The Council may have up to 25 members, including the Chair. Members and the chair are selected by the Secretary from authorities with particular expertise in, or knowledge of, matters concerning HIV and AIDS. In addition, the Council includes ex officio members from relevant HHS components as deemed appropriate by the Secretary or designee.
Council members are invited to serve for overlapping terms of up to four years; terms are contingent upon the authorized continuation of the Council. A member can serve after the expiration of their term until their successor has taken office and/or until notified in writing that their term has ended or expired, but no longer than 180 days.
Darrell P. Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW is Interim Provost & Sr. VP for Academic Affairs and Vice Provost for Public Engagement at the University at Albany - SUNY. Previously he was Dean of Social Welfare University at Albany – SUNY and Dean School of Social Work Loyola University Chicago. Wheeler has also held academic positions at Hunter College, Columbia University, and the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.
He is an educator and researcher on HIV prevention and intervention in the African-American gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. His work has been funded by key health organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recent research studies include HPTN073 protocol chair; co-chair for HPTN061 (NIH sponsored) and Principal Investigator for B-ME (CDC sponsored). His work has demonstrated a deep understanding of social work practice methods and the social work community. Wheeler has used research to advance the use of data and evidence in developing innovative programs and policy initiatives.
He currently services as Vice Chair of the US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and is the President of the US Board of the National Association of Social Workers. He has also served on the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council. In 2015, he was named among the 30 most influential social workers alive today.
Wheeler earned his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in 1992, a master's degree in public health at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990, a master in social work from Howard University in 1988, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Cornell College in 1981.
Dr. Adaora Adimora is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a physician-epidemiologist with specialty training and extensive clinical experience in infectious diseases, particularly HIV, both in North Carolina and New York City. She received her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine and completed specialty training at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, NY. Prior to coming to UNC, she served as Assistant Chief for Science of the NC Health Department's Communicable Disease Control Section. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of HIV and STDs among minority populations. She is particularly concerned with behavioral epidemiology and the role of sexual networks and the socioeconomic context in heterosexual HIV transmission among minorities. Her work has focused on the importance of sexual network patterns and important contextual factors, such as poverty and racism, in promoting behaviors that establish and maintain racial disparities in rates of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the United States.
A fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Dr. Adimora Chairs the Women at Risk Committee for the NIH's HIV Prevention Trials Network's Women at Risk Committee. She has served on the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council and as Chair of the HIV Medicine Association and. She also serves on the US Department of Health and Human Services Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Panel. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. In 2009 The Root (a publication of the Washington Post Company) named Dr. Adimora to its inaugural list of The Root 100, its recognition of "established and emerging African American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions."
Oliver Clyde Allen, III is a religious trailblazer, author, human rights advocate, an international and community leader and entrepreneur. In 2015, Bishop Allen was appointed by President Barak Obama and the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). In 2016, He was appointed Southeastern Chair of the DNC-LGBT Advisory Board. Bishop Allen is currently a National Ambassador and consultant for the NAACP - Black Church/HIV Initiative. He is the Presiding Bishop and founder of the United Progressive Pentecostal Fellowship of Churches which oversees senior pastors, ministers, churches and faith-based organizations throughout the United States and abroad. There is also an international presence of the organization in Central and South America. He is the Senior Pastor and Founder of The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta known as “The Vision Church”. Bishop Allen is best known for his creativity and innovation in ministry, oratorical gifts, scholarly and dynamic preaching, authenticity and cutting-edge leadership. He is the author of a motivational self-help book, “Master Your Emotions”.
He is also the Executive Director of The Vision Community Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization created to address socioeconomic and health gaps in the greater Atlanta community. The Vision Community Foundation annually feeds over 20,000 families through its “Community In Action" aka CIA program, over 2000 women and children in its local shelters program, provides clothing and toys specifically for homeless children, provides GED training for students completing diplomas, provides Breast Cancer awareness education, and provides HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. The Vision Community Foundation hosts the annual Atlanta Black-Pride "Pure Heat Community Festival,” which provides education and entertainment for over 30,000 people. He is a member of the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS.
