Parkland Health and Hospital System. She also serves part of her time as a psychiatric client access coordinator in the HIV Clinic. Prior to becoming a nurse, Amy was a health education coordinator at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School working with at-risk youth and adults. She has over seven years of experience working with the HIV-infected/affected population and providers in both settings. Session I6

Andrea L. DeMaria, M.S.
Graduate Student
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

Andrea DeMaria is a second year doctoral student at Texas A&M University working towards a doctorate in health education studying under Dr. Ariane Hollub and Dr. Buzz Pruitt. Prior to pursuing coursework at Texas A&M University, Andrea received a bachelor of arts in behavioral neuroscience from Purdue University and a master of science in kinesiology from The University of North Texas. Her current research areas include the sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of college students. Andrea's anticipated dissertation topic includes looking at the gynecological screening behaviors of college women and how those behaviors relate to the women's sexual behaviors. Session J5A | Session J6B | Poster Presentation 34

Lawrence Diaz
San Antonio, Texas

Larry Diaz works with several AIDS service organizations in Bexar County. He is currently involved in HIV prevention within the substance abuse population. Larry has worked with state and national organizations. Session D6

Elizabeth A. DiNenno, Ph.D.
Team Leader (Acting), Behavioral Surveillance
Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
NCHHSTP/CCID
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Elizabeth DiNenno is a behavioral scientist with CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention in the National Center for HIV, Hepatitis, TB and STD Prevention. Since 2004, she has worked in the Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch, and served as Lead for the Behavioral Surveillance Team since 2008. In this role, she directs the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) System, CDC's comprehensive system for monitoring risk behaviors, use of prevention services, and HIV testing among persons at highest risk for HIV infection in the US. She developed methods to identify heterosexuals at increased risk of HIV for NHBS; these methods are now being replicated in NIH/DAIDS clinical trials and in other national projects. Prior to her tenure at CDC, Dr. DiNenno coordinated behavioral projects for the AIDS Division (AACO) in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. She has published and presented on HIV risk in high risk and the general US population, and the impact of poverty and other social disparities on HIV infection. Mini-plenary W2

The Drag Initiative to Vanquish AIDS (The D.I.V.A.s) Session T9
Founded in 2001, the Drag Initiative to Vanquish AIDS (aka "The DIVAs") reach out to the GLBT communities about drug use and unsafe sex with a sassy wisdom that only draq queens can get away with! The DIVAs have brought their sexual health edu-tainment show to past events such as Hot Shots! (in collaboration with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), the Gay Erotic Expo, the Gay Life Expo, the Gay Pride Rally, and Folsom Street East, among others.

Since 2005, the DIVAs have served as the lead emcees for the annual Gay Pride March in NYC at the 42nd street review stand. In 2005, Heritage of Pride honored the DIVAs with the PRIDE Award for outstanding contribution to the organization by volunteers in the past year.

We are fortunate to have three of the DIVAs join us at this year's conference. Daisy Durex, Helen of Trojan, and Maggie Num.

Daisy Durex is one of the oldest living DIVAs, serving as one of its founding members (surprising since she can't possibly be any older than 21). She is known by her trademark stunning blue hair and ability to carry on conversations with complete strangers. Daisy likes long walks on the beach and portabella mushrooms.

Helen of Trojan has ruled since 2004. She is known by her trademark red hair and luscious red lips. When she isn't busy passing out condoms, she raises ostriches and cares for abandoned kittens.

Maggie Num has been going after the big ones since 2004. She is known by her vibrant green hair. When Maggie isn't busy being the most beautiful DIVA of all, she can be found home, alone, watching re-runs of the Golden Girls.

Catarina Dominguez, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty Counselor
Women's Center – San Antonio College
San Antonio, Texas

Catarina Dominguez is the counselor in charge of implementing and facilitating the Women4Women HIV prevention education curriculum at San Antonio College. Prior to serving in this position, Catarina worked at Family Violence Prevention Services where she worked with individuals of domestic violence. She provided individual and group counseling to both victims/survivors as well as perpetrators of domestic violence. Round Table Discussion 5

Kay Dreiss, B.S.W.
Public Health Educator
Communicable Disease Unit
City of Austin Health and Human Services Department
Austin, Texas

Kay was hired by David Powell in 1988 as one of the first City of Austin Health Department AIDS Unit Public Health Educators. Since she started her work in HIV prevention and education, Kay has worked exclusively with high risk hard to reach populations. Kay has worked with the homeless, IDU, youth and MSM populations. The majority of her time is dedicated to designing, developing and implementing strategies for successful education, outreach and prevention for these hard to reach populations. Aside from her tireless work with the homeless population, her most notable work has been establishing a very successful outreach and testing program for persons who routinely visit adult bookstores and historically do not access testing services in traditional settings. Session I5

Wayne Duffus, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Columbia, South Carolina

