Our Leadership

Executive Leadership

Dr. Tyler TerMeer

Tyler TerMeer, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Tyler TerMeer

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Tyler TerMeer, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Tyler TerMeer, PhD, joined San Francisco AIDS Foundation as CEO in February 2022. Reporting to the Board of Directors and working in partnership with a leadership team, Dr. TerMeer is responsible for setting the organization’s strategic priorities with the Board of Directors and ensuring programmatic and operational excellence, strong fiscal management, effective human resources, and long-term financial viability of our work. He holds primary responsibility for building positive public awareness of SFAF as well as its associated brands, and for developing and maintaining constructive working relationships with funders, civic leaders and other organizations working toward common goals.

Dr.TerMeer came to SFAF with nearly 18 years of experience in HIV and AIDS policy, advocacy, and nonprofit management. Previously, he served as CEO of Cascade AIDS Project, the largest community-based provider of HIV services in Oregon and southwest Washington. During his time at the helm of Cascade AIDS Project, Dr. TerMeer oversaw a merger with Our House of Portland, expanded the organization from one office to seven across two states, and launched Prism Health to serve the primary care and mental health needs of LGBTQ+ community members.

Previously, Dr. TerMeer served as the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at AIDS Resource Center Ohio, as Director of Ohio AIDS Coalition, and on a variety of HIV and AIDS policy organization councils and boards including Positive Pedalers (PosPeds), the National Association of People with AIDS, and the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care. He is currently the co-chair of the AIDS United Public Policy Council. For more than a decade, Dr. TerMeer has supported San Francisco AIDS Foundation as a donor through his participation in AIDS/LifeCycle as both a Rider and a Roadie.

Dr. TerMeer is personally committed to the work of SFAF. Throughout his career and personal life, he has worked to ensure that people living with HIV have the resources and support they need to live healthy lives, that LGBTQ+ community members have access to affirming and non-judgmental care, and that Black-led organizations and BIPOC leaders are supported and empowered through diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and resources. In 2012, he was honored by the White House as one of the “Nation’s Emerging LGBTQ+ Leaders,” and in 2013 was named by the White House as part of the “Nation’s Emerging Black Leadership.”

Dr. TerMeer holds a PhD in Public Policy and Administration, and an MS in Nonprofit Management and Organization Leadership from Walden University. He is also a graduate of the UCLA/Johnson and Johnson Health Care Executive Management Program. Dr. TerMeer grew up in Central Ohio. When he is not working he enjoys spending quality time with friends and chosen-family, running, urban hikes and spoiling his rescue dog - a pug named Riley.

LB Brooks

Chief Program Officer

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LB Brooks

Chief Program Officer

LB Brooks oversees the administration of San Francisco AIDS Foundation programs and services. LB works with staff and community partners to anticipate changing needs, drive strategy, and grow services to reach populations most affected by or at risk for HIV.

Prior to joining SFAF, LB was executive director of the Chicago Youth Storage Initiative, a citywide storage project for young people experiencing homelessness. Prior to that, they worked at Howard Brown Health's Broadway Youth Center where they directed programs that serve LGBTQ youth and youth experiencing homelessness. LB has also served as a long-time consultant, providing expertise in capacity building and program evaluation/design to a diverse array of clients.

Russell Roybal

Chief Advancement Officer

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Russell Roybal

Chief Advancement Officer

Russell Roybal works alongside the development, volunteer services, marketing and communications, and AIDS/LifeCycle teams at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. They lead the fundraising, volunteering, communications and branding efforts that resource our programmatic efforts and advance our mission.

Previously, Russell was deputy executive director at the National LGBTQ Task Force, where they directed programmatic and policy work, and the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Russell also served as deputy executive director of external relations, and as chief development and communications officer. The Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.

Russell has served on the staffs of the Gill Foundation, LLEGÓ – the National Latina/o LGBT Organization, the San Diego LGBT Center, and San Diego Pride. Russell was honored by the California LGBT Legislative Caucus as a Pride Honoree in 2017 and was named Grand Marshal of the San Diego LGBT Pride celebration the same year. They are also a recipient of the Harvey Milk Social Justice Award and the Jose Julio Sarría Civil Rights Award. Russell was the inaugural recipient of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Equality Award.

As a Latinx, male-bodied, non-binary queer leader, their activism is rooted in a family tradition of public service and the pursuit of social justice. Russell was born in Hollywood and grew up in La Puente, California. When Russell’s not working they're likely underwater scuba diving or living their life on the dance floor.

Leadership Team

Jasmin Alvarez, CPT 1

Director, Clinical Operations

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415-437-3409
jalvarez@sfaf.org
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415-437-3409 jalvarez@sfaf.org

Jasmin Alvarez, CPT 1

Director, Clinical Operations

Jasmin Alvarez is the director of clinical operations at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, joining first in 2015 as a lab technician. Jasmin was born and raised in the Bay Area and has deep roots in the heart of the Mission where she grew up. Having lived in a Latinx Community most of her life, she has experienced health disparities firsthand with herself, her family, and her friends. That’s one reason why she advocates for marginalized communities and has a passion for health rights.

