Board of Directors

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Cynthia Davis | Chair of the Board

Cynthia Davis has a Master’s degree in public health from the School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is an Assistant Professor and Program Director in the College of Medicine and College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Davis was instrumental in the development of the first dedicated mobile HIV testing project in Los Angeles County in 1991.

She joined AHF’s board of directors in 1988, served as an advocate for the development of the first women’s HIV treatment clinic in South Los Angeles, and helped develop and operate Agape House, a residential care facility for HIV positive women and their dependent children. She also initiated the nationally and internationally recognized Dolls of Hope Project, which makes and distributes handmade cloth dolls for HIV/AIDS orphans. She is passionate about her work and has been tireless in her efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS on a local, national and international level.

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Rodney L. Wright, M.D. | Secretary

Rodney L. Wright, MD, MS has been actively involved in research, treatment and education aimed at combating HIV/AIDS since the 1980s. Dr. Wright is currently the Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the Montefiore Medical Center – Wakefield Campus and an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Wright received his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and is a maternal fetal medicine specialist focusing on the needs of HIV+ women. He has conducted research as an investigator with the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) and the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG).

Dr. Wright was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the NY State AIDS Advisory Council and was co-chair of the Care Committee for the Governors Task Force to End the AIDS Epidemic in NY State. He is also co-chair of the New York State Perinatal HIV Guidelines Committee. In addition to his work domestically, Dr. Wright frequently works in Sub-Saharan Africa and is actively involved with the Human Resources for Health Program, which provides medical education and training in Rwanda.

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Diana Hoorzuk | Global Vice Chair

Diana Hoorzuk is a councilor in the local government structure of eThekwini Municipality based in Durban, South Africa.

Hoorzuk is also employed as an admin manageress in a company dealing with people search and as a council member of Mangosuthu University of Technology.

Steve Carlton | Treasurer

Steve Carlton  is Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for the insurance subsidiaries of Universal American Corp. He also serves and Chief Privacy Officer for all of Universal American Corp.’s business units. Prior to his current position, he was Senior Regulatory Counsel for the Georgia Department of Insurance. He received his J.D. from the University of Georgia and his B.A. in Economics from Emory University, magna cum laude. Steve currently resides in Orlando, Florida.

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Scott Galvin | Board Member

Scott Galvin is a native of North Miami who was first elected to the city council in 1999, and has subsequently been re-elected several times. He was a two-term president of the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce and the North Miami Jaycees. He founded the Greater North Miami Historical Society and has been active in many other local groups.

Professionally, Galvin serves as the Vice President of Education for Junior Achievement of Greater Miami. He recruits and trains corporate volunteers to bring lessons of finance and community to children across Miami-Dade County. Before he became city councilman, he received a degree in education and served as an aide to U.S. Representative Carrie Meek from 1993 to 1999.

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Agapito Diaz | Board Member

Agapito Diaz has dedicated a lifetime of service to public transit/transportation at the local and state levels. He served as the director of revenue for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority and completed a dedicated 12-year tenure of service for the New York City Department of Transportation. Diaz graduated from Harvard University with a master’s degree in public administration and received a master’s in education from Rutgers University.

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William Arroyo, M.D. | Board Member

William Arroyo, M.D. is a regional medical director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Keck USC School of Medicine. He represents LACDMH in program development and policy implementation efforts in mental health at both the county and state levels. He is principal investigator for a project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and serves on several state and national advisory bodies that address juvenile justice reform, prison reform, health and mental health issues. Arroyo has published in the mental health areas of psychological trauma, psychiatric ethics, school mental health, juvenile justice and cross-cultural issues.

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Curley Bonds, M.D. | Domestic Vice-Chair

Dr. Curley Bonds is an associate professor and chair of psychiatry at the Charles Drew University School of Medicine and Science. He holds a dual appointment as a health sciences clinical professor in psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

He is the medical director for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

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Corey Lyons | Board Member

Biography Coming Soon

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Condessa Curley, M.D. | Board Member

Dr. Condessa Curley, a graduate of the University of California, Davis (UCD) School of Medicine, completed her residency training and fellowship at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine/California Hospital Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program and obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health. She is a board certified Family Physician with specialties in Maternal and Children’s Health and Public Health.

Dr. Curley is an Area Medical Director for one the nation’s largest public health departments. She is an active board member of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and co-chair of the AHF Black AIDS Crisis Task force (ABACT)- Faith committee. Dr. Curley is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgments for her work in the United States, Haiti and Africa. She is the co-founder of Project Africa Global Inc, a 501 C, a 100% volunteer organization providing medical care, education and training in low income countries and the United States.

Her passion to ensure the health and wellbeing in communities of color as well as marginalized populations, both locally, nationally and internationally thorough the development of sustainable community partnerships and collaborations continues to be the fuel that drives her.

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Ken Bentley | Board Member

Biography Coming Soon

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Lawrence Peters | Board Member

Lawrence Peters is a weaver of fine textiles and is the owner of Bewoven Studio. He also is a marketing, sales, media and nonprofit consultant/advisor. He has held various management positions with Bonnier Corporation, Hachette Filipacchi Media (now part of the Hearst Corporation), Wenner Media, the Hearst Corporation and Ziff-Davis Publishing Company. He was instrumental in the launch of POZ Magazine. Peters has served on the board of directors of AIDS Treatment Registry, Multitasking Systems of New York and Village Care of New York. Peters joined AHF’s board of directors in 2001.

