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The National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN) is a collaborative network of more than 500 community based organizations, state and local health departments, and concerned individuals committed to reducing the number of HIV infections and AIDS diagnosis among Latinos across the United States and its dependent territories. Eligible members of NLAAN elects a Leadership Committee for two year terms to make decisions and recommendations about national, regional and local HIV/AIDS issues of concern to the Latino community as well as advocate at local and national levels for the Latino community’s increased access to HIV testing and care.

The Leadership Committee (LC) serves as the governing body of NLAAN.  The LC is responsible for the ongoing development, implementation, and evaluation of NLAAN programmatic and advocacy efforts.

NLAAN Leadership:

Co-Chairs:

ECG pic Edwin Emilio Corbin-Gutierrez – Chicago, Illionois
Center on Halsted – Anti-Violence Project Manager

Edwin Corbin-Gutiérrez co-chairs NLAAN and is a Manager on the Health Systems Integration team at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). Edwin works across teams to expand and coordinate NASTAD’s technical assistance efforts to bridge public health and health care payment and delivery systems. Before joining NASTAD, he co-chaired the Illinois HIV Planning Group and focused on HIV prevention efforts for young Black and Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) as the Youth Empowerment Director at the Center on Halsted in Chicago, Illinois. Edwin was a 2005 Fulbright Fellow to Venezuela. He holds a B.A. from Emerson College in Boston and a M.A. from Northwestern University.

 

rosa-pic Rosa E. Martinez-Colon – Chicago, Illinois
CALOR – Assistant Director

A native of Puerto Rico, Rosa moved to Chicago in 1987 and became part-owner of an agency that helped immigrants acquire legal status. In the early 1990s, she offered some of the agency's space to a support group for Latinos impacted by HIV/AIDS. Soon after CALOR was born.

 

 

Over the years, Rosa has been an integral part of CALOR's transformation.  From a weekly support group, CALOR has grown to offer 7 programs providing services to 6 different populations, including a 17-unit facility for individuals and families impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Rosa has also been very active locally and nationally. In 2010 she was Community Co-Chair for the Host Committee for the United States Conference on AIDS, held in Chicago in 2011.  The following year, she served as an Ambassador to the 2012 XIX International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, DC. Rosa holds a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University and a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from North Park University. Rosa currently serves as Assistant Director of Calor and is co-chair of the National Latino AIDS Action Network.

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Secretary:

Carlos Torres – Pittsburgh, PA

Carlos Torres is a native of Puerto Rico and holds a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona. In 2004, after more than ten years of military service, Carlos began a second career in the non-profit sector. His background includes outreach, education, and advocacy around topics related to harassment, discrimination, and domestic violence against LGBT persons. He also has experience with rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, case management, and HIV prevention programming for minority populations including Latino and African American men who have sex with men, men and women coming out of jail/prison, HIV positive persons, and high-risk negatives. He has worked as a National Trainer assisting nonprofit organizations and health departments increase their service capacities.
 

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Treasurer:

Sergio E. M. Farfan – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Louisiana Latino Health Coalition For HIV/AIDS Awareness (LLHC): Founder and Member

Mr. Farfán has master’s degrees in architecture, higher education, and planning education. He was Associate Professor in the Architecture Department at Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico until 1984. He is a consumer advocate, has lived with HIV/AIDS for 17 years, and at the moment is the only Latino advocate from Louisiana representing two categories: the Latino infected community and the over- 55-year-old MSM group as well. Sergio began getting involved with the HIV community by doing counseling and testing, and by advocating on behalf of the Latino community. He helped form the Louisiana Latino Health Coalition and became its Co-Chair in 2005. He experienced the Katrina and Rita hurricanes, but even after all the devastation in southern Louisiana, this group still managed to commemorate National Latino Testing Day in Baton Rouge and Lafayette and link more Latinos to care.

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Members:

Ofelis Barrios – New York, NY
IRIS House – Senior Director of Community Health Initiative

Ofelia Barrios was born in Los Charcos, Valparaiso, Zacatecas, Mexico, raised in East Los Angeles and moved to NYC in 1996. She has worked in the area of HIV/AIDS for almost twenty years and is currently employed by Iris House, Inc. in New York City.  As the Senior Director of Community Health Initiatives, Ms. Barrios is responsible for providing overall oversight and management of all HIV/HCV/STI and PrEP/PEP prevention services; shaping, managing and implementing strategic communication initiatives that deliver a high level of HIV/HCV/STI and PrEP/PEP awareness, innovation and impact; creation, development and nurturing solid relationships with relevant community stakeholders and assume a leadership role in community within four broad categories HIV Prevention, Advocacy, Disease Integration and Community Relations. Ms. Barrios has expertise in program planning, prevention education, behavioral interventions, coalition building, evaluation, strategic planning, advocacy, policy, grant writing, capacity building and technical assistance, and request for proposal process. Ms. Barrios is an active member of the National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN), the New York State HIV Advisory Body (NYSHAB), Ending the Epidemic NYC Coalition and New York Knows HIV testing initiative.  Ms. Barrios holds a Masters Degree from the University of New Mexico, a Bachelors Degree from Middlebury College and is also a graduate of the CDC/ASPH Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership Institute.
 

