Our Team

Our Team

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.

Braulio García
Behavioral Health Manager
Braulio García is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been with AHP as a clinical social worker since 2008, counseling LGBTQ clients with substance use and mental health disorders. He became a supervisor in 2011 within AHP’s HIV/AIDS substance use and case management services. Mr. García is Mexican American and is bilingual in Spanish/English and has extensive experience working with diverse clients; conducting therapy in Spanish with monolingual Latinx clients as well as extensive experience providing clinical case management services. Since 2015, he has facilitated a Cultural Humility Consultation Group for AHP staff to discuss how to navigate issues of difference across numerous (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, etc.) intersecting levels with our clients. Mr. García has a BA in Psychology from Stanford University and an MSW degree from University of California, Berkeley.

Ramón Matos, LMFT
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.

Jen Shockey, MPH
Provider Training and Education Manager
Jen Shockey, has worked with the UCSF Alliance Health Project (AHP) since 2012 as a trainer, capacity building assistance specialist and curriculum writer. Jen became the Manager of the Provider Training and Education unit in 2018. Prior to working at AHP, Shockey spent five years as a behavioral intervention trainer/capacity building assistance specialist at the California HIV/STD Prevention Training Center. Their extensive training background includes CDC interventions such as Personalized Cognitive Counseling, RESPECT, Healthy Relationships, PROMISE, Project START and Testing Together. As a program manager at the Community Health Partnership, San Jose, they worked with faculty at the Pacific AIDS Education & Training Center and implemented the Trans-Powerment Program within the trans-women community in Santa Clara County. Jen has also taught transgender health classes at City College of San Francisco.

Holly Wong
Interim Manager, Fiscal and Administrative Operations (Division Administrator)
Holly Wong, MBA, MFA, joined AHP as an Interim Division Administrator in 2018.  She earned her MBA from Golden Gate University in Finance, graduating with Honors in 2011.  She has worked at UCSF for over 20 years in a variety of roles focused on clinical finance and operational management including serving as the Department Manager for Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Chief Financial Officer for Pediatrics, Division Administrator for Hematology and Oncology, and most recently as Director of Administration for the Department of Psychiatry based at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.  In addition, Holly is a visual artist, who earned her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in the field of New Genres.

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.

Phil De Carlo, Secretary, 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.

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.

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, MDDr. Bérénice Mettler is the founder and CEO of iCueMotion, a San Francisco-based research lab dedicated to improving human movement performance and learning by building technology that empowers people to harness their inherent physical potential. She is a former tenured professor at the University of Minnesota, where she ran the Interactive Guidance and Control Lab. Her research focuses on modeling the interplay between control, perception and cognition, supporting human spatial skills. She is also interested in the social impact of technology, in particular how technology can augment human capabilities or experience while preserving their dignity. Her current academic home is the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley. She has received several best paper awards, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, and a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE) award by President Obama in January 2017.

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.

James C. Ward is a California licensed attorney specializing in Family Law and Probate Cases. James graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies. He attended University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law where he earned membership into the Traynor’s Honor Society and graduated with distinction in 2006. James is the owner of the Law Offices of James C. Ward, a small firm that prides itself on providing affordable legal counsel to its diverse Bay Area clientele.

 

 

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