Dr. Wayne Duffus graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York with an M.D. and Ph.D. in virology/cell biology. He completed residency training in internal medicine at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, and fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He subsequently worked as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and was stationed in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Duffus is currently an Associate Professor with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Infectious Diseases Division where he sees HIV/AIDS patients in the Ryan White Care. He is also affiliated with the Department of Health an Environmental Control as the Medical Director for the STD/HIV Division and the AIDS Drug Assistance Program pharmacy. Session D1 | Session D3

Michele Durham, M.Ed.
Executive Director
BEAT-AIDS
San Antonio, Texas

Michele Durham has a master of arts in education from the University of Texas at San Antonio and has served as Executive Director of BEAT AIDS for 16 years. Mrs. Durham manages a nonprofit agency with 30 employees and reports directly to the Board of Directors. She serves as the principle liaison between the Board and staff regarding policies and procedures for carrying out the mission of the organization. Mrs. Durham has served on the San Antonio Area HIV Services Planning Council, the Texas HIV/STD Community Planning Group, Planning Assembly, HIV/AIDS Mayor's Commission, and the Consortium. She is a mother of seven, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, the Coalition of the 100 Black Women, and an active member of Holy Redeemer Church. Round Table Discussion 2

David Dutwin, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Methodologist
Social Science Research Solutions
Media, Pennsylvania

David Dutwin is Vice President and Chief Methodologist for Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS). He has a number of key roles in SSRS, including sample design, overall project oversight, questionnaire development and review, weighting, statistical estimation, analysis, and reporting. He is a research scholar of the Institute for Jewish and Community Research and an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University, where he specializes in teaching research methodologies. David has published a number of articles on survey methodology and has a book on research about the impact of mass media on children entitled Unplug Your Kids: A Parent's Guide to Raising Happy, Active and Well-Adjusted Children in the Digital Age [Amazon]. David attained a master of arts in rhetoric and public opinion research at the University of Washington, and a doctorate in public opinion research and political communication from the Annenberg School for Communication (PDF) {Penn] at the University of Pennsylvania. Pre-conference Workshop 7

Christina Morse Edgar, M.S.
HIV Prevention Consultant
Targeted Prevention Intervention Team
HIV/STD Prevention and Intervention Services Group
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Christina has worked in the HIV field since 1994. She began her career in public health as a Ryan White case manager and eventually moved to Austin and began working in the HIV Prevention Group as a consultant. Round Table Discussion 25

Joseph Elder
Many Men, Many Voices Program Coordinator
Wright House
Austin, Texas

Session G3

Thomas Emanuele, B.S.N., R.N.-B.C., A.C.R.N., C.C.M.
Case Management Manager
Parkland Health and Hospital System, HIV Services/Care Management Departments
Dallas, Texas

Tom is a graduate of El Centro College in Dallas and received a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque . He has been working in HIV care 24 years and been on the frontlines of direct patient care as well as administration and management of a large Ryan White grant funded HIV Case Management program in a large urban public hospital. He has published on the Care of the Adult with HIV/AIDS, Case Management of the HIV patient and presented at national and international HIV/AIDS conferences. He is nationally certified as an AIDS-Certified Registered Nurse, certified Nurse Case Manager and Certified Case Manager. He has received local and national awards for leadership in HIV Nursing as well as Servant Leadership. Tom is involved in local Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and has a prominent leadership role in national ANAC. Poster Presentation 7

Brian Emerson, B.S.
HIV NAAT Supervisor
DallasCounty Health and Human Services
Dallas, Texas

Brian Emerson is the supervisor of the HIV-1 RNA NAAT section of Dallas County Laboratory Services. Prior to serving in this position, Brian worked for Carter Blood Care Blood Bank as a supervisor for various departments. Session B4/5

Stephen Fallon, Ph.D.
President
Skills4, Inc.
Ft Lauderdale, Florida

For the past 15 years, Dr. Stephen Fallon has worked in HIV prevention and care. Through his consultancy, he provides training services to the Departments of Health of Florida, Michigan, Iowa, Kentucky, Texas and South Carolina, to the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, and the National Minority AIDS Council, the Florida/Caribbean AETC, the Danya Institute, St. Jude's Research Hospital, the Mountain Plains AETC, PROCEED's National Center for Training, Support and Technical Assistance, the Border Health Foundation, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and to dozens of community based organizations and clinics nationwide. In Florida, Dr. Fallon won his School Board's Quantum Award for Partnerships in Health and Wellness, and was named CitiLink magazine's “Best AIDS Activist of South Florida.” In 2008, Dr. Fallon also opened a new local non-profit HIV prevention agency serving Latinos in the greater Ft. Lauderdale region. Session A5

Miranda Fanning, M.P.H.
Epidemiologist
DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Miranda Fanning has served as an epidemiologist in the DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch since September 2008. She works primarily with monitoring of HIV/AIDS core surveillance data. Prior to working at DSHS, Miranda worked as a data analyst for the District of Columbia Medical Assistance Administration. Session F6

Sergeant Louis Felini
Deployment Supervisor
Dallas Police Department
Dallas, Texas

