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Senior Management

Kelsey Louie
Chief Executive Officer
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Kelsey Louie, MSW, MBA, is the Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first, and nation's leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy. As CEO, Kelsey oversees all operational, programmatic, and strategic aspects of the organization. Each year, GMHC serves 12,000 people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in New York City, the epidemic's largest U.S. epicenter. GMHC brings expertise to both HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals, offering HIV and STI testing and other, nutrition counseling and hot meals, legal support services, supportive housing, mental health and substance use services, and workforce development. GMHC also advocates for stronger public policies at the local, state and federal level with the goal of ending AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020.

Kelsey's rigorous, data-driven management style, sophisticated evaluation processes, and commitment to staff development have brought concrete, measurable results to the lives of thousands of clients and staff throughout his more than 15-year career in social services, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, behavioral health, addiction services, homelessness, LGBTQ issues, and family and children's services. At GMHC, Kelsey has created a unique service delivery model, integrating robust evaluation processes and continuous quality improvement programs to build stronger programs, measurable outcomes, efficiencies, and greater quality of service to GMHC clients.

Kelsey's past professional titles include Chief Operating Officer, Chief Program Officer, and Senior Vice President of HIV/AIDS Treatment and Support Services at Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc., where he worked for seven years overseeing the agency's $42M dollar budget and managing operations, administration, finance, development, programs, and healthcare services to thousands of clients annually. Prior to Harlem United, Kelsey served as Director of Queens Family Support Services at New York Foundling, and Director of Prevention Services at Veritas Therapeutic Community.

In 2014, Kelsey was appointed to Governor Andrew Cuomo's Task force to End the AIDS Epidemic in New York State by 2020. He currently serves on the Board of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), and iHealth, a statewide collaborative of community-based organizations united to advocate and negotiate on behalf of HIV Targeted Case Management Programs. Kelsey is a former Board member of Big Apple Performing Arts, the umbrella organization of both the New York City Gay Men's Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus.

Kelsey received an MSW from New York University in 2001 and an MBA from Columbia University in 2008. He is an adjunct professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
 

Dan GoldmanCub Barrett
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
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Cub Barrett joined GMHC in 2017 to oversee the organization’s marketing and communications strategy. He brings nearly 15 years of communications experience in the nonprofit, global health, and publishing worlds.

Prior to GMHC, Cub served as communications director for Friends of the High Line, the nonprofit conservancy that maintains, operates, and programs the High Line on behalf of the City of New York. Earlier in his career, Cub worked at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, where he collaborated across the foundation to promote its research and policy initiatives, as well as created messaging for its high-profile fundraising events and partnerships. At amfAR, he also worked closely on messaging and remarks with amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole.

Cub has also held senior communications positions at Condé Nast and Time Inc., where he worked with editors and publishers of brands including Architectural Digest, TIME, and Fortune. He received his MS in journalism from Northwestern University, from which he also received his BS.
   

Bill BrackerDr. Bill Bracker
Senior Vice President, Programs and Clinical Services
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Dr. Bill Bracker joined GMHC in 2012 as the Director of the Michael Palm Center for AIDS Care and Support, where he oversaw the men’s prevention, women’s prevention, and mental health services. He was promoted to his current position, where he continues to oversee much of his prior portfolio in addition to managing the mental health and substance use clinics), both of which are pending licensure at the NYS level.    

Bill has over 25 years of professional experience in the delivery of mental health, substance abuse, and health psychological services; clinical and fiscal management of health-related programs and departments; and training, development, and clinical supervision of mental health professionals. He joined GMHC after working at community-based medical centers, university-based doctoral and master’s degree programs, community mental health centers, an AIDS service organization, and private practice.  

  

Lynnette Ford
Vice President, Programs and Prevention Services
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Lynnette Ford is a dynamic and proven outcomes oriented leader with 20 years of experience in the administrative and clinical management of HIV/AIDS care, prevention, education, substance use, and case management programs.

Lynnette came to GMHC in 2007, serving as the Assistant Director of HIV treatment and prevention, where she was responsible for overseeing both individual and group level programs. Lynnette was soon promoted to the  Director of the David Geffen Center for HIV Prevention and Health Education, where she oversaw HIV and STI testing and counseling, the Intake Department and the Hotline. Under Lynnette’s leadership, the David Geffen Testing Center was recognized by the New York State Department of Health HIV Testing Workgroup as a high performing HIV counseling and testing program, with the highest linkage to care, for people living with HIV/AIDS in NYS and the rate of reassessments in the intake department increased. Lynnette also assisted in the development of the Hotline curriculum and training of Hotline volunteers. In her current role, Lynnette is responsible for an expansive portfolio that includes programs which  offer a variety of prevention and supportive services on both the individual and group level for individuals living with HIV and/or AIDS and those at risk for HIV infection. Departments within her portfolio include community health, HIV testing, nutrition/meals, workforce development, wellness, advocacy, legal, short-term rental assistance, short-term counseling, and a housing program for victims of intimate partner violence.

