Community Advisory Board

The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is an active contributor to the DC CFAR and one of the hallmarks of the center. The CAB contributes directly to providing guidance to DC CFAR leadership, participating in pilot award application reviews and ensuring representation to provide community perspectives.  

The CAB is composed of prominent members of the DC HIV/AIDS community including many senior members of DC HIV Community-Based Organizations (CBOs), HIV research CABs of participating DC CFAR institutions and community clinics providing HIV services.

The Community Coordinator of the DC CFAR is Marcia Ellis.

Board Members

  • Khadijah Abdullah, President, RAHMA
  • Sheila Brockington, Family Medical and Counseling Services
  • Earline Budd, Empowering Transgender Coalition
  • Christopher M. Cannon, Director of Research and Evaluation, Whitman Walker Health
  • Abby Charles, Senior Program Manager,Institute for Public Health Innovation
  • Cyndee Clay, Executive Director, HIPS
  • Wallace Corbett, Commissioner Metropolitan Washington Regional HIV Health Services Planning Council
  • Goulda Downer, PhD, RD, LN, CNS, FAND, Principal Investigator/Project Director & Associate Professor at Howard University College of Medicine, AIDS Education Telehealth Training Center
  • Marcia Ellis, DC CFAR Community Coordinator and CAB Chair
  • Joseph Hall, Community Leader, HIV Treatment CAB, DC VA Medical Center
  • Flora Hamilton, PhD, Executive Director, Family Medical and Counseling Services
  • DeMarc Hickson, Us Helping Us
  • Kenya Hutton, UCHAPS
  • George Kerr, CEO, G III Associates
  • Patricia Nalls, The Women’s Collective
  • Susan McCarley Shepard, TERRIFIC, Inc.
  • Pablo Moulden, Program Coordinator, Youth Outreach and HIV Face to Face, NovaSalud Inc.
  • Nestor Rocha, DC Dept of  Health
  • Juan Rodriquez-Lopez, La Clinica del Pueblo
  • Irwin Royster, Chairman, Sexually Transmitted Disease Community Coalition
  • Martha Sichone-Cameron, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, The Women’s Collective
  • Ron Simmons, PhD, President and CEO, Ron Simmons Consulting 
  • Ron Swanda, DC Long-Term Care Coalition, DOH Medical Care Advisory Committee
  • Melissa Turner, MSW, LICSW, CAB Chair, Department of Infectious Disease, DC VA Medical Center
  • SaVanna Wanzer, Founder of May Is? "All About Trans",We the People
  • Leah Varga, PhD, Public Health Analyst/HIV Services Planner, DC Dept of  Health
  • A. Toni Young, Executive Director, Community Education Group

National CFAR CAB Coalition

The DC CFAR CAB is a member of the National CFAR CAB Coalition (NCCC), which serves as a resource for the creation, development and sustainability of CFAR Community Advisory Boards.  With 40+ members from 15 CFARs across the country, the National CFAR CAB Coalition pursues its mission through four primary working groups: Mission & Operations; Communications; Community & Scientific Engagement; and Mentorship and CAB Development.