Council Members

Charles Adams

Orin Allen

Orin is a community advocate and member of communities affected by HIV. He is a member of RAMS and BBE, and is a DREAAM Community Advisory Board member. As a HIV community stakeholder, he can represent the following communities given his experience and knowledge with: faith-based community, people with inject drugs, substance users, gay/bisexual/other MSM, and people of color. Orin brings experience with and knowledge of the Ryan White system of care, and has been a council member since 2017.

Alexandria Andrews

Alexandria Andrews recently joined the Office of AIDS as the Minority AIDS Initiative Specialist in the Care Housing Unit. She attended San Francisco State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Education, with an emphasis on Community-Based Public Health. She has worked in health care for over 8 years and has been with the state of California for over 4 years. During her undergraduate degree, she was a Health Educator and enjoyed educating students and the surrounding community on various topics of sexual health. Alexandria’s background also includes work in substance use disorder as well as tobacco control. She has a strong passion for public health and working with underserved communities.

Bill Blum

Jackson Bowman

Jovon Bright

Darius Bright, "Jovon", has social work experience with diverse clientele, of diverse needs. Navigating the needs of People of color, transgender, elderly and same-gender loving clients living with previous Incarceration, mental health disparities, substance misuse challenges. In addition, he has engaged clientele with HIV and Hep C related needs in multistage capacities such as outreach, counseling sessions, group discussions, panel discussions, referrals, blood draws, and sample processing. He has worked with the, San Francisco Aids foundation, as a community engagement's program assistant for 2.5 years, and as a phlebotomy laboratory technicians, at the magnet clinic, for nearly a year. He hopes to find opportunities influence cultural and social change through education and outreach.

Ben Cabangun

Cesar Cadabes

UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research Center Events and Communications Cesar has worked in HIV for over 25 years within a diversity of institutions including; public health departments, academic and research institutions, and nonprofit community-based organizations in both clinical and non-clinical settings In San Francisco, Los Angeles and Hawaii. He tested HIV positive in 1989.

Ed Chitty

Billie J. Cooper

Miss Billie Cooper is the first African American Transgender to be elected on the C.A.R.E. Council. She also worked with the community in the Tenderloin & Bayview Hunter Point and with the AIDS Foundation.

David Gonzalez

Cicily Emerson

Marin Department of Health and Human Services

Elaine Flores

Matt Geltmaker

Matt has worked as a social worker in HIV since 1996. He currently oversees HIV prevention and care services for San Mateo County, as well as the STD Control unit. He is a strong harm reduction advocate and strives to create a system in San Mateo County that provides non-judgmental and comprehensive STD/HIV services.

Paul Harkin

Ron Hernandez

Kevin Hutchcroft

Kevin Hutchcroft’s 30-year span of involvement with the HIV epidemic began in the mid-1980s as a state legislator in Oklahoma, where he co-authored the nation’s first HIV Prevention Education law. He has served as AIDS Program Director in Santa Clara County and manager of clinical research at Valley Medical Center in San Jose. He currently is on the staff of HIV Health Services with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and is the Board Chair for a nonprofit providing oral health care to homeless and HIV positive communities.

Bruce Ito

Bruce Ito has been a member of the HCPC since 2013. He works for the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development, concentrating on services and housing options for persons with HIV. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley, USC and USF.

Lee Jewell

Co-chair since 2010 and Member since 2008. Board Member and PLWH Caucus Chair of CAEAR Coalition, Co-Chair of UCSF CAPS CAB, Co-facilitator of PLUS. Lee tested HIV Positive in 1986. "My desire is to preserve the SF system of care, remove barriers to care and remove HIV stigma in our community."

Juba Kalamka

Juba has worked in HIV related community health services since moving to the in the San Francisco Bay Area in January 1999, beginning as a chaperone for youth events with Sexual Minority Alliance of Alameda County drop-in center (SMAAAC) in Oakland. He concurrently worked as outreach staff and a publication design consultant for AIDS Project of the East Bay (APEB), later serving to a program assistant for Our Love at Stop AIDS Project in 2002, and receiving at Creating Change Award from the National LGBTQ Task Force in 2005 for his work in queer music community. He spent eight years as a test counselor and outreach worker at AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Magic Johnson Clinics before joining the HIV Services team at St. James Infirmary (SJI) in 2015, and was among 40 artists and advocates to attend the White House Bisexual Community Policy Briefing that same year. He currently serves as Assistant Manager for Linkage to Care Services at SJI and serves on the boards of BiNetUSA, sex worker advocacy org Desiree Alliance and Bay Area rideshare service Homobiles. Juba earned a BA in Art, Secondary Education from Chicago State University in 1993 and an MFA in Poetics from New College of California in 2006.

