Community Advisory Board
The Community Advisory Board consists of 10 to 20 members from various backgrounds and professions that reflect the community of providers, clients, and donors that AHP serves.
Kate Shumate, Chair, is Director of Scientific Programs Administration UCSF’s Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center. She began her career with the University of California in 2003 at UC Berkeley, where she was Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on LGBT Issues. She has extensive experience in contract and grant management and research administration in the university setting. Ms. Shumate has lived in San Francisco since 1993, and holds a BS in Biology and a Masters in Public Administration and Health Care Services from the University of San Francisco. She is also a Certified Clinical Research Professional (SOCRA). Ms. Shumate has been a member of the AHP CAB since 2004, and since then has participated in the Art for AIDS planning committee.
Judith Ahrens, Vice-Chair, recently retired from her position as Vice-President/Owner of Mill Valley Insurance Services, Inc. She has had a long career in the food service industry and has been a long-term volunteer at Marin Abused Women's Services and, more recently, at the Women's Community Clinic. Ms. Ahrens serves on AHP's Art for AIDS and Gala committees. She is also a painter and has donated her paintings to Art for AIDS.
Doug Case, Secretary, is Senior Vice President and Small Business Segment Manager at Wells Fargo, where he oversees national strategic initiatives. Doug has over 20 years of industry experience in marketing, strategy development, advertising and public relations. He holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco and a BS from the University of Tennessee.
Phil De Carlo, is a partner at Eagle Partners in San Francisco, involved in investment banking services for middle market companies. Prior to starting Eagle Partners, Mr. De Carlo spent 19 years at Bank of America, most recently serving as Executive Vice President responsible for the middle market corporate finance group. Mr. De Carlo holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS from California State University, Northridge.
Susan M. Breall is a judge for the Superior Court of San Francisco. Prior to her appointment to the bench in 2001, she was Chief of the Criminal Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for all crimes of violence against women, children, the elderly and intimate partners. She prosecuted felony domestic violence cases for 10 years, and was an Assistant District Attorney for 17 years. She is currently on the board of the nonprofit, Asista, which provides technical assistance to immigrant survivors of violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
Scott Garcia Originally from Vermont, Scott graduated from Western New England College with a B.S.B.A. in Finance and a minor in Economics. Joining Advent Software in 1997, Scott is a Senior Support Analyst, involved in product roll out, training, implementation, and support. Prior to moving to San Francisco in 1996, Scott worked in the retail banking and training division of Shawmut Bank, N.A./Fleet National Bank for seven years.
Murtuza Ghadalia, MD, graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and has lived in San Francisco since 2000. He works as a physician at the Chemical Dependency Recovery Program at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. He also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF in the Department of Psychiatry for the Addiction Psychiatry fellowship. Murtuza also serves as treasurer for Bay Area Physician for Human Rights and on Kaiser San Francisco’s Community Advisory Board.
Yan Liu is the Founder and President of Perfect Outings, a tour company offering active epicurean adventures. He retired from Hewlett-Packard Company after more than 20 years as an in-house intellectual property transactional attorney. He is on the advisory board of San Francisco-based Post:Ballet, a contemporary dance company, and has served on the board of Pets are Wonderful Support (PAWS). He holds a JD from Columbia University Law School and a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from M.I.T. He has lived in San Francisco since 1990.
Ken Pearce ran several Bay Area psychiatric hospitals until retiring in the mid-1990s. He joined the board of AHP in 1996, serving as Vice-Chair from 1997 to 2000. Mr. Pearce has served on the boards of various other HIV organizations in San Francisco and in Sonoma County. Currently, he is a member of the San Francisco Ryan White Care Council, the San Francisco HIV Prevention Planning Council, and he volunteers for Project Inform's HIV Hotline. Mr. Pearce, a North Carolina native, moved to the West Coast in the mid-1970s, a graduate degree in Seattle, and moved to San Francisco in the early 1980s. He feels fortunate to call this wonderful city his home and is grateful for the support he has received from AHP in his long-term battle with AIDS.
Shane Snowdon, MA, heads the LGBT Health & Aging Program of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. She previously founded and led the UCSF Center for LGBT Health and Equity, for 14 years the only LGBT office in a healthcare or health education setting in the country. She has provided LGBT health training and consulting throughout the nation, she has designed and convened numerous LGBT health meetings, and she serves on the board of the National LGBT Health Coalition. Shane has also written extensively on LGBT health, and was Project Adviser for The Joint Commission’s LGBT Field Guide. Shane’s groundbreaking work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Health Achievement Award of the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association, the Transgender Law Center Ally Award, the KQED Local Hero Award, and the University of California Award for Exceptional University Service. Shane has also served a variety of non-profit organizations as an executive director or board member.
Sally Van Doren, PharmD, President, CEO and founder of BioSoteria, Inc, a drug safety and risk management consultant company, has worked for the past 20 years in the field of clinical drug research and drug safety for the pharmaceutical industry. Prior to BioSoteria, she held various clinical and drug safety leadership positions at InterMune, Peninsula Pharmaceuticals, Cerus Corporation, Gilead Sciences, and Syntex Laboratories. She has been involved in several early access programs and Food and Drug Administration approvals of HIV and hepatitis B antiviral treatments. She serves on the Board of Visitors at University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and is an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension Program. A native of Maryland, Dr. Van Doren received her doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Maryland and completed her clinical pharmacy residency at UCSF in 1986. She has lived in the Bay Area since 1985.
Sally Van Doren passed away unexpectedly in December 2012. Please follow this link to access the Remembering Sally Van Doren webpage.