BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

Jonathan Mallow (Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee) Founder and Executive Producer, Mallow Projects

Edward T. Ackerman (Vice-Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee) Partner, Paul Weiss

Joshua Machiz (Secretary and Co-Chair of the Development Committee) Chief Digital Officer, Nasdaq

Timothy Martin (Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee) Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, MacAndrews & Forbes

MEMBERS

Jae Choi, Founder & CEO, theCollectiveShift

Ron Dodd, Producer, The Rachel Maddow Show

Julie Fink, Managing Partner, Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP

Ed Fogarty, Senior Vice President, ViacomCBS

Tyler Helms, Executive Vice President, Deutsch, Inc.

Deborah Hughes, President, Deborah Hughes Inc. Public Relations

David Kleinberg, President, David Kleinberg Design Associates

Jack Mizrahi, Actor, Writer, Executive Producer, Master of Ceremonies

Javier Muñoz, Actor and Singer

Joseph Neese (Co-Chair of Development Committee) Managing Editor, Salon Media Group

Jack Pierson, Photographer

Marquis Vilson, Actor

Ariel Wengroff, Co-founder and Chief Content Officer, arfa, Inc.

Jason Wu, Fashion Designer

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Louie Kelsey

Kelsey Louie, MSW, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Pronouns: he, him, his

Kelsey Louie, MSW, MBA, is the chief executive officer of GMHC, the world’s first HIV and AIDS services organization. In this role, Kelsey oversees the agency’s $28-million budget as well as strategy, operations, fundraising, policy, and programmatic initiatives.

Kelsey joined GMHC in 2014, bringing a wealth of leadership experience in the human services field. His approach combines a rigorous data-driven management style, sophisticated evaluation processes, and commitment to staff development. Areas of expertise include HIV/AIDS prevention and care, behavioral health, addiction services, homelessness, LGBTQ+ issues, and family and children’s services.

At GMHC, Kelsey has created a unique service delivery model that emphasizes continuous quality improvement to build stronger programs, create efficiencies, and improve quality of services for GMHC clients. His contributions have included leading the acquisition of ACRIA, a research-based non-profit organization, as a subsidiary of GMHC; overseeing the relocation of GMHC’s headquarters to its current home that is saving the agency $600,000 annually in facility expenses; and implementing new programs such as the co-located pharmacy services, supportive housing, comprehensive STI testing, and the Terry Brenneis and David Boger Hub for Long Term Survivors. He also relaunched GMHC’s signature Buddy Program that provides peer-to-peer psychosocial support.

Through Kelsey’s leadership, GMHC has received awards such as the Gold Medal Prize for Organizational for Management Best Practices, Harvard Business School Club Community Partnership Leadership Award (2019); the Gold Medal Winner for Organizational Excellence, Non-Profit Coordinating Committee and New York Community Trust (2017); and the Organizational Excellence Award Winner, The Network of Social Work Management (2016); and the Partner Hero Award, HIV Experience Resources Organization (2015). He has been personally honored by the Power of Diversity: Asian 100 (2020); Health Power 100, City and State (2019, 2020); Pride Power 100 Honoree, City and State (2018, 2019, 2020); Pride 50 Trailblazers Honoree, Queerty (2019); and Pride 30 Honoree, NBC News (2018)—and more.

In 2014, Kelsey was appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Task force to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of NMAC (National Minority AIDS Council), the Network of Social Work Management, and iHealth, a statewide collaborative of community-based organizations united to advocate and negotiate on behalf of HIV Targeted Case Management Programs. He is an Advisory Board Member for the NYU College of Global Public Health, and strategic advisor for the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. Kelsey is also a former board member of Big Apple Performing Arts, the umbrella organization of both the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.

Kelsey has appeared on television networks such as NY1, ABC News, WCBS Radio and 101 WINS Radio, to discuss HIV/AIDS and other issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. He also has been featured in articles for Crain’s NY, POZ Magazine, and Plus Magazine, and has written op-eds for New York Daily News and the Advocate Magazine—and more.

Kelsey’s past professional titles include chief operating officer, chief program officer, and senior vice president of HIV/AIDS Treatment and Support Services at Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc., where he worked for seven years overseeing the agency’s $42-million budget and managing operations, administration, finance, development, programs, and healthcare services for thousands of clients annually.

Kelsey holds a master of social work from New York University and master of business administration from Columbia University. He is presently an adjunct professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.


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.

Lynnette Ford

Lynnette Ford, MSW

Senior Vice President, Programs and Prevention Services

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Lynnette Ford is a dynamic and proven outcomes oriented leader with 24 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 people living with HIV/AIDS in NYS and the rate of reassessments in the intake department increased. Lynnette also assisted in the development of the Hotline curriculum and training of Hotline volunteers. In her current role, Lynnette is responsible for an expansive portfolio that includes programs which  offer a variety of prevention and supportive services on both the individual and group level for individuals living with HIV and/or AIDS and those at risk for HIV infection. Departments within her portfolio include community health, HIV testing,  access to healthcare, legal, long – term survivor services, and the ACRIA portfolio of programs.

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 also served as a Senior Treatment Educator at National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP) and a Chief Counseling Supervisor at Faith Mission, an article 28 substance abuse detoxification agency.

Lynnette graduated with honors with a MSW from Adelphi University and with honors with a BSW 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. Lynnette has presented at various national and local HIV conferences on HIV/AIDS programming and best practices. Most recently, Lynnette received her CASAC certificate from Adelphi University and she is currently seeking her CASAC-T.

