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Management Team

Christina AdolpheChristina Adolphe
Managing Director, HR and Compliance
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Christina comes to GMHC with over 10 years of experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors in the areas of HR, Compliance, Insurance, Operations, Social Services, and Healthcare. Most recently Christina served as the Emergency Department Manager at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she not only handled the human resources, administrative, and operational duties for the department, but also assisted in making a difference in the surrounding underserved community.
 
Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. John’s University and a Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with Advanced Certification of HR Management from Adelphi University. She has recently obtained her SHRM-CP Certification. She is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. Her personal mantra is, “Always leave a positive impact on all you encounter.”

 

David Ferreira David Ferreira
Managing Director, Fiscal Planning & Analysis
Pronouns: he, him, his

David Ferreira manages the agency’s complex $30 million annual budget. He represents the Finance department in RFP processes, working with the agency’s Development department to secure crucial funds to advance GMHC’s work to end the AIDS epidemic. Additionally, under David’s leadership, GMHC has streamlined its financial reporting and workflow practices.

This is David’s second stint at GMHC, where he previously served as an Administrative Assistant and a Grants and Operations Manager. He also worked as a Senior Grants Analyst for the Center for Employment Opportunities. David holds a BA in Economics from Baruch College.

 

Cecilia Gentili
Managing Director, Policy
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Cecilia Gentili is the Managing Director of Policy at GMHC, a role in which she oversees the agency’s policy agenda and advocacy efforts on the city, state, and federal levels.

 

LizGillchrist_150x196.jpgLiz Gilchrist
Managing Director, Events and Sponsorships
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Liz Gilchrist joined GMHC in 2018 to oversee the organization’s special events strategy and execution. She brings nearly 15 years of experience in event production and fundraising, specializing in art, luxury, and nonprofits.

Prior to GMHC, Liz was Head of Events at online art auction house Paddle8.com; Director of Events at the HIV research and education agency ACRIA (now a part of GMHC); and Vice President at the renowned arts and fundraising consulting firm Livet Reichard Company, for which she produced major galas, benefit auctions, and special projects for nonprofits including amfAR, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the New Museum.

Liz received an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute and a BA in Art History from Smith College.
 

Dan GoldmanDan Goldman, MPH
Senior Managing Director, Institutional Development
Pronouns: he, him, his

Daniel Goldman brings nearly ten years of experience in development, public health, HIV/AIDS, health care and strategic planning. He comes to GMHC with extensive grant writing expertise to drive innovative programming, operations and capital projects. Prior to his appointment, Daniel served as Associate Vice President of Grants at Harlem United Community AIDS Center, where he led the creation of the Grants Department, oversaw all grant writing activities and headed various special projects. Before joining Harlem United, he served as Deputy Director of Development at APICHA Community Health Center. Daniel played a key role in APICHA’s successful growth and transformation from an HIV-specialty provider to a Federally Qualified Health Center. Prior to his work at APICHA, Daniel lived and worked in Thailand and Indonesia conducting HIV/AIDS prevention education with several groups with and at high risk for HIV, particularly female commercial sex workers. His work and travel in developing countries inspired him to pursue a career in public health.

Daniel holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Jewish Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His graduate studies concentrated on health policy administration and global health. Daniel was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Among many things, he loves running, traveling, espresso, and French Bulldogs.

 

David V. HindDavid V. Hind
Senior Managing Director, Nutrition, Work, and Wellness
Pronouns: he, him, his

David oversees GMHC’s Workforce Development Center, Congregate Meals Program, Nutrition Counseling & Education Services and The Wellness Center program staff, volunteers and clients. David has been with GMHC since 2004,starting as Assistant Director of Volunteer Services, being promoted to Associate Director of Client Wellness, Meals and Volunteer Services when GMHC merged several program services. This promotion added oversight of Client Wellness Services (including complimentary therapies, cultural and recreation services and Adult Continuing Education scholarship program) and the Meals, Nutrition and Pantry Programs to his portfolio.

After a short break from GMHC, David returned as an independent contractor to the Human Resources Department, later being hired as the Assistant Director of Human Resources. In 2010, David was promoted to the position of Director of the Volunteer, Work and Wellness Center, adding the full scope of GMHC’s job readiness services to his range of responsibility. David received his BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. David is an active member of the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies, The New York Coalition of HIV/AIDS Nutrition Services, the New York Association of Volunteer Administrators and the New York City Training & Employment Coalition. He has served as an Executive Board Member of Heritage of Pride, New York’s official LGBT Pride event organizer

PhilipHilton_150x196.jpgPhilip A. Hilton
Managing Director, Individual Giving
Pronouns: he, him, his

Philip A. Hilton, a proud son of Harlem, has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising development on behalf of HIV/AIDS policy and service organization.

