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

  • Stephen Abbott, Physician, Unity Health Care
  • Khadijah Abdullah, President, RAHMA
  • Michael Ablan, Research Specialist, Whitman Walker Health
  • Suyanna Barker, DrPH, Community Health Action Department Director, La Clinica del Pueblo
  • Earline Budd, Treatment Adherence Specialist, HIPS
  • Cyndee Clay, Executive Director, HIPS
  • Wallace Corbett, Chairperson, Max Robinson Center,  Metropolitan Washington Regional HIV Health Services Planning Council
  • Goulda Downer, PhD, Principal Investigator/Project Director & Assistant Professor at Howard University College of Medicine, AIDS Education and Training Center, Capitol Region Telehealth Project
  • 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
  • Kevin Jones, Executive Director, Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS)
  • George Kerr, CEO, G III Associates
  • Susan McCarley Shepard, TERRIFIC, Inc.
  • Irwin Royster, Chairman, Sexually Transmitted Disease Community Coalition
  • Martha Sichone-Cameron, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, The Women’s Collective
  • Ron Simmons, PhD, Immediate Past President and CEO, Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc.
  • Melissa Turner, MSW, LICSW, CAB Chair, Department of Infectious Disease, DC VA Medical Center
  • 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.