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Senior Management

Janet Weinberg is the Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer.

For more than 30 years, Janet Weinberg has been a recognized leader in the fields of health, social justice and fundraising.  In the role of COO, she directs the day-to-day operations of GMHC.  Her portfolio includes three key areas:  Programs (HIV prevention and testing-- including interventions for men and women, Workforce Development, Nutrition/Meals and Wellness, Community Health, Coordinated Care, Research and Evaluation); External Affairs (Public Policy, Legal, Benefits and Advocacy, Community Relations, Communications and Volunteers); and Infrastructure (Information Systems, Facilities, Human Resources).  Janet is responsible for the ongoing implementation of a robust strategic plan developed to reinvigorate GMHC's leadership in the fight against AIDS, including coordination of GMHC’s licensure applications under Articles 31 and 32, to expand mental health and substance abuse programming.

Prior to becoming the COO, Janet served as the Senior Managing Director of Development and Legislative Funding at GMHC from 2005 to 2009 where her duties included public and private solicitation of funds.  During her tenure, the annual budget expanded from $21 million to $31 million. One of her noteworthy successes was obtaining GMHC’s first-ever federal appropriation of $300,000, which provided critical support for crystal methamphetamine programming, which was followed by an additional $1,500,000 federal appropriation.  Before joining GMHC in 2005, Janet was the Director of Development at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.  Before her work in the HIV/AIDS and LGBT movements, Janet practiced as an Occupational Therapist and managed over 1,000 therapists who worked in a range of settings.

Janet remains passionate about her work recognizing that GMHC is the cornerstone for HIV/AIDS prevention, care, community awareness and advocacy in NYC and nationwide.  Her winning formula in both of her careers—health care and fundraising for social justice—consists of combining her compassion and strategic thinking with steadfast advocacy. Janet knows that bringing resources to communities is a critical step for success in the fight for civil and health care rights.

 

Bill BrackerDr. Bill Bracker is the Managing Director, Health Care and Business Strategies Development.

Dr. Bill Bracker joined GMHC in 2012 as the Director of the Michael Palm Center for AIDS Care and Support, where he oversaw the men’s prevention, women’s prevention and mental health services.  He was promoted to his current position, where he will continue to oversee his prior portfolio, in addition to managing the Article 31 and Article 32 clinics (mental health and substance use), both of which are pending licensure at the NYS level.  

Bill has over 25 years of professional experience in the delivery of mental health, substance abuse, and health psychological services; clinical and fiscal management of health related programs and departments; and training, development, and clinical supervision of mental health professionals. He joined GMHC after working at community-based medical centers, university-based doctoral and master’s degree programs, community mental health centers, an AIDS service organization, and private practice.  

Dr. Bracker earned a BA in Psychology and a MA in Educational Psychology from Montclair State University, a MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Nova Southeastern University, and a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He is a Licensed Psychologist in the States of New York and Florida, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. 

 

Lynnette Ford is the Managing Director of Program Services and Evaluation

Lynnette Ford is a dynamic and proven outcomes oriented  leader with over 15 years of experience in the administrative and clinical management of HIV/AIDS care, prevention, education, substance use, and case management programs.

 Lynnette came to GMHC in 2007, serving as the Assistant Director of HIV treatment and prevention, where she was responsible for overseeing both individual and group level programs. Lynnette was soon promoted to the  Director of the David Geffen Center for HIV Prevention and Health Education, where she oversaw HIV and STI testing and counseling, the Intake Department and the Hotline. Under Lynnette’s leadership, the David Geffen Testing Center was recognized by the New York State Department of Health HIV Testing Workgroup as a high performing HIV counseling and testing program, with the highest linkage to care, for PLWHA in NYS. In July 2013,   she was promoted to Managing Director for Program Services and Evaluation in 2013.

Prior to joining GMHC, Lynnette provided strategic leadership and vision to an expansive Article -28 medical facility, a Community Follow-Up Case Management Program, and an outpatient substance abuse program for Queens Village Committee for Mental Health (for JCAP, Inc.). Lynnette served as a Senior Treatment Educator at National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP).

Lynnette graduated with honors with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University and with honors with a  Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from York College. Lynnette has served on several committees including the Queens HIV Care Network's Steering Committee and The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services AIDS Coordination Committee. Most recently, Lynnette received her CASAC certificate from Adelphi University and she is currently seeking her CASAC – T.

   

Seth Rosen is the Managing Director for Development.

Seth is a seasoned nonprofit executive with over ten years of experience raising significant funds for a variety of domestic and international nonprofit organizations. Most recently, he was the Assistant Vice President of Development at New York Law School where he oversaw all aspects of the Law School's fundraising activities, including the management of the Law School's $100 million endowment campaign.

Prior to joining the Law School's professional staff, Seth served as the first Director of Development of two sister organizations, Millennium Promise and Malaria No More, and also was the Director of Major Gifts at Amnesty International USA.  Seth started his fundraising career at Planned Parenthood Federation of America as Planned Giving Specialist, and later as the Manager of Fundraising for PPFA's international direct service programs in the developing world.

Prior to beginning his fundraising career, Seth was as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department where he defended the City of New York in federal civil rights cases. Seth received his BA from Brandeis University, JD from New York Law School, and his MPA from New York University.

 

Dave Tainer is the Managing Director of Information Systems, Building Operations & Special Projects.

Since 2006, Dave provided critical IT guidance and vision to operations and programs at GMHC. Dave successfully implemented structured corporate principles of IT management (CoBIT, ITIL), resulting in increased productivity, faster network access, enhanced security, greater compliance with HIPAA and PCI, as well as creating better data migration from GMHC databases to government reporting systems.

Dave was instrumental in securing several technology-only capital grants from the NYC Economic Development Corporation totaling over $1,606,000 which allowed GMHC to develop a state-of-the-art network infrastructure, purchase new workstations for all staff, and implement VoIP telephony (Voice over Internet Protocol).  Dave also secured $2,000,000 in Microsoft Software Donations further strengthening GMHC’s technological abilities.  Dave oversees GMHC’s Condom Supply Program (funded by the NYS AIDS Institute) which delivers over 3,000,000 condoms per year to New York  residents.

Prior to working at GMHC, Dave was adjunct faculty at DePaul University in Chicago where he taught Human-Computer Interaction as a Usability specialist and other Computer Science and Statistics courses. Dave also taught computer science courses and business statistics at other Chicago universities, chiefly for MBA programs.

Between 1998 and 2005 Dave founded and served as the senior partner at BuTain, Inc., a technology consulting firm specializing in IT Strategy and Management Consulting. Previously, as the Chief Information Officer at Unified Management, a large professional employer organization (PEO), Dave helped to define the cutting-edge in PEO technology and information management in a nascent industry.

Dave honed his expertise during an applied graduate academic career in Sociology and Statistics, which led him into studying social behavior, applying it to marketing and advertising, and finally helping build the technology that he manages today.

He is a frequent guest speaker and moderator on IS issues for both non-profit and for-profit industry events, conferences and roundtables.