Prior to coming to GMHC, Philip served in senior leadership roles at the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., Love Heals: The Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, and ACRIA. In addition, Philip has significant government experience, including 16 years of service in the Executive Branch of New York State government. Through his efforts, Philip has played a key role in raising millions of dollars in public and private funding to support HIV prevention, treatment, and care.

He attended New York City schools and is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University.

 

Deborah A. Levine Deborah A. Levine, LCSW
Senior Managing Director, Love Heals Center for Youth and Families at GMHC
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Deborah A. Levine is the Senior Managing Director of the Love Heals Center for Youth and Families at GMHC. Prior to joining the GMHC staff, Deborah was the Executive Director of the Love Heals Alison Gertz Foundation for AIDS Education, where she successfully spearheaded the merger of Love Heals and ACRIA, where she served as the Deputy Executive Director. Deborah is a founding/current board member and National Secretary/Communications Director of the National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network, Inc. She also serves on the Board of Coalition On Positive Health Empowerment (COPE), an organization dedicated to the eradication of viral hepatitis.

Deborah has been affiliated with many other organizations during her career. Current and past positions include the Community Co-chair of the Manhattan New York Knows; Chair of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Women’s Advisory Council; Advisory Member for Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition; Advisory Board member for Einstein-Montefiore Center for AIDS Research Community; Advisory Board member for NYU School of Medicine’s Men’s Health Initiative; Steering and Faith Committees and Chairperson for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day; member of the National Association of Social Workers-NYC Chapter; member of the NYC Public Health Association; and board member of Harlem Directors Group, Inc.

Deborah began her life’s work dedicated to helping others at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she earned B.A. in Social Work, followed by a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with a minor in Family Therapy at New York University. Her knowledge and abilities have been honed by completing Hunter College’s Post Graduate Program in Social Work Supervision and Training; Columbia University Graduate School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Middle Management Program, and Columbia’s Leadership and Executive Management Program.
 

Joesph LunieviczJoseph Lunievicz
Senior Managing Director, ACRIA Centers at GMHC
Pronouns: he, him, his

With over 28 years of experience working in the fields of HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, Joe Lunievicz has worked for the past four years with ACRIA’s senior management team and is now the Senior Managing Director of the ACRIA Centers on HIV & Aging and Technical Assistance at GMHC. He was previously Director of the Training Institute at National Development Research Institutes (NDRI) and Executive Director of its subsidiary NDRI-USA.

Joe’s background in working with older adults living with and at risk for HIV includes overseeing the Research on Older Adults with HIV (ROAH) 2.0 study, which has sites in New York City, Upstate New York, San Francisco, Oakland, and Chicago. Through ACRIA’s Center on Technical Assistance, he manages the translation of this research into practice. His background also includes facilitating the Ending the Epidemic Older Adults & HIV Advisory Group of New York State, which developed the Advisory Group Report on Older Adult Implementation Strategies for the Blueprint to End the HIV Epidemic in New York State.

Joe was born and raised on Long Island and New York City, except for the 2 ½ years he lived in Honduras as a Peace Corp volunteer.

 

Jaclyn SmithJaclyn Smith
Managing Director, Mental Health and Support Services
Pronouns: she, her, hers

After 15 years of working in Mental Health, Jaclyn joined GMHC in 2017 as the Managing Director of Mental Health & Support Services. Jaci received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.  She began her career in London, working for Brent Council Children and Family Services, but returned to New York and for 9 years worked for the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS), in both direct service and administrative management, focusing on supportive housing to individuals and families with mental illness and homelessness. It was at CUCS where she was a primary member in the startup of a new residence in the South Bronx, which was aided by her ability to develop and expand programs.
 
She spent the past 6 years as the Program Director at the Lighthouse Guild International, overseeing the Mental Health Continuing Day Treatment Program, for people with vision impairments, and the Medicaid Service Coordination program, working with people with developmental disabilities.