Sergeant Louis Felini is a deployment supervisor with the Dallas Police Department and has over 20 years experience in law enforcement. He has developed and implemented numerous multi-agency operations that have involved local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. Sergeant Felini has been the recipient of numerous awards and over 100 commendations throughout his career, including the State of Texas Award for Valor. He is also an active speaker for the FBI's Highway Serial Killer Initiative. In April 2007, Sgt. Felini developed and implemented the Prostitute Diversion Initiative (PDI), which would be the first law enforcement led program in the country that would bring services directly to the environment where street level prostitutes live and work. Session E6

Martha J. Felini, Ph.D., D.C., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Fort Worth, Texas

Martha Felini is an epidemiologist whose primary research focuses on understanding cancer-related health disparities and exploring the influence of environmental and genetic risk factors on health outcomes. She currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center's School of Public Health and is also a Graduate Professor in the School of Biomedical Sciences . As part of her activities, her research portfolio is expanding to include more cross-disciplinary and collaborative projects of vulnerable populations. She leads the evaluation analyses of the Prostitute Diversion Initiative and directs the development of its research arm. Session E6

Belinda Flores, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.
Coordinator
University of Texas Prevention Research Center
University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health
Houston, Texas

Belinda Flores is an ASPH/CDC/PRC Minority Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate in behavioral science at the University of Texas, School of Public Health (UTSPH). She is currently the Project Coordinator of the University of Texas Prevention Research Center (UTPRC) and Project Director for the UTPRC Core Research Project: Mobilizing Community Partnerships for Effective Sex Education in Middle Schools. During the past four years, she has worked as a graduate research assistant with the University of Texas Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR) on multiple funded studies including: The HIV/STI Prevention Program for Middle School Students funded by NIMH (Dr. Tortolero, PI), Texas LINCC: Latinos in a Network for Cancer Control funded by CDC (Dr. Fernandez, PI), and Dissemination of an Effective HIV/STD and Pregnancy Prevention Program funded by the City of Houston and CDC (Dr. Peskin, PI). Her research interests include parental factors for unintended pregnancy, STIs, and HIV prevention, Hispanic populations, and military families. Session J4A

Hickmon H. Friday, Jr., M.P.H., M.P.A.
Senior Health Planner/Data Manager
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Hickmon Friday is a senior health planner/data manager with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) Bureau of HIV/STD and Viral Hepatitis Prevention. Hickmon has been with HDHHS since 2003. Session I3

Samuel R. Friedman, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow/Core Director
Institute for AIDS Research, National Development and Research Institutes
New York, New York

Samuel R. Friedman, Ph.D. (sociology) is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute for AIDS Research at National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Theoretical Synthesis Core in the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research, New York City. He is also a prior Director of the Research Methods Core in the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research. Other appointments include Senior Research Associate at the Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Friedman is an author of about 400 publications on HIV, STI, and drug use epidemiology and prevention, including pieces in Nature, Science, Scientific American, the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the American Journal of Epidemiology, and the American Journal of Public Health. Recent research projects have included a review paper (AIDS, 2006) on the social research needs of the AIDS field; a study of social factors, social networks and HIV, STI and other BBVs among youth and drug injectors in a high-risk community; research on the impact of economic and political crises on HIV risk in Buenos Aires; a study of how some long-term drug injectors remain uninfected with HIV and HCV (i.e., how they Stay Safe); a study of socioeconomic and policy predictors of the extent of injection drug use, of HIV epidemics, and of HIV prevention efforts in US metropolitan areas; and research on why women injectors who have sex with women are at enhanced risk for HIV and other infections. He has engaged in many international collaborative projects with the WHO MultiCentre Study of Drugs and HIV and with researchers in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, and other countries. He has also written on international HIV topics such as war and HIV; sociopolitical transitions and HIV; and drug users' organizations (user groups) as actors globally against HIV. He is Associate Editor for Social Science of the International Journal of Drug Policy and is or has recently been on the editorial boards of AIDS, JAIDS, AIDScience, a Web venture for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, AIDS Education and Prevention, The Drug and Alcohol Professional, and Harm Reduction Journal. Honors include the International Rolleston Award of the International Harm Reduction Association (2009), the first Sociology AIDS Network Award for Career Contributions to the Sociology of HIV/AIDS (2007), and a Lifetime Contribution Award, Association of Black Sociologists (2005). He is a published poet whose publications include two chapbooks (Murders most foul: Poems against war by a World Trade Center survivor. Central Jersey Coalition against Endless War. 2005 and Needles, drugs, and defiance: Poems to organize by. North American Syringe Exchange Network. 1999) and a book of poetry (Seeking to make the world anew: Poems of the Living Dialectic. 2008. Lanham, Maryland: Hamilton Books). Session B6

Robert E. Fullilove, Ed.D. [Columbia]
Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs
Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences
Co-Director, Community Research Group
Co-Diretor, Urbanism and Community Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences
Columbia University
New York, New York

