Steering and Strategy Team


 

Christopher Berini Director of Development
(He/him/his)

Christopher Berini is responsible for the philanthropic engagement of individuals, corporate and institutional partners, and fundraising event participants to increase support for the vital services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He leads the development team to meet or exceed annual fundraising goals while providing excellent service to donors, partners, and participants. He advises the board of directors, CEO, and chief advancement officer on strategies to ensure the long-term financial stability of the foundation.

Before joining the foundation, Christopher's career had long been focused on leveraging powerful brands to drive growth. With over 15 years in technology sales and marketing, primarily for IBM, he created and delivered compelling client-focused proposals while growing customer relationships into lasting partnerships. In parallel, he served as a community leader on the board of directors for nonprofit organizations fighting to improve access to quality health care, particularly for those affected by HIV/AIDS, including Academy of Friends and New Leaf Services. Christopher has also worked with Genentech to ensure patient access to bio-pharmaceutical treatment, guided Kaiser Family Foundation to reach more gay and bisexual men through their Greater Than AIDS media campaign, and helped Project Inform transform supporter engagement and communicate the impact of their work to a wider audience.

 

Pierre-Cédric B. Crouch, PhD, ANP-BC, ACRN Director of Nursing
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Pierre-Cédric Crouch leads San Francisco AIDS Foundation's delivery of sexual health services including PrEP, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, HIV testing, prevention services, hepatitis C testing and treatment, and more. He developed the foundation's PrEP Health Program at Magnet, which is the largest nurse-led PrEP program and has garnered world-wide recognition. He has also expanded anal health services, full point-of-care STI testing, and hepatitis C treatment.

Pierre is from New Orleans where he obtained his BSN from the Louisiana State University Health Science Center. He had an early passion for HIV care and technology, which lead him to move to San Francisco, where he received his MSN (nurse practitioner) and PhD from the University of California, San Francisco. He geeks out over technologies that connect clients to their health and the development of RN-delivered community based care. He leads in Health Care 3.0, which supports nurses practicing to the fullest extent of their license and taking a client-centered approach to remove traditional barriers to accessing health care.

 

Mike Discepola, MA Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services & Stonewall Project
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Mike Discepola directs the work of the Stonewall Project and Syringe Access and Disposal Services at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Mike works with staff and community partners to research, design, plan and implement HIV/sexually transmitted infection prevention, HIV care and outpatient substance use and mental health programs in compliance with agency, state and federal standards and regulations. He is a member of the San Francisco HIV Community Planning Council (HCPC) and the Community Consulting Group for the Substance Use Research Section of the San Francisco Department of Public Health and he supports the city-wide Syringe Access & Disposal Collaboration funded through the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

For more than 20 years, Mike has provided leadership to HIV prevention, substance use, harm reduction and community-based mental health programs for LGBTQ populations. In 2014 he served as the community co-chair for the Substance Work Group of the HIV Prevention Planning Council, from 2016 to 2018 he served a member of the California State HIV/AIDS Planning Group (CPG) and in 2017 he served as a member of San Francisco's Safer Injection Services (SIS) Task Force. In 2013, Mike was honored by KQED and Union Bank as a local Hero in the LGBT Communities of the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

Tracy Evans, MBA AIDS/LifeCycle Ride Director
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Tracy Evans oversees the logistics, financial responsibilities, fundraising, recruitment and communications of AIDS/LifeCycle. Tracy provides leadership to the teams at San Francisco AIDS Foundation and at the Los Angeles LGBT Center to grow the Ride, engage prior and current participants, meet and exceed fundraising goals and deliver a quality experience to everyone participating in this endurance challenge fundraising event.

Before joining AIDS/LifeCycle, Tracy was national director of development and fundraising with The Lupus Foundation of America. Before that, she spent more than ten years at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Team In Training. While at LLS, she led a 14-chapter roll out of the National Hike for Discovery program, served as the national director/product manager, and was part of the team that created the wildly-successful Nike Women's Marathon.

 

Andrew Hattori, MBA Senior Director, Marketing & Communications
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Andrew Hattori leads the Marketing & Communications team for San Francisco AIDS Foundation which is responsible for recruiting, engaging and exciting clients, donors, and community members. His team works closely with members of every department to support program delivery, public policy work, and fundraising activities.

Andrew joined San Francisco AIDS Foundation with 15 years' experience developing communications strategies and marketing programs in nonprofit, corporate, and small-business settings. He began his career focusing on cross-cultural communications with the Japan Exchange and Teaching program. Experiences he gained there, during his work with the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California, and as a cyclist for AIDS/LifeCycle ignited his passion for LGBTQ causes, HIV activism, and social justice. Andrew holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.B.A. from the University of California Berkeley-Haas School of Business. He lives in Oakland and enjoys cycling, improv, and the queer arts scene.

 

Jen Hecht, MPHSenior Director, Program Strategy and Evaluation
(She/any)

Jen Hecht ensures that programs are responding to key needs and trends as part of overseeing the organization's monitoring and evaluation.

