BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

Jonathan Mallow (Chair) 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) Executive Vice President and General Counsel, MacAndrews & Forbes

MEMBERS

Edward T. Ackerman

(Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP)

Ted Ackerman is a partner in the corporate department of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

Ted advises private equity and strategic clients on their M&A, carve-out, joint venture, equity financing, restructuring, and general corporate transactions. He has extensive experience with transactions in a broad cross-section of industries, including consumer products, restaurant/beverage, manufacturing, logistics and IT/technology.

Ted is recognized by The Legal 500 as a recommended practitioner for his work in private equity buyouts.

Jae Choi

(Founder & CEO, theCollectiveShift (Co-Chair of the Development Committee))

Jae Choi, founder of theCollectiveShift (tCS), helped to spearhead GMHC’s “Distance Yourself From Hate” campaign launched in 2020 in response to discrimination against Asian people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign featured leading voices in the arts, fashion, and entertainment industries calling on everyone to reject discrimination and spread the “Distance Yourself from Hate” message through a specially designed mask.

For the past 25 years, Jae has been a leader in the fashion and creative industries. Jae started out in advertising, progressing to agenting when she began as an assistant at Art + Commerce. She has been a collaborator for artists such as Nan Goldin, Penny Martin, David Armstrong, M/M (Paris), Inez & Vinoodh, Casey Spooner and Stephen Galloway.

Through tCS, she encourages artists and brands she advises to use their voices for political activism. In addition to the “Distance Yourself From Hate” campaign, tCS was an official partner of the Women’s March 2017 and a supporter of the Leonard Peltier clemency case. Since 2018, tCS has also been part of Nan Goldin and P.A.I.N’s protest against cultural institutions accepting financial support from the family behind the pharmaceutical company that makes OxyContin.

Ron Dodd

(Producer, The Rachel Maddow Show)

Ron Dodd is an Emmy Award-winning producer for “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC. 

His association with GMHC began in 1994 at the height of the AIDS crisis in New York City producing public service announcements and educational programming. 

He was series producer of the first and longest-running LGBTQ series “In The Life” on PBS and research producer for the Oscar-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague.” Ron has also written and produced for CNN, C-SPAN, HITN-TV, AOL, and Air America Radio.

Ed Fogarty
Ed Fogarty

(Senior Vice President, ViacomCBS (Co-Chair of the Development Committee))

Ed Fogarty is a senior vice president at ViacomCBS where he works in the Convergent Advertising Sales group overseeing the sales effort across multiple platforms and brands for several agencies and clients.

Ed began his career as director of new business strategy at Paramount Syndication Sales and later joined the LOGO TV launch team as director of ad sales where he was eventually promoted to vice president head of sales. At LOGO TV, Ed was responsible for selling advertising partners on the loyalty and buying power of the LGBTQ+ community, providing advertising opportunities on RuPaul’s Drag Race and Noah’s Arc

Ed is an unwavering advocate for ViacomCBS’s LGBTQ+ employees and serves as the Executive Champion of the Emerge Employee Resource Group.

Tyler Helms

(Executive Vice President, Deutsch, Inc. (Chair of the Governance Committee))

Tyler J Helms is currently Executive Video President at Deutsch Inc, where he has developed and executed award-winning marketing and advertising campaigns for some of the world’s leading brands including Cetaphil, Schwerin Williams, GoDaddy, Kodak, Outback Steakhouse, Unilever, and Booking.com.

Tyler began his career as a television news anchor and reporter for the ABC Affiliate WTOK-TV in Meridian, MS. Before Deutsch, Tyler worked at Doner Advertising in Los Angeles.

Outside the office, Tyler continues to add his voice to the ongoing fight to end the stigma around HIV/AIDS, addiction, mental health, and other issues facing the LGBT community. Diagnosed with HIV in 2007, Tyler has been sharing his story with the disease as a published writer, experienced speaker, and outspoken advocate for issues he cares about.

This is Tyler’s second time on the GMHC Board of Directors, having previously served two terms starting 2010.

Deborah Hughes

(President, Deborah Hughes Inc. Public Relations)

Deborah Hughes is president of Deborah Hughes, Inc., a public relations and events firm based in New York City. Deborah’s work and philanthropy supports enterprises and organizations in the worlds of art, culture, fashion, food, healthcare, and human rights.

