LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION
Chair, Board of Directors
Peter Perkowski is the founder of Perkowski Legal, PC. With nearly 20 years of experience advising clients and litigating high-profile cases, he has appeared in state and federal trial-level and appellate courts across the United States in intellectual property and business litigation.
Perkowski’s patent practice has focused on litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act, which established a regulatory framework for development, approval, and sale of generic drugs. Under this statute, he has litigated cases involving drugs for the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions. He has also counseled generic pharmaceutical companies on regulatory and pre-litigation issues related to drug approval. His litigation and regulatory work has been critical in helping his clients bring low-cost drugs to market sooner than otherwise, benefiting more than just the clients he represents. For his work, Managing Intellectual Property has named him an “IP Star” (2013-15), and Intellectual Asset Management has given him a Bronze rating in its “IAM Patent 1000” (2012-15). In 2010, the National LGBT Bar Association included Peter on its inaugural “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” list.
Perkowski has also assisted clients in immigration matters before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the INS), immigration courts at all levels, and federal appeals courts. His work has focused on helping people fleeing their home countries because of persecution based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or HIV status. In addition to serving as chair of the board of directors for APLA Health, Perkowski serves on the board for the Global Forum on MSM & HIV.
Craig E. Thompson
Chief Executive Officer
Craig E. Thompson joined APLA as chief operating officer in 1997 and became the chief executive officer in July 1998. In his current role, he oversees all operations for APLA Health, including clinical operations, client and community services, health education and HIV prevention, government affairs, fund development, finance, and communications.
Prior to joining APLA, Craig was vice president and chief financial officer of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) from 1992 to 1997. While at AHF, he played a lead role in establishing and operating Positive Healthcare, the first Medicaid-managed care program in the U.S. for persons with AIDS. From 1988 to 1992, Craig was employed by Security Pacific Burns Fry, an investment banking firm, working as part of the advisory team in mergers and acquisitions.
Craig received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University and graduate degrees from the University of Washington School of Law and New York University School of Law. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining APLA in 2010 as chief financial officer, Robyn spent five years at nonprofits, including most recently as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. From 1997 to 2002, she was the executive director of Ventures at WHYY, Philadelphia’s public broadcaster. From 1991 to 1996, she was the co-founder, COO, and CFO of NYT Video News International, which was sold to The New York Times in 1996. Robyn began her career at the CPA firm of Goldfarb, Whitman and Cohen in West Los Angeles.
Robyn received a bachelor’s degree in business economics at University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master’s degree in business administration at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified public accountant in the state of California, inactive.
Chief Financial Officer
Aaron joined APLA in 2020 as chief financial officer. He is responsible for financial operations including revenue cycle management.
Prior to joining APLA, Aaron was associate chief financial officer of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) from 2016 to 2019. Before moving to Los Angeles, Aaron worked at for-profit healthcare companies including Walgreens, Alcon, Concentra, and Senior Care Centers. In addition, Aaron taught financial modeling courses to MBA students as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Texas at Dallas.
Aaron received a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a master’s degree in computer science from the American University in Washington, DC.
Chief Marketing and External Affairs officer
Director of HIV Access and Community-Based Services
As director of client services, Jeff oversees the coordination of APLA Health’s Client Services division.
Prior to joining the agency, Jeff served as the director of Health Education & Prevention at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, overseeing a variety of evidence-based HIV health education and risk reduction services focused on men who have sex with men, transgender women, and people living with HIV, as well as tobacco control and substance use prevention programs.
Recognized for his leadership in community planning, Jeff served as one of the community co-chairs of the Los Angeles County HIV Planning Committee from 2001 to 2005 and presently participates as a member of the Urban Coalition of HIV/AIDS Prevention Services. He is also a part-time professor at Cal State University Los Angeles in the Health Sciences department.
Jeff received a master’s degree in public health from California State University, Northridge, and an undergraduate degree in history from UCLA. He also has a degree in physical education and a secondary teaching credential in social sciences.
Vallerie D. Wagner
Clinic Director, Gleicher/Chen Health Center
Vallerie joined APLA in 2006 as the director of health and wellness programs and became director of education in July 2007.
