BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS

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

Tyler Helms (Vice-Chair and Chair of the Governance Committee) Executive Vice President, Deutsch, Inc.

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

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 (Chair of the Development Committee)

Jae Choi, founder of the CollectiveShift (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.

Richard Companik
Vice President Strategic Development & Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services & Hudson Valley Properties

Rich Companik is Vice President of Strategic Development and a Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England, New York, and Hudson Valley Properties in New Canaan, Connecticut.   

Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway, Rich co-founded Great Bowery, an international artist management, content production and image licensing agency based in New York and London, where he served as CFO, COO and, ultimately, CEO.  Richard also served as CFO for Art + Commerce, Assistant Controller for the Associated Press, and Director of Management Audit for The Walt Disney Company.

Rich is a licensed real estate agent in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and has nearly three decades of business experience primarily focused on arts, entertainment, and media. 

Rich serves as the President of the New Canaan Society for the Arts/Carriage Barn Arts Center, as Treasurer for the Town Players of New Canaan/Powerhouse Performing Arts Center.

Ed Fogarty
Ed Fogarty
Senior Vice President, ViacomCBS

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.

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.

John Horton
John Horton
Global Head of Public Engagement, DoorDash

John Horton (he/him), is a political and public engagement strategist that currently serves as Global Head of Public Engagement at DoorDash, where he oversees a team of more than a dozen professionals, engaging political, community, and civic leaders across the United States, Canada, Germany, and Australia. John joined DoorDash a year and a half ago to establish the Public Engagement team.

A seasoned professional in the tech space, John has worked across multiple companies in similar positions. At Lyft, John pioneered Lyft’s “Relief Rides” program in response to Hurricane Harvey, and natural disasters and emergency situations, as well as helped execute the company’s Round Up and Donate (RU&D) charitable partnerships initiative with major national organizations such as the USO, United Way, ACLU and Human Rights Campaign (HRC), resulting in millions of dollars in contributions from Lyft riders across the country.

Prior to entering the tech sector, John worked in engagement and outreach for the US House of Representatives in both Texas and Washington, DC.

Additionally, John consulted for a number of corporate and nonprofit clients before the Texas Legislature in Austin. Most notably, John worked pro-bono to help pass comprehensive suicide prevention training legislation for Texas educators in 2015, following the death of a former high school teacher’s son by suicide.

John received his B.A. in Government from The University of Texas Austin. John is based in New York City and often returns to his ranch in his native Texas.

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.

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.

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.

EXECUTIVE TEAM
Kishani Moreno
Kishani Chinniah-Moreno, MA

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.

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.

MANAGEMENT TEAM
Chet Balram

Managing Director, Mental Health and Substance Use Services

Pronouns: he, him, his

Chet Balram Has over 10 years of experience working for non-profit organizations that serves vulnerable populations including homelessness, HIV/AIDS, substance use and mental Health. Chet is a highly creative clinician with a focus on developing high standards of practice, evaluating client care for effectiveness, and implementing necessary changes to ensure the best quality care. He is adept at cultivating and directing high performing teams and developing constructive relationships with a wide group of community partners. Chet graduated from Hunter College with an MSW and started working as a housing case manager at Harlem United. Chet has held numerous positions including Director of Operations and Clinical Director while working for non-profit organizations in NYC

Chet Joined GMHC in 2021, and as a gay man and POC, he is humbled to be a part of an organization that has been leading the fight for equity.

Chet is currently the Managing Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Services and provides clinical oversight for all programs. He continues to focus on the mission of GMHC helping to create and advance opportunities towards more access to mental Health and substance use services for LGBTQ+, POC, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Jason Cianciotto
Jason Cianciotto, MPA

Vice President, Communications & Policy

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 over 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.

Jacquelin Diaz
Jacquelin Diaz

Managing Director, Operations

Pronouns: she, her, hers

For 25 years, Jacquelin Diaz has gained experience working for the community in supportive housing, facilities, and property management. Jacquelin has a B.A. and is a graduate of the ACT 1 Substance Abuse training CASAC-T Program. Jacquelin began her career as a COBRA case manager at Argus Community. She has had the privilege of working in several non-for-profit organizations throughout New York City such as The Dennelisse Corporation. Here, Jacquelin provided intensive case management services to women and children living with HIV and AIDS. During her time at Harlem United, Jacquelin also served in multiple roles managing a large housing stock.

Jacquelin joined GMHC in 2017 and considers it an honor to be part of this trailblazing organization. Jacquelin is a passionate advocate for the homeless population and underserved communities. She has been instrumental in the expansion of housing programs at GMHC. Currently, Jacquelin serves as the Managing Director of the Operations team. She continues to focus on GMHC’s mission and develop innovative methods to meet the ongoing needs of the community.

David Ferreira
David Ferreira

Vice President, 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.

Keila M. Morales, LMSW

Managing Director, Clinic Operations

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Keila is a licensed social worker with a master’s degree from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. With over 8 years’ experience in the Behavioral Health field, she’s worked in a variety of program types in non-profit organizations such as HASA, Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS), Article 31, an FQHC Integrated Site, SAMHSA funded and federal grant programs. Her involvement in the field has been primarily working with individuals living with SMI, mental health, substance use, and HIV/AIDS among many social determinants such as unstably housed, financial instability, and court mandated among others. Keila’s responsibilities have played an intricate role in ensuring, through program implementation and sustainability, that underserved communities receive reliable, holistic, quality services.

Prior to joining GMHC, Keila served as Project Director for 1 out of the 5 New York State Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics which has now become the standard integrated healthcare model. She currently serves as Managing Director, Clinic Operations for GMHC providing administrative vision, oversight and leadership to the Mental Health and Substance Use Department, 340B pharmacy and the administrative component of the health homes program. Through this role, she continues her commitment in developing care pathways to enable improved health outcomes for the communities we serve.

Keila joined GMHC in 2021 and is honored to be a part of a grassroots agency that continues to make a day-to-day impact in the community.

Armstrong Tingwane
Armstrong Tingwane, MPhil

Vice President, 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.