Leadership

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Michael Weinstein | President

Michael Weinstein

is the president of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization. Before becoming involved in HIV/AIDS related issues in the 1980s, he was a businessman and graphic designer. Since 1986, Mr. Weinstein has been a leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS. As president and co-founder of AHF, he oversees a multibillion dollar organization whose mission is to provide “cutting-edge medicine and advocacy regardless of ability to pay.” AHF currently serves nearly 970,000 clients in the United States, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific region and Eastern Europe.

Under Weinstein’s leadership, AHF has grown from a group of friends dedicated to the creation of dignified care for people in the last stages of AIDS to the largest AIDS organization in the United States. The Foundation now operates in over 500 treatment clinics in more than 40 countries globally: over 60 outpatient AHF Healthcare Centers in over 15 states (California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington) as well as in the District of Columbia. AHF also operates in more than 46 pharmacies in over 10 states and a clinical research unit. Under its Positive Healthcare brand, AHF operates managed care programs for people living with HIV and/or AIDS in California and Florida, which currently serve more than 4,890 clients.

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Peter Reis | Senior Vice President

Peter Reis is integrally involved in leading management and growth strategies for all of AHF’s core businesses, including US-based clinics specializing in HIV care, Medicaid and Medicare managed care contracts in California and Florida, a growing pharmacy division, a research program, and a retail chain of thrift stores. Originally hired as a financial analyst in 1995, he moved up to become the health plan administrator in 1996, the director of business development in 1998, and the vice president and chief financial officer in 2000.

As an analyst, Reis developed a financial plan to launch the nation’s first capitated managed care plan specializing in HIV. He was also responsible for managing and monitoring fiscal performance. Reis went on to lead AHF’s expansion beyond California by negotiating with the State of Florida for a disease management contract for Medicaid beneficiaries with HIV, and by supervising the program’s implementation. As VP and CFO, Reis led a transformation of internal systems, including the installation of an organization-wide electronic medical record, the implementation of new pharmacy and managed care claims processing systems, and the enhancement of existing purchasing and accounting systems.

Before joining AHF, Reis worked as a financial analyst for the Jeffrey Goodman Clinic, an LA-based HIV medical and testing program. Prior to that, he was an analyst for a Boston-based investment bank. Reis holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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Scott Carruthers | Chief Pharmacy Officer

Scott Carruthers, Pharm. D. chairs AHF’s Pharmacy Executive Committee and serves on several others, in addition to his role as the Chief of Pharmacy. Carruthers has over 25 years of management experience in supervision, budget development, profit and loss, strategic planning, marketing, operations and new business development. He previously owned and operated two pharmacies.

Carruthers’s experience spans retail pharmacy, acute care hospital, long-term care pharmacy, home infusion, durable medical equipment and other specialty pharmacy operations. Moreover, he’s had direct responsibility for over 500 employees in a multi-state for-profit organization.

Carruthers was also involved in developing a patient medication compliance packaging system that led the U.S. Pharmacopeia to adopt standards for multiple-dose packaging. The National Boards of Pharmacy then also implemented standards for dispensing in a multiple-dose adherence package.

Carruthers has served two terms on the California State Board of Pharmacy, by appointment of Governor Deukmejian. He is a past president of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists and has a California Community College teaching credential.

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists has honored Carruthers with their highest award, the George F. Archambault award for outstanding achievement in the practice of pharmacy.

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Michael Wohlfeiler, JD, MD, AAHIVMS | Chief of Medicine, Domestic US

Dr. Michael Wohlfeiler is a native of Tucson, AZ and a graduate of Rush Medical College. Prior to becoming a physician, he attended law school and was hired after graduation as an associate in a law firm that practiced primarily corporate and business litigation. Wohlfeiler began his work in the field of internal medicine during his postgraduate residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida before entering private practice in 1990. Since 1990, Wohlfeiler has practiced in the private sector with an emphasis on HIV disease. In 1996, he joined with Dr. Joseph Piperato to form the practice that became Wohlfeiler, Piperato & Associates (WPA). In September 2011 WPA joined AHF and changed its name to AHF-WPA. Wohlfeiler served as AHF’s Medical Director of Research and Patient Protocols during that time.

Wohlfeiler spent 10 years as the Medical Director for Special Immunology Services (SIS) at Mercy Hospital. Mercy’s SIS department was Miami-Dade County’s largest safety net provider of services to Ryan White, Medicaid and other underserved HIV+ patients. He has been a member of the Miami-Dade County HIV/AIDS Partnership’s Medical Care Subcommittee for 10 years and has been elected chair twice.