Prior to joining APLA Health, Vallerie served as the COO at the Black AIDS Institute, the first black HIV/AIDS policy center dedicated to reducing HIV/AIDS health disparities by mobilizing black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront the epidemic in their communities. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the director of education and social services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Before entering the world of nonprofit management, Vallerie worked as an engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 15 years on the Voyager and Galileo projects. She received her B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She received her M.S. in electrical engineering from Tuskegee Institute in 1983 and was the first woman to receive a master’s degree in engineering from that institution. A tireless advocate for the human rights of the LGBT community and people living with HIV/AIDS, Vallerie has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse populations locally, nationally, and internationally for more than 30 years.
Clinic Director, Long Beach Health Center
Leevi Camus joined APLA Health in 2018 as the Clinic Director of the Long Beach Health Center. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the clinic and promotes the clinic as a leading provider of healthcare services for individuals from all walks of life, especially for those who are a part of the LGBTQ community.
Prior to joining APLA Health, Leevi worked extensively in HIV medical care. He has many years of experience as a participating community member of Long Beach seeking to end transmission, improve quality of care, and eradicate stigma.
Outside of APLA Health, Leevi volunteers as a co-facilitator for a weekly support group at The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach aimed at providing a reliable network of peers who are newly diagnosed with HIV or just starting to conquer their issues with HIV. He spends most of his free time with his rescued Siberian Husky, Pascha.
He holds a B.S. in Hospitality and a M.S. in Accountancy with a concentration on administrative accounting and finance.
Clinics Director, Dental
Since joining APLA Health in 2008, Angelica Barajas has been a dental assistant, lead receptionist at Wilshire Dental, Office Administrator at S. Mark Taper Clinic, office manager, and lead administrator for three dental clinics: the Wilshire Dental Clinic, the mobile dental van, and the S. Mark Taper Clinic. In June 2018, she was promoted to the Clinics Director, Dental, position. In this position she is responsible for the coordination of all non-clinical operations of the dental program at all APLA Health dental sites and works under the direction of the COO and Dental Director.
Prior to joining APLA Health, Angelica worked as back office dental assistant and front office receptionist in dental practices in the South Los Angeles area.
Angelica received her Certified Dental Assistant Program at Bryman College in Los Angeles, CA.
Clinic Director, Olympic Health Center
Chief Advancement Officer
As the Chief Advancement Officer at APLA Health, Ken Mintzer brings decades of experience in nonprofit fundraising, development, and strategic planning with an expertise in cultivating relationships with philanthropists and community members. Most recently, Ken served as Chief Development Officer for Compassion & Choices, a national non-profit agency.
Ken also served as the institutional advancement officer and interim chief development officer at the Gladstone Institutes, where he managed a five-year $35 million fundraising campaign for the Center for HIV and Aging. Prior to joining Gladstone, he served as associate director of development at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he launched a corporate alliance program and generated partnerships with companies nationwide. Ken also served as vice president for development at the City of Hope, a comprehensive-care cancer center in Los Angeles, managing a $25 million fundraising campaign and supervising a 25-member staff. Ken earned two degrees in social work, including a bachelor’s from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Director of Government Affairs
Phil Curtis oversees the policy and advocacy activities of APLA Health’s Government Affairs division.
Phil joined the agency as a case manager in 1989 and later worked as APLA’s benefits coordinator, managing the agency’s first return-to-work program. He joined the Government Affairs division in 2000.
Previously, Phil worked as a journalist, writing for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and wire services. For several years, he worked for PBS flagship station WNET-TV in New York City, where he was an on-air producer/reporter for the station’s first nightly newsmagazine, The 51st State. He later served as executive producer of PBS’s national weekly media review Behind the Lines.
Phil is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Director of HIV Prevention Services
Terry Smith has over 20 years of progressive responsibility with a variety of nonprofit organizations focusing on policy, runaway and homeless youth, HIV education/prevention, and employment services for persons with disabilities, among other issues. As director of HIV prevention services, Smith is responsible for overseeing and guiding program development, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating all HIV prevention services APLA Health provides.
