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Council Members

San Francisco HIV Health Services Planning Council
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Margot AntonettyMargot Antonetty
Director of Programs
Housing and Urban Health, SF Department of Public Health

Margot Antonetty
Margaret BaranMargaret Baran
Margaret Baran
Billie J.CooperMiss 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. CooperMiss 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

Cicily Emerson
Wade FloresWade Flores
Wade Flores
Matt GeltmakerMatt 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

Matt Geltmaker
Ron HernandezRon Hernandez
Ron Hernandez
Mary Lawrence HicksMary Lawrence Hicks, FNP
Director of Community Programs
UCSF - Positive Health Program San Francisco General Hospital

Mary Lawrence began working in the HIV field in 1985 in Manhattan. She has been a nurse practitioner on Ward 86 since 1997. Mary Lawrence has served on the care council since 2002; she is currently a co-chair

Mary Lawrence Hicks, Co-Chair
Kenneth HornbyKen Hornby
Mr. Hornby is a survivor of HIV for thirty two years now. He has been a diligent advocate, and public speaker and educator on HIV issue's for 26 of those years.

Kenneth Hornby
Carol HudsonCarol Hudson
Carol Hudson
Bruce ItoBruce Ito
Bruce Ito
Lee JewellR. 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."

Lee Jewell
William LedfordWilliam Ledford

William Ledford has been a long time survivor of 17 years, who has worked with HIV Councils in East Tennessee and Middle Tennessee. William helps advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS and wants to help make a difference through San Francisco, but also the world.

William Ledford
T.J. LeeT.J. Lee

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.

T.J. Lee
Rachel MatillanoRachel Matillano
Rachel Lozada
Catherine NewellCatherine Newell

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.

Catherine Newell
Kenneth PearceKen Pearce
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.

Kenneth Pearce
John PryorJohn Pryor

John Pryor
Stacia ScherichStacia Sherich
Stacia Scherich
Charles SironCharles Siron
Charles Siron
Michael SmithwickMichael Smithwick
Executive Director
Maitri Compassionate Care

Michael’s professional background has largely focused on marketing management in the financial services industry. Having been HIV positive for the majority of his life, in 2011 he decided to apply his corporate experience to help those less fortunate in their struggles with AIDS. Michael currently directs Maitri’s hospice and 24-hour residential care facility for persons with advanced AIDS in addition to his work on the Council

Michael Smithwick
Donald SotoDon Soto
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.

Donald Soto
Chip SupanichChip Supanich

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.

Chip Supanich, Co-Chair
Eric SutterEric Sutter
HIV Services Manager
Shanti Project

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.

Eric Sutter
Linda WalubengoLinda Walubengo
Linda Walubengo
Channing WayneChanning Wayne
Transgender Activist

Channing is a 44 year old female transgender activist. Channing has been living with HIV for 22 years. Her goal is to end healthcare inequalities in communities of color especially among transgender women.

Channing-Celeste Wayne, Co-Chair