In August 2012, Wohlfeiler was appointed as AHF Southern Bureau Medical Director, where he oversaw medical operations and expansions in Haiti, Florida, Georgia, Atlanta, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina, as well as the development of services in Mississippi. About a dozen new clinics specializing in sexual health screenings and treatment were opened during Wohlfeiler’s tenure in the Southern Bureau, offering an abundance of new medical opportunities in a region that is hard-hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

As an esteemed leader in the field of HIV medicine, Wohlfeiler has been awarded a multitude of awards and accolades over the past three decades. He received a Red Ribbon Hero Award from the Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) Coalition in January 2012, and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Doctors in America guide every year since 1996. In 2013, Wohlfeiler was selected by the International Association of Internists as one of “The Leading Physicians in the World.”

In August 2013, AHF proudly announced Wohlfeiler’s appointment as the AHF Chief of Medicine. He will now leads the AHF Department of Medicine, which oversees and sets the standards for provision of specialized HIV/AIDS treatment and care in over 36 countries worldwide.

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Terri Ford | Chief of Global Advocacy & Policy

Longtime advocate Terri Ford has served in many different capacities in her 19-year tenure at AHF. She started her AHF career at Chris Brownlie Hospice in the early 1990s as the director of dietary services and moved on to oversee the design and construction of AHF’s state-of-the-art inpatient facility, Linn House. She served as the administrative director of Linn House until being asked to launch a new prevention division, which included the first alternative HIV testing and outreach services of its kind. Under her leadership, AHF’s program became the largest provider of community-based testing in California.

In 2001, Ford went to South Africa and created AHF’s first clinic outside the United States.

In her current role, Ford directs and coordinates AHF’s worldwide advocacy, global testing and prevention efforts, helping to move the organization to new frontiers in global AIDS control. Ford has been instrumental in building the capacity of the regional bureaus to lead local advocacy efforts, spending substantial time in the field and working hands-on within each region. She has traveled extensively since 2001, advocating for people with HIV in Geneva, Washington and Europe, as well as being deployed more than 30 times to Africa and Asia on assignments.

Ford heads AHF’s Testing and Prevention Committee, and is a member of the Global Executive Committee and global ambassador for AHF. She also shares her experience working with clients and staff around the globe on her blog.

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Lyle Honig | Chief Financial Officer

Lyle Honig is responsible for day-to-day management of AHF’s finance and accounting functions, including reporting, planning and analysis.

Honig was formerly employed as a senior business consultant with Arthur Andersen in Los Angeles. Major clients included Hyperion Solutions, a financial software company; Montgomery Watson Harza, a $500 million engineering service firm; and the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest school district.

He received his bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in accounting from Kansas State University in 1992.

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Anita Castille | Vice President, Human Resources

As Vice President, Human Resources, Anita Castille oversees both Global and Domestic HR activities for AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).

Castille joined AHF in 2012. Passionate about her work with AHF, Anita continues to focus on getting the very best out of people while ensuring that organizational culture and practices are in no way disparate. She touts strong emphasis in employee and labor relations, organizational development, talent acquisition, change management, policies and procedures, compensation/benefits administration and affirmative action.

Prior to joining AHF, Anita was Managing Partner with Executive Focus, a HR Consulting Firm. She has also held leadership positions with Bank of America, Universal Music group and Primedia Publishing.

Ms. Castille holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the California State University at Long Beach and a Master’s in Business from Northrop University. She is a member of the National Black MBA Association, Society of Human Resources Professionals, Professionals in Human Resources and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.,  Jack and Jill of America Inc., and the LINKS Incorporated.

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Jonathan Petrus | Chief/National Bureau & Investment

Jonathan Petrus serves as AHF’s Chief/National Bureau and Investment. As National Bureau Chief, Mr. Petrus is responsible for domestic operations and expansion outside the Southern Bureau. As the organization’s chief investment officer, Mr. Petrus manages AHF’s active/operational and passive investment activity, and oversees enterprise-wide business and corporate development.

During his tenure, AHF has expanded its operations to 15 states and Washington, D.C. and has grown its top line revenues to over $1.25 billion projected for 2016. Since joining AHF, Mr. Petrus – who previously served as the organization’s co-CFO – has led the acquisition of specialty pharmacies and physician practices, served as the principal architect for AHF’s agency affiliations (the AHF Federation), developed AHF’s programs serving incarcerated patient populations, established the Human Immunotherapeutics Institute, spearheaded AHF’s expansion into the treatment of patients living with Hepatitis C (The Liver Institute), drove the organization’s growth into multiple geographies and recently developed the AHF/WORLD Women’s Clinic program.

