The ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+®) is governed by a dedicated, diverse volunteer board of directors. The organization now benefits from the combined experience of six HIV-positive members, two ADAP recipients (plus three former ADAP recipients), one physician, one pharmacist, one pharmacy benefits manager, one pharmaceutical company representative, seven influential AIDS community activists and leaders, and one lifelong disability rights champions.
The Board of Directors Includes:
Guy Anthony is Co-Founder and President of Black, Gifted & Whole who is a well-respected HIV/AIDS activist, community leader, and author. Diagnosed with HIV as a teen, Guy has dedicated his adult life to the pursuit of neutralizing global HIV/Aids-related stigmas. He released Pos(+)tively Beautiful: Affirmations, Advocacy & Advice on World AIDS Day in 2012. This collection of inspiring narratives, raw imagery, and affirming anecdotes have earned Guy much acclaim, including being named one of the top 100 HIV prevention leaders under 30 by POZ Magazine and as one of the top 100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders to Watch by National Black Justice Coalition.
Guy served as a Program Manager/Coordinator for the Treatment Adherence program at Us Helping Us, a local AIDS service organization serving Black communities in the Washington, DC area for two years. In his role at US Helping Us, Guy worked with newly diagnosed Black gay men to help them come to terms with their status, navigate the complex health care system so they can access care, and develop plans for them to adhere to their treatment regimen and achieve viral suppression. Guy also served on Washington, DCs Metropolitan Ryan White Planning Council, overseeing millions of dollars in HIV funding for the city for two terms and is a regular contributor to AIDS.gov and POZ.com. Guy serves as a brand ambassador to ViiV Healthcare, one of the countrys largest pharmaceutical companies. He is the President/CEO the Black, Gifted & Whole Foundation, a two-fold intermediary organization that provides scholarships to Black gay men attending Historically Black Colleges & Universities.
Guy is currently focused on providing mentorship and financial assistance to the 6 Black, Gifted & Whole HBCU ambassadors from across the country.
William "Bill" Arnold - In Memoriam (August 13, 1938 - September 29, 2021)
Bill Arnold is a longtime HIV/AIDS activist and consumer organizer and has been active in developing HIV/AIDS organizations and HIV/AIDS policy at the local, state and national level since the mid 1980s. Arnold is a founding director (1996) of the Community Access National Network (CANN), formerly the Ryan White CARE Act Title II Community AIDS National Network (TIICANN); he is currently its CEO. He is also a founder (1995) of The National ADAP Working Group, a Washington, DC based advocacy coalition of HIV/AIDS organizations.
His involvement with grassroots HIV/AIDS work has included roles from Board Chair and Board Member, to Buddy to AIDS Educator, Community Outreach Director, & pre & post test HIV Counselor. Arnold has testified on HIV/AIDS issues before several county legislatures, the New York State Assembly and the United States Congress on numerous occasions. In addition, Arnold has been active in global AIDS activities as Secretary/Treasurer of AIDSETI (AIDS Empowerment and Treatment International). He also serves on the Fair Pricing Coalition.
More recently, Arnold has also invested a lot of time in raising awareness about Viral Hepatitis.
Elmer L. Cerano
Elmer L. Cerano is a nationally recognized advocate for people with disabilities. His impact as an uncompromising advocate has been recognized in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and throughout the nation. Mr. Cerano has served as the Executive Director of the Arc Maryland (formerly The Association for Retarded Citizens of Maryland) as well as the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Cerebral Palsy Association of Metropolitan Detroit.
In addition, Cerano served as the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy Service and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. Cerano earned a bachelor degree from Western Michigan University and a Masters Degree in Educational Sociology from Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan. In addition, Cerano earned a Certificate from the University of Grenoble and successfully completed course work in Governing for Nonprofit Excellence through the Harvard Business School.
Ramsell, a family-owned company since 1967, has a rich history of creating positive outcomes for the health and safety of underserved populations. Ramsell works with its clients in public health, education and corrections maximize limited funds and resources through cost-effective coordination of care and services. By offering our partners highly-configurable web-based technology and expertise, Ramsell has become a leader in connecting people to the services they need.
Eric joined the Flowers family business in 1994 and quickly moved up the ranks, playing a crucial role in transforming the company into a leader in ADAP services. Starting as a Vice President, Flowers developed and managed the Enrollment & Eligibility Network for the ADAP programs in San Francisco, Santa Barbara and San Mateo counties. He was promoted to CFO in 1996 and played a pivotal role in securing ADAP contracts with California and Washington. Assuming the role of President/COO in 2002, Flowers was responsible for the day-to-day management, strategic planning and implementation of corporate initiatives.