Robert E. Fullilove, EdD is the Associate Dean for Community and Minority Affairs, Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences and the co-director of the Community Research Group. He also co-directs the newly formed degree program in Urbanism and Community Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences. Dr. Fullilove has authored numerous articles in the area of minority health. From 1995 to 2001, he served on the Board of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academy of Sciences. Since 1996, he has served on five IOM study committees that have produced reports on a variety of topics including substance abuse and addiction, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and damp indoor spaces and health. In 2003 he was designated a National Associate of the National Academies of Science. In 1998 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on HIV and STD Prevention (ACHSP) at the Centers for Disease Control, and in July, 2000, he became the committee's chair. Finally, in 2004, he was appointed to the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health [NIH]. Dr Fullilove serves on the editorial boards of the journals Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the Journal of Public Health Policy. He has twice been awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award at the Mailman School of Public Health, and in May, 2002, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Bank Street College of Education. Mini-plenary T3

Michelle Funchess, M.S.
Surveillance Investigator
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Michelle Funchess served as a health educator at the Montrose Counseling Center before becoming a surveillance investigator with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services. She earned a bachelor of science from Minnesota State University and a master of science from Nebraska Methodist College. Session F2A

Cora E. Giddens, B.A., B.S.
Project Manager, Healthy Relationships
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Cora Giddens began her career with University of Texas Southwestern in July 2003. She has been the Healthy Relationships Project Manager for five years. She has been in the HIV/AIDS field for 16 years in several different roles. She began as a volunteer in a hospice house with Catholic Charities where she cared for people dying from complications due to AIDS. She worked with the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network in Tulsa, Oklahoma for four years as the volunteer coordinator for positive clients and their families. Cora has worked for the National AIDS Fund in Washington, D.C. as an outreach worker and involved in a needle exchange program for two years. She also worked at AIDS Services of Dallas for two years as the Residential Coordinator for a 64-unit housing facility for HIV positive clients. Round Table Discussion 7

Niesa M. Glenewinkel, M.S.
Adjunct Instructor
Lone Star College
Tomball, Texas

Niesa Glenewinkel is an Adjunct Instructor for the Education Department in the Lone Star College System. Mrs. Glenewinkel served as a PK-5 teacher of children with special needs for five years and worked as a public school administrator for 10 years. She continues to pursue her professional interests in organizational and leadership development through serving as a facilitator for educator trainings and mentoring future and current school administrators. Session H6

Jeremy Goldbach, L.M.S.W., C.P.S.
Graduate Research Assistant
School of Social Work
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas
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Brian Goldberg, B.A.
Surveillance Investigator
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Brian Goldberg has been employed with the City of Houston Health Department since 1994. From 1994-2004 he worked as a public health investigator with the TB Bureau doing directly observed therapy for patients and skin testing for contacts of patients. Since 2004, he has worked in the Bureau of Epidemiology as an epidemiology investigator working on several projects, such as, HIV core surveillance, Adult/Adolescent study of HIV Disease Project (ASD), Supplement to HIV/AIDS Surveillance (SHAS), Hepatitis C Surveillance Project, assisting in General Surveillance, and now currently a member of the Houston Medical Monitoring Project (HMMP). Mr. Goldberg received a certificate in public health in 2009 from the University of Texas School of Public Health and is working toward a master of public health.

Matthew Golden, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor, Epidemiology
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, Washington

Dr. Matthew Golden is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and the director of the HIV/STD Program for Public Health in Seattle County and King County in Washington. Dr. Golden is on the editorial boards of the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases and the World Health Organization's STD Diagnostics Initiative Literature Review. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. In 2006, he was recognized with the Honor Award for Excellence in Innovation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention for his work on expedited partner therapy. Mini-plenary W7

James T. Gomez, B.S.
Surveillance Investigator
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

James T. Gomez has been employed with the City of Houston Health Department since June 2001. He initially was hired as a medical social worker, working at the Northside Health Center for the first two years before joining the Epidemiology Department as an epidemiology investigator. Since that time, he has been a member of the Adult/Adolescent Study of HIV Disease Project (ASD), Hepatitis C Surveillance project and assisted in general surveillance before becoming a member of the Houston Medical Monitoring Project. Mr. Gomez received a certificate in public health in 2008 from the University of Texas School of Public Health and is working toward a master of public health.

Oscar Gonzalez, Ph.D.
HIV/AIDS US/Mexico Border Coordinator
Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education and Training Center
Dallas, Texas

Dr. Gonzalez has more than 20 years of experience as a public health professional, including 18 years in the field of HIV/AIDS as a medical anthropologist and applied ethnographer. He specializes in HIV/AIDS education, training and technical assistance, including HIV/AIDS and borders, migrant/cross cultural issues and systems of public health, as well as Latino communities in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. He has worked on multiple research projects funded by CDC, NIDA, NIH, HRSA, as well as with several universities and international agencies such as the Global Fund, IAS, JSI, and USAID. He serves as a consultant for HIV/AIDS and participates in national and international HIV conferences. Dr. Gonzalez is bi-lingual and bi-cultural. Being an anthropologist is a rewarding career, in which he is always able to learn and share how to improve quality of life for people with HIV. Session I4

