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Richard Strange (he/him) grew up in London and graduated from King’s College, Cambridge in 1963 with a degree in Physiology and Chemistry. He then spent five years in Africa, initially in Ghana as a school-teacher and member of VSO, the British Peace Corps. After ten years working in London, he moved to the USA in 1978 to work in IT for the US Environmental Protection Agency but then joined the IT staff of the World Bank in Washington DC in 1991, where he worked until 2012. Since the mid-1990s, he has been a volunteer participant in numerous NIH studies, including eight phase-1 drug trials, and vaccine studies and as a tissue donor. In 2010, he joined the CAB for the DC Cohort, a longitudinal study of HIV treatment in Washington DC, when it was first set up. In 2017 he joined the CAB for the BELIEVE HIV Cure study and is now on the CAB for its successor study, REACH.


Will Zhao is an Assistant Professor in Organization and Human Behavior at the University of Waterloo, Canada. After earning his PhD from EMLYON Business School in France, he spent his postdoctoral year pursuing further research at Stanford University. Passionate about human-centric innovation, Will aims to bridge human values and innovation across multiple fields through his research, drawing on his multidisciplinary background in organization studies, semiotics, and computer science.


Thomas J Villa (he/him) is a longtime advocate for the LGBT community, an accomplished leader and successful business executive. He has thirty years of success building and leading new teams and new businesses, primarily in healthcare services. In 2017 Tom co-founded Impacto LGBT, a nonprofit community-based organization that serves the LGBT Latinx community of Northern Virginia. Tom holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, graduate studies in Health Systems Management (University of Baltimore) and Leadership (Walden University), and is a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army. Tom leverages his experience as a long-term survivor of HIV through service on community advisory boards for the DC Clinical Trials Unit of the ACTG led by George Washington University/Milken School of Public Health and the Whitman-Walker Institute; on the Virginia Community HIV Planning Group; as an Ambassador for the HOPE Martin Delaney Collaboratory for HIV Cure Research; through volunteer participation in various clinical trials focused on ending the HIV epidemic; and as a Convening Member for the National HIV & Aging Advocacy Network. Tom is an avid reader and a practicing writer. He is a longtime resident of the Washington metropolitan area and enjoys its rich cultural offerings, the diversity of its people, and spending time with friends and family including his four grown children.


Marco is a transmasculine person, that has a teaching degree in history and is currently getting a major in education. He works as a community educator at USP clinical research site in São Paulo, Brazil. Marco coordinates the CAB group of USP and also integrates the community engagement team of HOPE.


Graduated in Image and Sound from Universidade Federal de São Carlos – UFSCar. Raoni directed three award-winning short films and acted as editor and assistant director on two feature films. Since 2015, Raoni has been working as a filmmaker and photographer with a focus on creating content for the web and social media. Raoni currently works as a social media assistant in the Community Education Program of the Clinical Research Center 2 of the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo.


Ebony Gordon (she/her) is the program coordinator of the SFAF aging services, she is a new member of the SF Bay Area community. She has served in the HIV space for over seven years in the South and has worked in a variety of roles from prevention and education and trauma-focused case management to direct support services and volunteer roles. Ebony’s continued mission has been to demystify the stigma surrounding HIV and to eradicate the epidemic through trauma-informed care, education, advocacy, and prevention efforts. Ebony is currently doing work to honor and support Black women in conversations surrounding HIV and to create brave spaces wherein Black women living with HIV can center their own health, wellness, joy, happiness, and pleasure. She hopes to strengthen her work by completing her master’s degree to licensure in clinical mental health counseling. Ebony loves to spend her time listening to true crime podcasts, doing her makeup, and drinking extra sweet vanilla lattes in small cafes.


Vincent Crisostomo (he/his) is the director of Aging Services; San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) San Francisco, CA. Vince Crisostomo is a gay Chamorro (Pacific Islander) long-term HIV/AIDS survivor who believes in the healing power of community and has dedicated more than 30 years to HIV/AIDS activism and LGBTQ communities. He is passionate about bringing health care to all and social justice equity to people of every sexual identity, HIV status, gender, race and age. Vince is currently SFAF’s Director of Aging Services; from 2014 to 2020 he managed SFAF’s Elizabeth Taylor 50 Plus Network for long-term HIV survivors. He was an active member of the Mayor’s Long-Term Care Coordinating Council where he co-chaired the HIV & Aging Work Group. Vince has led a number of grassroots HIV advocacy & LGBTQ organizations both in the U.S. and overseas. He was executive director of the Coalition of Asia Pacific Regional Networks on HIV/AIDS, founded the Pacific Island Jurisdiction AIDS Action Group, and served as a United Nations NGO delegate for the Asia Pacific. In 2019 he was named Community Grand Marshall for San Francisco Pride by popular vote.


On his 27th birthday, Raif Derazzi (he/him)’s greatest fear came to life when he was diagnosed with AIDS. Realizing his ‘victim mindset’ he was determined to change and regain control of his life. Seven years later, Raif is now a pro natural competitive physique bodybuilder. In response to the scarcity of ‘positive’ role models in the HIV community, he now talks about his HIV status on social media in hopes of providing guidance and inspiration to others. As the host of a fitness segment on cable TV show ’Plus Life’ a growing YouTube subscribership and following on Instagram, Twitter & Facebook, he shares his life and his journey living with HIV, embracing a fitness lifestyle, personal-growth and inspiration! Raif cofounded the non for profit Black Queer Town Hall.


Alecia Tramel-McIntyre(she/her) is the founder of Positive People Network, Inc, a non- profit organization whose mission is to change the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS and to change the Norms. For the rest of the community, Education, Awareness and Prevention. Alecia is the Florida State Lead for Positive Women’s Network, a member of BTAN, The Southern Aids Coalition CAB member, Florida Community Health Worker Coalition, Florida HIV Justice Coalition, Member of Miami-Dade HIV/AIDS Partnership, Chair of The Community Coalition of The Partnership, Board member of ICWNA, Blogger for A Girl Like Me: The Well Project, member of The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, and Florida HIV/Aids Advocacy Network, among others. Alecia is committed to eradicating stigma and has worked on initiatives such as restoring voting rights through Amendment 4. Being an ambassador for Prevention Access and U=U, Alecia proudly empowers and educates the community on the facts and science of Undetectable=Untransmittable.


Luis Gutierrez-Mock (he,him), MPH, MA, is a Public Health Specialist Supervisor at the UCSF Pandemic Initiative for Equity and Action. He is the qualitative lead on several COVID research projects, including a rapid qualitative study on vaccine hesitancy among San Francisco residents. He also serves as a training lead and subject matter expert for the California COVID-19 Virtual Training Academy, which has remotely trained over 10,000 contact tracers and case investigators. Prior to COVID, Luis worked in transgender HIV prevention for 20 years through direct service, advocacy, capacity building, and research. Luis holds an MA in Sexuality Studies, a second MA in Ethnic Studies, and an MPH with an emphasis in community health education. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Medical Sociology at UCSF.