Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas
Pediatric HIV specialist who worked in the mid-1980s to create the pediatric AIDS program at Harlem Hospital, where he later became Chairman of Pediatrics. He co-founded the Incarnation Children’s Center for homeless children with AIDS in 1988. In 1999, he founded the Columbia University International Family AIDS Program to support the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in the Dominican Republic and, subsequently, the creation of Clínica de Familia La Romana. He was previously the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (“P&S”); Professor of Pediatrics (P&S) and Population and Family Health (Mailman School of Public Health) at Columbia University; and Founder and Director of the Program for Global and Population Health at P&S (formerly the IFAP Global Health Program).
Dr. Consuelo Beck-Sagué
Pediatric infectious disease subspecialist who worked for 19 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as an epidemic investigator, as Deputy Director, Division of STD Laboratory Research, and as Associate Director for Minority/Women’s Health, National Center for Infectious Diseases, where she managed an annual research, prevention and capacity-building budget of over a million dollars. She worked for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (2004-2008), collaborating with the Dominican Republic (DR) Ministry of Health in the pediatric antiretroviral scale-up and volunteering at Clínica de Familia La Romana with her husband, Andy Dean, MD, MPH. She founded the DR’s first summer camp for HIV-infected children with Clínica de Familia and competed successfully for USAID funding to support caregivers of fragile HIV patients. Since 2011 she has been assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention of Florida International University’s College of Public Health and Social Work, where she competed successfully for NIH funding for the first binational (Haiti-DR) pediatric HIV project. She has published over 70 articles in the peer-reviewed literature which have been cited over 3,100 times.
Mina Halpern Lozada
Executive Director of Clínica de Familia La Romana since 2011, where she provides overall programmatic and administrative leadership. Previously, Mina was the program coordinator for Clínica de Familia’s adolescent clinic and the program to prevent HIV vertical transmission (2009-2011). From 2006 to 2008, Mina served as a Program Management Fellow with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global AIDS Program in Guyana. Prior to 2006, Mina served in a few different positions in the areas of reproductive health and HIV in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Mina, originally from Washington State, received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Wesleyan University, her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington, and a Certificate in Managing Healthcare Delivery from Harvard Business School.
Member of the Clínica de Familia Board of Directors and the Director of the Office of Field Practice (OFP) at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She was previously the Director of Programs for Columbia University´s Program for Global and Population Health (2011-2013) as well as the coordinator of community health initiatives (2004-2011) and health education (1995-2001) at the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Jiménez-Bautista received a master’s degree from Hunter College’s School of Social Work.
Dr. Andrew Dean
Medical doctor and epidemiologist who graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1964. After internship in Seattle, he served as Peace Corps Physician in Somalia for two years, and then as a staff member of an NIH research laboratory in the Pacific for four years, where he did his residency training in General Preventive Medicine. A year of Burkitt's Lymphoma research in Idi Amin’s Uganda was followed by a year on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health, subsequently enhanced by adjunct faculty appointments in six other schools of public health. His experience includes laboratory work with E. coli enterotoxin, isolation and serology of mosquito borne viruses and enteric pathogens, and electron microscopy of rotaviruses. He served eight years as State Epidemiologist in two states and was elected President of the national Conference (now Council) of State Epidemiologists. In 1984 he joined the CDC, where he led the design and development of Epi Info, a public health software package used around the world. After retiring from CDC in 2002, he developed OpenEpi, a series of epidemiologic calculators on the Internet (www.openepi.com). He and his wife, Dr. Consuelo Beck-Sagué, served as volunteers at Clínica de Familia from 2004-2008 where Dr. Dean developed software to facilitate treatment of HIV, and provided advice on clinic construction, laboratory technology, and informatics. Both have maintained an interest in Clinic affairs and have been financial as well as scientific contributors.
Fundraising consultant whose areas of expertise and interest are in major gift fundraising and board development. Since establishing his practice in 1997, Mr. Kearns has provided consulting services to more than two dozen hospitals, healthcare organizations and not-for-profit mission driven institutions. Earlier in his career he was executive vice president and chief development officer at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and was responsible for its multi million dollar capital campaign. Previously he served as vice president for development and public relations at Hospital for Special Surgery and director of development and public relations at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, both in New York City. A past president of the Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society of Greater New York, he has also served on the regional boards of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and the National Society for Fundraising Executives. Other voluntary activities include service as on the board of the regional Catholic schools in Westchester County, New York and as a vice chairman of the Capital Campaign for the Maryknoll Fathers in the Northeast Region of the United States.