President: Ronald P. Hattis, MD, MPH (California)
Vice-Pres: Jeffrey Klausner, MD, MPH (California)
Secretary: Gary A. Richwald (California)
Directors: Franklyn N. Judson, MD (Colorado)
Elizabeth Kidder, MD, MPH (Washington, DC)
Monica M. Sweeney, MD, MPH (New York)
Past-Pres.: Cary Savitch, MD (California)
I. Jean Davis, PA, DC (California)
Josileide Gaio, MPH (California)
Peter Kerndt, MD, MPH (California)
The subsidiary Beyond AIDS Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable corporation, will be governed by the following Board (elected by the membership of Beyond AIDS):
President: Gary Richwald, MD, MPH (California)
Vice-Pres.: Monica M. Sweeney, MD, MPH (New York)
Secretary: Ronald P. Hattis, MD, MPH (California)
Treasurer: Richel Strydom, MD, MPH (California)
Directors: Franklyn N. Judson, MD, MPH (Colorado)
Elizabeth Kidder, MD, PhD, MPH (Washington, DC)
Jeffrey Klausner, MD, MPH (California)
The Scientific Committee is assigned by Beyond AIDS to work with the Foundation. Members, as of November 2017:
Franklyn N. Judson, MD, MPH (Colorado) and
Monica M. Sweeney, MD, MPH (New York), Co-Chairs
I. Jean Davis-Hatcher, PhD, PA, DC (California)
Ronald P. Hattis, MD, MPH (California)
Elizabeth Kidder, MD, PhD, MPH (Washington, DC)
Peter Kerndt, MD, MPH (Mozambique)
Jeffrey Klausner, MD, MPH (California)
Gary A. Richwald, MD, MPH (California)
Cary Savitch, MD (California)
Colin Shepherd, MD (China)
Deanna C. Stover, PhD, FNP (California)
The memberships of this and other committees are subject to change and available on request.
RONALD P. HATTIS, MD, MPH, President
He is a physician, board-certified in Public Health/Preventive Medicine, and lives in Redlands, California. He was formerly the Chief of Medical Services at a large state hospital, where in addition to medical management, he was in charge of HIV testing and training HIV educators for 20 years, and he treated HIV/AIDS patients at the infectious disease clinic. Since retiring from that position, he has worked part-time in clinical medicine, currently including student health and primary care. He has been an HIV clinician/specialist.
Other past positions in reverse order have included teacher of family medicine, county health officer, country family physician (on Kauai in Hawaii), and Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (assigned through field services to the Hawaii Department of Health).
His goals for Beyond AIDS over the next two years include completing research and continuing to develop proposals for more effective implementation of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy; and continuing to be involved with legislation in California and important states, as well as at the federal level. In particular, he plans to continue to work to promote the HIV care continuum; to utilize HIV reporting to trigger outreach for referral of patients to treatment, partner services, and other services to prevent transmission; and to enhance HIV prevention science.
JEFFREY D. KLAUSNER, MD, MPH, Vice-President
Dr. Klausner has been a leader in implementing the public health approach to HIV prevention and control through policy and programmatic activites resulting in the streamlining and evaluation of routine HIV testing, early HIV case detection with HIV RNA screening, linkage-to-care and contact tracing and partner notification services. In addition Dr. Klausner through his epidemiologic research, identified the role that bacterial STDs, the Internet, sex clubs, methamphetamine and Viagra played in augmenting the risk of HIV tranmission and implemented successful population-based programs to mitigate those risk factors. In collaboration with community leaders and organizations, he inititated sexual health campaigns and peer-led sexual health services for sex workers and gay men in San Francisco which have been replicated globally.
Dr. Klausner has been conducting research in laboratory-based diagnostics for HIV infection and other STDs since the early 1990s and is considered an expert in infectious disease detection and management. He has a busy clinical HIV/AIDS practice in Los Angeles and regularly attends on the infectious diseases consultation service at UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital. Dr. Klausner brings nearly two decades of public health, clinical and research experience to the Board, much of it specific to HIV prevention.
Deanna Stover is the Chief Executive Officer of the Community Health Association Inland Southern Region. She began her nursing career in 1979 as a medic serving in the United States Air Force. She earned her MSN/FNP degree in 1997 and a PhD in Nursing, Health Policy from Loma Linda University in 2011. She has held leadership positions in both hospital and ambulatory / outpatient health care environments.
She has actively worked in the medical arena for over 30 years with training and expertise in community-based health care, health policy, HIV/AIDS health care, occupational medicine and nursing, and advance practice nursing as a family nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. She holds a certificate as an Advanced HIV Nurse Clinician from USC Medical Center, AIDS education training center (1995) and has provided HIV/AIDS training for healthcare providers. She is an adjunct professor for the Department of Nursing at California State University, San Bernardino.
GARY A. RICHWALD, MD, MPH, Secretary
From 1981 to 1989, Dr. Richwald was a full-time faculty member at UCLA in the Schools of Public Health/Medicine, and subsequently served as Director and Chief Physician, L.A. County Sexually Transmitted Disease Program (1989-2000). He has been a consultant on STD policy and clinical care for the AME, American Sexual Health Association (ASHA), and CDC. He chaired the California STD Control Association for 3 terms, and was a founding member, National Coalition of STD Directors. He has worked with GSK, Novartis, Abbott, Merck, 3M Pharmaceuticals, and Focus Technologies/Quest Diagnostics in the development of STD-related health care technology.