Among the diverse programs Smith oversees are those that focus on men who have sex with men from a variety of populations, including crystal meth users, young adults, Native Americans, African-Americans, and Latinos. He is currently a member of Los Angeles County’s Commission on HIV. Additionally, he was a member of the legacy HIV Prevention Planning Committee, where he served as co-chair from 2007-11, and was a founding member of the Black Los Angeles HIV/AIDS Coalition, where he served as president from 2009-13.
He has a long history of collaboration and community work in the HIV prevention field, serving as a member or providing leadership to various task forces addressing issues as they relate to populations most impacted by HIV. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public administration.
Director of Human Resources
Madria Marshall joined APLA in 2005 as director of human resources. A seasoned executive with 25 years of experience in the field, she has worked in the health care, transportation, finance, and consumer products industries.
For nearly 20 years, Madria worked at UHP Healthcare/Watts Health Foundation in Inglewood, most recently as director, human resources/vice president, personnel services. She has broad experience with union negotiations, recruitment and referral programs, compliance audits, and management training. She began her career at Mattel, Inc. in El Segundo, CA.
Madria holds a B.S. from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management and Human Resources Executive Networking.
Director of Communications
Prior to joining APLA Health in 2017, Alex served as the communications specialist at the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC), a county-wide organization assisting free- and nonprofit clinics with advocacy and member support. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, he was the community outreach specialist of Planet Aid in Kansas City.
Before entering the world of nonprofit communications, Alex was a community-based development volunteer in Thailand with the US Peace Corps; a communications manager for a Congressional campaign in New York and an intern with members of the British Parliament and the U.S. Senate.
Alex received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. He received his master’s degree in political communications, advocacy and campaigning from Kingston University in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, England.
George Ayala, Psy.D.
Executive Director, MPact
George Ayala, Psy.D., is the executive officer of MPact (for which APLA Health provides administrative and fiscal support). He also holds a part-time appointment as a research psychologist/public health analyst at RTI International’s Urban Health Program in San Francisco.
A clinical psychologist by training, George has conducted social science and community-based intervention research since 1996. His research has mainly focused on understanding the mechanisms through which social discrimination impacts health among gay and bisexual men of color.
George is the former director of education at APLA Health, where he managed HIV prevention; capacity building assistance; community-based research; and print, video and web-based media programs for six years. In this role, Ayala helped bolster the agency’s HIV prevention portfolio, launch a series of provocative, community-based, award-winning publications and establish its nationally renowned capacity-building assistance program. He has worked in the nonprofit HIV/AIDS sector for more than 20 years.
MEET OUR PROVIDERS
Jerome de Vente, MD
As medical director, Dr. Jerome de Vente provides administrative oversight of medical services and directs all medical policies and programs, ensuring that the organization meets the highest standards of medical practice. He has had a long-standing interest in HIV care, dating back to the 1980s when he volunteered for a Nashville-based AIDS service organization while in medical school.
Prior to joining APLA Health, he served as a physician at the CARE program at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, where he also currently directs the hepatitis C program, as well as several hospitals throughout Southern California and the greater Seattle area. De Vente is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious disease, and holds professional memberships in the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Disease Society, and the American Academy of HIV Medicine. As an academic and educator, he has participated as an investigator in HIV treatment clinical trials, served on several peer review committees, and currently sits on the faculty as an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine.
Dr. de Vente specializes in internal medicine. He received his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College.
Steven Vitero, DDS
Dr. Steven Vitero joined what was then known as APLA Dental Services in July 2004. As the medical director of dental services for APLA Health he is responsible for the management of staff and all day-to-day operations of the organization’s four dental clinics and mobile dental van in Los Angeles.
In 1988, Steven established his own private dental practice in Carson, CA. From 1995 to 1999, he also treated underserved members of the community in Bell, CA, as a staff dentist for Community Health Foundation of East Los Angeles, a nonprofit health program. In 1998, he opened and established a small elementary school campus based dental clinic at San Miguel School in South Gate, CA, as he worked alongside a general physician to provide a convenient and reliable health evaluation alternative for the neighborhood.
Steven received his bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of California, Davis, before going on to receive his doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry.
Sean Boileau, Ph.D.
