Who We Are

Who We Are

The AHP Management Team develops, nurtures, and executes the agency’s goals and directions, provides a forum for discussion of program development and management issues, and provides advice and support to the Executive Director and Director. Chaired by the Executive Director, the Management Team is comprised of the Director and the managers of: Psychiatry, Assessment, Crisis, and Triage Services (PACTS); ASAP (AIDS and Substance Abuse Program) Counseling and Case Management Services; Psychosocial Support and Prevention Services Program (PSPS); HIV Counseling and Testing Services (HCAT); Publications and Training; Research; and Fiscal and Administrative Services.

James Dilley

 

James W. Dilley, MD
Executive Director
James W. Dilley, MD, AHP’s executive director since 1984, is chief of the Department of Psychiatry of San Francisco General Hospital, vice chair of the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, and professor of clinical psychiatry. He was the first psychiatrist involved with treating AIDS at San Francisco General Hospital, one of the pioneering and leading hospitals for HIV-related care. Dr. Dilley is the author or editor of several key articles and anthologies on HIV-related counseling and mental health issues. He has played a role in developing innovative HIV mental health interventions and has consulted internationally about HIV prevention. Dr. Dilley and AHP colleagues developed Personalized Cognitive Counseling (PCC), an HIV risk reduction counseling approach targeting gay and bisexual men. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designated PCC as an Effective Behavioral Intervention as part of its highly selective DEBI program. Today, staff at 98 community-based organizations and 28 health departments throughout the country have already been trained to do the intervention, and this number is growing: PCC is one of the interventions for which the CDC receives the most requests for training. Dr. Dilley is a board-certified psychiatrist who received his medical degree from the University of Missouri and completed his psychiatric residency at UCSF.

Lori Thoemmes
Lori Thoemmes
Director
Lori Thoemmes, LMFT, has been AHP’s director since 2008. She joined AHP in 1995 as a mental health consultant and, soon after, joined the crisis team. Ms. Thoemmes became manager of Psychosocial Support Services in 1999, manager of Risk Evaluation and Counseling for Health in 2005, and deputy director in 2007. Working closely with AHP’s management team, Ms. Thoemmes manages the day-to-day operation of the agency and its $7 million annual budget. She provides leadership in program administration and ensures that the agency is in compliance with regulations set by city, state, and federal funding sources. Ms. Thoemmes is responsible for contract development, negotiation, and monitoring, and oversees community fundraising activities of the agency, including our annual fundraiser, Art for AIDS. Ms. Thoemmes enjoys her work sustaining AHP’s collaborative relationships with colleagues at the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s Community Behavioral Health Services and other partners in the community. She has a master’s degree in psychology from New College of California, San Francisco and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.

 

Paul Dertien
Manager, Fiscal and Administrative Operations (Division Administrator)
Paul Dertien joined AHP in 2013. Previously, he worked for the Division of Substance Abuse and Addiction Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital. There, he worked as a substance abuse counselor, a counselor supervisor, and then the division administrator. In 2000, he was one of the first substance abuse counselors at SFGH to integrate substance abuse services with medical and mental health treatment, offering substance abuse assessments, counseling, and referrals to patients in both the Emergency Department and Psychiatric Emergency Services. As an AHP administrator, his interests include “back office” e-governance, public budgeting reform, leadership/change theory, institutional ethics, and workplace culture.  He has degrees from San Francisco State University in unrelated fields and is currently back at San Francisco State University completing a Master of Public Administration degree.

Robert Marks
Manager,
Provider Training and Education
Rob Marks has worked at AHP since 1988. He has overseen the Publications Program since 1989, and has also overseen the Training Program during various periods, most recently from 2005 to the present. He has co-edited several of AHP’s HIV counseling and mental health books, including the five-volume AHP Monograph Series, and newsletters, including the longest running HIV and mental health publication, FOCUS: A Guide to AIDS Research and Counseling. He co-wrote AIDS Law for Mental Health Professionals. He also established one of the earliest HIV-related online training programs in the nation. Mr. Marks has master’s degrees in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and in visual and critical studies from the California College of the Arts. In 2012, he won the Hannah Arendt Prize for Critical Theory and Creative Research.