Nell H. Gottlieb, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Nell Gottlieb has been a professor of health education at the University of Texas at Austin since 1980. She is co-author of Intervention Mapping and Introduction to Health Education and numerous articles. She and her colleagues have worked with the DSHS HIV/STD Program on strategic planning, facilitating the statewide Community Planning Group, and on a qualitative assessment related to routine HIV testing in emergency departments. She is a past Executive Board member and Chair of the Public Health Education and Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association and President of the Society for Public Health Education. Session I1 | Round Table Discussion 21

Rodd Gray
Patti Le Plae Safe
Miss Gay America 1995
Hott Rodd the Hair Godd
Dallas, Texas

Originally from Arkansas, Rodd Gray has lived in Dallas, Texas since 1985. He was a shy guy just out of the U.S. Air Force, and he knew no one in Texas. He quickly got involved with the AIDS Resource Center as a volunteer and now he is known nationally as Patti Le Plae Safe, the Queen of Condoms. Patti was created to be a "Dear Patti,” Safer Sexy Advocate columnist for the now defunct AIDS Update newspaper. It may have been a pure accident, but it has made Rodd a pioneer in drag entertainment. He has performed all over the nation raising awareness and much needed funds for local AIDS fundraisers. Rodd stopped counting years ago, but he has single-handedly raised well over a million dollars. His fundraising motto is "It doesn't matter how much money you raise as long as you do it." Rodd won Miss Gay America 1995 on his first try, and that was done on a dare. He has been the Vice President of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance and Vice President of the Dallas Foundation of Human Understanding. He is currently the EO and President of Home for the Holidays Texas, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization he started in 1990 to send PLWAs home for the holidays all year long. HFTHT, Inc. also provides cremation funds and emergency travel funds for families to come visit the PLWA too sick to travel. Rodd is a successful hairstylist today known as Hott Rodd the Hair Godd. He performs in various fundraisers and he presently hosts two monthly shows; the famous Dallas GayBingo and The Lakewood Burlesque Show (a straight audience event). He will continue to raise much needed funds as long as he is needed.

Pamela J. Green, R.N. B.S.N.
HIV Project Coordinator
Emergency Room Nurse
Memorial Hermann Hospital
Houston, Texas

Pam Green has more than 25 years of experience in nursing. She is a 1983 graduate of Indiana University who has practiced in many fields of adult nursing, including ICU, PACU, ER, OR and ICU management. Pam has also worked as a travel nurse practicing in various states and on military bases internationally prior to moving to Houston in June 2002. Her work on the Houston HIV project is very meaningful as she lost her close friend Bill Lucas to AIDS in March 2007. Session B3

Christian Grov, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Faculty Affiliate – The Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST)
New York, New York

Dr. Christian Grov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a Faculty Affiliate member of the research team at the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training. Dr. Grov joined CHEST in 2003 while finishing his doctorate in sociology at the Graduate Center. He has worked with CHEST in a variety of capacities including Director of Recruitment (2004-2007) and Project Director (2007-2008). He completed a one year postdoctoral fellowship in the Behavioral Science Training in Drug Abuse Research program at the National Development and Research Institutes (NDRI) (Funded by the NIH). Presently, Dr. Grov is principal investigator of a NIH study investigating how the venues where gay and bisexual men meet their sex partners (e.g., bars/clubs, the Internet, bathhouses) are related to HIV risk. He has been working in HIV prevention, education, and research since 1999. Mini-plenary W6

Hunter Hammill, M.D.
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Primary Health Network of South Texas
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Infectious Disease, Section of Adolescent/Pediatric Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Dr. Hunter Hammill received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons New York, New York in 1976. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Montefiore Hospital, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1977 as well as another internship and a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, California in 1978. He completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Infectious Diseases at the Wadsworth VA Medical Center Los Angeles, California. Dr. Hammill is a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a fellow in the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Hammill is presently an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Family/Community Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. He has held several academic and leadership positions in Obstetrics and Gynecology at various academic institutions during the course of his career. He presently maintains a practice with the Associates in Infectious Diseases in Ob/Gyn, P.A in Houston, Texas. Dr. Hammill is an attending physician at the St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, the Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Women's Hospital Houston Texas. Dr. Hunter received the Barbara Jordan Leadership Award In 1993 and the AVES Pyramid award in 1998. He is a clinical instructor in residency training and also actively participates in the training of medical students, Physician assistant students and midwife students. Dr. Hammill has been Principal or Co Investigator for various HIV/AIDS research projects and has been cited in numerous scientific journals both locally and internationally. He has also co-authored numerous publications in peer reviewed articles. He is a member of many medical and scientific societies. Mini-plenary W5

John Harborth
Account Manager Public Health
OraSure Technologies, Inc.
Wharton, Texas

John Harborth began his public health career as a disease intervention specialist (DIS) in Dallas County in 1990. He also served as STD Program Manager for Waco McLennan County Public Health District. John spent five years with the Texas Department of Health in the Training and Public Education Branch, where his favorite job was providing DIS training in collaboration with the CDC's National STD Prevention Training Center . The most fulfilling public health work he accomplished was leading the Communicable Disease Unit for the City of Austin where the STD and TB Programs served as model clinics and the outreach programs provided quality and innovative services. Pre-conference Workshop M9

