Members & Staff
The Council may have up to 25 members, including the Chair. Members and the chair are selected by the Secretary from authorities with particular expertise in, or knowledge of, matters concerning HIV and AIDS. In addition, the Council includes ex officio members from relevant HHS components as deemed appropriate by the Secretary or designee.
Council members are invited to serve for overlapping terms of up to four years; terms are contingent upon the authorized continuation of the Council. A member can serve after the expiration of their term until their successor has taken office and/or until notified in writing that their term has ended or expired, but no longer than 180 days.
Nancy Mahon, JD
PACHA Chairperson – Sworn in December 2, 2011
Senior Vice President, M·A·C Cosmetics
Global Executive Director, M·A·C AIDS Fund
As a senior vice president at M•A•C and Global Executive Director of the M•A•C AIDS Fund, Nancy serves as a member of the brand’s senior management team while overseeing the strategic direction and day-to-day operation of the M•A•C AIDS Fund. Under Nancy’s leadership, the Fund has further refined and enhanced its giving, taking on larger grant initiatives including the Caribbean Initiative, while at the same time continuing to fund the grassroots service-based charities that the Fund has supported in the past. Currently, the Fund gives away over $18 million annually throughout the world particularly the 65 countries in which M•A•C has affiliates.
Ada Adimora, MD, MPH
Professor, School of Medicine, Professor of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Adaora Adimora is a physician-epidemiologist with specialty training and extensive clinical experience in infectious diseases, particularly HIV, both in NC and NYC. She received her medical degree from the Yale University School of Medicine and completed specialty training at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, NY. Prior to coming to UNC, she served as Assistant Chief for Science of the NC Health Department's Communicable Disease Control Section. Dr. Adimora has published the first national data on concurrent partnerships in U.S. women in the National Survey of Family Growth and a conceptual analysis of contextual factors that promote concurrent sexual partnerships among African Americans. She is completing the analysis of a population-based case-control study of newly-reported heterosexually acquired HIV among African Americans in North Carolina, with an emphasis on the rural, eastern region of the state. Dr. Adimora is the recipient of a career development award for analysis of data on concurrent sexual partnerships.
A fellow of the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), she Chairs the Women at Risk Committee for the NIH’s HIV Prevention Trials Network Women at Risk Committee and is Vice Chair of the HIV Medicine Association. She also serves on the US Department of Health and Human Services Antiretroviral Treatment Guidelines Panel, the editorial board of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, and the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council. Dr. Adimora received her MD from Yale and MPH in epidemiology from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. In 2009 The Root (a publication of the Washington Post Company) named Dr. Adimora to its inaugural list of The Root 100, its recognition of “established and emerging African American leaders who are making extraordinary contributions.”
Ms. Averitt was diagnosed with HIV in 1988. She founded the Well Project, which is a not-for-profit organization that works to change the course of the HIV/AIDS pandemic through a unique and comprehensive focus on women. The organization works to develop new resources to educate, nurture, and support the community of HIV+ women, their caregivers, and their health care providers. The Well Project is administered by HIV+ women. Prior to founding the Well Project, Ms. Averitt spent years advocating research for HIV treatment and serving as a public speaker. Her knowledge and expertise in HIV/AIDS ranges from general HIV awareness and pathogenesis of HIV disease to complex treatment-related topics.
Senior Strategist, Transgender Law Center
Cecilia Chung is nationally recognized as a civil rights leader, advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness and care, LGBT equality, social justice and human rights. She is currently a Health Commissioner in San Francisco where she is the first trans woman appointed to the position by Mayor Ed Lee. Cecilia was also the first trans woman and first person living openly with HIV elected Chair to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission where she has served for over seven years. An immigrant from Hong Kong, Cecilia has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years where she has worked locally and internationally to advance equality and justice. During that time, she has broken ground in a number of ways including: being the first transgender woman and first Asian to be elected to lead the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration; the first transgender woman and first person living openly with HIV to Chair the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; and, an architect of the nation’s most ambitious publicly funded program addressing economic justice within the transgender community.
For almost two decades, she has worked to advance equality and justice both locally and internationally. In 1994 she was a member of the Transgender Discrimination Taskforce, which released a groundbreaking report by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, documenting widespread discrimination against trans people. The report led the City to adopt many pioneering anti-discrimination ordinances and policies. She is the former Deputy Director of the Transgender Law Center, has also served on a number of planning bodies, including the San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council, and was a trainer of Community Planning for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In 2001, she was elected President of the Board of Directors of San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration, becoming the first Asian and first trans gender women to hold the position, and she lead the Board to a new standard of inclusion and excellence. In 2004, as a founding producer of Trans March, she helped organize one of the world’s largest annual trans events.
Cecilia has dedicated herself to ending stigma, discrimination, and violence in all communities.