Ramón Matos, LMFT
Manager, Manager, Behavioral Health Services
Ramón Matos joined AHP in 2002, became the manager of the AIDS and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) Counseling and Case Management team in 2010, and the Manager of Behavioral Health Services in 2014. He has worked in the nonprofit field since 1987. Until 2002, he had focused on housing services and was involved in a number of program startups addressing the housing needs of San Franciscans living with HIV. At AHP, he has continued to focus on the importance of fostering the ability of clients to exercise mindfulness and balance. Mr. Matos has a master’s degree in psychology from New College of California and is a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Jessie Murphy, MPH
Quality Officer
Jessie Murphy, MPH, joined AHP in 2006.  She began as a Research Coordinator on the RED+ Study, a project designed to adapt Personalized Cognitive Counseling to HIV-positive men who have sex with men. She then served as the HIV Counseling and Testing Coordinator, assisting with the integration of STD and Hepatitis testing as well as the introduction of our mobile testing unit. Ms. Murphy served as a Capacity Building Assistance Specialist in HIV testing and prevention in the UCSF collaboration between AHP, the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, and provided training on Personalized Cognitive Counseling and Testing Together interventions as well as HIV rapid test proficiency. Most recently, she was Clinical Operations Coordinator before expanding her position to her current role as Quality Officer, where she oversees clinical compliance and quality management for AHP’s behavioral health services. She is also a California-certified HIV test counselor and has been a member of San Francisco’s HIV Community Planning Council since 2011.

Perry Rhodes, III
Manager, HIV Counseling and Testing Services
Perry Rhodes, III, began working at AHP in 1996 and served as a test site coordinator and supervisor prior to becoming the Manager of HIV Counseling and Testing Services in 2014. Mr. Rhodes started his career in HIV prevention with the Minority Men’s Program at AIDS Services of Austin in 1996. In Texas, his work contributed to research on the effectiveness of needle exchange programs and implementation of an Mpowerment Project HIV prevention intervention. He has extensive experience in the development of culturally competent HIV prevention programs and outreach to African American gay and bisexual men at risk of infection and living with HIV. During five years at Cal-PEP in Oakland, he worked in human resources and program management and on a pilot program that proved the effectiveness of mobile test sites providing rapid HIV testing. He also counseled clients about linkage to medical care, partner notification and treatment options. Additionally, Mr. Rhodes has served on the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) and the San Francisco Prevention Planning Council as Community Co-Chair from 2006 to 2009.

AHP’s Community Advisory Board (the CAB) was established in 1986 to help AHP achieve its mission. The CAB helps AHP by advising us on the needs of the communities we serve and on programs to meet these needs. Board members further assist the agency by increasing community recognition of AHP’s mission, services, and accomplishments and raising funds to support AHP’s activities.

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 Administration and Planning and Chief of Staff at 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 strategic planning and administration in the university setting. Ms. Shumate has lived in San Francisco since 1993, and holds a BS in Biology and an MA in Public Administration & Health Care Services from USF and is a certified clinical research professional. She has been a member of the CAB since 2004.

Susan M. Breall, Vice-Chair, 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.

Beaux Alexander is VP Clinical Affairs for Shockwave Medical. Prior to his position at Shockwave Medical, Beaux served for 12 years as the Senior Clinical Research Director at Medtronic in the Aortic and Peripheral Vascular business unit. Beaux has led clinical programs which introduced multiple aortic stent graft platforms into the U.S. and Japanese markets. Beaux has an MBA in Marketing from Georgia State University and a BS from Ohio State University. He serves on the Art for AIDS Host Committee and has been a Community Advisory Group board member for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

Patty Cummings, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist with a degree from Alliant International University in San Francisco. Dr. Cummings completed her post-doctoral training in 2012 at Psychological Services Center in Oakland where she stayed on as a clinical supervisor and project director to train students in both therapy and psychological assessment through the summer of 2015.  She maintains a small therapy practice in Richmond and conducts psychological and psychoeducational assessments throughout the Bay Area. Cummings served on the board of directors for New Leaf: Services for Our Community for three years prior to its closing in 2010. She has lived in San Francisco since 2005 and is an active member of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Freedom Band. Cummings’ greatest joy is her family, and she enjoys taking walks and laughing with her wife and young daughter.

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, he 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.

Christian Dowell serves as Associate General Counsel for WhatsApp, a Facebook company. His day-to-day responsibilities include international litigation, law enforcement, intellectual property, and regulatory matters. Prior to his position at WhatsApp, Christian served as Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property at Facebook, and prior to that, as Senior Legal Director at Yahoo!. In 2013, the National LGBT Bar Association recognized Christian with its “Best 40 Lawyers Under 40” award. Christian formerly served on the executive committee of the board of directors of The Trevor Project, focusing his pro bono efforts on serving the needs of at-risk LGBTQ youth. While at Yahoo!, Christian also served as vice president of the board of directors of the Yahoo Employee Foundation, an organization that has distributed more than $15 million to deserving nonprofit organizations across the country. Christian is a California native, currently residing in San Francisco.