He has also volunteered for numerous nonprofit organizations. He is the past chair of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) Marketing Council and a past member of the DMA, the DMA Catalog Council, the New England Mail Order Association, the New York New Media Association and Out Professionals. He has a master’s degree in nonprofit management from New School University and he received the Professional Decision Report Award. He has a Bachelor’s in English from Georgetown University, from which he graduated magna cum laude.

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Angelina C. Wapakabulo | Board Member

Mrs. Angelina C. Wapakabulo is the High Commissioner. In February 2009, the President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni appointed Wapakabulo Uganda’s Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya as well as Uganda Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Program and UN-HABITAT. Wapakabulo has been associated with AHF since 2001 and served as the bureau advisor for the East/West Africa Bureau for three years.

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Anita Williams | Board Member (Retired)

Anita Williams has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS and Public Health for 30 years, and has been an advocate for affected & infected individuals. She is the co-founder, and Senior VP of Project Africa Global, Inc, a non-profit with an emphasis on education, orphans, and medical and humanitarian services in both the USA & Africa. She is the Vice President of a non-profit The Economic Development Fund Foundation and was awarded the African Diamond Award by African Vibe Magazine for creating sustainable health solutions within African communities”.

She is a long time Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care, as well as a volunteer and benefactor for Whitney Young Continuation High School, Los Angeles. She is an advisory member for both The ZONDLE Boys Home & Orphanage, and McCorkindale’s Children Village & Farm in Manzini, Swaziland. She served as the Principal investigator “Prospective  study on the risk of HIV transmission in neonatal blood and blood product transfusion recipients early in the HIV epidemic. Anita received her BSN from Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Gabriel Maldonado | Board Member

Gabriel Maldonado, MBA is the Founder and CEO of TruEvolution — an LGBT justice and HIV/AIDS advocacy organization in Riverside, CA. Gabriel leads with human rights as an approach to public health, concentrating his efforts on addressing key issues impacting LGBTQ youth of color.

Originally from Compton, CA, Gabriel has been a community organizer for 10 years and now serves as Vice-Chair for the Ryan White Planning Council in San Bernardino and Riverside county. He was also appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS by the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services. Most recently, Gabriel was voted as the now youngest member on the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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Rev. Kelvin Sauls | Board Member

Rev. Kelvin Sauls, born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, is an ordained Elder in the California-Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Throughout the United Methodist connection, he is a mentor, coach and advocate in the areas of transformational spiritual leadership, social justice ministries of equality and dignity, economic equity, and multi-ethnic congregational development for community upliftment and empowerment.

A former executive and congregational strategist with two General Boards and the Annual Conference, Rev. Sauls is a passionate bridge-builder for cross-cultural and multi-ethnic congregational development in racially diverse communities.

As the Senior Pastor of Holman United Methodist Church, Rev. Sauls is committed to leveraging Holman’s legacy to engage in relevant multi-generational and vibrant multi-cultural ministries of hope and healing, compassion and restoration towards a more just and fair beloved community and world house. Through his catalytic and collaborative leadership, Holman continues to re-emerge as a hub of hope and healing, and a center of wellness and wholeness for the greater Los Angeles region.

His collaborative leadership has him involved in the following community justice initiatives in Los Angeles, California and throughout the United States:

  • City Commissioner on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Commission
  • Co-Founder of the South Los Angeles Transition Age Youth Foster Care & Homeless Collaborative, he now serves as the President of the Board of Directors
  • Co-Convener of the Justice Not Jails Initiative of Progressive Christians United
  • Co-founder of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, he now serves as President of the Board of Directors
  • Co-Founder of the Priority Africa Network, he now serves on the Board of Directors
  • Board of Directors, The KOSHLAND Fund (San Francisco Foundation)
  • Board of Directors, The Faith & Money Network

Within the United Methodist Church, Rev. Sauls provides leadership in the following areas:

  • New Ministries Essential Ministries Team in the California Pacific Conference
  • Board of Directors, National Justice for Our Neighbors (The United Methodist Committee on Relief/UMCOR)
  • Convocation of Pastors of Black Churches (United Methodist Publishing House).

A published writer, poet and percussionist, and one who is passionate about fully exploring the depth, diverse and dynamic intersections of life, Rev. Sauls is married to Rev. Judi Wortham-Sauls, an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Stephen Karau, M.D. | Board Member

Ambassador Stephen Ndung ́u Karau, M.D., is the founder and chairman of AHF Kenya, He joined the AHF global board in 2017. As a medical doctor, Dr. Karau specializes in public health and aviation medicine. For 24 years, Dr. Karau served in the Kenyan Military medical branch, reaching the rank of colonel. As a senior consultant, he led the Kenya Air Force Medical Department for six years. Dr. Karau also served as the Director of Military Public Health with the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) campus in Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr. Karau is the founder and executive chairman of Vam Health Services Kenya Ltd (VAM), a company that specializes in pharmaceutical and agrovet products distribution, as well as real estate development.

In 2014, Dr. Karau was appointed as ambassador and permanent representative of Kenya to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dr. Karau graduated from the University of Nairobi. He completed his postgraduate studies in medicine in London RCP and Leeds University in the UK.