In January 2008, Eric was named CEO and President. As CEO of Ramsell Corporation, he has taken Ramsell beyond its initial roots in pharmacy and PBM services, expanding the company's tools, technology and services to broaden Ramsell's impact in new markets, including education, corrections, and social services.
A passionate advocate of community health issues, Flowers has a long history of helping others. While earning his B.S. degree at University of California at Berkeley, he counseled and tutored at The Best Resort, a group home for boys. In 2001, he joined the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics' (HAFCI) board of directors, working on a variety of committees including finance, audit, governance and programs, and served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board. Flowers was actively involved in the negotiations and subsequent merger of HAFCI and Walden House in July 2011 now known as Health Right 360. He is also on the Advisory Board of the St. Mary's College School of Economics and Business Administration where he earned his in 2004. In January 2014, Eric joined the boards of directors for Sutter East Bay Hospitals, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation, and Sutter Medical Center Castro Valley. Eric joined the ADAP Advocacy Association (aaa+) board of directors in 2011.
Eric lives with his wife, two sons, and chocolate Labrador in Oakland, CA.
Lyne Fortin, B.Pharm, MBA
Lyne graduated with a bachelor of pharmacy from the University of Montreal in 1982 and later obtained an MBA from Concordia University.
She worked most of her career at Merck & Co., with the last 15 years in executive level positions. From 2013 to 2018 she held the position of Senior Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer at Theratechnologies, a global specialty pharmaceutical company addressing unmet medical needs of people living with HIV. Lyne also served on the Board of Directors of a biotechnology company with a rare condition asset and as advisor to a US start-up focusing on rare diseases. Since 2021 she was appointed Chair of the Board of Small Pharma Inc, a neuropharmaceutical company developing innovative treatment options for depression and other mental health disorders.
Her association with the HIV community goes back to the early days of her professional life when she was involved with the launch of a protease inhibitor and, at that time, established HIV advocacy relations and corporate community support for Merck in Canada. Later, she got involved in preparing for the launch of an integrase inhibitor, another new mechanism of action in the fight against HIV. More recently she lead the US launch of an orphan drug for the treatment of multi-drug resistant HIV-1. As part of her career she lived, with her family, in the Los Angeles area where she experienced firsthand the realities of market access for patients living in the US.
As Lyne would say: "We all play a different role in support of the HIV community. My motivation has always been, going back to my DNA as a pharmacist, to bring the science of inspired researchers to help patients with their medical needs. However it is through the strength of collaboration, connections, and diversity that we can have the greatest impact on people's lives."
* Photo Credit: ©Bénédicte Brocard
Philip A Haddad, MD
Philip A Haddad, MD, FACP, FCCP, FAHA is currently an Assistant Professor at the Louisiana State University Department of Medicine. Dr. Haddad specializes in Hematology/Medical Oncology and is licensed to practice medicine in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee.
He received his Doctorate of Medicine from the American University of Beirut-School of Medicine. In 1997, Dr. Haddad completed his Internship in Internal Medicine at the University of South Dakota and his Residency in Internal Medicine two years later from the University of South Dakota-School of Medicine.
In 2002, Dr. Haddad received his Fellowship in Hematology, Oncology & Transplantation, from the University of Minnesota-School of Medicine. He is an active member of 24 professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, HIV Medicine Association and Infectious Diseases Society of America. He has been published on numerous occasions.
Hilary Hansen has over fifteen years of experience in health care advocacy, grassroots, and alliance development. As the Alliance Development Director for Merck, Hilary is responsible for partnership development and grants management across Merck therapeutic areas, including oncology, diabetes, and hepatitis C. Working with patient advocacy groups, professional societies and trade associations, Hilary serves as the Merck point of contact on federal policy issues.
During her time as a senior government relations manager at Drinker Biddle & Reath, Hilary focused her practice on grassroots and advocacy outreach, with an emphasis on assisting nonprofits and associations. Hilary has worked with nonprofit patient advocacy groups systems to draft and implement legislative strategies, particularly related to appropriations and Medicare-related legislation. She has designed advocacy capacity building strategic plans for organizations that include Capitol Hill days, coalition building and grassroots advocacy.
Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Hilary worked at the American Nurses Association (ANA) as the senior political action specialist, where she was responsible for organizing grassroots efforts. During her time at ANA, Hilary organized the "Nurses for Obama" campaign and was heavily involved in health care reform efforts. Hilary also worked as an aide to Congressman Martin Frost (D-TX) from 1999-2000.