Jen has over 15 years of experience in public health, with a focus on HIV/sexually transmitted infections, youth homelessness, and substance use. Her work has evolved from direct service in settings such as needle exchange sites, street-based and mobile outreach, and a community health clinic to include program development, monitoring and evaluation, and community-based research. She has been working for many years on projects related to sexual health and dating apps and is a co-founder of Building Healthy Online Communities, a consortium of public health and app owners working together to further HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention. In addition to her work with dating apps, her research has focused on alcohol use in the queer community and development of structural interventions.

 

Ernest Hopkins Director of Legislative Affairs
(He, him, his)

Ernest Hopkins leads the San Francisco AIDS Foundation national policy and legislative activities at the federal administrative and congressional levels, seeking appropriate levels of resource and sound public health policies that promote the health and wellness of San Franciscans living with and at risk for HIV.

Ernest marked 20 years at the foundation in 2017 having led federal policy and legislative activities since 1997. Prior to joining the foundation, Ernest was the director of health and treatment at the National Association for People with AIDS (NAPWA) in Washington, DC where he led clinical trial review and consultation at the inception of HIV antiretroviral development and availability, advocating for safety, effectiveness and affordability. Ernest leads and has led national advocacy coalitions like the National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Coalition (NBGMAC) and the Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR), testified before congressional committees, and advised Congress on legislative initiatives, earning him the Congressional Black Caucus's Leadership Award.

 

Julie Lifshay, MPH, PhDDirector, Health Navigation Services
(She, her, hers)

Julie Lifshay, MPH, PhD, oversees the administration of San Francisco AIDS Foundation services for people living with HIV through programs including Black Health and Access HOPE Centers of Excellence, the Housing & Financial Benefits program, Positive Force, HIV Navigation Services, and Services Lobby. Julie designs and implements models of care that assist people living with HIV to access and stay in medical care, adhere to HIV medications, learn how to live well with HIV, reduce isolation, and find communities of support. Directing the Lobby Services program, she ensures that all visitors and clients to 1035 Market Street are welcomed, engaged, and linked to services both within and outside the foundation. Julie is also an active member of San Francisco's Getting to Zero Coalition.

Prior to joining San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Julie was the manager of health services at Centerforce, the nation's oldest nonprofit providing services to individuals, families, and communities impacted by incarceration. While at Centerforce, she created nationally recognized model peer-led programs to prevent HIV and hepatitis C among people living in prison and to link them to care upon their release. Prior to that, Julie worked as a behavioral scientist at California's Sexually Transmitted Disease Control Branch in Richmond, California and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

 

Laurina Phillip Muglia, BSc, MBASenior Director of Human Resources
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Laurina Phillip Muglia leads Human Resources for San Francisco AIDS Foundation where she focuses on the core domains of a high performing organization, strategy, leadership, talent, culture, the clients we serve, the donors who support us, and the volunteers and staff members who get the work done.

Before joining the foundation, Laurina worked internationally, beginning her career in Trinidad & Tobago before working for several years in London's investment banking sector. She moved back to Trinidad to take over Human Resources for the Caribbean's largest civil marine construction and engineering company, transitioned to a Canadian-based international engineering firm for several years, then co-founded and sold a Caribbean telecom field services company that upgraded cell infrastructure throughout the Caribbean.

Laurina joined a step-change leading team in the sustainable agriculture sector in the Netherlands before moving to the U.S. to join family. There, she was recruited by Sun Light & Power for the executive team as human resources manager/generalist before moving to Spruce Finance as senior director of Human Resources and Talent Management. Laurina completed her MBA and BSc at Andrews University.

 

Courtney Mulhern-Pearson, MPH Senior Director of Policy and Strategy
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Courtney Mulhern-Pearson, MPH is responsible for directing local and statewide policy work at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Courtney leads partnership opportunities related to health care reform and advocates for full funding of vital HIV care and prevention programs in the California and San Francisco budgets as well as legislation to assure appropriate state and local policy responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Prior to joining the foundation, Courtney worked at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the implementation of Medicare Part D, with a focus on transitioning people with HIV/AIDS and providing outreach to their providers. She received her master's in public health with an emphasis on health policy from the School of Public Health at the University of California at Berkeley.

 

Ro Yoon Director of Community Engagement
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Ro Yoon oversees community programs that provide social support and engage marginalized communities impacted by stigma and social injustices based on race, class, gender and accessibility. Her solidarity work with leaders and community partners addresses social determinants of health to mitigate health disparities for diverse communities.

Ro joined San Francisco AIDS Foundation with over twenty-five years of experience in HIV prevention, community mobilization, and public health & clinical research.

 

Larry Zapatka, MBA, MPA Director, Budget & Contracts
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Larry Zapatka oversees the development and implementation of the agency-wide and departmental budgets, and provides leadership in negotiating agreements with city, state and federal agencies. Working with the accounting department, he maintains the highest level of compliance and accountability for all external auditing practices.

Before his more than 25 years at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Larry was the commander of troops at Raymond W. Bliss Army Community Hospital at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He also concurrently held the position of chief- plans, training, mobilization & security, in which he oversaw the medical processing of all Army Reserve, National Guard and Active Duty members from the state of Arizona before they were deployed to the Middle East during the first Gulf War. Larry also has served as an EMT for a municipal service and as a manager in the banking industry.