WORLD is seeking candidates for our Board of Directors. We are interested in community members who bring expertise and life experience in a broad range of areas including fund development, marketing, financial management, life with HIV, media work, and community organizing. If you have interest in discussing Board membership, please email Cynthia Carey-Grant, Executive Director.
Current Board Members:
Jane Maxwell, MPH (Interim Board Chair) is a senior women’s health editor at Hesperian Health Guides, a non-profit publisher of self-help health care materials for communities around the world where there is little or no access to medical services. Hesperian titles include Where There Is No Doctor, and Where Women Have No Doctor. Jane holds a Masters degree in public health, and has additional graduate training in medical anthropology and journalism. She has worked in community-based health care settings in Mexico, Nepal, in several countries in Africa, and has volunteered for many years at the Berkeley Free Clinic as a phlebotomist in the Clinic’s anonymous HIV testing site.
Ayisha Benham, MBA (Treasurer) is an Education Specialist at Hercules High School.
Patricia LaBrie Calloway, RN, PHN is the Quality Improvement Coordinator at the Alameda County Public Health Department in the ACE Program that emphasizes chronic disease management through preventive primary care at a designated medical home. The program goal is to improve access to high quality health care and health outcomes for individuals. The program focuses on diabetes, hypertension and asthma and she maintains a database to use for quality improvement activities. Ms. Calloway recently completed a fellowship in the Cultural Competence Leadership program with the Health Research and Educational Trust Foundation. She has special interest in the care of people with HIV and works part-time in labor and delivery at Highland Hospital in Oakland.
Cynthia Carmichael, MD is a family doctor at Kaiser-Richmond. For over 25 years, she has cared for HIV-positive women and men in Miami, Florida and Richmond, California. She has also worked to educate health care providers about HIV/AIDS with the federally funded AIDS Education and Training Centers (AETC), initially as principal investigator for the Florida AETC and subsequently with the Pacific AETC. She is strong advocate for HIV education, prevention and self-determination for positive and negative women alike and is delighted to be associated with WORLD.
Cecilia Chung is a nationally recognized civil rights leader, advocates for HIV/AIDS awareness and care, LGBT equality, and social justice. As an immigrant from Hong Kong, Cecilia has lived in San Francisco for over 20 years where she has worked locally and internationally to advance equality and justice. During that time, she has broken ground in a number of ways including being: the first transgender woman and first Asian to be elected to lead the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration; the first transgender woman and first person living openly with HIV to Chair the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; and an architect of the nation’s most ambitious publicly funded program addressing economic justice within the transgender community.
Robin Crawford is currently a Sr. Accountant/Accounts Payable Manager at University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Rue Mapp is the Youth Investment Program Officer at the Stewardship Council where she oversees grantmaking that funds programs to connect urban youth to the outdoors. Along with a background of working in conservation organizations and as a social media entrepreneur, Rue has a wealth of knowledge and experience to inspire health, community development, and environmental stewardship. In 2010, an invitation to President Obama’s historical White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors, and subsequent invitation to take part in a White House think tank for Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, provided her timely insight on the national imperative to help more Americans find health and sustainability through outdoor engagement. Rue holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently earned a certificate from Mills College’s Institute for Civic Leadership.
Natalie Nevard is a project manager with The Henne Group, a medical opinion research company that primarily focuses on health and HIV. One of her most recent projects involved the recruitment of over 500 men and women with HIV who were not taking medications for the treatment of HIV. Natalie has previously worked with various international organizations in Africa and Haiti, and has managed a rotating photography exhibit for refugee youth in the Bay Area. She worked as a project architect for 7 years in California and New York State. She holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Erin O’Donohue is Associate Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the International Child Resource Institute, where she manages a global network of programs in education, child protection, and empowerment of women/girls. Prior to joining ICRI, Erin worked as a Senior Staff Attorney at Legal Services for Children in San Francisco. At LSC, Erin was Director of the Guardianship Project and provided permanency planning services to families impacted by HIV/AIDS. She also founded and directed the Young Women’s Empowerment Project, which provides legal and social services to adolescent girls in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Erin has previously worked at the UCSF AIDS Health Project, Better Existence with HIV, Chicago Women’s AIDS Project, and Dublin AIDS Alliance.
Anne Boyd Rabkin, MPA is a communications, advocacy and development strategist and writer/editor supporting organizations building a healthy and sustainable future. Before becoming an independent consultant, she worked at leading global health and health care organizations and environmental nonprofits, often working in the space where health and environmental issues intersect. At Kaiser Permanente, Anne spearheaded annual reporting on the organization’s $1 billion of philanthropic work in community health and environmental stewardship. At PATH, a global health organization, Anne worked on the Reproductive Health and Children’s Vaccines Programs, producing publications and executing advocacy and evaluation efforts particularly around cervical cancer prevention in developing countries. Anne’s global health experience includes consulting for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and working at the Population Reference Bureau. She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Sociology, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Pennsylvania State University.
Deborah Royal, NP is Director of Women’s Services at the East Bay AIDS Center in Oakland, California.
Gail Silverstein is an attorney and clinical law professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law. She specializes in lawyering for low-income people in the areas of disability, housing and employment. Prior to becoming a clinical professor, Gail was a lawyer in the HIV/AIDS Legal project of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) for six years. While at EBCLC, she was the chair of the Executive Committee of the Family Care Network, a holistic group of medical, social and legal providers for women and families infected and affected by HIV of which WORLD is a part. Gail has also worked with people with HIV on their legal issues at The Hawkins Center in Richmond, California and at AIDS Legal Council of Chicago. Besides lawyering, Gail enjoys yoga, cooking and travelling.
Yomi S. Wrong is Executive Director of the Center for Independent Living, Inc. Prior to her appointment at CIL, Yomi worked as a print journalist, writing and editing for numerous publications including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Orange County Register and San Jose Mercury News.