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PRESENTERS &

FACILITATORS

Christopher Abert Jeff Berry


(he/him) Christopher is the (he/him) Jeff Berry is editor of
Executive Director of the Indiana Positively Aware magazine,
Recovery Alliance and an the leading national HIV/AIDS
intravenous drug user who enables treatment publication published
people who use drugs to stay by a not-for-profit AIDS service
healthy and free. organization, TPAN, in Chicago.

Gonzalo Aburto Josh Bloise


(he/him) An activist for more than (he/him) Josh is a French-Canadian
three decades, Gonzalo Aburto is gay man. He and his spouse moved
a journalist who has documented to beautiful Idaho in 2011. He has
the AIDS epidemic in the Latino been living with HIV for almost 20
community. years.

Alejandro Acosta Kate Boulton


(he/him) Alejandro Acosta, an (she/her) Kate Boulton is a lawyer
exeperienced educator and trainer, focused on the overrepresentation
is Equality Florida’s HIV Advocacy of PLHIV in the criminal legal system
Project Coordinator working on HIV and advocates in states across the
modernization. U.S. for HIV criminal law reform.

Christina Adeleke Maxx Boykin


(she/her) Christina Adeleke is (he/him) Maxx Boykin is the Senior
NCAAN’s Communications and Coordinator focusing on advocacy
Development Coordinator. Before work at the Black AIDS Institute.
coming to NCAAN, she was the Maxx formerly worked at AFC and
Coalition Organizer at Equality NC. HIV PJA.

Leonardo Bastida Barb Cardell


(he/him) A founding member of HIV (she/her) Barb Cardell led a coalition
Is Not a Crime Mexico, Leonardo is a of people living with HIV and
reporter at journalistic supplement HIV organizations to modernize
Letra S, specialized in HIV, LGBT+ Colorado’s HIV criminalization laws
and gender issues. in 2016.

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Marco Castro-Bojorquez Brisa Gómez
(he/him) Marco is an activist- (she/her) A founding member
filmmaker who acted as a lead of HIV Is Not A Crime Mexico,
anti-criminalization organizer in Brisa is a journalist with a gender
CA and is the convener for HIVenas perspective, member of the RNPPG,
Abiertas: a network of Latinx interested in the human rights of
immigrant PLHIV. people with HIV.

Chad Clarke Tyrone Hanley


(he/him) Chad Clarke is (he/him) Tyrone Hanley serves
criminalization survivor and is a as Policy Counsel at the National
member of the Canadian Coalition Center for Lesbian Rights. In this
to Reform HIV Criminalization. He is role, he supports NCLR’s federal
living with HIV. policy initiatives, with a focus on
criminal justice reform, economic justice, and HIV.

Kenyon Farrow Tami Haught


(he/him) Kenyon Farrow is an award- (she/her) Tami has led Iowa’s HIV
winning writer and activist. He is the criminalization reform movement.
senior editor with TheBody.com and She is the SERO Project Organizing
TheBodyPro.com. and Training Coordinator.

Carrie Foote Kate Hess


(she/her) Carrie Foote, PhD, once a (she/her) Kate is the Executive
homeless injecting drug-user, HIV+ Director of Hoosier Action, which
since 1988, is now a scholar, mother builds the political power of
and activist leading Indiana’s HIV Indiana’s working families through
Modernization Movement and a robust community organizing.
founding member of the U=U campaign.

Ricardo Hernandez Forcada Monique Howell


(he/him) A founding member of HIV (she/her) Monique Howell is a
is Not a Crime Mexico, Ricardo is survivor of HIV prosecution under
Director of the HIV AIDS and Human military laws and actions. She has
Rights Program of the National been living with HIV for 12 years.
Human Rights Commission.