Deborah has supported programs and services for people living with HIV/AIDS for over 30 years and served on the board of ACRIA prior to joining GMHC’s board. She is also an avid advocate and activist for animal rights.

David Klienberg
David Kleinberg

(President, David Kleinberg Design Associates)

David Kleinberg is owner of David Kleinberg Design Associates in New York City. His company services a roster of international clients with residences spanning the globe.

David began his career at Denning & Fourcade and then at Mara Palmer Interiors. In 1997, David left Parish-Hadley Associates and began his own design firm.

In 2011, David published Traditional Now: Interiors by David Kleinberg with Monacelli Press, a compendium of more than 20 residential interiors. That same year, he was inducted into Interior Design magazine’s “Hall of Fame.” David has been named to Architectural Digest’s “The New AD 100.” He is also part of Elle Decor “A List,” which profiles 25 top designers.

David previously served on the Board of Directors of ACRIA, now a program of GMHC, and also currently serves on the board of New York School of Interior Design.

Jason Machiz
Joshua Machiz

(Chief Digital Officer and Head of Engagment, Nasdaq)

Josh Machiz is the chief digital officer and head of engagement at Nasdaq. In this role, he has responsibilities for pre-initial public offering (IPO) engagement with private companies on their marketing, growth hacking tactics, and executive thought leadership.

Josh created Nasdaq’s social and digital footprint, increasing followers from 0 to 3.5 million across platforms, and transformed the brand into a leading digital content producer. He has mentored the executive teams of hundreds of companies on crafting IPO day experiences with integrated communications, social and experiential marketing.

Jonathan Mallow

(Producer, Director, and Digital Strategist )

Jon Mallow is a producer, director, and digital strategist who founded Mallow Projects in 2018 to tell meaningful stories that connect with audiences across all video screens.

His work has been seen at festivals including Frameline, Outfest, NewFest, Bronzelens, ABFF, New Orleans Film Festival and on BRIC-TV. His 2019 project King Ester, with Issa Rae Productions, was nominated for four Emmys, and he has also recently worked with TED, Live Nation Productions, New York Public Radio, and Manhattan Neighborhood Networks (Manhattan public access).

Jon was previously senior vice president of Digital at VH1 and Logo, supervising production, editorial and strategy for platforms including web, mobile, apps and social media. 

Jon has received numerous awards including GLAAD Media (2016, 2018 nomination), Cynopsis Social Good (2016 and 2017), CableFax (2017), Webby (2012). Jon has been a senior advisor to Swing Left, a national grassroots organization working to elect Democrats. In addition to serving on the GMHC board, Jon serves on the board of the Maysles Documentary Center in Harlem.

Timothy Martin
Timothy Martin

(Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated)

Timothy S. Martin is executive vice president and general counsel of MacAndrews & Forbes Incorporated, a holding company where he directs and manages legal and business matters across a diversified portfolio of public and private companies. 

Tim began his career at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he handled a variety of complex civil and criminal litigation matters.

Jack Mizrahi

(Actor, Writer, Executive Producer, Master of Ceremonies)

Jack Mizrahi has been a fixture of the Ballroom Community for nearly three decades. He created the National Ballroom Awards Ceremony and frequently emcees ballroom events including GMHC’s annual Latex Ball that provides an opportunity for LGBTGNC youth and young adults of color to celebrate their gender identity and sexual expression while learning about HIV prevention.

As a community leader, Jack is also an advocate for HIV/STD prevention. He created an intervention called “The WIZ Group” (We. Intervene. Zealously), which encourages community members to examine themselves in an effort to aid positive social change in their networks.

As a professional actor, Jack has starred in Ryan Murphy’s critically acclaimed TV series “Pose” that focuses on the House and Ballroom community. Jack is currently the co-executive producer of HBO Max’s ballroom competition show called Legendary, which is now in its second season.

Javier Muñoz

(Actor and Singer)

Javier Muñoz is a Drama Desk Award-winning actor and activist whose body of work spans theater, film, and television. Javier is best known for starring as, and co-creating the role of, “Alexander Hamilton” in the Broadway musical “Hamiliton” after Lin-Manuel Miranda departed the show.  