Lisa Johnson-Lett is an entrusted Living Well Peer Support Specialist who is originally from New York City and now resides in Alabama. Lisa served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces – Army for 10 years and is a graduate of the Audrey Cohen School of Human Services and Education. Lisa holds two degrees: Bachelors of Professional Studies - Human Services and Associate Degree – Speech Communications. Diagnosed with HIV while serving the country in 1995, Lisa learned to embrace HIV well-surpassing the criminalization and stigma. She immediately involved herself in Peer lead support groups and partnerships with the following entities while representing community: Alabama Disability Advocacy Program-(ADAP); Alabama Consumer Advisory Board - (ACAB); Patient Advisory Board - (PAB).
More recently, Lisa has invested time into Positive Leadership Council and Alabama + Action projects Promoting HIV/AIDS Policy and Advocacy-partnering with AIDS UNITED and the Positive Women’s Network to raise HIV Awareness and to encourage MIPA-Meaningful Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS.
Jen Laws is an independent policy consultant and advocate specializing in various aspects of healthcare policy and focusing on the needs of the HIV Affected and Transgender communities. He began his advocacy efforts in Philadelphia in 2005, at the age of 19, coordinating team efforts for a corporation participating in the AIDS Walk. His connection to HIV advocacy grew when partnering with Mr. Friendly, an anti-stigma campaign, affiliated with CARES Michigan.
He began working in the field of HIV policy consulting in 2013, as a subcontractor for Broward Regional Planning Council evaluating Marketplace plans and working to educate navigators and community members on navigating the Marketplace for their clients and themselves. Jen is a member of South Florida AIDS Network and has worked with the Broward County Health Department, the Pride Center South Florida, and other local organizations in addressing the concerns and needs of these intersecting communities.
His advocacy in governmental healthcare policy evaluation has been utilized to expand access to quality healthcare by working with RAD Remedy to deliver the nations foremost database of trans* competent healthcare providers. He regularly participates in RADs outreach efforts by contributing his expertise in a digestible format regarding the latest developments in governmental policy toward trans* issues. Jen has also worked closely with trans* advocate, Buck Angel, on a number of projects including fundraising events, raising awareness of trans* sexual health needs, and extending awareness of how HIV affects the trans* community.
Brandon M. Macsata
Brandon M. Macsata serves as Managing Partner of The Macsata-Kornegay Group, Inc. - a national political and fundraising consulting firm specializing in grassroots campaigns, media messaging and political fundraising. He is widely recognized for his ability to connect national, state and local stakeholders interested in influencing public policy. Macsata has extensive experience working with political candidates, national and statewide trade associations, and other corporate entities. In November 2009, Macsata was acknowledged by HIV-Plus Magazine to be amongst the Top 25 LGBT Leaders Fighting HIV/AIDS.
First diagnosed as HIV-positive in March 2002, Macsata has dedicated much of his professional and personal life advocating for persons living with HIV/AIDS. He currently serves as CEO of the ADAP Advocacy Association. In his capacity as CEO, he has successfully assembled a wide spectrum of ADAP stakeholders to re-energize patient advocacy around the AIDS Drug Assistance Program at the national level. From November 2003 to March 2006, he authored a weekly news column on national HIV-related stories for The Weekly News in Miami, Florida.
He is also a former ADAP recipient. At the age of 27, Macsata was the youngest Executive Director of a national trade association; he managed the American Congress of Community Support & Employment Services (ACCSES) from 2000-2003, a national trade association representing the interests of community, non-profit agencies providing supports and services to persons with disabilities. Prior to moving to Washington, DC in 2000, he opened a 100-bed assisted living care facility in Wilmington, North Carolina. Serving as the facilitys assistant administrator, Macsata worked closely with community leaders and state agencies to advocate for seniors.
Macsata has advised candidates for political office, and has also run for office himself at the local and national levels. In 1995, he was just 79 votes short of beating a 22-year incumbent and becoming the youngest person ever elected in the State of North Carolina. In 2000, he formed an exploratory committee to run for the U.S. House of Representatives before ultimately deciding against running for that office. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. In April 2009, UNCW awarded Macsata - and his business partner - the Political Science Departments Outstanding Political Science Graduate award in recognition for their accomplishments.
Wanda Brendle-Moss, R.N.