Behavioral Health Services Director
Dr. Sean Boileau earned his Doctor of Counseling Psychology degree with a focus on Multiculturalism and Diversity at Arizona State University. He deliberately completed field placements in diversity-focused community counseling centers in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona, such as Chicanos Por La Causa-Centro de la Familia and Jewish Family Services. He then interned at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on creating outreach programming and providing clinical services for members of the LGBT communities on campus. In his early career, Dr. Boileau served as a psychologist and clinical supervisor with the University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Boileau’s academic training is rooted in the scientist-practitioner model. He has taken his background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and integrated what he considers to be the most valuable elements from LGBT-Affirmative Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy.
In addition to serving as the Behavioral Health Services Director at APLA, he currently maintains an active role in a multidisciplinary group practice, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at Antioch University of Los Angeles. He has previously taught undergraduate classes in the Maricopa County Community College System and graduate-level courses at the University of San Francisco.
DO ASK, DO TELL
Every APLA Health facility is staffed by LGBTQ-knowledgeable and -friendly providers and staff. Our clinics are stigma-free spaces built on trust, where you’re supported in all aspects of wellness. Contact us to schedule an appointment. All information will be kept confidential. You are not required to share information regarding your sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression until you are comfortable. Even if we’re not your provider today, we can help you sign up. Find the closest clinic to you today.
Diana Akopyan Education: UCLA DDS. Specialty: General Dentistry
Peter Anderson Education: UCLA MSN Family Nurse Practitioner; USLA BSN. Certificates: ANCC Board Certification, Family Nurse Practitioner 2003, American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVS). Specialty: Family Nurse Practitioner, HIV Specialist
Marvelys Barrio Education: Duke University. Certificates: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Specialty: Nurse Practitioner
Sean Boileau Education: UC Berkley, Psychology – Fellowship, Arizona State University, PhD, Arizona State University – Master of Counseling with emphasis on Multicultural Counseling. Specialty: Psychology
Jerry Bostre Education: University of the East Ramon DMD Dental School. Specialty: Dental Hygienist
Julia Brooks Education: UCLA. Specialty: General Dentistry
Catherine Chen Education: Georgetown University School of Medicine, Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center – Internal Medicine – Internship, Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center – Internal Medicine – Residency, AIDS Healthcare Foundation – HIV/AIDS – Fellowship. Certificates: American Academy of HIV Medicine, American Board – Internal Medicine. Specialty: Internal Medicine, HIV/AIDS Specialty Care
Josephine Correia Education: Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Certificate: AANP, Family Nurse Practitioner. Specialty: Nurse Practitioner
Sabrina Cox Education: NYU Silver School of Social Work. Specialty: Social Work
Jerome de Vente Education: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine – Medical School, University Hospitals of Cleveland – Internal Medicine – Residency, Case Western Reserve University – Infectious Disease – Fellowship, University Hospitals of Cleveland – Internal Medicine – Chief Residency. Certificates: American Board – Infectious Disease, American Board – Internal Medicine. Specialty: Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine
Dominique Diaz Education: Pensacola State College – DETH -AAS, St. Petersburg College – BS. Specialty: Dental Hygienist
Ann Easley Education: Los Angeles County College of Nursing and Allied Health – NP, Stanford University School of Medicine – Primary Care Associate Program, Occidental College – BA English. Certificates: American Academy of HIV Medicine, National Commission on Cert of Physicians Assistants. Specialty: Nurse Practitioner, HIV/AIDS, Physician Assistant
Jay Gladstein Education: University of Southern California, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Internship, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Internal Medicine – Residency, UCLA-Affiliated Program – Infectious Disease – Fellowship, VA Healthcare Center – Health Services – Fellowship. Certificates: American Board – Infectious Disease, American Board – Internal Medicine, American Association of HIV medicine, International Society of Travel Medicine. Specialty: Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine
