EMA HIV Community Planning Council
To create the ideal health care system for people living with HIV/AIDS.
EMA HIV Community Planning Council
Director of Programs
Housing and Urban Health, SF Department of Public Health
|Miss 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 Tenderlion & Bayview Hunter Point and with the AIDS Foundation.
Billie J. Cooper
|Cicily EmersonCicily Emerson
Marin Department of Health and Human Services
|Charles FannCharles Fann
|Matt Geltmaker, LCSW
STD/HIV Program Director
San Mateo County Health Department
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
|R. Lee Jewell, MA, MFTI
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."
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.
Catherine is currently attending Canada College in Redwood City working toward a bachelors degree in Human Services and she plans to transfer to San Francisco State in the Fall of 2013. Catherine is also a member of the AIDS Alliance for Children Youth and Families Core Leadership Training Program. And is a member of the San Mateo County HIV Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of AIDS Community Research Consortium (ACRC) in Redwood City.
Health Care Volunteer Advocate
Ken is a long term SF resident and HIV survivor, who both moved to the city and was infected in 1982. He holds a MPH in health administration and is a retired psychiatric hospital chief executive officer, who volunteers in numerous SF nonprofit community agencies advocating for the needs of the elderly and for people affected by HIV. He has been an outspoken member of both the Ryan White Care Council and the SF Prevention Planning Council for over ten years.
Program Manager-Money Management
Lutheran Social Services of Northern California
Don 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.
Chip Supanich has worked with a number of community-based HIV/AIDS service organizations in San Francisco over the last two decades. Chip has experience in prevention, mental health services, testing and treatment, policy, health education, community outreach, and administration. He has been a member of the Planning Council since 2011, is co-chair of the Mayor’s Disability Council and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Shanti Project. He has worked for local needle exchanges since 2006. HIV positive since 1981, Chip hopes to bring a compassionate voice to the Council for all people living with HIV, especially for folks that remain on the margins of society.
HIV Services Manager
Eric has been a Peer Advocate for Shanti since 2002. Eric has nearly ten years experience in HIV care and prevention and is eager to continue to work to ensure that all San Franciscans living with HIV receive the advocacy and support they deserve.
I was born and raised in Kenya, a highly impoverished country with at least 1,000,000 orphans due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Growing up I watched my close family members struggle with AIDS in the midst of a lack of resources to live a longer, healthier life. I learnt so much from those that had the courage to speak about this disease in a culture that highly stigmatizes infection. Their struggles, resiliency and courage with dealing with this disease made me want to fight alongside them. Although I didn't grow up with much, the little that I have attained so far is all primarily dedicated to advocating and supporting communities disadvantaged by HIV/AIDS.