Wanda Brendle-Moss, R.N. was diagnosed with HIV in July 2002. Wanda has always been open about her positivity except in the early years because an employer threatened to fire her if she discussed her status. She was member of Consumer Leadership Corps Trainers with AIDS Alliance. She volunteered during XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington DC where she was photographed as part of the "Graying of AIDS."
She also participated in Caitlin Margaret Kelly's photo display of women living with HIV called "Please Call Me By My True Names." Wanda has actively participated in numerous advocacy efforts, including Treatment Action Group, HIV is Not A Crime, Positive Women's Network, The Well Project, "A Girl Like Me," HealthHIV Pozitively Healthy, Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS North America, AIDS Watch and the ADAP Advocacy Association.
In 2014, she received the ADAP Advocacy Association's prestigious "Emerging Leader" award. Wanda is also involved with the Moral Monday Movement in North Carolina, Wanda Believes that we "Lead By Example" and "Age with Purpose!"
Theresa Nowlin tested HIV positive in 1986, when she was 24 years old. Theresa contracted HIV through unprotected sex and or IV drug use. In 1991, Theresa started treatment after she found out she was pregnant with her first son, Mark, who was born September 3,1992 (at 18 months old, Mark tested HIV negative). In 1994, Theresa gave birth to her second son, Sean, who at 6 months old also tested HIV negative. Theresa's physician was unsure about starting treatment during her pregnancy with Mark but by the time she was pregnant with Sean the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention cleared the way for pregnant women to take AZT.
Due to the harshness of medications in the 1990s, Theresa refused to take medication. In 2006, she only had 3 T-Cells and her viral load was in the millions. She had a nervous break down, followed by a stroke and ended up in the hospital in a coma. During the hospital stay, Theresa was put on Atripla. After completing her physical rehabilitation in the nursing home, Theresa was homeless in a wheelchair.
Theresa credits Peer Support and all of the professionals who cared for her as the reason for being alive today. She is now a vocal advocate for medication adherence after participating in a study at Fenway Health, which included a counseling component. Today, Theresa is in full compliance with taking her medication and attends all of her doctor appointments.
Glen Pietrandoni, R.Ph
Glen Pietrandoni, R.Ph, is a 1979 graduate of the St Louis College of Pharmacy. After a decade as an owner of a small chain of independent pharmacies in Chicago, he joined Walgreens as a store manager and pharmacist at various locations throughout the Chicago area.
With the advent of early HIV therapy in the late 1980s, Glen addressed the needs of this community by establishing a relationship with a nearby physician's practice devoted to treating HIV patients and by understanding the unique needs of this population. In 1996, Walgreens opened its first HIV-focused pharmacy inside the Howard Brown Health Center, the Midwest's largest gay and lesbian healthcare center, which provides primary patient care, case management, social services, and research under one roof. Glen served as Pharmacy Manager for the Walgreens site at Howard Brown Health Center until 2003. As Walgreens expanded its HIV services and locations, Glen moved into the corporate office to manage nationwide HIV and hepatitis patient programs and services throughout the company's enterprise of retail, specialty, and other business units.
Glen has received numerous awards and recognition for his work in HIV and community pharmacy, including Pharmacist of the Year from Drug Topics Magazine in 1998 and 1999, and Volunteer of the Year for Test Positive Aware in 2002. Glen is a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and supports numerous AIDS service organizations across the country.
Jennifer Vaughan is a California native, a teacher, mother of three and the founder and creator of Jennifer’s Positive Life, a YouTube channel featuring her life living with HIV. Launched 5 months after her February 2016 diagnosis, her channel now features over 200 videos and is followed by more than 40,000 subscribers (2019).
Her videos propelled her into instant advocacy and from that she founded a private support group through Facebook for HIV+ women. The majority of her members are newly diagnosed and women who have lived years without ever knowing another poz female. Her group currently supports 200 women from all over the globe.
Plus Magazine named Jennifer 2018’s 5th Most Amazing HIV+ People of the year, while POZ Magazine included her in their 8th Annual Celebrating POZ 100 Women of the year issue. Jennifer attended AIDS2018 International in Amsterdam as a Social Scholar representing the Prevention Access Campaign (U=U). She received a scholarship from N.M.A.C. and attended the USCA conference in Florida as a Social Media Fellow. In September 2018, she attended ADAP’s Advocacy Association’s Annual Conference in Washington D.C. as the Keynote Speaker and was the recipient of the 2018 Social Media Campaign of the Year for her YouTube channel. She’s also a blogger for The Well Project.
Her influencer mentality is continually projected through all her social media in an attempt to educate the masses on HIV and combat the stigma that surrounds the virus.