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.
Bishop 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 to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). In 2016, He is the Southeastern Chair of the DNC-LGBT Advisory Board. He 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. He is the Senior Pastor and Founder of The Vision Cathedral of Atlanta known as "The Vision Church".
He is also the Executive Director of 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 health education, social services 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. Bishop Allen hosted the national Economic and Business Conference for LGBT Entrepreneurs in conjunction with the efforts of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Atlanta, GA. He 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 has been featured in numerous media outlets and periodicals to include CNN, BET, The Economist and Huffington Post. He attended Morgan State University, Morehouse College, and Harvard University-Harvard Extension School where he studied Philosophy and Religion. He is a Fellow at the Princeton Theological Seminary Black Theology and Leadership Institute.
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.
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 has been involved in HIV education, advocacy, public policy and nursing care since 1982. She co-founded and directed the Local and Global HIV/AIDS Initiatives at Saddleback Church with Kay Warren and directed the initiative, including the Orphan Care and Rwanda Healthcare Initiatives for fourteen years. An author, consultant 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 ending both the HIV and Orphan Crisis through mobilization, compassionate care and collaborative partnerships. Having received a BSN from Biola University and Master's Degree in Nursing from UCLA, she develops robust programs and tools for churches across the globe with an emphasis on orphan care and 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.