Prior to joining AHF, Mr. Petrus held leadership positions in law, finance and as an entrepreneur. He received his law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law and his LL.M. from New York University School of Law. He also held FINRA Series 7 and 66 licenses.

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Donna Tempesta | Vice President Northern Region & Finance

Donna Tempesta serves as AHF’s Vice President – Northern Region and Pharmacy. Donna is a Certified Public Accountant and manages the operations and expansion of AHF’s Northern Region.  Ms. Tempesta also oversees the national financial performance of AHF Pharmacy.

During her tenure, AHF has expanded its operations in the North by over 5,000 patients, including agency affiliates (AHF Federation) and provider practice acquisitions and has helped drive growth in the Pharmacy Division which is expected to exceed $1.5 billion in revenues in 2017.

Prior to joining AHF, Donna was the VP of Finance for Allion Healthcare – which was acquired by AHF in 2012.  Prior to Allion Healthcare, Donna was a Senior Manager at KPMG where she spent 10 years of her career in public accounting serving a combination of publicly held corporations and healthcare institutions. Donna received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University.

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Penninah Iutung Amor, MD | Bureau Chief, Africa

Penninah Iutung Amor, MD is responsible for the management and strategic leadership of AHF’s programs in nine African countries. Before becoming bureau chief, her efforts as country program director for AHF-Uganda Cares helped build the largest testing and treatment program of its kind in the world. Iutung works daily to develop similar programs in South Africa, Zambia, Swaziland, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and other African countries.

Prior to her appointment as country program director, she acted as national medical director for AHF-Uganda Cares and medical officer in charge for AHF-Uganda Cares Masaka Healthcare Center. Iutung served as medical officer at Virika Mission Hospital in Fort Portal, Uganda before joining AHF. Iutung is also a member of the National Policy Committee on HIV/AIDS and Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), the Consortium of ART Treatment Providers, Partnership for AIDS Treatment Providers, and was a committee member for the Masaka District HIV/AIDS Committee from 2004 to 2005.

She is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and attended the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City in 2008, where she gave a presentation about streamlining HIV testing models in resource-constrained settings. She has also presented at the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria, the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada, the 2005 ICASA Conference in Abuja, Nigeria, and the Uganda Medical Association Conference in 2004. Iutung will receive a Master of Science in Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London in 2012. She received a bachelor’s degree in human medicine and surgery from the Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

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Michael Kahane | Bureau Chief, Southern Region

Michael Kahane is responsible for AHF’s daily business operations and business development in the Southern United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. He joined AHF in 2007 after a successful legal career.

Prior to joining AHF, Kahane was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for American Media, Inc., the third largest publishing company in North America. Before that he was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Globe Communications Corp. He was also a partner at Deutsch, Levy and Engel, Chartered, a Chicago law firm specializing in First Amendment practice.

Kahane received his LL.M degree in intellectual property law from the John Marshall Law Center, his J.D. degree from Northwestern University and his undergraduate degree from Purdue University.

Under Kahane’s leadership, AHF has expanded domestic operations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. Kahane has also overseen AHF’s significant expansion throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

Kahane has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades including On The Rise – the Top 40 Young Lawyers in the United States presented by the American Bar Association, the Illustrious Luminary Award presented by Pride Ft. Lauderdale, the Gift of Life Award presented by the Haiti Ministry of Health and the Margaret Roach Humanitarian Award presented by the Urban League of Broward County.

In addition to his commitment to expand services and resources for people living with or impacted by HIV, Kahane is also proud of his bureau’s work in providing emergency relief from natural disasters occurring in geographies under his supervision, including emergency relief work in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the island and emergency relief work in Puerto Rico after the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.

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Tom Myers | Chief of Public Affairs and General Counsel

Tom Myers has been with AHF since 1998, during which time the organization has more than quintupled in size and spread from its base in California to other states and to over 20 countries. His major responsibilities include handling transactional and contract work, contract maintenance, and compliance with third-party payors including Medicaid, Medicare, and state, local and federal governments. He handles litigation of commercial, labor, employment and government contracts, as well as trademark and trade secrets issues. He supervises both in-house legal staff and counsel provided by outside law firms worldwide.

Myers’s advocacy duties include government lobbying as well as media relations regarding AIDS drug pricing issues and governmental AIDS law and policy. Myers also gives presentations at seminars and conferences and has served as AHF’s HIPAA compliance and security officer.