 

Kamilla SKamilla Sjödin, Esq.
Managing Director, Legal Services
Pronouns: she, her, hers
 

After practicing public interest law for more than a decade, Kamilla joined GMHC in 2017 as the Managing Director of Legal Services. Kamilla began her legal career while attending Rutgers School of Law—Newark, where she assisted many low-income  clients living with HIV/AIDS.  Shortly after graduating law school, Kamilla completed a clerkship with the Hon. Edith K. Payne, J.A.D. at the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division, where she worked on a wide array of civil and criminal appeals.  She continued her career as a Staff Attorney at the HIV Law Project representing clients living with HIV/AIDS in all aspects of their legal needs, including such matters as housing, benefits, family law, immigration, discrimination, and breaches of confidentiality. In 2008, Kamilla joined the New York Legal Assistance Group first as a Supervising Attorney leading their Housing Project, and then as Associate Director, Housing Law. In that capacity, she assisted hundreds of low-income clients and their families with their legal housing needs and grew the project from a team of three to 22 attorneys and paralegals.   
 
In 2010, Kamilla chaired the AIDS Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She has also worked for the New York City Council as Counsel to the Housing and Buildings Committee and, at that time, the Subcommittee on Public Housing as a legislative attorney drafting bills, holding public hearings, and working on city-wide policy matters, and as the Director of Eviction Prevention Services for the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center.
 

Armstrong TingwaneArmstrong Tingwane, MPhil
Managing Director,
Prevention Programs
Pronouns: he, him, his

Armstrong Tingwane has more than 10 years of practical experience in supporting, coordinating, and managing community health programs addressing prevention, care, and support in HIV/AIDS, Community TB Care and Sexual Reproductive Health, health communications, capacity building and community mobilization with vulnerable communities.

As the Managing Director of Prevention Programs, Armstrong provides strategic management, oversight, and vision to the expansive prevention portfolio, which includes HIV/STI Testing, PrEP/PEP, Community Health, Short–term Counseling, and Safety in Housing programs. Armstrong started his journey at GMHC in 2014, first as a Coordinator and then the Assistant Director of Community Health, until he was promoted to his current position in 2017. Under his leadership, the Community Health Program implemented the first GMHC trans-focused group and developed compelling social marketing materials that served as a gateway for clients to receive prevention services at GMHC. He started the agency’s first clothing closet for LGBT youth and oversaw the successful development and implementation of several federal, state, and private grants for programs focused on LGBTQ youth and young adults of color. Armstrong has also led the planning and successful execution of GMHC’s annual Latex Ball event, the longest-running and largest ball in the world for the House & Ball community. Prior to joining GMHC, Armstrong worked in a variety of AIDS service prevention and care agencies in his native country of Botswana, Africa. He served in a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities. Armstrong obtained his Master of Philosophy degree in HIV/AIDS Management, graduating cum laude, from the University of Stellenbosch – South Africa and his bachelor’s degree in Media Studies with a concentration in Public Relations and TV/Video Production from the University of Botswana. Armstrong remains committed to eradicating HIV in communities of color and tackling the inherent health inequities utilizing a variety of contextually relevant approaches and best practices.

 

Alex ValentineAlex Valentine
Managing Director, Substance Abuse Services
Pronouns: she, her, hers
 
Alex oversees the newly instituted Department of Substance Abuse Services at GMHC and brings over eight years of experience in addiction treatment to the role. Prior to joining the agency she worked in addiction treatment programs in Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn, and the Bronx, most recently serving the South Bronx community as a Site Director at Montefiore Medical Center’s Division of Substance Abuse. She has overseen the operations of both outpatient and opioid maintenance treatment programs and has helped to incorporate evidence-based practices and data driven interventions into those clinic settings. She also served as the Director of Vocational Services at Montefiore, overseeing a staff of vocational rehabilitation counselors who assisted addiction treatment patients with engagement in educational and vocational activities.
 
Alex was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and moved to New York City to pursue her BA at New York University, where she also obtained her Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology.  She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).  She is passionate about her work and spends her down time swimming, playing volleyball, and watching Buffalo Bills football.

April Watkins, MPA
Managing Director, Workforce Development
Pronouns: she, her, hers

April Watkins has more than 18 years of experience working and managing back-to-work programs. She began her journey in Workforce Development at the Bowery Residents’ Committee, where she worked as a receptionist in the organization’s Vocational/Employment program. Later, when she was promoted to Vocational Case Manager, she oversaw an agency-wide stipend/peer program while also providing job-readiness trainings.

At GMHC, April has been instrumental in the implementation of the agency’s first employment initiative, which began in 2004. April is a passionate advocate in the fight for lowering employment dipartites for disenfranchised populations and regularly speaks on issues affecting people living with disabilities and, most importantly, HIV. She has a master’s degree in public administration and serves on the board of the National Working Positive Coalition.