Terl Gleason Mark Hughes


(he/him) Terl Gleason is a CPA, (he/him) Mark tested HIV+ in1995
organizer with the AIDS Healthcare and is the Prevention Program
Foundation, and a person living Coordinator for Brothers United Inc.,
with HIV. He lives in Greensboro, and a founding comittee member of
North Carolina. the HIV Modernization Movement
Indiana.
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Naina Khanna Johnnie Ray Kornegay, III
(she/her) Naina Khanna serves (he/him) Johnnie Ray Kornegay III,
as Executive Director for Positive is Network Director for Counter
Women’s Network – USA, a national Narrative Project. He is also the
membership body of women living Founder & Artistic Director of Staticc
with HIV, including women of trans Art & Life, LLC.
experience.

Devin Hursey Kamaria Laffrey


(he/him) Devin Hursey is a steering (she/her) Kamaria Laffrey, a WLHIV
committee member of the USPLHIV and Black Girl Magic, is SERO’s
Caucus, as well as a member of the FL Community Organizer and
CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on a graduate of the PWN Policy
HIV and STIs. Fellowship working on HIV
criminalization legislation.

Timothy Jackson Michael “Mikey” Lamb


(he/him) Timothy currently serves (he/him) Michael “Mikey” Lamb is
as President of the Thrive Alabama a spoken word poet who found
BOD in Huntsville, AL, also the his passion of advocacy after his
founder of The Promises Project, an diagnosis of HIV at 21. Advocacy is
on-line clearinghouse of HIV-related something Lamb believes will finally
resources and media content. televise the revolution.

Zaniya James Arianna Lint


(she/her) Zaniya is the cofounder (she/her) Arianna is the Executive
of the L.A.T.E. Project in Indiana - Director of Arianna’s Center, a
Leading Advocacy for Transgender community-based organization that
Empowerment - and advocates provides advocacy, education and
for PLHIV, especially transgender training, case management and
people. linkage to care for the transgender community in
South Florida.

Stacy Jennings Kevin Lish


(she/her) The day she received (he/him) Kevin Lish helped organize
her diagnosis she thought her and now leads the Idaho Coalition
life would be over, little did she for HIV Health and Safety. Kevin has
know that what started out being been living with HIV for 20 years.
a devastating diagnosis ended up
being a blessing.

Pat Kelly Carlos Ruiz Lopez


(she/her) Pat lives in Orangeburg (he/him) A founding member of
SC. A board member of PWN, HIV is Not a Crime Mexico, Carlos
Minority AIDS Council, and Steering is a LGBTTI rights activist, political
Committee of US PLHIV Caucus, she activist and founder of the People
is an Ambassador to Modernize the and Workers Organization (OPT) in
HIV Laws in SC. Colima.
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Brad Lundahl Brian Minalga
(he/him) Brad Lundahl is a Program (he/him) Brian Minalga works
Manager at Equality California through the Legacy Project to
focusing on HIV/AIDS programming promote equity and justice in HIV
and Equality California’s political research. He’s also a member of the
and electoral activities. Washington HIV Justice Alliance.

Tiffany Marrero Tiffany Moore


(she/her) Tiffany Marrero is an HIV- (she/her) Tiffany, former Housing
and sex-positive millenial, macro- Case-Manager for StreetWorks,
social worker, legendary change- experienced HIV criminalization
maker and advocate. first-hand and helped pass Public-
Chapter 469 to lessen HIV-specific
enhancement penalties in TN.

Alexander McClelland Allison Nichol


(he/him) Alexander McClelland is a (she/her) Allison Nichol served the
Canadian writer and researcher who Department of Justice for more
is currently working on a doctorate than twenty years in the Civil Rights
at Concordia University in Montreal. Division as the Department’s expert
He is living with HIV. on HIV law and policy.

Kara McGee Paola Marcela Iregui Parra


(she/her) Kara McGee is an adjunct (she/her) A lawyer with a Master in
assistant professor in maternal Public Law from la Universidad del
and child health. She is also a Rosario and a doctorate student,
certified physician assistant with Paola is a professor of Legal Clinic
over 20 years of clinical medicine Group of Public Actions and works
experience. pro-bono.