Thomas Knoble

Thomas Knoble, MSW, is the Testing Program Manager with the Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch of the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He has been doing HIV/STD/HVC testing work in San Francisco since 1991 with a focus on gay and bisexual men, transgender women and with people who inject drugs. Thomas started with Shanti as emotional support volunteer where he supported people with HIV in with the dying process. Many were alone due to all their friends had passed or family had disowned them. In 1993 he became HIV test counselor test and has many hours of support people with complicated issues impacting their lives. In this work he has supported many people in a most vulnerable moment of learning they are living with HIV. Thomas is one of a handful of California HIV State Certified Trainers charged with training/certifying all new test counselors. In his work with the DPH he is still in an active HIV/HCV/STD Counselors with many of the sites funded by the DPH. Over the years Thomas has worked all with all DPH funded testing programs including the jails and homeless encampments. The landscape is changing, PrEP, U=U, syringe services, and support people with retention are critical to our future efforts. Thomas's role is to support community based organizations to assure these critical activities are assessable to clients.

Lily Krutel

Lily Krutel is a Social Worker and Behavioral Health Clinician with the San Francisco Department of Public Health. In her role, she provides individual psychotherapy, clinical case management, and support group facilitation for people living with HIV as well as Transgender and Gender Nonconforming community members in both mental health and primary care settings. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in various community mental health and nonprofit organizations serving survivors of interpersonal trauma, LGBTQ communities, drug users, and people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions.

T.J. Lee-Miyaki

Mr. Lee is currently the San Francisco AIDS Foundation's Program Manager for Positive Force a Prevention With Positives (PWP) program. Prior to that he was the Program Manager of the San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council for five and a half years and served on staff of Shanti Project. Mr. Lee was appointed by Mayor Lee as a council member to the San Francisco HIV health Services Planning Council and currently is the Membership Committee Co-Chair. Mr. Lee also does extensive work in the field of Cancer Support Services through support groups, LGBT cultural trainings and CDC funded projects.

Helen Lin

Helen Lin, LCSW Social Work Supervisor UCSF Positive Health Program at ZSFG Helen has been doing HIV prevention and social work in San Francisco since 1997 with a focus on quality care and services for LGBT, communities of color, and those affected by mental health, substance use, homelessness and incarceration. She is a graduate of UCLA and SF State University.

Antwan Matthews

Antwan Matthews currently serves as the HIV/Health Navigator at the Glide Foundation in the Harm Reduction Department. Antwan received his degree in Biology from Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS. Throughout undergraduate Mr. Matthews, created a student led health organization Peer HEALTH Educators to redefine the philosophy of health in communities of color. Mr. Matthews, served as several different scholars in undergraduate, such as the Brown-Tougaloo Scholar where he studied at both institutions to attain his Bachelor’s degree. While also serving as a Pedro Zamora Scholar, and SHARP Scholar at the Department of Public Health in San Francisco. Mr. Matthews, overall objectives are to continue his education in public health, law, and medicine to create holistic approaches to meld social determinants and medicine for positive outcomes in marginalize populations.

Jessie Murphy

Jessie Murphy, MPH, is the Clinical Operations Coordinator at the UCSF Alliance Health Project (AHP). She has over 12 years of experience working in HIV research, provider training, and prevention services. She is a California-Certified HIV Test Counselor and a Capacity Building Assistance Specialist in the UCSF collaboration between AHP, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

Irma Parada

In 1990 after graduating from college with studies in Teaching, I decided to change fields due to the HIV epidemic impacting several of my close friends. For the last 30 years, I've worked in multiple settings, providing direct services to individuals dealing with HIV diagnosis and their loved ones. Currently employed at the San Francisco Health Department‐ Jail Health Services.

