Community Advisory Board

The CAPS Community Advisory Board (CAB) comprises stakeholders from Bay Area agencies and communities. Its mission is to channel community input into the CAPS research agenda and initiate special projects aimed to help CAPS HIV prevention science reach stakeholders. Recommendations and concerns raised by the CAB are also channeled to the external Scientific Advisory Board convened by the Administration Core.

The CAPS CAB is charged with the following:

  • Provide CAPS leadership and scientists with feedback on projects, as requested
  • Alert CAPS scientists to community issues and hot topics in HIV prevention
  • Review CAPS grant proposals and journal articles, when feasible
  • Assist to develop community dissemination and outreach strategies

The CAB accepts and reviews new member applications once a year. New members are accepted based on the number of funded vacant slots and areas of expertise sought after surveying CAPS researchers, CAB members, and the TIE Core staff. We especially encourage applications from HIV-positive individuals. Please contact CAPS with questions or inquiries about applying. Thank you.

Current CAB Members


Jesse Brooks, Co-Chair

Jesse Brooks is a longtime activist in the Oakland area and currently writes a weekly column in the Post News Group, the largest African American paper in the Bay Area. Since 2009 he has written about HIV/AIDS, reaching over 40,000 readers each week. Jesse was diagnosed in 1993 and has seen both sides of HIV, as a client and as a care provider, starting his roots at New Village, which later became part of the Black Coalition on AIDS. He facilitates social and substance-abuse groups and has worked on multiple research study teams including UCSF’s Urban Health Study and Explore, an SFDPH/UCSF project.

He made a movie, “The Ceremony,” about his personal internal battles with addiction, stigma, and self identity, which showed at the 5th annual Black LGBT film festival in Oakland, and is featured on the Oakland’s Office of AIDS poster campaigns, “HIV Stops with Us” and “I choose to disclose.” Jesse speaks at churches, campuses, and conferences, and his goal is to reach youth by demonstrating that “you can free yourself, no matter what challenges you face.”


Nasheeda Bynes-Mohammad

Angel Bynes is the Director of Health Promotion Programs at AIDS Project of the East Bay (APEB). She comes to APEB from Atlanta, Georgia, where since 1996 she worked in youth-serving and AIDS services organizations. In 1999, Angel began her first non-profit management job when she implemented the Mpowerment intervention developed at CAPS for Youth Pride in Atlanta. Angel has worked in research at Georgia State University’s Department of Psychology and at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Angel holds master of education and bachelor of science degrees from American Intercontinental University in Atlanta.

Angel was raised lovingly by her single mother, Karen Bynes-Muhammad, in the San Francisco Bay Area and is proud to defy all of the predictions made by the Moynihan Report about families like hers.


Luis Paul Canales, Community Advisory Board member

Luis Paul Canales

Luis Canales (also known as STROBE) is a choreographer, dancer, photographer and performance artist living/working/dreaming within the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. He is best known within the HIV/AIDS prevention and research world as a patient who is theorized to be functionally cured of HIV. Since 2014, he has been monitored by the SCOPE study at UCSF to further their knowledge on how HIV works and how to progress the battle against the virus. His love/hate relationship with HIV has been talked about on the PBS News Hour, The Bay Area Reporter, various academic papers, and has been published into a photo book titled “Cured?”, by local San Francisco photographer, Dot.

He is the current reigning King of Hearts in the Ducal Court of San Francisco, which is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for various community efforts in the city, mainly LGBT related. In addition, he is extensively active within various sectors of dance, drag, performance art, and visual art. Because he has a unique relationship with HIV, he also has a unique perspective on the future of the epidemic. He utilizes his perspective to influence the artistic and philanthropic communities he belongs to, conveying messages and telling stories about his struggles in hopes that others struggling with similar issues can find answers in the same places that he has.


Jimmy Hill, Community Advisory Board member

Jimmy Hill

Jimmy Hill is a Social Entrepreneur & “Soulutionary” whose mission is to activate and empower a radical global movement by providing creative products and services dedicated to long lasting impact and systemic change, through the cultivation of our collective power.

Jimmy received his BA in Sociology with a concentration in Ethnic Studies: Race and Resistance Studies from San Francisco State University. His education has given him considerable expertise in the cultural, interpersonal, and contextual components that create social issues within communities.

He has worked with numerous organizations within the Bay Area where he has put into action his skills in engagement strategies, program development, and project management.