Javier is also an outspoken activist for LGBTQ+ rights and a tireless advocate in the fight to end HIV/AIDS worldwide. Muñoz has been honored with the prestigious OUT100 “Breakout of the Year” award in 2016, Lambda Legal’s “National Liberty Award” in 2017, Human Rights Campaign’s “Visibility Award” in 2018, as well as GMHC’s Howard Ashman Award in 2016.

Jack Pierson
Jack Pierson

(Photographer)

Jack Pierson is an artist who works across several mediums including photography, drawing, and sculpture.

His works have been exhibited in prominent galleries internationally including CAC Malaga, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Jack’s work is also in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Marquis Vilson
Marquise Vilsón

(Actor)

Marquise Vilsón is an actor, activist, and man with trans experience. Marquise was introduced to television audiences when he guest-starred in a critically acclaimed episode of Law & Order: SVU that addressed the issues faced by transgender military service members. This episode was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.

His recent television roles have included Blindspot, The BlacklistBull, and Netflix’s Tales of the City. He has also appeared in the films No Ordinary ManBen is Back (opposite Lucas Hedges), and The Kitchen (starring Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish), and will be featured in the upcoming B-Boy Blues. Marquise made his New York stage debut Off-Broadway in MCC Theatre’s Charm. His work as an actor and activist was highlighted in the documentary Disclosure, and his personal story was featured in the documentary The Aggressives.

Marquise is a long-standing leader of the underground ballroom scene and is a member of the House of Balenciaga. His awards include the Octavia St. Laurent Trans Activist Award and the Masquerade Blue Print Award. He also has been recognized as a Transman ICON.

Ariel Wengroff
Ariel Wengroff

(Co-founder and Chief Content Officer, arfa, Inc.)

Ariel Wengroff is an executive-in-residence at LionTree, a global investment and merchant banking firm with a focus on media, technology, and the digital economy.

Ariel’s most recent film Sitara: Let Girls Dream, premiered on Netflix Spring 2020, and was top 10 in India. She was previously co-founder and chief content and community officer at arfa, Inc. At VICE Media, Ariel was an executive producer of the Emmy-nominated VICELAND show WOMAN with Gloria Steinem, where at 26 she became the youngest person to be nominated as executive producer in the Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series category. In addition, Ariel served as publisher of Broadly, VICE’s women and LGBTQ+ identity channel, which she established as an internationally recognized brand.

Ariel has been featured on the 2019 Forbes “30 Under 30” Media list, 2020 Crain’s Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives list. She also serves on the boards of Sad Girls Club, Lesbians Who Tech, and VICE’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.

Jason Wu
Jason Wu

(Fashion Designer)

Jason Wu, a leading New York-based fashion designer, helped to spearhead GMHC’s “Distance Yourself From Hate” campaign launched in 2020 in response to discrimination against Asian people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The campaign featured leading voices in the arts, fashion, and entertainment industries calling on everyone to reject discrimination and spread the “Distance Yourself from Hate” message through a specially designed face mask.

As one of his generation’s most talented fashion designers, Jason debuted his namesake company in 2007. The Jason Wu brand stands for American luxury with a sense of sophistication, glamour, and refinement. He currently offers the signature Jason Wu Collection along with the Jason Wu contemporary line in the Garment District of Manhattan. Jason previously served as artistic director of Hugo Boss womenswear Ready to Wear and Accessory collection.

Jason has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Swarovski Award for Womenswear, the 2015 Fashion Group International Fashion Star Award, and the 2016 Canadian International Designer of the Year.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM
Kishani Moreno
Kishani Chinniah-Moreno, MA, LMHC​

(Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer)

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Kishani currently serves as the interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer (COO). As COO, she 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.

Ted Caine
Ted Caine

(Managing Director, Administration & Special Projects)

Pronouns: he, him, his

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, LMSW, MA

Chief Program Officer

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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

(Chief Human Resources & Strategy Officer)

Pronouns: she, her, hers

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

(Chief Financial Officer)

Pronouns: he, him, his

Michael is the chief financial officer 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.

Poul E. Olson, MS, CFRE

(Chief Communications and Development Officer)

Pronouns: he, him, his

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 (CFRE) credential, 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)

Pronouns: he, him, his

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)

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.

Demetri Sparks
Demetri Sparks

Managing Director, Individual Giving

Pronouns: he, him, his

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)

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.

April Watkins
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 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.