Working in laboratory fields, Jasmin makes connections with clients by listening to their stories, experiencing and the challenges they face every day just to take care of themselves. Their stories are the drive and passion behind her work. When she’s not working to dismantle racism and misogyny in the workplace, Jasmin is kept busy by her two loving dogs who would do anything for a tennis ball.

Nathaniel Anderson

Facilities Director

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Nathaniel Anderson

Facilities Director

Nathaniel Anderson is the facilities director at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, leading a team overseeing facilities operations, budgets, maintenance and workplace safety and security.

For six years prior to his current role, Nathaniel led events production for AIDS/LifeCycle. Nathaniel has previously worked with several Bay Area arts organizations, including managing development and front of house operations for Museum of Craft and Design and development and special events for Kala Art Institute. He received his Master’s degree in arts administration from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Ben Cabangun, MA

Vice President, Program Administration & Operations

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415-487-3030
bcabangun@sfaf.org
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Ben Cabangun, MA

Vice President, Program Administration & Operations

Ben Cabangun, MA thrives by cultivating creativity with teams. At his core, he’s a problem solver and human-centered design practitioner. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Ben is a cross-function thought partner and co-designs solutions to administrative and operations challenges across programs.

Prior to joining SFAF, Ben was managing director and principal investigator at the 28-year CDC-funded national HIV capacity building program, Capacity for Health. There, he led the design of organizational development and management consulting frameworks and training curricula integrating design thinking for HIV and public health contexts. His program design, implementation, and evaluation experience began in 2008 at the organization now known as the San Francisco Community Health Center. Since 2010, he has served on the San Francisco HIV Community Planning Council and has served terms as council co-chair, Jurisdictional Planning Committee Chair, and is currently co-chair of Community Engagement. He completed graduate school at the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, and is an alumni of the CompassPoint Next Generation Leaders of Color, the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and the +Acumen Community of Social Innovators. He’s obsessed with indoor cycling, single origin coffee, yoga, reality TV, and happy hour.

Chris Damon

Controller
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Chris Damon

Controller

Chris Damon is the controller at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, responsible for ensuring the financial health of the Foundation and performing fiduciary oversight. Chris provides accurate and timely financial information internally to inform programmatic, management and strategic decisions and oversees external financial reporting as required by various government organizations.

Chris has been with the Finance department of SFAF since 2001. Prior to this, he worked at for-profit organizations in various financial management roles. Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting from San Jose State University.

Tracy Evans, MBA

Director, AIDS/LifeCycle

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Tracy Evans, MBA

Director, AIDS/LifeCycle

Tracy Evans, MBA 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.

Ro Giuliano, MS

Director of Syringe Access Services Programs & Operations
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Ro Giuliano, MS

Director of Syringe Access Services Programs & Operations

Ro Giuliano, MS is the director of Syringe Access Services Programs & Operations at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. She oversees service delivery at the Harm Reduction Center, a welcoming space where people who use drugs can obtain safe injection supplies, have access to safe disposal, overdose prevention education and Narcan, medical care, low barrier substance use treatment and our innovative onsite hepatitis C treatment program.

Ro has worked in the Harm Reduction movement for over 20 years. In the late 90’s, she founded and directed SFNE (San Francisco Needle Exchange), a youth focused, community-driven needle exchange and harm reduction program in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury district. SFNE was the first program to provide comprehensive overdose prevention training and Narcan distribution in San Francisco. She also worked for many years at UCSF’s UFO study, a long-term study of HVC rates among young injection drug users. Ro is dedicated to reducing drug-related stigma in healthcare, and empowering people who use drugs with education and support services as they navigate positive behavior changes.

Ernest Hopkins

Senior Strategist & Advisor

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415-487-3096
ehopkins@sfaf.org
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Ernest Hopkins

Senior Strategist & Advisor

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 SFAF in 2017 having led federal policy and legislative activities since 1997. Prior to joining SFAF, 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). He has testified before congressional committees and advised Congress on legislative initiatives, earning him the Congressional Black Caucus's Leadership Award.

Jenny Hsieh

Director, Government Contracts

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Jenny Hsieh

Director, Government Contracts

Jenny Hsieh facilitates fiscal stewardship of SFAF’s federal, state, and local funds while managing the end-to-end grants lifecycle. She partners with stakeholders to administer core financial operations; implement effective internal controls to mitigate risk; and optimize resource management with respect to the Foundation’s grant portfolio.
 
Prior to this position, Jenny held a similar role at Impact Justice, a national nonprofit dedicated to criminal justice reform. She also has previous experience in for-profit financial consulting. Jenny holds a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Emily Land, MA

Director, Marketing & Communications

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Emily Land, MA

Director, Marketing & Communications

Emily Land is the director of the Marketing and Communications team at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, leading communication strategies and marketing plans that connect people to the foundation’s programs, services, and causes. She first joined the organization as an editor for the HIV blog BETA in 2014, and is passionate about raising awareness about health issues that affect people’s lives: everything from research on PrEP and HIV health to harm reduction and social justice causes.