Mike Hardy
Young Adult Program Coordinator
ResourceCenter Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Mike Hardy has served as the Young Adult Programs Coordinator for the Mpowerment Project at Resource Center Dallas since 2007. He has worked with GLBT youth and young adults for the past six years, beginning his work in the community as the Secretary and Diversity Chair for the University of Alabama Queer Straight Alliance, 2004-2005, and then as President from 2005-2006. Mike has been a committee member since 2007 for the Dallas/Fort Worth Gayla Prom, a GLBT initiative. Mike has been a co-leader in recruiting Mpowerment members for Project “People Helping People,” a neighborhood effort of the Cathedral of Hope, where the entire Mpowerment team made home renovations to help low-income and elderly individuals to bring their homes into code compliance. Session A2

Adam F. Harold
Doctoral Student
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Adam F. Harold is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of North Texas, with research interests in medical geography, spatial statistics and GIS, and sociology of culture and religion. His dissertation investigates modeling place vulnerability of HIV/AIDS through the use of a multilevel framework. He is involved in the Health and GIS research group at the University of North Texas and recently co-authored a book chapter titled “Disease, Ecology, and Environment" in A Companion to Health and Medical Geography (2010). Session J1A

Karol Kaye Harris, Ph.D.
Research Fellow
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Karol Kaye Harris is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the President and Co-owner of the Health Institute. Dr. Harris has evaluated the effectiveness of various health education projects including HIV testing in emergency rooms in Texas and the feasibility of routine HIV testing in emergency rooms. Session I1 | Round Table Discussion 21 | Poster Presentation 2

Todd Harvey, M.A.
Research Associate
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Todd Harvey is a research associate with the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin . Prior to this position, Todd earned a master of arts in sociology at the University of Texas at Austin , focusing on sexuality and development studies, as well as qualitative research methods. Todd has completed field work experiences in Brazil , interviewing members of the LGBT community in Porto Alegre regarding the influence of sexuality on overall health. Todd has assisted in teaching introductory courses to the study of HIV/AIDS to university students and has been an active volunteer in Austin with OutYouth, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of LGBT young people and their allies. Session I1 | Poster Presentation 2

Cara Hausler, B.S.
Epidemiologist and Assistant Program Manager
San Antonio Metropolitan Health District
San Antonio, Texas

Cara Hausler is an epidemiologist and assistant program manager with the Communicable Disease (STD/HIV/TB) Program at the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. She oversees the collection and analysis of Bexar County STD/HIV/TB data and assists with the management of these programs. Prior to this position, she interned with the Emergency Preparedness Division and assisted in conducting syndromic surveillance of the shelter residents from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She has a background in medicine and will soon complete a master of public health degree. She has conducted epidemiologic presentations to county, state and national audiences. Poster Presentation 16 | Poster Presentation 17

Margaret Hawthorne, M.P.H.
Epidemiologist
TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Margaret Hawthorne is an epidemiologist in the DSHS TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch. Prior to serving in this position, Margaret worked as a program manager at the Johns Hopkins Institute for Global Tobacco Control where she worked to develop tobacco control capacity in many regions of the world. Session F1

Sibasis Hense
Project Associate
ApolloHospitals Educational and Research Foundation
ApolloHealth City
Hyderabad, India

Mr. Sibasis Hense is presently working as a Project Associate with Apollo Hospitals Educational and Research Foundation in Hyderabad, India. He is also a guest faculty at the Apollo Institute of Healthcare Management in Hyderabad. Upon completion of a master of public health qualification from Australia, he was also associated with international developmental organizations like World Vision Development Foundation Inc. in Metro Manila, Philippines and ThaiHealth Promotion Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand. His research interests are HIV/AIDS, tobacco control and child health. Session J6C

Jeffrey Hitt, M.Ed.
Manager
HIV/STD Prevention and Intervention Services Group
HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch
TB/HIV/STD Unit
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Round Table Discussion 6

Matthew Hogben, Ph.D.
Chief
Behavioral Interventions and Research Branch
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia

Matthew Hogben is the Chief of the Behavioral Interventions and Research Branch of the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this capacity, he oversees a group of behavioral and social scientists and public health professionals engaged in national-level STD prevention through ethnographic assessments, community trials in health provision and use, social determinants intervention, communications and social marketing campaigns, and programmatic guidance. A substantial proportion of this work has been in the area of STD and HIV partner services. These activities are conducted in collaboration with internal and external partners in government, academia and other organizations. Prior to serving in this position, Matthew worked as a behavioral scientist in the same branch, and previously in a fellowship devoted to bridging behavioral science, epidemiology and infectious disease medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Mini-plenary W7

