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Senior Management

Kelsey Louie is the Chief Executive Officer.

As Chief Executive Officer, Kelsey oversees all operational, programmatic, and strategic aspects of the organization.

Kelsey previously served as the Coordinator of Counseling & Education for GMHC in 2006.

Kelsey has over 13 years of professional experience in the fields of HIV/AIDS prevention and care, behavioral health, addiction services, homelessness, LGBTQ issues, and family and children services. Past titles include Chief Operating Officer, Chief Program Officer, and Senior Vice President of HIV/AIDS Treatment and Support Services at Harlem United (where he worked for 7 years), Director of Queens Family Support Services at New York Foundling, and Director of Prevention Services at Veritas Therapeutic Community.

Kelsey is a native New Yorker and a passionate runner. He is currently a member of the Big Apple Performing Arts Board, and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the NYU Silver School of Social Work since 2002. Kelsey received an MSW from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University.

 

Janet Weinberg is the 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.

   

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.

 

Bruce Anderson is the Managing Director of Development.

Bruce Anderson began his work in HIV/AIDS in 1986 when he became the first Deputy Executive Director for Program Operations at GMHC. His responsibilities there were to oversee Education Prevention, Client Services, Legal, Ombudsman and Volunteer offices. In 1993, he began working for the American Foundation for AIDS Research, working in their educational research areas, primarily with syringe exchange programs across the country funded by AmFAR. He also led an evaluation of the agency’s process for soliciting, granting and the evaluation of educational grants. In 1996, he directed the opening of a 200-unit supportive housing program for seniors, people with AIDS and low-income working residents operated by the Actors Fund of America, and led the social services team there.

From 2000 until 2010, Bruce served on the board of the LGBT Center of NYC, the last five as its President. Then he served as the Center’s Interim Executive Director at the request of the Board while a search for that position was conducted, and he returned again at the request of that new Executive Director to serve as an Interim Development Director for most of 2011.

The sequence of moving from Interim Executive Director to Interim Development Director occurred for Bruce a second time from May 2012 until July 2014, when asked to lead Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, the world’s largest LGBT synagogue through their change in leadership positions. As Interim Development Director at CBST he was responsible for a $20 million capital campaign that is now in its completion phase.

His graduate work was in Social Work and he earned an MSW from the University of Denver.

 

Anthony Hayes is the Managing Director of Public Affairs and Policy.

Prior to his appointment, Anthony served as a strategic advisory in both non-profit and for-profit, as well as government agencies for nearly a decade. As a senior staff member of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, he managed media and communications focusing on highly sensitive issues at the bi-state agency that oversees five airports, six bi-state crossings, the PATH commuter rail system, the nation’s busiest bus terminal and largest seaport operation on the East Coast, the 16-acre World Trade Center site and a 1,600 member police force. In addition, he served as the point person on many key initiatives including implementing recommendations from an agency-wide audit ordered by Governors Cuomo and Christie, managed visits by heads of state including President Barack Obama, managed crisis situations, breaking news responses and served as a member of an Emergency Response Team activated by Port Authority’s Office of Emergency Management.

In 2010, Deutshe Bank tasked Anthony with a major global change management initiative to implement a new operating system that transformed and integrated the organizations IT division. In just 16 weeks, he organized 57 trainings in 10 countries, using 157 instructors and reaching just over 4,000 employees globally. This process secured highly comprehensive buy-in, with 93% of the employees understanding the purpose of the transformation. This program provided an accurate framework for leadership to ensure ongoing success in the new operating system.

While at the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Anthony implemented strategies to win historic landmark victories for LGBT Americans including Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, The Matthew Sheppard Act (hate crimes) and played a key role in multiple marriage campaigns across the country, including New York, in 2009 and 2011. He drafted and implemented a field plan in New York that not only generated over 77,000 phone calls to New York State Senators, but also gathered over 5,600 handwritten letters from businesses, religious leaders, union leaders and constituents which were sent to the senators. Throughout the 2008 Presidential election year, Anthony developed, managed and implemented a 13-state electoral program, one of HRC’s top priorities. In a two-day training program called Camp Equality designed to give the LGBT community the tools needed to impact elections in their state, Anthony led a team that trained over 550 LGBT activists. This effort which demonstrated the power of the LGBT vote throughout the country and the benefit of electing pro-LGBT candidates to office was seen in 2009 on a state and national level.

In addition to his professional work, Anthony was appointed in 2011 by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to serve as a member of Community Board 4, which serves Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. He alsoserves as a board member for Broadway Impact, the first and only grassroots organization to mobilize the nationwide theater community in support of marriage equality. Anthony has participated in both the AIDS Walk New York and seven-day, 545 miles AIDS Lifecycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.