Community Advisory Board

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The CAPS/PRC Community Advisory Board (CAB) comprises stakeholders from Bay Area agencies and communities. Its mission is to channel community input into the CAPS/PRC research agenda and initiate special projects aimed to help 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 CAB is charged with the following:

  • Provide leadership and scientists with feedback on projects, as requested
  • Alert scientists to community issues and hot topics in HIV prevention
  • Review 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/PRC researchers, CAB members, and the Community Engagement (CE) Core staff. We especially encourage applications from HIV-positive individuals. Please contact CAPS/PRC with questions or inquiries about applying.

Structure

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 our 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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Current CAB Members | Past Members

Jesse Brooks, CAB member

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.”

Nasheedah Bynes-Muhammad

Nasheedah Bynes-Muhammad

Nasheedah Bynes-Muhammad is the Chief Operations Officer at Lost-N-Found Youth (LNFY.org) in Atlanta, Georgia.  Nasheedah has worked in non-profit Management and Public Health since 1996 when she served as the Young Men’s Health Program Manager at Youth Pride (Atlanta GA). Previous rolls include: HIV Program Supervisor at Tri-City Health Center (Fremont, CA) and Health Promotions Director at AIDS Project of the East Bay (Oakland, CA).

As an active member of the House of Mizrahi and the West Coast Ballroom Scene Nasheedah is proud to have been Femqueen Realness Of The Year for three consecutive years. She is a student of the Black Queer and Feminists literary traditions and is herself a writer, most recently published in the anthology Black Gay Genius. Nasheedah is inspired by the works of James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, Joseph Beam, Audre Lorde, Essex Hemphill, Arbert Latex, and Pepper Labeisha and is determined that the struggle to control HIV/AIDS in our communities will succeed by drawing on Black Queer and Feminists; artistic, literary, spiritual and activist traditions.

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

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.

Isaac Jackson

Director of Urban Survivors Union

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

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.

Carolyn Kuali`i

Carolyn Kuali`i is a person of Native Hawaiian and Apache ancestry. She developed and implemented the first Native HIV/AIDS case management programs in Hawai`i, one of twelve Native HIV/AIDS Case Management sites funded by the Ryan White CARE Act. In 2006, Carolyn branched off on her own as an independent consultant providing capacity building assistance in Health and Human Services and is one of the co-chairs for the National Native HIV/AIDS Coalition and a member of the California Department of Public Health, Infectious Diseases, Office of AIDS, California Planning Group.

Carolyn is also the co-founder and director of Kua`aina Associates, an arts non-profit that produces special projects and works with artists and cultural groups. Carolyn is a mother of six adult children and the proud grandmother of four beautiful grandchildren. She considers the Island of Maui her home but currently resides in Berkeley with her partner.

Kevin Lo

Kevin is currently a staff attorney in the Immigrant Rights Program at Asian Law Caucus. He works with the elderly low-income community in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and represents incarcerated people in deportation proceedings. Kevin’s client base regularly includes other queer people of color, survivors of domestic abuse, HIV-positive individuals, sex workers, and intravenous drug users.

Before ALC, he worked on counter-terrorism human rights issues with Reprieve in London, assisted LGBT refugees and asylum seekers with ORAM, and led labor campaigns in Southeast Asia and the American South with the United Auto Workers.

Kevin Lo grew up in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and after graduating from UC Berkeley, he received a law degree from Stanford Law School.

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.

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.

Georgia Schreiber

Georgia Schreiber

Georgia Schreiber is a Public Health Investigator for the Alameda County Public Health Department, where she has worked over the past 13 years in STD, HIV Surveillance, HIV Linkage to Care and Partner Services, acute communicable disease investigations, and as a contract manager for two HIV service programs.

For 30 years, she centered on gender and health equity through direct service. She started out as a volunteer peer counselor at Planned Parenthood, and then was a health educator at the Women’s Health Clinic at The Evergreen State College. Her focus shifted from women’s health advocacy to men’s and LGBTQ health, when she worked as a prisoner rights advocate in California Prison Focus, specializing in advocacy for people living with HIV and Hepatitis C. From 2000-2003, she was a Research Associate in the Explore Study at the San Francisco AIDS Office. She received her MPH in Health Education from San Francisco State University.

She is a former co-facilitator of the Criminal Justice Workgroup of Place Matters at the Alameda County Public Health Department, and a founding member of the Alameda County HIV Linkage and Retention Workgroup.