Loretta Holland, C.F.R.E.
Principal and Owner
Prospect Consulting
Austin, Texas

Loretta operates Prospect Consulting, which offers grant proposal writing and research services. She has been writing grants for HIV/AIDS services for over 20 years. Loretta is a Past President of the American Association of Grant Professionals' Austin-Central Texas Chapter and the Greater Austin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2007, she was named “Outstanding Fundraising Professional” by the Greater Austin Chapter of AFP. Loretta is a member of The Junior League of Austin and President of the Board of Directors of the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. Pre-conference Workshop M2

Ariane V. Hollub, Ph.D., C.H.E.S., O.T.R.
Assistant Professor, Division of Health Education
Department of Health and Kinesiology
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

Ariane Hollub is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M University. Ariane completed a doctorate in health behavior in May 2009 at Indiana University (IU). While at IU, Ariane served as a project coordinator with the Center for Sexual Health Promotion and was involved in HIV-related projects in Kenya Ariane is a faculty advisor with the International Counseling, Advocacy, Research, and Education (I-CARE) project at Indiana University, which currently has projects providing training to HIV counselors in Botswana. Ariane is also the Co-Director of Education and Training for the Center for the Study of Health Disparities at Texas A&M University. Session J5A | Session J6B | Poster Presentation 34

Mary Howe
Founder and Executive Director
Homeless Youth Alliance
San Francisco, California

Mary Howe has over ten years experience in direct service with marginalized and underserved populations. Prior to founding Homeless Youth Alliance and serving as Executive Director, Mary was an outreach worker and later the Center Manager for Haight Ashbury Youth Outreach Team, Program Coordinator for San Francisco Needle Exchange, Trainer for the Drug Overdose Prevention and Education Project of the City and County of San Francisco. She is a trainer both locally and nationally specializing in effectively working with homeless youth, designing culturally competent interventions and syringe exchange. She is the recipient of an Outstanding Homeless Service Provider Award from San Francisco Local Homeless Coordinating Board, a Certificate of Appreciation from Safety Network Partnership, a. KQED Unsung Bay Area Heroes Award, and a. Bank of America Local Hero. Session A3

Jody Huddleston
Undergraduate at the University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Jody Huddleston is a senior at the University of North Texas where she is majoring in geography with a minor in biology. As a member of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and with the assistance of her mentor, Joseph R. Oppong, Ph.D., she has done research on TB among Hispanics in Tarrant County and HIV/AIDS late testers in Texas. Poster Presenation 32

Jenifer Jackson
Program Consultant
HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Jenifer Jackson is an STD Program Consultant with the HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch of the Texas DSHS. Prior to serving in this position, Jenifer worked for the San Mateo County Health Department in San Mateo, California as the coordinator of the mobile HIV testing (NIGHT) program and as a DIS. She also worked as a researcher on the UCSF MDOT study; a study working to improve ART adherence among the urban poor of San Francisco . She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland where she began her career as a Ryan White program outreach worker and then moved into family planning as a health educator. When she grows up, she wants to make big change in the world! Session E5

Dushayantha T. Jayaweera, M.D., MRCOG (UK), F.A.C.P.
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Chairman, IRB-C
University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine
Miami, Florida

Dr. Dushayantha Jayaweera graduated from the University of Sri Lanka, Columbo and received his U.S. training in internal medicine at Chicago Loyola and in HIV/STD at Nottingham and Birmingham University Hospitals in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, he joined the University of Miami as a researcher in HIV in 1992. The Division of Infectious Diseases Research Unit presently conducts close to 18 clinical trials, some of which are sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is the principle investigator in at least five of these studies annually. His research interests include development of new antiretroviral agents for the treatment of HIV and HCV and liver transplantation in HIV infected patients. His other research interests include data mining with medical databases. At the University of Miami, he follows a large cohort of patients infected with HIV and HCV. He is also the Chairman of the Medical IRB. Mini-plenary W5 | Session C5

Mitchell Katine
Attorney at Law
Katine & Nechman, L.L.P.
Houston, Texas

Mitchell Katine is an attorney with the Katine and Nechman, L.L.P. He has extensive HIV legal experience over the last 20 years in practice and is an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law and the University of Houston Law Center. Session H3

Salma Khuwaja, M.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.
Epidemiologist Supervisor
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Salma A. Khuwaja is the Epidemiologist Supervisor for the Bureau of Epidemiology, Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS). She has over 15 years of experience in the field of public health research, preventive medicine and teaching. She received a medical degree from the Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan, a masters of public health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, and a DrPH from University of Texas, School of Public Health in Houston. In her career, Dr. Khuwaja has held positions of Junior faculty in Community Health Science Department at Aga Khan University in Karachi and Program Manager at Aga Khan Health Service, Pakistan. She is the current project coordinator for the Houston Medical Monitoring Project and oversees the West Nile virus and Vaccine preventable disease surveillance programs at HDHHS.