Ken Pearce

Ken is a long term survivor and SF resident, who both moved to the city and was infected in 1982. He holds a BA from UNC -Chapel Hill, a Masters in Health Adm/Planning from UW - Seattle and a Post Masters certificate from UW's School of Social Work in Mental Health Administration. During his career, Ken was the CEO at various Psychiatric Hospitals throughout the Bay Area. Ken has volunteered over the years, or is currently serving, with various SF nonprofits in roles as board member, counselor and/or clerk with AHP, AEF, PI, HICAP, SFAF and ALRP. Additionally, he served 9 terms of appointments (1999-2016) on the SF EMA's Ryan White Care Council during which time he also served 5 joint terms on the SF HIV Prevention Planning Council. Ken is a founding member of SF's HIV Community Planning Council which joined these two councils and was sworn in mid June of 2016. He currently serves as a co-chair of membership and a representative on the steering committee.

Darpun Sachdev

Mike Shriver

Mike has been involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy, activism, program development, organizational development and public policy efforts for almost 30 years. His efforts have been at the local, statewide, national and international levels and have encompassed issues such as HIV+ primary prevention efforts, overall HIV prevention efforts, substance use/abuse interventions, HIV/AIDS care, community organizing and mobilization as well as HIV research. Mike is one of the five co-chairs of the San Francisco Community HIV Planning Council, and is also a Steering Committee member of the “Getting To Zero” Consortium of San Francisco, as well as a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Methamphetamine. Mike served on the original San Francisco Ryan White CARE Council from 1991 to 1996 (including being co-chair) and again was a member from 1998 - 1999. For several years he was the Executive Director of Mobilization Against AIDS, California’s oldest HIV/AIDS advocacy organization as well as Deputy Executive Director of Policy at the National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) in Washington, DC. Mike was also a member of the original ACT UP/San Francisco. Mike served as the Special Adviser to the Mayor of San Francisco on AIDS and HIV Policy and was the co-director of the AIDS Policy Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) and the AIRS Research Institute (ARI).

Charles Siron

Gwen Smith

John Paul Soto

Program Manager- Money Management Lutheran Social Services of Northern California John Paul has been an advocate and provider of CARE services for over 10 years in the City and County of San Francisco. He currently provides Money Management and Representative Payee services to local Ryan White Part A eligible individuals with the goals of housing stabilization and better health outcomes. He is a member of the SF HIV/AIDS Provider Network and sits on the Executive Committee of that group. He enjoys rodeos, fundraising, and any activity that promotes a better tomorrow for folks experiencing a rough time in their life.

Michelle Spence

I’m a 58 year old African American woman who has been working in HIV as well as homelessness, harm reduction, housing, LBGT fields for over 25 years. I have found great joy in serving those who are marginalized. I started in HIV in 1989 as an information specialist with the National HIV/AIDS hotline. Then I was propel in outreach with youth and I’ve not stopped. Currently I am a Social Work Associate at UCSF Women’s Specialty clinic which is a trauma focused with compassionate care and treatment. Having living with HIV myself for 30 years, I am consistently amazed by the resilience of the women and the community as a whole. Being part of the Planning Council only enhances my advocacy passions and commitment to San Francisco and those I serve.

Richard Sullivan

I am a member of the End Hep C S.F., San Francisco Hep C Task Force, SFAF Syringe Access Services and volunteer as a St. James Infirmary Outreach Navigator. I am also a student at City College of San Francisco working towards a certificate in the Recovery and Addiction Counselor Program, as well as a student at SFSU working towards a certificate in the Peer Specialist Mental Health Certificate Course. I am honored to have this opportunity to help the community in the area of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. I was diagnosed in 2004. I believe in giving back and offering hope and understanding to all those in need, particularly to marginalized populations. I have lived experience in navigating the full treatment spectrum, and would be more than willing to help in any way possible.

Eric Sutter

Eric is the Director of HIV Programs at Shanti, where he oversees programming providing Medical Case Management and Psychosocial support to San Franciscans living with HIV. Eric is deeply committed to ensuring San Francisco's exceptional continuum of HIV prevention and care remains accessible to all that need it, and is proud to have been a member of the Council since 2010.

Laura Thomas