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Management Team

Jason CianciottoJason Cianciotto
Senior Managing Director, Institutional Development & Strategy
Pronouns: he, him, his

Jason has been advocating for the health, safety, and well-being of LGBTQ people and populations affected by HIV and AIDS for nearly two decades. Prior to rejoining the team at GMHC in 2019 to oversee Institutional Development and Strategy, he served as Executive Director of the Tyler Clementi Foundation and Vice President of Policy, Advocacy, and Communications at Harlem United. His history at GMHC includes serving as the Director of Public Affairs and Policy, as well as Managing Director of Special Events and Major Gifts. After Jason earned a B.A. in political science and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona, his career began at the National LGBTQ Task Force Policy Institute, where he served as Research Director. He has also served at the local level as Executive Director of Wingspan, Southern Arizona's LGBT Community Center. He is co-author with Sean Cahill of the award-winning book, LGBT Youth in America's Schools, published by the University of Michigan press.

David Ferreira David Ferreira

Managing Director, Fiscal Planning & Analysis
Pronouns: he, him, his

David Ferreira manages the agency’s complex $30 million annual budget. He represents the Finance department in RFP processes, working with the agency’s Development department to secure crucial funds to advance GMHC’s work to end the AIDS epidemic. Additionally, under David’s leadership, GMHC has streamlined its financial reporting and workflow practices.

This is David’s second stint at GMHC, where he previously served as an Administrative Assistant and a Grants and Operations Manager. He also worked as a Senior Grants Analyst for the Center for Employment Opportunities. David holds a BA in Economics from Baruch College.
 

LizGillchrist_150x196.jpgLiz Gilchrist
Managing Director, Events and Sponsorships
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Liz Gilchrist joined GMHC in 2018 to oversee the organization’s special events strategy and execution. She brings nearly 15 years of experience in event production and fundraising, specializing in art, luxury, and nonprofits.

Prior to GMHC, Liz was Head of Events at online art auction house Paddle8.com; Director of Events at the HIV research and education agency ACRIA (now a part of GMHC); and Vice President at the renowned arts and fundraising consulting firm Livet Reichard Company, for which she produced major galas, benefit auctions, and special projects for nonprofits including amfAR, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the New Museum.

Liz received an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute and a BA in Art History from Smith College. 

David V. HindDavid V. Hind
Senior Managing Director, Nutrition, Work, and 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.

 

Stacey SaundersStacey Saunders, MSW, MPA
Managing Director of Operations
Pronouns: she, her, hers

Stacey joined GMHC in 2018 and brings more than 10 years of nonprofit management experience and an additional decade of community-based social service experience.

Stacey brings a combination of administrative management expertise and client-centered clinical training to GMHC. She has dedicated her career to the mental health, substance use, and HIV/AIDS communities with a primary focus on serving single adults, families, and at-risk youth. Stacey has a developed, managed, and administered supportive housing programs in both congregate and scattered-site settings, as well as managed all operational components of these complex projects. Her prior positions also include serving the young people of The Door, an organization committed to fostering positive youth development and creating a caring environment for all young people. 

Stacey holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and Policy and a master’s degree in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at 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.
 

April Watkins, MPAApril Watkins, MPA
Managing Director, Workforce Development
Pronouns: she, her, hers

April Watkins has more than 18 years of experience working and managing back-to-work programs. She began her journey in Workforce Development at the Bowery Residents’ Committee, where she worked as a receptionist in the organization’s Vocational/Employment program. Later, when she was promoted to Vocational Case Manager, she oversaw an agency-wide stipend/peer program while also providing job-readiness trainings.

At GMHC, April has been instrumental in the implementation of the agency’s first employment initiative, which began in 2004. April is a passionate advocate in the fight for lowering employment dipartites for disenfranchised populations and regularly speaks on issues affecting people living with disabilities and, most importantly, HIV. She has a master’s degree in public administration and serves on the board of the National Working Positive Coalition.