Adam King
Lead Young Adult Program Coordinator
ResourceCenter Dallas
Dallas, Texas

Adam King began in 2005 as the Young Men's Program Coordinator for the Mpowerment Project at Resource Center Dallas, completing Mpowerment training in 2006. As Lead Young Adult Program Coordinator in 2007, Adam was asked to present at the UCSF Mpowerment Training Course in 2007 and 2009. As a member of the North Texas Community Planning Group (CPG), he participated at the North Texas CPG Planning Retreat in January 2007 and served on its Concurrence Committee. Adam has worked with GLBT youth and young adults since 2005 as a committee member for the Dallas/Fort Worth Gayla Prom Committee and is the current Dallas/Fort Worth Gayla Prom Committee Chair. In addition, Adam has been instrumental in co-leading Mpowerment members in Project “People Helping People,” a neighborhood effort of the Cathedral of Hope, where they assisted with home renovations for low-income and elderly individuals required to bring their buildings up to code. Session A2

Amanda Kubala, M.P.H.
Epidemiologist Specialist
Houston Department of Health and Human Services
Houston, Texas

Amanda Kubala has been with the Houston Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Epidemiology since 2004. Amanda earned a master of public health at Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health in 2004. Session I3 | Poster Presentation 19

Julia Kuhn, R.N., M.S.
STD Nurse Clinician
Dallas County Health and Human Services
Dallas, Texas

Julia Kuhn is a registered nurse clinician in the STD clinic at Dallas County Health and Human Services. She sees and treats patients diagnosed with STDs in a busy urban clinic. She has also volunteered at the Nelson-Tebedo Health Center/Resource Center Dallas, where she performed HIV/STD testing, counseling, and treatment. Poster Presentation 33

Joy Learman, M.S.S.W.
Doctoral Student/Research Assistant
The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, Texas

Joy Learman is a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Social Work. Her research interests focus on the impact of intimate partner violence on the sexual health of women. Round Table Discussion 14

Elvia Ledezma, M.P.H.
Epidemiologist
TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch
Department of State Health Services
Austin, Texas

Elvia Ledezma works as an epidemiologist for the TB/HIV/STD Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch in the Department of State Health Services. She earned a bachelor of arts at Texas A&M University and a master of public health at the Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health. Ms. Ledezma currently leads the efforts on the Enhanced Perinatal Surveillance Program and is involved in the work of the Texas Consortium for Perinatal HIV Prevention (TCPHP) whose goal is to prevent the perinatal transmission of HIV from mother to child. Session F3

Judy Levison, M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Family and Community Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas

Dr. Judy Levison is an associate professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston , Texas . Since 2002, she has been the physician coordinator of the Harris County Hospital District Women's Program, which provides obstetric and gynecologic care for HIV positive women. Dr. Levison is also the project leader and principal investigator of the Texas Rapid-testing At Delivery (TRIAD) Program, which began with the goal of educating Texas clinicians and hospital staff about rapid HIV testing—with a special focus on hospitals with higher volumes of women presenting in labor with no prenatal care. The project's current focus is on raising awareness of the Texas perinatal HIV testing law enacted 1-1-2010. Session F3

Nisha Loganantharaj
Student Assistant
University of Texas HIV Prevention Project
Austin, Texas

Nisha Loganantharaj recently graduated from the University of Texas with a bachelor of science in neurobiology. She has worked with the UT HIV Prevention Project since 2008, where she studies interventions across Texas and researches barriers to HIV testing among priority populations. In the fall of 2010, she will be attending medical school at Louisiana State University - New Orleans where she hopes to enter the M.D.-M.P.H. dual degree program. She hopes to further her public health knowledge in global health polices pertaining to HIV/AIDS prevention. Poster Presentation 2

Nichole Lopez-Riley, M.P.P.
Program Manager
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas
Austin, Texas

Nichole Lopez-Riley is the Program Manager for the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. Ms. Lopez-Riley graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a master of public policy and a concentration in international development focusing on health and education. Previously, Nichole worked as program coordinator and research assistant for the African American Studies Department and the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland . Nichole is master literacy trainer for community-based programs and has extensive experience in international development, program management and training design. Pre-conference Workshop 8

Rachel Lowry, R.N.
DallasCounty Health and Human Services
Dallas, Texas

Rachel Lowry currently works as an RN clinician at the Dallas County STD clinic. She has worked for Dallas County Health and Human Services for four years. She has also been a clinic preceptor for other health care providers. Round Table Discussion 17

Nike Lukan, M.P.H.
Vice President of Pr esevention Services
AIDS Foundation Houston
Houston, Texas

Nike Lukan has six years experience in the areas of HIV/STD prevention services, community awareness, and public health research. Her work has contributed to the AIDS Foundation Houston's (AFH) status as a leader in the provision of services to Houston and surrounding areas, as the manager an trained facilitator for CDC's 'Evidence Based Interventions' Healthy Relationships, Focus on Youth with IMPACT, Popular Opinion Leader and VOICES. Nike also provides community awareness to Houston area public, private, and non-profit organizations. She has been intricately involved in the HIP HOP for HIV Community Mobilization testing initiative since its inception in 2007. She is Co-Chair of the African American State of Emergency Task Force, the local Houston Community Planning Group, and Texas Community Planning Group. Mini-plenary W8

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