Bishop Allen has been honored by a host of community and national groups including the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. In 2014, Bishop Allen inducted into the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. International Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. As a strong proponent for social and economic justice, he created and hosted a national Economic and Business Conference for LGBT Entrepreneurs in conjunction with the efforts of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Bishop Allen served as a regional spokesperson for the National Black Justice Coalition LGBT Economic Empowerment Tour for communities of color. He has worked closely with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide support to LGBT and other minority entrepreneurs in the community. In April 2015, the Georgia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration awarded Bishop Allen the 2015 LGBT Business Champion of the Year Award for his strong advocacy for minority business initiatives and development. Bishop Allen was invited by the White House and the Obama Administration to participate in numerous initiatives to include the annual Presidential White House Easter Prayer Breakfast. Bishop Allen has been featured in numerous media outlets and periodicals to include CNN, BET and the Economist.
Bishop Allen was born on January 24th, 1973 in Los Angeles, California. He studied at Morgan State University, Morehouse College, and Harvard University-Harvard Extension School where he majored in Philosophy and Religion. He is married to his life-partner, Mr. Rashad Burgess of Chicago, Illinois. Rashad Burgess is currently the Community Liaison for Gilead Sciences, Inc. and was formerly the branch Chief of the Capacity Building Branch at the CDC's division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. They are the proud fathers of 2 beautiful children, Joshua and Caylee. In 2013, Bishop Allen and his family made history by being the first Same-Gender-Loving couple to be selected as one of Ebony Magazine's “top 10 Coolest Black Families” in America.
Nic Carlisle is the executive director of the Southern AIDS Coalition. He has worked as an advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS, both domestically and internationally, for more than a decade. Upon graduating magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law in 2006, he founded Alabama’s first legal program for people living with HIV/AIDS. He represented over 300 Alabamians during his four years with the program.
In 2010, Nic joined the United States Peace Corps, where he designed programs to empower women, youth, and disenfranchised ethnic minorities affected by HIV in Eastern Europe. His passion for grassroots advocacy around HIV/AIDS in the U.S. South, however, brought him back home to Alabama as the director of policy and advocacy at AIDS Alabama. Nic also previously served as the executive director of Thrive Alabama, a federally funded HIV primary care clinic in North Alabama.
During his time in the field, Nic has contributed to several local and national publications, including Positively Empowered: A Legal Guide for People Living with HIV/AIDS, a substantial portion of the update to the Southern States Manifesto in 2012, and the policy recommendations section of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Alabama State Plan: Implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Dr. Vignetta Charles is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer at ETR (Education, Training and Research), a national nonprofit focused on advancing health equity through science-based solutions. Before joining ETR, Dr. Charles was Senior Vice President at AIDS United overseeing strategic grant making and capacity building programs. She is an alumna of the University of California at Berkeley, the Harvard School of Public Health, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her work experience is diverse and has led to the acquisition of a broad range of skills: conducting scholarly inquiry at academic institutions, evaluating national teen pregnancy prevention programs, assessing the effectiveness of black women's health interventions in Boston, serving as the national health educator for the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies, initiating a teen pregnancy prevention portfolio for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and coordinating prevention and youth development programs in both San Francisco and Oakland, California. Dr. Charles currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS where she advises the Administration and Health and Human Services on pressing issues related to ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE).
Cecilia Chung is nationally recognized as a civil rights leader, advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness and care, LGBT equality, social justice and human rights. She is currently a Health Commissioner in San Francisco where she is the first trans woman appointed to the position by Mayor Ed Lee. Cecilia was also the first trans woman and first person living openly with HIV elected Chair to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission where she has served for over seven years. An immigrant from Hong Kong, Cecilia has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years where she has worked locally and internationally to advance equality and justice. During that time, she has broken ground in a number of ways including: being the first transgender woman and first Asian to be elected to lead the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration; the first transgender woman and first person living openly with HIV to Chair the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; and, an architect of the nation's most ambitious publicly funded program addressing economic justice within the transgender community.
For almost two decades, she has worked to advance equality and justice both locally and internationally. In 1994 she was a member of the Transgender Discrimination Taskforce, which released a groundbreaking report by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, documenting widespread discrimination against trans people. The report led the City to adopt many pioneering anti-discrimination ordinances and policies. She is the former Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center, has also served on a number of planning bodies, including the San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council, and was a trainer of Community Planning for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In 2001, she was elected President of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration, becoming the first Asian and first trans gender women to hold the position, and she lead the Board to a new standard of inclusion and excellence. In 2004, as a founding producer of Trans March, she helped organize one of the world's largest annual trans events.