Lorenzo Hinojosa

Lorenzo Hinojosa has been with the CAPS CAB since September 2007. He has decades of experience in public health fieldwork, starting in 1980 as a state disease intervention specialist in Orange County, then moving on to work in Los Angeles and then Oakland. He has managed a Bay Area–wide mobile clinic project and was one of the first California Disclosure Program (PCRS) coordinators assigned to the Bay Area. Since 2001, Lorenzo has managed the Alameda County HIV Testing program. Recently, he was involved in an MSM-and-methamphetamine research program. He has traveled to India, Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos, indulging his interest in photography.


Loren Jones

Loren Jones has been HIV-positive for approximately 27 years and is the mother and grandmother of two.  She currently serves on the Alameda/Contra Costa County Community Consortium Planning Council for Ryan White Part A Services where she is a voting member of the Person Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) committee, Policy Education and Review Committee, Quality Data and Services committee, and Prevention committee.  She is also a steering committee member for the Positive Women’s Network which is the policy arm of the Oakland-based organization Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Diseases (WORLD).

Loren has previously served on the Alameda /Contra Costa part D Executive Committee and on the California State Planning Council. She is also a licensed vocational nurse and a trained peer advocate.


Alainia Kollasch, Community Advisory Board Member

Alainia Kollasch

Alainia Kollasch has been a youth rights activist in the HIV, STD, and STI treatment community. She is better known for her speeches at local high schools within Alameda County and her natural ability to get youth tested without argument.

She has also dedicated her life to HIV/AIDS research and how overall quality of life is affected. She has worked with CAL PEP and EBAC in the research aspect as well as given local life-story speeches to facilitate a testing drive at local schools.

In her down time, she is a mother of three, one boy and two girls, who argue everyday on what to wear. She is now hoping to break into women’s research and become an activist for women’s health, since not a lot of women speak up and speak out about their health, which is greatly impacted by the decision to remain quiet.


Micah E. Lubensky

Micah E. Lubensky (BA, University of California, Berkeley; MS, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz) is currently the community mobilization manager at the Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF). Micah has focused his professional career on the application of social psychology for promoting holistic health and social justice. He came to MSMGF after almost 10 years at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, where he managed HIV prevention, holistic health promotion, and community building efforts for MSM and trans community members of African descent from across the San Francisco Bay Area. Micah has also been a national trainer and Capacity Building Assistance specialist for HIV prevention interventions endorsed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Terry Morris, Community Advisory Board member

Terry Morris

Terry Morris was introduced to harm reduction in 2001 when she began volunteering with the Atlanta Harm Reduction Center. From 2005-2015 Terry coordinated the Speed Project (Stonewall/SFAF) a harm reduction program for gay, bi, and heteroflexible men in San Francisco’s Tenderloin. Terry now manages Syringe Access Services and the 6th Street Harm Reduction Center (SFAF) and works with SF’s Syringe Access Collaborative.

Terry brings 15 years of experience providing syringe exchange, facilitating “come as you are” harm reduction groups, hosting drop-in spaces, providing vein care, overdose prevention, substance use management, and harm reduction counseling, doing health education around sex and sexuality, and developing and delivering harm reduction programming, trainings, and publications.


Ramón Ramírez

Ramón has worked with the LGBT communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco for many years, coordinating and managing HIV prevention programs for MSM, MSM/W, transgender individuals, monolingual Spanish-speaking recent immigrants, and HIV-positive individuals. He also has been an HIV testing counselor for 7 years and has been very involved in community issues such as homophobia, transphobia, empowerment, and immigration rights. He has accomplished this by being involved with events and activities such as Mr. and Miss Gay Safe Latino and Latino/a Pride. Ramón is a Latino gay male born in Mexico City, and he is continuing his education in psychology at San Francisco State University.


Portrait photo of Andrew Reynolds, Hepatitis C Education Manager at Project Inform and CAPS Community Advisory Board Member

Andrew Reynolds

Andrew Reynolds is the Hepatitis C Education Manager at Project Inform. In addition to writing fact sheets, health education booklets and blog posts for the PI website and other publications, Andrew facilitates several HCV support groups in San Francisco. Prior to coming to Project Inform, Andrew worked as STD/HIV Program Manager with the San Francisco Department of Public Health, overseeing a variety of programs including HIV testing, post-exposure prophylaxis, and HIV and syphilis partner services. He is interested in both behavioral and biomedical HIV and STD prevention interventions, HCV prevention and treatment, harm reduction and drug user health and advocacy.

Past CAB Members

Deb Borne

Deb Borne is a family physician with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH). She serves as medical director at Tom Waddell Health Center and oversees HIV treatment and prevention efforts. She works closely with community-based organizations such as Tenderloin Health on HIV prevention and treatment, including needle exchange, and has strong ties to city-funded shelters and community behavioral health agencies. Deb obtained her master’s degree in social work at Columbia University and her medical training at Brown University and UCSF.