Before coming to AHF, Myers worked as an associate at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, Curiale Dellaverson Hirshfeld Kelly & Kraemer, and McKenna & Cuneo, all in Los Angeles. He was an intern at the Senate Committee on Labor & Human Resources in Washington, D.C. and previously served as a paralegal in the civil division of the Legal Aid Society and a union representative for the Hospital and Health Care Workers Local 1199, both in New York City.

Myers earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, graduating cum laude in 1994. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Amherst College in 1987.

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Donna Stidham, RN | Chief of Managed Care

Donna Stidham, RN has been involved in the care of people with HIV disease since the beginning of the epidemic. She began working with what is now known as HIV/AIDS as a nurse epidemiologist when the first cases of immune deficiency were reported to the Centers for Disease Control.

In 1984, Stidham was instrumental in the opening of the first AIDS inpatient unit in a for-profit community hospital in the U.S. She has continually focused her efforts on developing systems of care that support the expertise necessary to treat people with HIV. Stidham joined AHF in 1994 to lend her expertise in health systems and managed care to the development and implementation of Positive Healthcare, the first capitated managed care program for people with HIV.

In overseeing Positive Healthcare, Stidham has brought current, specialized HIV/AIDS and internal medicine to clients in California and Florida under a chronic care model. The program integrates provider, patient and medical system into a team to reach successful health outcomes. It also provides educational opportunities for medical staff, patients, patients’ families and partners, and the HIV community.

Stidham consults with multiple state Medicaid programs to promote the concept of specialty design for chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS. She is working with AHF’s global leadership to bring managed care health system concepts to resource-poor countries.

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Samantha Granberry | Vice President, Sales and Special Partnerships

Samantha Granberry is Vice President, Sales and Special Partnerships. With a degree in Radio-Television-Film arts from California State University Northridge, and an extensive background in media sales and marketing, this Pasadena California native has focused her professional and personal endeavors on projects that aim to make a positive difference in today’s society.

Samantha began her career as an intern, for what was at the time, the countries only Community Action Department in Radio at the legendary station 92.3 The Beat FM. Following this role, she went on to become a Sales & Marketing Executive for a few companies Forbes has named as “the world’s most valuable global media brands,” including Viacom’s MTV Networks and Clearchannel Media. During her tenure with these conglomerates, Samantha spearheaded pro-social campaigns and affiliate sales acquisitions for 33 affiliate networks including the domestic activations of VH1’s Save The Music; BET’s Rap-It-Up HIV/AIDS Awareness Initiative; Nickelodeon’s Let’s Play Children’s Health Initiative; and CMT’s One Country National Food Drive Initiative; in addition to the global launchings of networks such as MTV Tres and MTV Chi.

Simultaneously launching an additional career as a freelance journalist, Samantha has been the Senior Entertainment Writer for Radio One’s Industry Trade Magazine “The Frequency News” and was also the Assistant Writer/Researcher for Author Hill Harper’s bestselling book, “The Conversation” which made #2 on the New York Times Best Seller List.

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Whitney Engeran-Cordova | Senior Director, Public Health Division

Whitney Engeran-Cordova has worked in the HIV field for 20 years and oversees the Public Health Division and is involved in advocacy, policy and legislative efforts for AHF. Having been Executive Director of a small non-profit AIDS Service Organization, Being Alive Long Beach and Housing, for 11 years, Engeran-Cordova joined AHF in 2006 as Director of the Prevention and Testing Department. Since 2006, the Prevention and Testing Department has been transformed into the Public Health Division, becoming over 10 times larger than it was in 2006 and is now in 10 states providing over 150,000 HIV tests in 2014. Under his leadership, the Public Health Division is designing new technological approaches to HIV through a touch screen registration process, projecting mobile HIV testing on an unprecedented scale, developing models for linkage to care and researching new methods for reducing STD incidence in our most affected communities.

Engeran-Cordova was appointed to the LA County Commission on HIV by County Supervisor Don Knabe to represent the 4th Supervisorial District and served from 2001-2012. The Commission serves as the Ryan White Planning Council for the Los Angeles EMA. Engeran-Cordova was also elected to chair the Public Policy Committee of the Commission from 2002-2011, serving 9 terms.

Engeran-Cordova has helped to craft and pass over 10 pieces of legislation, as well as Ordinances and Ballot measures related to AHF’s advocacy work. He was honored as the Community Grand Marshall of the Long Beach Gay Pride parade and named the Lambda Democratic Club’s Man of the Year in 2006 for contributions to the gay community.

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