Cecilia has dedicated herself to ending stigma, discrimination, and violence in all communities.
Bill Collier is Head of ViiV Healthcare North America, responsible for the businesses in the USA, Puerto Rico and Canada. Bill has held this position since the creation of ViiV Healthcare in 2009 during which time he helped set up Positive Action Southern Initiative - a collaborative, community-focused program that supports HIV programs and services for underserved populations in the southern region of the United States.
Prior to this, Bill held several senior commercial roles for GlaxoSmithKline in the USA. In the late 1990's, Bill was Area Director for GlaxoWellcome Sub-Saharan Africa operations based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Earlier in his career, Bill held a number of Sales and Marketing positions for Beecham Pharmaceuticals UK and also worked in Global Commercial Development for Wellcome UK.
Bill gained a BSc Hons in Mathematics and Management Sciences from Manchester University, UK. Originally from the UK, Bill is now a citizen of the USA and currently lives in Philadelphia, PA.
Kevin Cranston is Assistant Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and Director of the MDPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences. Kevin previously served as the Director of the MDPH HIV/AIDS Bureau and was HIV/AIDS Program Director at the Massachusetts Department of Education. Prior to government work, Kevin was an adolescent HIV prevention specialist at The Children's Hospital, Boston. He is past Chair of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) and served as a technical advisor to national, state, and provincial AIDS control programs in Nigeria, Brazil, and South Africa. Kevin earned his Master of Divinity degree at Harvard University. Kevin serves as a member of the Massachusetts Special Legislative Commission on LGBT Aging.
Gabriel Maldonado is the Executive Director and CEO of TruEvolution — a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for LGBT justice and advocating for the prevention & elimination of HIV/AIDS in America. He holds a degree in Political Science & International Affairs and an Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Originally from Compton, CA, Gabriel has been a community organizer for almost 10 years and now serves as one of the youngest openly gay appointed officials of color in California as the Human Relations Commissioner and Vice-Chair of the county's HIV Planning Council in Riverside County where he serves transparently as a person living with HIV.
Ligia Peralta, M.D., FAAP, FSAHM, AAHIVS is a clinician and scientist with extensive research expertise in the areas of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and health disparities. Dr. Peralta is at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program in Innovation and Global Leadership. She has led innovative genomics research on women's health and HIV transmission and established international HIV/AIDS clinical and research centers.
Dr. Peralta is a retired tenured Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology who served as Chief of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is board certified in both Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. She holds certification from the American Academy of HIV Medicine and serves as its representative to the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. She has served as Principal Investigator for over 30 NIH and CDC-funded grants and has published in various scientific journals, including PLOS, Journal of General Virology, International Journal of Gynecology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Dr. Peralta has worked with the Department of State in Africa, Caribbean and the Far East (United Arab Emirates) in the development of health care programs. In 2011, she was inducted to the Maryland Hall of Fame and was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to the state Health Care Commission.
Harlan Pruden (First Nations n?hiyaw/Cree), a co-founder and former Director of the NorthEast Two Spirit Society and works with the Two-Spirit (LGBT Native) community locally, nationally and internationally. Harlan is one of the lead organizers of the National Confederacy of Two-Spirit Organizations and serves as the principal Two-Spirit consultant for the National Native American and Alaskan Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center and the Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center. Harlan also serves as an Honorary Committee Member of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta, Canada, and in the spring of 2013, Harlan was appointed to be an American representative to the International Indigenous Peoples Working Group on HIV/AIDS. Currently, Harlan is a Ph.D student at the University of British Columbia, where is conducting Two-Spirit research. After committing himself to sobriety 27 years ago, Harlan was the first person in his family to attend college and now devotes his life to progressive First Nations/Native community organizing.
Elizabeth Styffe is the co-founder of the HIV&AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church with Kay Warren and the Interim Director of the Global HIV&AIDS Initiative. She currently directs the Rwanda Healthcare Initiative. She launched and directs the Orphan Care Initiatives at Saddleback Church, which focuses on equipping churches locally and globally to end the orphan crisis.
An author and international speaker, Elizabeth combines her background in pediatric nursing, loss, grief and trauma with a passion to see the church at the center of HIV and orphan care. Having received a BSN from Biola University and Master's Degree in Nursing from UCLA, she has helped develop robust programs and tools for churches across the globe and is helping churches launch effective ministries which are church-initiated with an emphasis on permanency as the right of every child.