Lestian McNeal Eric Paulk


(he/him) Lestian is a Program (he/him) Eric Paulk is a lawyer,
Coordinator at the Black AIDS advocate and organizer working at
Institute and has worked to lead the the intersections of race, class and
Institute’s healthcare access policy sexuality, with an emphasis on HIV
initiative. and the law.

Dr. Alfredo Daniel Bernal Méndez Anthony Pinggera


(he/him) A founding member (he/him) Anthony Pinggera is a Law
of HIV is Not a Crime Mexico, Fellow at Lambda Legal, where
he a specialist in Epidemiology he works with the HIV Project on
Researcher and activist on issues impact litigation and state-level
of HIV, indigenous peoples and legislative advocacy across the
migration. country.

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LEGISLATIVE
CHAMPIONS
State Sen. René Garcia (FL)
Senator René Garcia has been a champion and leader to modernize Florida’s HIV specific
statute since 2016. He introduced a modernization bill in 2017 and 2018. While the bill
did not get passed, Senator Garcia provided great educational opportunities and outreach
to his fellow legislators.
He was born and raised in the city of Hialeah to working class Cuban American parents.
In 1997, at the age of 24, René García was elected to a two-year term on the Hialeah City
Council. He was re-elected, to a four-year term in November 1999.
He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in November of 2000 and was re-elected
consecutively in 2002, 2004 and 2006. René García was elected to Florida’s State Senate on November 2,
2010. He is currently the Chairman of the Health care Regulation Committee. Garcia also serves on the
following committees: Agriculture, Budget Sub-committee on Health & Human Services Appropriations,
Governmental Oversight & Accountability, Reapportionment and Transportation.

State Rep. Jon Hoadley (MI)


Jon Hoadley is in his second term as the representative for the 60th House District in
Michigan, which includes Kalamazoo and portions of the city of Portage and Kalamazoo
Township. He currently serves on the appropriations committee, including the following
subcommittees: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (Democratic
vice chair), Higher Education (Democratic vice chair), and the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality.
Rep. Hoadley is a leading voice in the fight for nonpartisan redistricting, reducing the
influence of money in politics, and term limit reform, as well as for increasing education funding, lowering
student debt, raising wages for working people, paid sick leave, protecting the environment, and ending
discrimination. He is a small business owner and president and owner of Badlands Strategies, a progressive
public affairs firm. He has a track record of running ballot measures advancing LGBTQ equality and regularly
consults on nondiscrimination campaigns across the country.

State Rep. John McCrostie (ID)


John’s political involvement sprouted in Idaho’s successful “Vote No on Props 1, 2
and 3” education referendum campaign. John developed his educational and union
leadership through elected positions in the Boise Education Association, Idaho Education
Association, and the National Education Association.
Through his legislative tenure, John sponsored bills to ban conversion therapy, to repeal
Idaho’s marriage equality ban, and to modernize Idaho’s non-discrimination and hate
crimes statutes by including “sexual orientation and gender identity.” In 2015, the Imperial
Court System presented John with the Jose Julio Sarria Civil Rights Award, and in 2018, the Idaho Counseling
Association presented John with their Equality Award. John is the first openly gay man and first openly gay
person of color to serve in the Idaho Legislature.
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Ken Pinkela Germán Humberto Rincón Perfetti
(he/him) 26+ year career U.S. Army (he/him) Germán is a Colombian
officer convicted in June 2012 of lawyer and activist working for
an alleged assault and battery for human rights and the rights of
HIV exposure and spent 272 days in those living with HIV/AIDS within
military prison at Fort Leavenworth. Colombia, Latin America and
worldwide.
Dr. Patricia Ponce Arneta Rogers
(she/her) A founding member of (she/her) Arneta is Policy Director
HIV is Not a Crime Mexico, she is a for Positive Women’s Network–USA,
member of Multisectoral Group on a national membership body of
HIV, AIDS and STIs of the State of women living with HIV, including
Veracruz. women of trans experience.