Former Director, AIDS Institute, New York State Department of Health/Retired
Mr. Cruz has been employed in progressively responsible positions in the AIDS Institute for approximately 20 years. He assumed responsibility for the leadership position approximately two years ago. In his current position, Mr. Cruz provides oversight for the development, evaluation, and delivery of prevention programs; health care and support services; the establishment of clinical standards for care; education of health providers and the public, and guidance for regional and statewide planning. In addition to his employment at the state level, Mr. Cruz also serves, at the national level, as a member of the Executive Committee for the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). NASTAD represents the AIDS directors in every state and territory that administer both state and federal funding for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment, and can include housing. Mr. Cruz’s roles in the public and private sector require that he stay abreast of changes in existing HIV/AIDS policies. Mr. Cruz is a person living with AIDS, he understands the perspective of persons living with the virus, the providers who care for them, and has established strong, collaborative relationships with officials at the state, local and national level who must develop the policies and programs that guide service provisions.
Patricia Garcia, MD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Northwestern University; Chicago, IL
Dr. Garcia is specialized in maternal and fetal medicine. Her research interests include epidemiology of STD and HIV/AIDS and interventions in STD and HIV/AIDS.
David Holtgrave, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Health, Behavior and Society; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Baltimore, MD
While much of Dr. Holtgrave’s efforts have been directed toward prevention, he also has knowledge and expertise of HIV/AIDS issues that impact treatment and housing. Dr. Holtgrave was previously employed by the CDC as Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention - Intervention Research and Support. While employed in this position, Dr. Holtgrave worked on the first comprehensive evaluation strategy for HIV prevention programs, coordinated the first review paper on HIV prevention intervention science; helped to establish HIV prevention community planning; and improved working relationships with health departments, community-based organizations, private sector partners, and others federal agencies. Dr. Holtgrave formerly served on an Institute of Medicine panel that examined a variety of strategies for the public sector funding of HIV care and treatment services in the United States. He currently serves on the Board of the National Association of People with AIDS.
Alton Pollard III, PhD
Dean, School of Divinity, Howard University
Alton B. Pollard III is dean of the Howard University School of Divinity. Prior to coming to Howard, he served as director of the Program of Black Church Studies at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He also has held faculty appointments at St. Olaf College and Wake Forest University. Dr. Pollard specializes in the areas of African-American religion and culture, sociology of the Black church, southern African studies, Pan-Africanist religious thought, American religious cultures, and sociology of religion. And, he has widely published. He is the author of “Mysticism and Social Change,” and a new introduction to W.E.B. DuBois’, “The Negro Church”; editor of Black Church Studies: An Interdisciplinary Anthology (forthcoming) and How Long This Road: Race, Religion and the Legacy of C. Eric Lincoln with L. Henry Whelchel; consulting editor of the multi-volume Howard Thurman Papers Project, The Sound of the Genuine; co-author of The Balm in Gilead’s Helpers for a Healing Community: A Pastoral Care Manual for HIV/AIDS (on-line); and former associate editor of the Black Sacred Music journal.
He also has written recent articles on the election of President Barack Obama, the African American Family, the African American Church, Hip-Hop Culture, African American Mysticism, and Black Theological Education, among others.
An ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Pollard is the former pastor of John Street Baptist Church (Mass.), New Red Mountain Baptist Church (N.C.), and Bell Buckle and Hopewell A.M.E. churches (Tenn.). He is a former associate minister of Trinity Tabernacle Baptist Church in Mableton, Ga., and a board member and consultant to numerous organizations. Dr. Pollard earned the B.A. degree with honors in religion & philosophy and business management from Fisk University; the M.Div. degree from Harvard University Divinity School; and the Ph.D. from Duke University’s Department of Religion.
Vanessa D. Sharp (Cephas), M.Div., MACM, MATM
Pastor of Worldwide Outreach for Higher Hope Christian Ministries; Atl., GA
Rev. Sharp was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, breaking her silence as a World AIDS Day speaker in December 1997. A strong advocate for HIV/AIDS, Rev. Sharp (Cephas) recently married, is Coordinator for the BLCA Metro Atlanta Affiliate of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA); SisterLove Inc's Board Chair; ChangeOneLife, Inc’s consultant in Kenya East Africa and Ghana West Africa; and founder of LINC Worldwide Outreach, Inc. (Love Integrates Nurture & Care), a “Girls to Women Empowerment Initiative” outreach both local and global. Rev. Sharp’s advocacy in the area of HIV and AIDS has spanned some fifteen years.
Director, HIV/AIDS ad Orphan Care Initiatives Saddleback Valley Community Church
Elizabeth Styffe is the co-founder of the HIV&AIDS Initiative at Saddleback Church with Kay Warren and the Interim Director of the Global HIV&AIDS Initiative. She currently directs the Rwanda Healthcare Initiative. She launched and directs the Orphan Care Initiatives at Saddleback Church, which focuses on equipping churches locally and globally to end the orphan crisis.
An author and international speaker, Elizabeth combines her background in pediatric nursing, loss, grief and trauma with a passion to see the church at the center of HIV and orphan care. Having received a BSN from Biola University and Master’s Degree in Nursing from UCLA, she has helped develop robust programs and tools for churches across the globe and is helping churches launch effective ministries which are church-initiated with an emphasis on permanency as the right of every child.
Executive Director, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 443H Washington, D.C. 20201 (202) 690-5560
Last revised: 08/12/2014