Prior to joining GMHC, Lynnette provided strategic leadership and vision to an expansive Article 28 medical facility, a Community Follow-Up Case Management Program, and an outpatient substance abuse program for Queens Village Committee for Mental Health (for JCAP, Inc.). Lynnette also served as a Senior Treatment Educator at National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP).
 
Lynnette graduated with honors with a MSW from Adelphi University and with honors with a BSW from York College. Lynnette has served on several committees including the Queens HIV Care Network's Steering Committee and The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services AIDS Coordination Committee. Lynnette has presented at various national and local HIV conferences on HIV/AIDS programming and best practices. Most recently, Lynnette received her CASAC certificate from Adelphi University and she is currently seeking her CASAC-T.    

 

Rhonda Harris, MPA
Vice President, Human Resources and The Volunteer Center
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Rhonda remains passionate about the interconnectivity between people, process, and technology. With more than 20+ years' experience in the areas of Human Resources, General Management and Administration, she has specialized in various sectors from pharmaceuticals to hospitality to non-profit and public relations. Rhonda currently serves as the Vice President of Human Resources, Training and Compliance for GMHC. Prior to that, she served as Director of Human Resources at Harlem United Community AIDS Center, where she transformed the HR department from a transactional unit into a strategic business division and business partner for management in the agency.

Before relocating back to New York City, she operated her own consulting firm specializing in Human Resources and Organizational Development consulting in Atlanta, where she worked with top brands and organizations. Rhonda has worked with a formidable list of clients, as well as some of the world’s more recognizable brands. She has provided and executed HR roadmaps and solutions that deliver results and transform organizations.  She has successfully led over 50 implementation projects of Tier-A firms and organizations, enabling her clients and companies to improve operational performance and deliver a rich workforce experience.

Rhonda is an expert on the topic of Human Capital and innovative workforce solutions and best practices. She is committed to seeing that workforce populations continuously grow and develop; not only to increase the individual employee value but also to increase the economic value for employers and the economy and community at large. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

 

Kashani MorenoKishani Moreno, MA, LMHC
Vice President, Operations
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As the Vice President of Operations, Kishani oversees the Information Systems, Analytics and Evaluation, and Facilities teams. Kishani has over 20 years nonprofit experience working with the most disenfranchised populations in New York City and Connecticut. 

 Kishani originally hails from Fairfield County, Connecticut, but has been living in New York for 20 years. She relocated to New York to pursue her MA in Counseling from New York University and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She comes to GMHC from Lantern Community Services, a New York City housing provider that serves formerly homeless young adults, single adults, and families in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Long Island. She served as the Chief Operating Officer since September 2014 and was responsible for all program and leasing operations for 15 congregate residences and a 177-bed scattered-site program. Prior to her time at Lantern, Kishani was a Vice President at Harlem United Community AIDS Center for eight years. She started as a Managing Director overseeing multiple housing programs and subsequently was promoted to Associate Vice President with oversight over housing, mental health, and two Adult Day Health Centers. She served as the Vice President of Business Development in her last role at Harlem United. Prior to that, Kishani spent nine years at Urban Pathways, where she held a variety of positions, including launching her career in management.
 
 
Eric SawyerEric L. Sawyer
Vice President, Public Policy
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Eric L. Sawyer joined GMHC in 2017 to oversee the agency’s robust public policy and advocacy initiatives.
 
Eric has a long history with HIV/AIDS activism as a co-founder of three of the most influential AIDS organizations in the United States: the original AIDS activist group, ACT UP NY; Housing Works, Inc., one of the largest providers of housing, drug treatment, medical care, and support for homeless people living with HIV in the United States; and Health GAP, Inc., a global advocacy organization fighting for access to essential medicines, including HIV antiretroviral drugs, in the developing world. Later in his career, Eric also worked as a Civil Society Partnership Adviser in the New York office of UNAIDS, facilitating civil society involvement in HIV issues at the United Nations Secretariat.
 
Eric holds a MPA from the University of Colorado Boulder and has been living with symptoms of HIV disease since 1981, making him one of the longest-living survivors of HIV disease. 
 

 

Jennay M. ThompsonJennay M. Thompson, MSW
Vice President, Coordinated Care

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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.

 

Felecia WebbFelecia Webb
Vice President, Development
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Felecia Webb is responsible for overseeing institutional development, special events and individual giving. Felecia has extensive experience as an executive in the design industry and nonprofit sector. She helped to transform organizations, drive revenue and achieve strategic priorities through innovative development methods. Prior to joining GMHC, Felecia was the Vice President of Development at the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA), where she provided leadership on all aspects of funding resources while working with senior management, and staff in the New York City headquarters, and 10 affiliate cities across the United States. Before joining NBLCA, Felecia served as an interim Executive Director for nonprofit organizations, and worked with Ralph Lauren for twelve years, where she was Senior Director of Development and various initiatives. She has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Parsons – The New School for Design, and earned a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from New York University. In addition, Felecia is a born and raised New Yorker, and community advocate serving on the board of Materials for the Arts, a division of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; a founding board member of Girls Inc. Westchester; and a Coro Leadership New York alum. 

 

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