Dr. Sullivan has over 20 years of experience in HIV epidemiology, prevention, and behavioral surveillance in the United States and in international settings. He worked in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for 12 years, including service as a Branch Chief and Acting Deputy Division Director in the Division of HIV AIDS Prevention. He also has experience in design and oversight of biomedical prevention trials, having served as the Associate Director of Scientific Support for the NIH-funded HIV Vaccine Trials Network.
He is currently the PI of NIH-supported research grants to explain black/white disparities in HIV treatment outcomes among MSM, to develop mobile apps to increase uptake of HIV prevention services by MSM, and to pilot an HIV prevention package for MSM in South Africa. He is the Principal Scientist of AIDSVu.org, an online mapping resource for HIV surveillance and related data. He also serves as Co-Director of the Emory CFAR's Prevention Sciences Core.
Mildred Williamson has more than twenty five years in public service with human rights/social justice as her passion. She is an experienced developer and leader of comprehensive health and human service programs for underserved and vulnerable populations. She currently serves as Director of Research & Regulatory Affairs for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS), and as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC-SPH).
Dr. Williamson has been principal investigator and program administrator for several federally and locally funded health and human service initiatives over the years. She served as HIV/AIDS Section Chief for the Illinois Department of Public Health from 2008-2015 with responsibility for administering HIV prevention, surveillance and comprehensive service programs, statewide. She began her public health career at Cook County Hospital in 1989 as the first administrator of the Women & Children HIV Program, which today, is part of the CCHHS Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center - the largest provider of comprehensive HIV services in the Midwest. She went on to administer and manage community-based primary care and HIV programs in CCHHS ambulatory health centers, and in 1998 helped to launch “Project Brotherhood: A Black Men’s Clinic,” while serving as administrator for Woodlawn Health Center in Chicago.
Additionally, she was one of the founding members of AIDS Alliance for Children Youth & Families, a national organization that advocates for women, children, youth and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Dr. Williamson obtained her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Social Work at the School of Social Service Administration/University of Chicago.
Before her appointment with PACHA, Ms. Hayes served as the Acting Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Policy for the Office on Women's Health (OWH) within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. Among her responsibilities at OWH were the formulation of budget, performance, and policy initiatives for the office, as well as management improvement and strategic planning. Prior to joining the OWH staff, Ms. Hayes served as Special Assistant to then-Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher. In this capacity, Ms. Hayes worked on many health policy initiatives and managed the immediate personal staff for Dr. Satcher. She was a Policy Advisor with the Surgeon General as a member of the health and medical team to assess public healthand medical needs after the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania. She also has worked as the Extramural Community Liaison for the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she developed and strengthened partnerships with national, State, and local organizations, including business, labor, faith community, entertainment, and other nontraditional health partnerships. While at CDC, her career included assignments with CNN Medical News as a producer, where she produced news stories on “Innovative Campus Approaches to HIV/AIDS Education” and health research on other topics for medical news stories. Ms. Hayes also worked with the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues, a legislative service organization composed of members of Congress and co-chaired by Representatives Patricia Schroeder and Olympia Snowe, where she worked on a host of health policy initiatives, including the Women's Health Equity Act and health care reform.
Ms. Hayes received a bachelor's degree in rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in public administration from Georgia State University, with a concentration in strategic management and human resource management. While in graduate school, she was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow and completed her 2-year assignment at CDC, National AIDS Information and Education Program.
As a Public Health Analyst for the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, Ms. Talev serves as the committee manager for the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). In this capacity, she has assisted with the joint PACHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Health Resources and Services Administration Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STD Prevention and Care HIV Disclosure Summit, the dissemination of PACHA'S Achieving an AIDS-Free Generation report, and assisting with the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy special task force on Employment and People Living with HIV/AIDS. Prior to her role with PACHA, Ms. Talev interned at the Office on Women's Health, where she focused on strategic planning and employee satisfaction issues. During her graduate program, she was a Policy Fellow at the American Association of University Women, a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of women and their families. Additionally, she had the exciting opportunity to be an advocacy intern at All Women's Action Society (AWAM) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. At AWAM, she focused on policy issues striving for a democratic and equitable society where women are free from all forms of violence and discrimination.
Ms. Talev received her bachelor's in arts degree from the University of Central Florida and her master's in public administration degree from American University.