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Management Team

Christina AdolpheChristina Adolphe
Managing Director, HR and Compliance
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Christina comes to GMHC with over 10 years of experience in both for-profit and not-for-profit sectors in the areas of HR, Compliance, Insurance, Operations, Social Services, and Healthcare. Most recently Christina served as the Emergency Department Manager at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she not only handled the human resources, administrative, and operational duties for the department, but also assisted in making a difference in the surrounding underserved community.
 
Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. John’s University and a Master’s degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with Advanced Certification of HR Management from Adelphi University. She has recently obtained her SHRM-CP Certification. She is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. Her personal mantra is, “Always leave a positive impact on all you encounter.”

 

Dan GoldmanDan Goldman, MPH
Senior Managing Director, Institutional Development
Pronouns: he, him, his

Daniel Goldman brings nearly ten years of experience in development, public health, HIV/AIDS, health care and strategic planning. He comes to GMHC with extensive grant writing expertise to drive innovative programming, operations and capital projects. Prior to his appointment, Daniel served as Associate Vice President of Grants at Harlem United Community AIDS Center, where he led the creation of the Grants Department, oversaw all grant writing activities and headed various special projects. Before joining Harlem United, he served as Deputy Director of Development at APICHA Community Health Center. Daniel played a key role in APICHA’s successful growth and transformation from an HIV-specialty provider to a Federally Qualified Health Center. Prior to his work at APICHA, Daniel lived and worked in Thailand and Indonesia conducting HIV/AIDS prevention education with several groups with and at high risk for HIV, particularly female commercial sex workers. His work and travel in developing countries inspired him to pursue a career in public health.

Daniel holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Jewish Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His graduate studies concentrated on health policy administration and global health. Daniel was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Among many things, he loves running, traveling, espresso, and French Bulldogs.

 

 

David V. HindDavid V. Hind
Senior Managing Director, Nutrition, Work, & Wellness
Pronouns: he, him, his

David oversees GMHC’s Workforce Development Center, Congregate Meals Program, Nutrition Counseling & Education Services and The Wellness Center program staff, volunteers and clients. David has been with GMHC since 2004,starting as Assistant Director of Volunteer Services, being promoted to Associate Director of Client Wellness, Meals and Volunteer Services when GMHC merged several program services. This promotion added oversight of Client Wellness Services (including complimentary therapies, cultural and recreation services and Adult Continuing Education scholarship program) and the Meals, Nutrition and Pantry Programs to his portfolio.

After a short break from GMHC, David returned as an independent contractor to the Human Resources Department, later being hired as the Assistant Director of Human Resources. In 2010, David was promoted to the position of Director of the Volunteer, Work and Wellness Center, adding the full scope of GMHC’s job readiness services to his range of responsibility. David received his BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. David is an active member of the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies, The New York Coalition of HIV/AIDS Nutrition Services, the New York Association of Volunteer Administrators and the New York City Training & Employment Coalition. He has served as an Executive Board Member of Heritage of Pride, New York’s official LGBT Pride event organizer.

 

Hannah Hirschland Hannah Hirschland, LMSW
Managing Director, Analytics & Evaluation
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Hannah has over 10 years of experience in the fields of HIV/AIDS, mental health, developmental disabilities, and children’s services.  Hannah joined GMHC in 2013 as the Assistant Director of Health Informatics, where she oversaw GMHC’s quality management program and implementation of the electronic health record. In 2014 she was promoted to her current position which includes also overseeing program evaluations, data management and analysis, and research initiatives.

Prior to GMHC, Hannah worked at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in programs for adults with mental illness including supportive housing, licensed mental health clinics, care management, and day services. She coordinated quality improvement initiatives and was instrumental in the launch of the Personalized Recovery Oriented Services and Medicaid Health Home programs. Hannah has also held positions in various direct service and administrative capacities at YAI, the Association to Benefit Children, NYC Administration of Children’s Services, and NYC Department of Education. Hannah grew up in Michigan and holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University and a MS in Social Work from Columbia University.

 

Jaclyn SmithJaclyn Smith
Managing Director, Mental Health & Support Services
Pronouns: she, her, hers

After 15 years of working in Mental Health, Jaclyn joined GMHC in 2017 as the Managing Director of Mental Health & Support Services. Jaci received her bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University.  She began her career in London, working for Brent Council Children and Family Services, but returned to New York and for 9 years worked for the Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS), in both direct service and administrative management, focusing on supportive housing to individuals and families with mental illness and homelessness. It was at CUCS where she was a primary member in the startup of a new residence in the South Bronx, which was aided by her ability to develop and expand programs.
 
She spent the past 6 years as the Program Director at the Lighthouse Guild International, overseeing the Mental Health Continuing Day Treatment Program, for people with vision impairments, and the Medicaid Service Coordination program, working with people with developmental disabilities.

