Greg Rebchook, Principal Investigator [e-mail]
Jae Sevelius, Co-Principal Investigator [e-mail]
Jae Sevelius, PhD, is an Assistant Professor with the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. At CAPS, Dr. Sevelius is the Principal Investigator of an NIH/NIMH-funded project to develop a culturally specific HIV prevention intervention for transgender women. Jae is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Transitions Project, which provides capacity building assistance and technical assistance to community based organizations throughout the U.S. to promote knowledgeable, sensitive, and effective HIV/AIDS prevention for transgender communities of color and transgender people living with HIV. As Co-Principal Investigator of the CoE, Dr. Sevelius is the liaison to CAPS and leads the systematic review and synthesis of existing transgender HIV prevention research and programs in California, identifying research priorities, best practices, and service gaps to inform reports on emerging issues and a research agenda for transgender HIV prevention in California.
JoAnne Keatley [e-mail]
JoAnne Keatley, MSW, was born in Mexico City and became a citizen of the U.S. in 1986. Ms. Keatley received her Master of Social Welfare degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Beginning at CAPS in 1999 JoAnne has directed numerous NIH transgender research projects and co-founded the Transgender Resources and Neighborhood Space (TRANS) project. She is Chair of San Francisco Transgender Empowerment Advocacy and Mentorship (SFTEAM) and has served on the UCSF Chancellor’s Advisory committee on LGBT issues since 2000. In addition, she has consulted on transgender health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). As Director of the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health (CoE), Ms. Keatley is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the CoE scope of work. She develops the infrastructure to support a successful and sustainable CoE, provides day to day leadership of CoE staff, oversees the state-wide Community Advisory Board, supervises the design and implementation of the website, identifies potential funding sources, assures the quality of deliverables, and is the liaison with theCalifornia Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS and community partners.
Luis Gutierrez-Mock [e-mail]
Luis Gutierrez-Mock, MA, received his M.A. in Human Sexuality Studies from San Francisco State University (SFSU) in 2005, completed a second M.A. in Ethnic Studies in 2010, and is currently pursuing an M.P.H. at SFSU. Prior to joining the Transitions Project in 2008 he worked as the primary case manager at Bay Area Young Positives, the world’s first peer-based HIV/AIDS youth agency. He was the lead investigator and author of the Best Practices for Adapting DEBIs for Transwomen (available for download late summer 2010), co-authored T-SISTA: A Guide for Adapting SISTA for Transwomen (2010), and co-authored the Bay Area Multiracial Youth Health and Wellness Guide (2008) with Dr. Andrew Jolivette. He is published in Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity edited by Matt Bernstein Sycamore (Seal Press, 2006), and has a forthcoming publication in Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, edited by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Burgman (Seal Press, fall 2010).
Luis is a member of the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Transgender Advisory Group, he is a council member on Project HEALTH (Harnessing Education, Advocacy & Leadership for Transgender Health), a steering committee member for the San Francisco Trans March, an advisory board member for El/La Programa Para TransLatinas, and a member of the Latin@ Advisory Board at the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. He has been a featured performer in The National Queer Arts Festival, In Sickness and In Health: Untold Stories of Queer Best Friends, Mixed Fruit, Queer Loving, QPOCalypse Now, Trans as F*ck, and many other events throughout the Bay Area. In his free time he enjoys reading celebrity gossip magazines and going on long walks with FancyChuco Florez-Gutierrez-Mock, his well-accessorized Chihuahua.
Yavanté M. Thomas-Guess, Capacity Building Assistant Specialist [e-mail]
Yavanté’s previous HIV prevention experience includes assisting Atlanta, GA in starting their needle exchange program back in the early 90’s when HIV/AIDS first became rampant. Since then, he has had a few jobs that focused on instilling self-worth in individuals & helping them to reduce their participation in activities that compromised their HIV status. In 2007, he became a council member on San Francisco’s HIV Prevention Planning Council (first Jewish African American Transman), where he represents the African American Transgender Community. His overall purpose is clear: to ensure that each member of the transgender community is represented regarding health care (mental/physical), employment rights, and the right to be human beings. As a council member, he makes sure that the Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) that have accepted the challenge to assist the transgender community are adequately funded. He believes that regardless of their primary function, if they are assisting people in bettering their circumstances, they are also helping to fight HIV/AIDS.
“Address all of me, not just my addiction, mental/physical health, HIV status, housing situation, educational level or my employment needs. Help my community to become truly healthy beings by partnering with other organizations that can assist in accomplishing this critical mission. It’s never one single thing that leads us down the path of contracting HIV/AIDS.” Yavanté is also Co-Chair of San Francisco Transgender Empowerment, Advocacy & Mentorship (SF TEAM), where they attempt to strengthen the transgender community through various large community-wide events. It is their goal to instill worth for both self and community.
He joined the Transitions Project as a Capacity Building Assistant (CBA) Specialist in 2008, where he provides technical assistance to agencies implementing evidence based HIV interventions for transgender populations.
Spare time? “I write & one day I actually will complete my autobiography. Being a Jewish African American Transgender male, has not been easy and I never did find any printed material that I could relate to. I hate the idea that there is another guy out there thinking that he is as alone as I thought I was. It’s my duty to make life better for the generations of transgender males of color that follow me.”
Last modified: February 18, 2011