Rhonda Harris

Rhonda Harris, MPA

Senior Vice President, People Operations and Compliance

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Rhonda Harris remains passionate about the interconnectivity between people, process, and technology. With more than 20+ years’ experience in the areas of Human Resources, General Management and Administration, she has specialized in various sectors from pharmaceuticals to hospitality to non-profit and public relations. Rhonda formerly served as the Vice President of Human Resources, Training and Compliance for GMHC. Prior to that, she served as Director of Human Resources at Harlem United Community AIDS Center, where she transformed the HR department from a transactional unit into a strategic business division and business partner for management in the agency.

Before relocating back to New York City, she operated her own consulting firm specializing in Human Resources and Organizational Development consulting in Atlanta, where she worked with top brands and organizations. Rhonda has worked with a formidable list of clients, as well as some of the world’s more recognizable brands. She has provided and executed HR roadmaps and solutions that deliver results and transform organizations.  She has successfully led over 50 implementation projects of Tier-A firms and organizations, enabling her clients and companies to improve operational performance and deliver a rich workforce experience.

Rhonda Harris, MPA, is an expert on the topic of Human Capital and innovative workforce solutions and best practices. She is committed to seeing that workforce populations continuously grow and develop; not only to increase the individual employee value but also to increase the economic value for employers and the economy and community at large. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

 

Michael Hester

Michael Hester

Vice President, Finance

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Michael is the Vice President of Finance for GMHC. As a member of the Senior Management team, he plays a key role in leading and supporting the agency’s strategic planning, organization development, fiscal compliance, and staff development. Michael directs GMHC’s financial planning, budget development and monitoring, accounting operations and government and private grants administration strategies in support of goals and objectives established by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Board. Michael has over 23 years of finance and operations experience working in both the private and public sector.

He joined GMHC from Harlem United Community AIDS Center, a community-based organization located in New York City. For almost a decade, Michael held various roles in responsibilities in addition to the oversight of financial performance. He provided leadership and guidance to the finance department together with strategic and operational support to the Agency. As a member of the Executive Team, directly responsible for Centralized Procurement, Information Technology, Residential Management, Facilities, Capital Development and Asset and Fleet Management. Provide oversight of network communications, and management information services.

Prior to working at Harlem United, Michael worked as Deputy Client Manager for BTQ Financial, LLC and Comptroller for the Inc. Village of Hempstead CDA. BTQ Financial offers financial outsourcing services to meet the fiscal and accounting needs of nonprofit and complementary for-profit organizations. At BTQ, Michael was introduced to the non-profit sector as well as Harlem United.

Kishani Moreno

Kishani Moreno, MA, LMHC

Chief Operating Officer

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As the chief operating officer, Kishani oversees agency wide departments such as Building Operations, Information Systems, Analytics and Evaluation as well as programs such as Supportive Housing, Representative Payee, Mental Health and Substance Use programs. Kishani has over 25 years nonprofit experience working with the most disenfranchised populations in New York City and Connecticut.


Kishani originally hails from Fairfield County, Connecticut, and has been living in New York for over 20 years. She relocated to New York to pursue her MA in Counseling from New York University. Prior to GMHC, she was at Lantern Community Services, a New York City housing provider that serves formerly homeless young adults, single adults, and families in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Long Island. She served as the chief operating officer from September 2014 and was responsible for all program and leasing operations for 15 congregate residences and a 177-bed scattered-site program.

Prior to her time at Lantern, Kishani was a vice president at Harlem United Community AIDS Center where she served in many roles for eight years. She started as a managing director overseeing multiple housing programs and subsequently was promoted to associate vice president with oversight over housing, mental health, and two Adult Day Health Centers. She served as the vice president of business development in her last role at Harlem United. Prior to that, Kishani spent nine years at Urban Pathways, where she held many positions, including launching her career in management.

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Poul Olson

Poul E. Olson, MS, CFRE

Chief Communications and Development Officer

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Poul has more than 25 years of communications and development experience in global health, public health, and higher education. At GMHC, he oversees both the communications and development functions of the agency. Before joining GMHC in 2020, Poul was chief communications and development officer at the Atlanta-based Task Force for Global Health where he led a $13.6-million capital campaign and oversaw the organization’s successful nomination for the 2016 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest award of its kind at $2 million.

Poul also previously served as vice president at Ogilvy Public Relations where he provided senior-level policy communications support to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the largest prevention initiative ever undertaken by the U.S. government called Communities Putting Prevention to Work.

Poul’s global health experience includes senior-level and manager roles for a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project in Ethiopia and ICAP, the HIV organization based at Columbia University and the largest implementing partner of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In the latter role, he managed global communications activities and supported ICAP teams in 10 African countries.

Poul has held communications positions at top-tier institutions of higher education where he specialized in science communications. He was communications manager for the Atlanta-based Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) and senior editor at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University.

Poul began his career in university relations at the College of William and Mary where he transformed the institution’s internal tabloid newspaper, William and Mary News, into a nationally award-winning publication.

Poul holds a master of science degree in strategic communications from Columbia University, a certified fundraising executive credential from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and a bachelor of arts degree in history from the University of Virginia.

MANAGEMENT TEAM
Jason Cianciotto

Jason Cianciotto, MPA

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.

Liz Gilchrist

Liz Gilchrist, MS

Managing Director, Events and Sponsorships

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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.

Kipper Sanchez

Kristobal 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 Tingwane

Armstrong 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

April Watkins, MPA

Managing Director, Workforce Development

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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 disparities 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.