As both a social worker and a physician, she has worked with highly marginalized communities including homeless persons, drug users, psychiatric patients, and incarcerated and recently released individuals. Deb is very interested in how research can inform and assist with community-based clinical work. HIV prevention is one of her personal and professional passions.

Montica Levy

Montica Levy is Patient Care Program Manager of Transgender Health Services at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, managing the nation’s first Transgender Surgery Access Program for uninsured and publicly insured patients. Her past work in HIV prevention spans from HIV vaccine and PrEP clinical trials implementation to curriculum development for HIV prevention workshops in a CDC-funded transgender adaptation of the Mpowerment Project. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and holds a BA in Sociology and a BS in Health Education from San Francisco State University.

R. Lee Jewell

R. Lee Jewell joined the CAPS CAB in 2006. He is a marriage and family therapist intern (MFTI) since receiving his master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at New College of California. Lee has been actively involved in the HIV/AIDS community since testing positive in 1986. His prior community work includes acting as PWA liaison to the Michigan state legislature, client services director for the San Francisco Center for Living, HIV/AIDS educator (K–12), and SFDPH AIDS Office Reggie Policy board member.

Currently, Lee serves as council co-chair and member of the HIV Health Services Planning Council. “My desire is to see a more integrated and healthy LGBT community, specifically men who have sex with men. HIV/AIDS has propelled us as a community to work towards healthier ways of interacting. I firmly believe we need one another, to work together, to make this happen.”

Karl Knapper

Karl Knapper has worked and volunteered in the HIV/AIDS community since the early 1990s, when he began volunteering with the STOP AIDS Project. Karl began working at Shanti in June 2007 as the Connect HIV Project manager, where he tailored and adapted the L.I.F.E. Health Workshop program to reach African Americans and Latino/as living with HIV in San Francisco. Currently, Karl is the local L.I.F.E. program manager, and he manages the San Francisco Positive L.I.F.E. Program, which serves primarily gayand bisexual men; and the Connect HIV Project, which has also begun to serve women. He is planning to expand the Connect HIV Project and Positive L.I.F.E. Program to serve the transgender population in the near future.

Karl is also a writer, filmmaker, film curator, and educator and holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Stanford University.

Ilanito Cerna-Turoff

Ilanito Cerna-Turoff is a longterm activist, researcher, and teacher of race and ethnicity. He is passionate about HIV prevention and care, and his work focuses on people of color and Latino/as, MSM and transgender communities, youth, and other marginalized groups. Currently, he coordinates a research study of high-risk Latino/a youth for UCSF’s Pediatrics Department and a mobile testing project of Black and Latino/a transgender youth at Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center.

Amanda B. Elder

Amanda B. Elder has been on the CAPS CAB since 2004. She is a psychology intern with Community Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael and a doctoral candidate at the Wright Institute in Berkeley. Prior to school, she spent 6 years managing HIV testing programs with Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and Glide Health Services in San Francisco. Amanda also provided capacity-building assistance for rapid HIV testing. She is currently working on her dissertation involving older transgender communities.

Alix Lutnick

Alix Lutnick is the project coordinator for the SWEAT (Sex Worker Environmental Assessment Team) Study conducted by UCSF in collaboration with St. James Infirmary. The SWEAT Study seeks to characterize sexual and drug-using behavior and prevalence of HIV, STIs, HBV, and HCV among female sex workers in San Francisco and to examine the women’s psychological risk factors associated with these infections. Alix received her master of arts degree in human sexuality studies from San Francisco State University in 2004.

Tara Regan

Tara Regan is currently a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Tara previously served for over 4 years as the Children and Family Programs manager for Centerforce, a CBO working with prisoners, their families, and persons recently released from jails and prisons in northern and central California. In this role, Tara supervised the San Quentin State Prison (SQSP) Visitors Center, a multiservice hospitality center for visiting loved ones; Families Moving Forward, a family reunification case-management program based at Marin County Jail; Back to Family, a family reunification case-management program based at SQSP; the LIFE mentoring program, which serves youth who have an incarcerated parent; and Live Love Learn, a peer health-education and HIV prevention program working with SQSP women visitors. Tara received her bachelor of science degree in criminal justice and minored in international politics at Northeastern University in Boston.


The CAB meets 4 times a year for a 3-hour, early evening session. The agenda is developed by the CAB co-chairs and include presentations by CAPS researchers or leadership as well as CAB-initiated projects and issues. In addition, members participate in conference calls, participate in peer review, attend or make presentations at CAPS Town Halls, and participate in scientific retreats and related functions.

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Last modified: September 13, 2016