Ash Quinn Cris Sardina


(he/him) Ash Quinn, an LGBTQ+ (she/her) Cris is the national director
activist for 10+ years, graduated of Desiree Alliance, an organization
from Texas Christian University, working towards human, labor, and
and staffs the MO HIV JC from civil rights for sex workers.
Springfield for Empower Missouri.

Venita Ray Scott Schoettes


(she/her) Venita is an attorney with a (he/him) Scott is Counsel & HIV
passion for social justice and equity. Project Director at Lambda Legal,
She is Deputy Director for Southern where he litigates impact cases
AIDS Coalition. involving HIV discrimination, HIV
criminalization, and access to care.

Malcolm Reid Mayo Schreiber, Jr.


(he/him) Malcolm works THRIVE SS (he/him) Mayo Schreiber, Jr., Deputy
as the Co-Director of the Political Director at CHLP, is a federal criminal
and Social Action Network (PASAN) defense attorney in New York with
and represents THRIVE SS on the twenty-five years of experience in
USPLHIV steering committee. private practice.

Marlena Richardson Waheedah Shabazz-El


(she/her) Marlena lives in (she/her) Waheedah resides
Orangeburg, SC. Diagnosed in Philadelphia, PA. She is a
with HIV in 2001, she has been founding member and currently
undetectable for over a decade. the Organizing Director at PWN-
Marlena is an active member USA . Waheedah is also a Steering
of PWN-USA SC and an HIV Criminalization Committee Member for the National Reunion
Ambassador SC. Project.
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Jennie Smith-Camejo Shayne Tabor
(she/her) Jennie is Communications (he/him) Shayne spent 8 years
Director for Positive Women’s under Iowa’s HIV-specific criminal
Network - USA. She is currently statute until May 2017. He has
based in Miami. been working to rebuild his life and
looking forward to his future.

Andrew Spieldenner Kerry Thomas


(he/him) Andrew Spieldenner, (he/him) Kerry Thomas joined the
PhD, is Assistant Professor in Sero Board in 2013. Kerry is very
Communication at California State active in educating, supporting and
University-San Marcos, and serves advocate within the walls of the
as Chair of the US People Living Idaho correctional facility.
with HIV Caucus.

Cindy Stine Eldred “E.J.” Thomas, Jr.


(she/her) Cindy Stine is SERO’s (he/him) Elred Thomas, Jr works
Project Coordinator, overseeing the to reduce the rate of new HIV
Network Empowerment Project, diagnoses in North Alabama by
and The Network of PLHIV who are educating people in his community
incarcerated, and co-coordinator for on how to address their risk factors.
HINAC III.

Lee Storrow Rebecca Wang


(he/him) Lee Storrow has been (she/her) Rebecca is the If/When/
the North Carolina AIDS Action How Reproductive Justice-HIV
Network’s Executive Director since Fellow at Positive Women’s
2014. He serves on the board of Network-USA.
directors of the National AIDS
Housing Coalition.

Sean Strub Mariah Wilberg


Sean Strub has lived with HIV for (she/her) Mariah Wilberg has
35+ years, founded POZ Magazine, been living with HIV over 10
is executive director of the Sero years. She is currently leading
Project and author of Body Counts: the U=U campaign at Minnesota
A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Department of Health.
Survival.
Robert Suttle Toni-Michelle Williams
(he/him) Robert Suttle is a survivor (she/her) Toni-Michelle Williams
of HIV prosecution and conviction is an organizer and internship
under Louisiana’s HIV-specific coordinator for the Racial Justice
criminal statute. He has been living Action Center (RJAC) and the
with HIV for 15 years Solutions Not Punishment
Collaborative (SNaP Co) in Atlanta, Ga.

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