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Management Team

Ted Caine Ted Caine
Managing Director, Administration & Special Projects
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Ted Caine joined GMHC in October 2016. He has over 12 years of experience as an executive staff professional for several New York City based non-profits. As the Managing Director of Administration and Special Projects at GMHC, Ted uses his extensive knowledge of Development, Communications and Project Management to oversee various areas of the agency including the Executive Office, Administration, and the Reception Department as well as assisting in Agency Development and Communications. Ted has managed several fundraising events, including the DANCE-A-THON, GMHC Cabaret, Monster Cycle Spin Class and AIDS Walk San Francisco. He serves as the liaison to the GMHC Board of Directors. Prior to his time at GMHC, Ted spent 10 years as the Executive Director of a New York City based not-for-profit theater company, 6 years as the General Manager and Chief Compliance Officer at Caine Mitter and Associates Incorporated, a Financial Advisory firm that specializes in the financing of affordable housing, and over 10 years as a professional yoga instructor. Ted graduated with honors from New York University with a BFA in Drama and a minor in Economics.

Jason CianciottoJason Cianciotto
Senior Managing Director, Institutional Development & Strategy
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Jason has been advocating for the health, safety, and well-being of LGBTQ people and populations affected by HIV and AIDS for nearly two decades. Prior to rejoining the team at GMHC in 2019 to oversee Institutional Development and Strategy, he served as Executive Director of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and Vice President of Policy, Advocacy, and Communications at Harlem United. His history at GMHC includes serving as the Director of Public Affairs and Policy, as well as Managing Director of Special Events and Major Gifts. After Jason earned a B.A. in political science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona, his career began at the National LGBTQ Task Force Policy Institute, where he served as Research Director. He has also served at the local level as Executive Director of Wingspan, Southern Arizona's LGBT Community Center. He is co-author with Sean Cahill of the award-winning book, LGBT Youth in America's Schools, published by the University of Michigan press.

David Ferreira David Ferreira

Managing Director, Fiscal Planning & Analysis
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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.

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; 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. 

Kipper SanchezKristobal Kipper Sanchez, LCSW
Managing Director, Mental Health and Substance Use Services
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Kipper has over 10 years of experience working in non-profit management, social justice and advocacy, and counseling and clinical social work.


Kipper has dedicated his career to working with the LBGTQAI+ communities, people of color, those who have been affected by HIV and the HIV epidemic, as well as homeless youth, adolescents, and substance using communities. He has worked both as a clinician and administrator for non-profit programs providing advocacy, case management, housing support, and counseling and therapy. Kipper has also worked in HIV prevention and public health research, having helped to execute a PrEP study through the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.


Kipper currently manages GMHC's Mental Health and Substance Use Service programs. His portfolio includes programs that provide individual and group mental health and substance use harm reduction counseling, psychiatric medication management, Medication Assisted Treatment for substance use, and our agency's expanded syringe access and Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.


Kipper holds a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He also completed a certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Training Institute for Mental Health, and maintains a small private practice.



Demetri Sparks Demetri Sparks
Managing Director, Individual Giving
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Demetri Sparks has worked in HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health over the past three decades. After attending Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, he began his career in Washington, DC, helping to launch the   AmeriCorps National Direct program. As a young gay man and HIV activist, he served as a HRSA site visit consultant, grant reviewer, and a member of the HRSA AIDS Advisory Committee. He even addressed President Bill Clinton  at the White House Conference on HIV/AIDS in 1995. 

Demetri has served diligently as an Executive Director for three different, community-based organizations, including Bay Area Young Positives, Being Alive Los Angeles, and Folsom Street Events. He has led executive and fundraising functions at other LGBTQ health agencies, such as Howard Brown Health Center, AIDS ReSearch Alliance, and PRC. He is thrilled and honored to be serving GMHC and its clients as the Managing Director of Individual Giving.

Demetri is a native New Yorker, having grown up on Long Island as a young gay boy who ran screaming into Manhattan in 1988. He fondly remembers his endless nights at Mars, Tunnel, Pyramid, Boy Bar, The Roxy, Jackie 60, and Sound Factory. Currently,
he lives in South Orange, NJ with his husband Josh and son Christopher.


Armstrong TingwaneArmstrong Tingwane, MPhil
Managing Director,
Prevention Programs
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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.

April Watkins, MPAApril 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.