Murtuza Ghadiali, 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.

Mahsa Hakimi is the founder of Hakimi Law, PC a boutique business and intellectual property law firm in San Francisco focused on protecting the creative talent and legal interest of artists and entrepreneurs. She previously served as the General Counsel for the Amidi Group of companies, an international conglomerate consisting of several domestic and international subsidiaries with operations in over ten countries from 2003 to 2010. As part of the senior management team Ms. Hakimi was in charge of all legal aspects of business, corporate, employment and general operation of all entities. From 2003 to 2014, she also served as the general counsel for Amizad/Plug & Play Venture Group, a leading Silicon Valley startup technology incubator and an early-stage investment firm focused on emerging growth technology companies. As part of the senior management team she oversaw, lead, structured and advised the partners on all of its investment with 500+ active portfolio companies which included Dropbox, Zoosk, Lending Club, Vivu, Bix and Danger. In addition to her practice, Ms. Hakimi has served as an adjunct professor at Golden Gate University School of Law since 2003 teaching various intellectual property courses.

Brad Hare, MD is the Director of HIV Services at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. Originally from West Virginia, Dr. Hare completed his medical degree at Duke University, his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and infectious disease specialty training at UCSF. As a long-time provider of medical care to people living with HIV in San Francisco, Dr. Hare is committed to the holistic care of all people with HIV.

Ken Pearce joined the AHP board in 1996, serving as Vice-Chair from 1997 to 2000. He has served on the boards, or volunteered with, various HIV organizations in San Francisco and Sonoma County to include: five years of board work and volunteering with Sonoma County HIV agencies; four years with AEF; five terms as a member of the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s HIV Prevention Planning Council; ten years as a hotline operator for Project Inform; five years as a HIV test counselor for Magnet/SFAF, and three years as a SHIP Counselor for HIV disabled medicare eligible adults. Currently, he serves as a long-term member of the San Francisco Ryan White Care Council (since 1999). Mr. Pearce, a North Carolina native, moved to the West Coast in the mid-1970s where he earned his MPH degree at UW-Seattle, before moving back to San Francisco in the early 1980s to run several Bay Area psychiatric hospitals. He retired with AIDS in the mid 1990’s. Mr. Pearce feels fortunate to call this wonderful city his home and is both fortunate and grateful for the support he has received from AHP, San Francisco, and California in his long-term battle with AIDS.

Reggie Snowden is a Retail Operations Manager and Wine Buyer for one of the oldest companies in San Francisco, Boudin Bakery. While attending California State University, Chico, he started a lifetime of leadership positions with being a Resident Advisor and Resident Manager running one of the state’s first Thematic Living Programs as a liaison between residents and faculty on campus and also started one of the first recycling programs. Reggie has successfully managed a couple long term businesses and is a former Deputy Sheriff in San Francisco. Reggie has a lifetime commitment to Wellness and has been an active athlete his entire life as mostly a competitive runner. Reggie is an advocate for volunteering in the community and believes all residents choosing to live in the city of San Francisco should volunteer every year to keep our proud city’s reputation alive by showing compassion for one another.

Mikael Wagner is a Communications, Public Affairs, and Social Marketing consultant with more than 15 years of non-profit and corporate experience. He has created and managed public awareness, media, and advertising campaigns throughout the United States, including campaigns for American Express, Chase Bank, SF Department of Public Health, AT&T, California Department of Public Health, and Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy. He has broadcast promotions, sales and advertising experience in the Bay Area and extensive public relations and advertising expertise in Washington, DC. Mikael has extensive experience in HIV/AIDS education, communications, and outreach, as well as, in management of a national youth anti-drug campaign. Originally from New Orleans, Mikael moved to San Francisco in 1979 and has a Master of Education degree from San Francisco State University.

In Memoriam

Sally Van Doren, PharmD, passed away unexpectedly in December 2012. She was a valued and loyal member of AHP’s CAB. Please read more about Sally and the fund established in her memory. Dr. Van Doren was the 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 was involved in several early access programs and Food and Drug Administration approvals of HIV and hepatitis B antiviral treatments. She served 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 lived in the Bay Area since 1985.

 

HIV Counseling and Testing (HCAT)

 

 

 

Psychiatry, Assessment, Crisis and Triage Services (PACTS)
ASAP Counseling and Case Management Services
Psychosocial Support and Prevention Services (PSPS)
Provider Training and Education Team
Operations/Executive Teams
Clinical Interns 2013–2014
Post-Baccalaureate Interns 2013–2014