Michael Gottlieb Education: M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine. Residency: Internal Medicine, General Surgery – Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York. Intern: Medicine and Surgery – Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York. Certificates: American Board – Internal Medicine, American Board – Allergy and Immunology
Wayne Ho Education: UC San Francisco, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System – Internal Medicine – Internship, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System – Internal Medicine – Fellowship. Certificates: American Board – Internal Medicine. Specialty: Internal Medicine
Farah Khan Education: Temple University School of Dentistry. Specialty: General Dentistry
Charalambos Kyriacou Education: Fuller Theological Seminary School of Psychology. Specialty: Psychology
Yvette Lanausse Vega Education: USC School of Social Work. Specialty: Social Work
Hanna Lee Education: University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Specialty: General Dentistry
Jennifer Lettsome Education: MGH Institute of Health Professions. Certificates: American Nurses Credentialing Center/Adult, National Certification Corporation/WMN Health. Specialty: Nurse Practitioner
Michael Martinez Education: University of La Verne. Specialty: Psychology
Jason Nacorda Education: D.O. Western University of Health Sciences. Residency: Family Medicine – Mountain Vista Medical Center. Certificates: Osteopathic Medical Board of CA – Family Medicine
Atoosa Pahlavani Education: University of Pennsylvania School of Dental. Specialty: General Dentistry
Kevin Rauchut Education: Cal State Los Angeles. Certificates: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/Adult Gerontology, American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVS). Specialty: Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, CCRN
Allen Sahakians Education: USC – Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Specialty: Dental Hygienist
Elizabeth San Elias Education: San Francisco State University. Specialty: Social Work
Lilia Santoyo Education: Cal State San Bernardino. Specialty: Social Work
Nima Sarmast Education: University of Gothenburg, Stony Brook University. Specialty: Periodontics and Endodontics
Melinda Serrano Education: Stanford University School of Medicine/Foothill – FNP/PA, Mount Saint Mary’s College – MSN. Certificate: National Commission on Cert of Physicians Assistants. Specialty: Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner
Karla Taborga Education: Cal State Los Angeles. Certificates: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, California Board of Registered Nursing. Specialty: Nurse Practitioner
Christian Takayama Education: UC San Diego, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center – Family Medicine – Resident, USC – HIV Medicine – Fellowship. Specialty: Family Medicine
Kevin Tangonan Education: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Residency: White Memorial Medical Center Los Angeles – Family Medicine. HIV Fellowship, LA Biomed, University of Southern California
Peter S. Theodore Education: University of Miami. Specialty: Psychology
Cheryl Thomas Education: University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences MD. Residency: San Bernardino County Medical Center – Family Practice. Certificate: American Board of Family Medicine. Specialty: Family Medicine
Steven Vitero Education: UCLA. Specialty: General Dentistry
Tyler Williams Education: State University of New York at Buffalo. Specialty: Social Work
Charles Zanders Education: Meharry Medical College School of Medicine. Specialty: General Dentistry
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Yucaipa Companies
Peter Perkowski – Chair
Perkowski Legal, PC
Lee Klosinski, Ph.D. – Vice Chair
Senior Associate Director
UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center
Alan R. Walden – Treasurer
Janice Littlejohn – Secretary
Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, USC
Robert Half Legal
Paula Cannon, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
University of Southern California
APLA Health Volunteer
Chad D. Franks
Senior Oncology Specialist
Health Law Partner
Associate, Tax Department
Jessie L. McGrath
Deputy District Attorney
Los Angeles County
Partner – Environment, Land and Resources Dept.
Latham & Watkins LLP
James Patton III
Integrated Construction Associates
Director Pharmacy & Retail Operations
Region 11, Walgreens
Natalie Ramos, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
John Sealy, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA (Ret)
Author, Publisher, Organizer
Resonant Earth Publishing, Book Swell LLC
Design Director & Manager, Audience Engagement
ABC7 Los Angeles
Jim Murphy, Co-Chair
Christian Dowell, Co-Chair
James L. Arnone
Eric G. Bing, M.D., Ph.D.
Eric Daar, M.D.
Dan De Léon
Roberta Eidman, M.P.H.
Brenda R. Freiberg
Alan L. Friel
Jeffrey S. Haber
W.David Hardy, M.D.
Tom Hogg III
Harold I. Huttas
Leslie A. Margolin
Dona R. Miller
John A. Pérez
Luis Miguel Rodriguez-Villa
Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Ph.D.
Peter Ruane, M.D.
Kathy Sanders-Phillips, Ph.D
Troy L. Sattler
Steven Shoptaw, Ph.D.
Les Zendle, M.D.