  

Kamilla SKamilla Sjödin, Esq.
Managing Director, Legal Services
Pronouns: she, her, hers
 

After practicing public interest law for more than a decade, Kamilla joined GMHC in 2017 as the Managing Director of Legal Services. Kamilla began her legal career while attending Rutgers School of Law—Newark, where she assisted many low-income  clients living with HIV/AIDS.  Shortly after graduating law school, Kamilla completed a clerkship with the Hon. Edith K. Payne, J.A.D. at the Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division, where she worked on a wide array of civil and criminal appeals.  She continued her career as a Staff Attorney at the HIV Law Project representing clients living with HIV/AIDS in all aspects of their legal needs, including such matters as housing, benefits, family law, immigration, discrimination, and breaches of confidentiality. In 2008, Kamilla joined the New York Legal Assistance Group first as a Supervising Attorney leading their Housing Project, and then as Associate Director, Housing Law. In that capacity, she assisted hundreds of low-income clients and their families with their legal housing needs and grew the project from a team of three to 22 attorneys and paralegals.   
 
In 2010, Kamilla chaired the AIDS Committee of the New York City Bar Association. She has also worked for the New York City Council as Counsel to the Housing and Buildings Committee and, at that time, the Subcommittee on Public Housing as a legislative attorney drafting bills, holding public hearings, and working on city-wide policy matters, and as the Director of Eviction Prevention Services for the Safety Net Project at the Urban Justice Center.


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Jennay M. ThompsonJennay M. Thompson, MSW
Senior Managing Director, Coordinated Care

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Employed at GMHC since 1996, Jennay has served as a health educator, entitlement specialist, case manager, group facilitator and program administrator for several programs. Mrs. Thompson oversees the Health Homes, Intake, Steps Towards Housing and Transitional Care Coordination programs.

Attentive to emerging trends and issues affecting the HIV community, Jennay has expertise in delivering and managing HIV Care Coordination services, which has given her a solid track record in program performance. She has been instrumental in restructuring programs, starting new initiatives at GMHC and is currently coordinating GMHC’s work with the integration of Health Homes, Health and Recovery Programs (HARPS) and Home and Community Bases Services (HCBS). Mrs. Thompson received her BA from Long Island University and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College.

  

Armstrong TingwaneArmstrong Tingwane, MPhil
Managing Director,
Prevention Programs
Pronouns: he, him, his

Armstrong Tingwane has more than 10 years of practical experience in supporting, coordinating, and managing community health programs addressing prevention, care, and support in HIV/AIDS, Community TB Care and Sexual Reproductive Health, health communications, capacity building and community mobilization with vulnerable communities.

As the Managing Director of Prevention Programs, Armstrong provides strategic management, oversight, and vision to the expansive prevention portfolio, which includes HIV/STI Testing, PrEP/PEP, Community Health, Short–term Counseling, and Safety in Housing programs. Armstrong started his journey at GMHC in 2014, first as a Coordinator and then the Assistant Director of Community Health, until he was promoted to his current position in 2017. Under his leadership, the Community Health Program implemented the first GMHC trans-focused group and developed compelling social marketing materials that served as a gateway for clients to receive prevention services at GMHC. He started the agency’s first clothing closet for LGBT youth and oversaw the successful development and implementation of several federal, state, and private grants for programs focused on LGBTQ youth and young adults of color. Armstrong has also led the planning and successful execution of GMHC’s annual Latex Ball event, the longest-running and largest ball in the world for the House & Ball community. Prior to joining GMHC, Armstrong worked in a variety of AIDS service prevention and care agencies in his native country of Botswana, Africa. He served in a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities. Armstrong obtained his Master of Philosophy degree in HIV/AIDS Management, graduating cum laude, from the University of Stellenbosch – South Africa and his bachelor’s degree in Media Studies with a concentration in Public Relations and TV/Video Production from the University of Botswana. Armstrong remains committed to eradicating HIV in communities of color and tackling the inherent health inequities utilizing a variety of contextually relevant approaches and best practices.

 

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Alex ValentineAlex Valentine
Managing Director, Substance Abuse Services
Pronouns: she, her, hers
 
Alex oversees the newly instituted Department of Substance Abuse Services at GMHC and brings over eight years of experience in addiction treatment to the role. Prior to joining the agency she worked in addiction treatment programs in Manhattan, downtown Brooklyn, and the Bronx, most recently serving the South Bronx community as a Site Director at Montefiore Medical Center’s Division of Substance Abuse. She has overseen the operations of both outpatient and opioid maintenance treatment programs and has helped to incorporate evidence-based practices and data driven interventions into those clinic settings. She also served as the Director of Vocational Services at Montefiore, overseeing a staff of vocational rehabilitation counselors who assisted addiction treatment patients with engagement in educational and vocational activities.
 
Alex was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and moved to New York City to pursue her BA at New York University, where she also obtained her Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology.  She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).  She is passionate about her work and spends her down time swimming, playing volleyball, and watching Buffalo Bills football.

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