 

  Anselmo Fonseca – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Pacientes de SIDA pro Política Sana – Co-Founder / Advocate

When you think of HIV advocacy  and working to ensure that Puerto Rico's infected and affected communities have access to prevention and care you will ultimately think of Anslemo Fonseca. Anslemo has dedicated more than 16 years to Advocating for and  Educating the island's various communities. He is a founding member of NLAAN and ensured that Puerto Rico's voice was included in the National Latino AIDS Agenda.

 

elicia_GPhilly Elicia Gonzales – Philadelphia, PA
Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI) – Executive Director

Since 2009, Elicia Gonzales has enthusiastically served as Executive Director for GALAEI: queer Latin@ Social Justice Organization that is dedicated to advancing nuestra comunidad through economic and leadership development, sexual empowerment, and grassroots organizing. Elicia serves on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA, on the Jonathan Lax Scholarship Committee for Bread&Roses Community Fund, and on the Leadership Council for the National Latino AIDS Action Network. She has worked in the social justice field for more than 16 in various capacities ranging from reproductive justice to queer Latino social justice. Elicia is originally from Denver, CO and moved to Philadelphia in 2004 to obtain Masters degrees in Social Work and Human Sexuality Education from Widener University.

 

OscarRaulLopez-WP Oscar Raul Lopez – Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Valley AIDS Council – Director of Education and Communications

Oscar Raul Lopez began his career in public health in 1987 working with Planned Parenthood and Valley AIDS Council conducting sex education in public schools and HIV prevention education across South Texas. In Austin he worked with Latinos, the LGBT community, intravenous drug users and ran a multi-agency homeless/runaway youth program. In Washington DC, Oscar worked for the National Minority AIDS Council, developing HIV treatment adherence conferences across the country then became the Director of HIV Education and Capacity Building for the Office of Minority Health Resource Center before moving to New York City where he served as the United States Program Manager for Engender Health developing innovative campaigns to engage men in sexual and reproductive health care. He then served as Director of Communications and Health Policy for the Latino Commission of AIDS helping develop the National Latino AIDS Action Network. In his 25th year in Public Health, he returned to the Rio Grande Valley to serve as the VAC Director of Education and Communication overseeing a team of 17 individuals responsible for HIV/STI education and testing and promotion of bio-medical interventions in addition to working closely with English and Spanish language media.

 

Juan Carlos Riascos – Miami, Florida
Abbott Laboratories – National Community Affairs Manager

Juan Carlos Riascos is a nationally recognized health educator, advocate, published author, and lecturer. He speaks on a number of health-related issues according to his audience, such as: educating and providing best practices for non-prescribers HIV/AIDS healthcare providers on the impact of HIV paired with other medical issues; and educating and empowering people infected or affected directly by HIV/AIDS to live a full, healthy and productive life through health education and a better understanding of their condition. He has a BA in Economics from Boston University. He has served as Coordinator of Clinical Education Initiatives, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami; the past vice president for The Center for Positive Connections in Miami, FL; a past member of the Host Committee United States Conference on AIDS in 2008. He is a current member of the Leadership Committee of the National Latino AIDS Action Network (NLAAN); a member of the Advisory Steering Committee of NAPWA Center for Stigma and Health Literacy at Howard University.

 

Richard Zaldivar – Los Angeles, California
The Wall Las Memorias Project: Executive Director/President & Founder

Richard Zaldivar is the founder and executive director of The Wall Las Memorias Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting wellness and preventing illness among Latino populations affected by HIV/AIDS by using the inspiration of the AIDS Monument as a catalyst for social change. As executive director, he oversees programs that reach out to Latino populations in the Los Angeles area, including men who are gay, bisexual and MSM, communities of faith and the general public. The Wall Las Memorias Project is noted for several highly visible endeavors, including construction of the nation’s first publicly funded AIDS monument in the U.S., hosting of Strike Out AIDS, the first-ever AIDS awareness day at Dodger Stadium, and leadership in the fight against crystal meth amphetamine use.

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