Richel Strydom, MD, MPH, the current Beyond AIDS, Inc. and Beyond AIDS Foundation Treasurer, is presently a third year Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, CA) Preventive Medicine Resident Physician. Prior to beginning her current Preventive Medicine Residency Training, Richel obtained a Masters degree in Public Health, with a Global Health Concentration, at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. Prior to her MPH studies, Richel completed a couple of years of Family Medicine Residency Training, in Tallahassee, FL.
Dr. Strydom was born and raised in the country of South Africa. The HIV burden of the South African population, as well as the HIV burden within many African and other countries, including within the U.S.A., have contributed to a strong, persistent public health problem. In July 2016, shortly following the June 2016 launch of the “Test and Treat” HIV care approach in Lesotho, the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to formally adopt this strategy recommended by UNAIDS in 2015, Richel had the privilege of attending a briefing on the new program while doing a rotation in HIV and Tuberculosis care and prevention, at Maluti Adventist Hospital, in Lesotho.
While a Family Medicine Resident in training, in Tallahassee, FL, Richel worked as a volunteer to provide education and comprehensive support to people who are living with HIV, within an eight-county area of Florida. Earlier, while attending medical school at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, she worked with students and faculty members to actively promote knowledge about, and the prevention of, HIV and STIs. Prior to that, while attending North Carolina State University, she worked with the Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolinas (AASC) as a volunteer “care partner” for a young woman living with HIV.
Richel feels compelled to work to improve HIV care and prevention policies and practices. Serving with Beyond AIDS furthers that aim.
FRANKLYN N. JUDSON, MD, MPH, Director
Dr. Judson has served as President of the American STD Association (ASTDA), President of the International Society for STD Research (ISSTDR), President of the International Union Against the Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI), Chairman of the Board of the American Social Health Association (ASHA), Chief of Infectious Diseases for the Denver Health Medical Center (1983-2002), and Director of the Denver Public Health Department (1986-2004). He has been a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), the CDC/HHS Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the Board of Regents of the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the Colorado State Board of Health. Currently, he is a member of the Colorado Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee (GEEERC) and Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Denver.
ELIZABETH (BETSY) KIDDER, MD, PhD, MPH, Director
Betsy joined Beyond AIDS in 2001 as an intern, and has served as a Board member since 2003. She received her Master's in Public Health in 2004 and her Medical Degree in 2011, both from the George Washington University. She also completed a doctorate there in health policy.
As a public health professional, she has worked in Rome, Italy with the United Nations on the development team for the "Initiative to End Child Hunger" - a collaboration between the World Bank, the United Nations Children's Fund, and the World Food Program. Previous to that, she worked with the Global Health Council in Washington, DC on issues related to HIV/AIDS and child health, as a part of a national PBS media and outreach campaign in global health. She has also worked at the Department of Defense's HIV/AIDS Prevention Program as well as the Futures Group, where she assisted with the research and writing of a "What Works" program guide for developing country policymakers on evidence-based practices in HIV/AIDS/STI prevention.
Her interest in issues related to HIV was initially sparked by the case of Nushawn Williams, a young man who knowingly spread HIV in her small hometown community and high school. After that incident, she traveled to South Africa, where she studied the epidemic in the Eastern Cape, taught an HIV/AIDS education class, and volunteered in a pediatric HIV clinic, all of which deepened her commitment to staying involved with HIV advocacy through her career.
MONICA SWEENEY, MD, MPH, Director
Previously, she was the medical director and vice president for medical affairs in a Federally Qualified Health Center in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn NY. The community served was medically and economically deprived and HIV/AIDS was one of many challenges she addressed daily during her 17 years in Bedford Stuyvesant. During her tenure there, in addition to direct patient care, she became involved in policy and advocacy and had the opportunity to work with Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn to get her historic legislation (the Baby AIDS Bill, and Named-based Reporting) passed -- over almost insurmountable opposition.
Dr. Sweeney is a board-certified internist and geriatrician with a masters degree in public health. She has always combined individual and public health in her practice, by working with the Medical Society for the State of New York (MSSNY), the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), and the American College of Physicians (ACP) and by serving on the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Prior to election to the position of Vice-President, she was a Director on the Beyond AIDS Board, and before that she served on the Advisory Council. Her goals as Vice-President include working diligently to broaden the reach of the only AIDS organization that has always used sound public health policy to fight the epidemic.
CARY SAVITCH, MD, Immediate Past-President
Cary Savitch was one of the Founding Members of Beyond AIDS, organized its founding meetings, and was elected its first President. He has served on the Board of Directors since the founding of the organization. He recruited many of the early members of the organization by speaking to friends, colleagues, and patients about the need for HIV reform, writing a book about the subject, and giving talks on HIV, especially in Ventura County and the surrounding area where the founding meetings were held.
In 1997, he published a book, “The Nutcracker is Already Dancing,” which highlighted the lack of application to HIV of sound public health practices that had been successfully utilized for diseases such as syphilis and tuberculosis. He believes strongly that the mission of Beyond AIDS, to stop the transmission of HIV, is the direction we must take in order to save lives in this epidemic.
He expresses pride in the time he has already spent with Beyond AIDS, which he believes is the only organization willing to stand up and support the necessary public health policies needed to contain HIV. His goals are to continue these efforts in every and any capacity needed, and to encourage others to join our battle for HIV/AIDS prevention.