Emily has authored more than 400 articles published between SFAF’s main website and previously BETA blog about HIV science, research, treatment, and care. She is co-author of a compendium textbook on structural HIV interventions, and has authored journal articles on the same topic. In 2020, Emily presented results from the popular “Douchie” anal health and HIV social marketing campaign launched by the SFAF Marketing & Communications team at an oral abstract session for the 2020 International AIDS Conference. Prior to joining SFAF, she worked for a social science research organization conducting translational HIV prevention research. She holds an MA from the University of Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing Wordle, and trying to keep up with her toddler son.

Beth Nauslar

Controller

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enauslar@sfaf.org
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Beth Nauslar

Controller

Beth Nauslar is the controller at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, overseeing accounting operations for the foundation. She is responsible for ensuring that financial reports accurately reflect the financial position of SFAF to inform programmatic, management, and strategic decisions. She also oversees external financial reporting as required by various government organizations.

Beth joined SFAF in 2012 as assistant controller. Her 9 years in this role were instrumental in understanding the foundation’s work, clients, and impact. Prior to joining SFAF, Beth held management positions at manufacturing and start-up companies, and at a regional CPA firm. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting from Golden Gate University. In her free time, she enjoys trail running, and is also an active volunteer for AIDS/LifeCycle, Dining Out For Life, and DIY fundraising for SFAF.

Jorge Roman, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, AAHIVS

Director of Clinical Services

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Jorge Roman, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, AAHIVS

Director of Clinical Services

Jorge Roman oversees clinical services at Magnet, the sexual health clinic at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Passionate about health care delivery for clients living with HIV and HIV PrEP, Jorge came to SFAF in 2019. Prior to that, he worked at OLE Health where he led efforts for LGBT inclusion and culturally appropriate care.

Jorge holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) from the University of California, San Diego, and a BS and a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Jorge is passionate about bringing about health equity through health care delivery that focuses on BIPOC communities. Jorge lives in Sonoma with his partner of over 20 years and beagle Tucker.

Kashi Senthilnatha

Vice President, Technology

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Kashi Senthilnatha

Vice President, Technology

Kashi Senthilnatha is responsible for directing the information technology and electronic health records team at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He provides strategic leadership across administration and programs in the areas of technology infrastructure and security, process optimization, efficient solutions planning and integration, vendor relations, and responsive end-user support.

Prior to joining SFAF, Kashi led the IT department at Kindred AI and the engineering team at IPSOFACTO IT Services. In 2015, Kashi returned from 18 years of service and study as a monk at the Hindu monastery and theological seminary on Kauai island, where he co-wrote, edited, and designed publications, traveled and taught philosophy and meditation, and brought the organization to the forefront of technology in support of its wide array of programs.

Laura Skaggs

Director, People & Culture

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Laura Skaggs

Director, People & Culture

Laura Skaggs oversees the Human Resources Operations at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, leading the organization’s benefits administration, compensation and performance management systems, employee relations, and development of the Employee Handbook and other HR policies. She is also leading the implementation of a new Human Resource Information System (HRIS).

Laura has more than 30 years of experience in HR management for social service organizations, previously serving in director and VP roles at the Institute on Aging, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate and Planned Parenthood Northern California, the East Bay Agency for Children and as an HR consultant for Robert Half Management Services.
 
With a strong commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Bay Area communities, Laura is personally driven to ensure that nonprofit frontline staff are supported with excellent benefits, compensation, professional development opportunities, and employee experiences. She has a personal and family connection to the mission and work of San Francisco AIDS Foundation that inspires her work and leadership at the organization. Laura was born and raised in Oakland, and is a steadfast Oakland A’s fan who has attended nearly every opening night game since 1973. Laura’s love for music, her daughter, and her dog Bowie keep her motivated!

Kyle Temple, LCSW

Senior Director, Stonewall Project

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415-437-3416
ktemple@sfaf.org
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Kyle Temple, LCSW

Senior Director, Stonewall Project

Kyle Temple, LCSW is Senior Director of The Stonewall Project at San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He oversees day to day programming and operations for SFAF’s harm reduction substance use treatment program. The Stonewall Project provides individual and group counseling support for community members who wish to explore their relationship with drugs and alcohol, and mitigate the potential for harm caused by their use, including elevated risk of HIV and Hepatitis C. In this model of care, substance use goals are set by participants and include a range of options including safer use, targeted abstinence, and abstinence.

Kyle brings experience living with HIV and a history of substance use to his work with community, and holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Social Welfare (MSW) degrees from University of California, Berkeley. He is driven by a belief that stigma kills, equitable access to quality care is a right, and that all community members deserve to be treated with compassion, dignity, kindness, and respect.

Larry Zapatka, MBA, MPA

Director, Budget & Contracts

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Larry Zapatka, MBA, MPA

Director, Budget & Contracts

Larry Zapatka, MBA, MPA oversees the development and implementation of 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 SFAF, Larry was the commander of troops at Raymond W. Bliss Army Community Hospital at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He also held the position of Chief- Plans, Training, Mobilization & Security in which he oversaw company-wide annual military training, security clearance processing and during the first Gulf War, managed the logistics for 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.