David joined NCSD as executive director in October of 2016. Previously he was founding executive director of AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families, a national public health association; and president and CEO of Proliteracy, an international adult education organization. David has held positions as project director and policy analyst for the National Disability Rights Network and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ’s – National Pediatric & Family HIV Resource Center. He is past executive director of LIFT-DC, an anti-poverty direct service organization in Washington. David started out his career as an aide to U.S. Representative Sam Gejdenson (D-CT) and Martin Stevens, M.P. (C-Fulham & Hammersmith) in the House of Commons.
David has spoken widely at domestic and international conferences, served on various national boards and blue ribbon panels and in 2012 was appointed by Secretary Clinton to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. He is a graduate of Clark University and Catholic University of America and has authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles and chapters and various other publications. David is currently a member of the board of American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA) and is a nationally certified executive coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Stephanie oversees all policy and advocacy matters with a specific focus on policymaker education efforts at the federal level with the legislative and executive branches of government. Prior to joining NCSD, she was a senior Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Patty Murray (WA), working on issues of sexual and reproductive health and health care reform and also worked at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA). Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Beloit College.
Taryn focuses on providing state level public employees with the knowledge and skills to engage in policymaker education. Prior to joining NCSD, Taryn was a research associate with PAI where she supported advocates in Sub-Saharan Africa to increase funding for family planning and also worked at Palladium. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from the University at Albany.
Amanda leads the programmatic work at NCSD. Amanda previously worked at the Ohio Department of Health where she managed STD, Hepatitis, and HIV prevention and surveillance programs. There she spearheaded program integration efforts and conducted strategic planning and program evaluation. Prior to her work at the state level, Amanda managed various programs and projects at an FQHC, focusing on the implementation of programs that addressed health equity and social determinants of health. Amanda holds an MPH from George Washington University and a joint BA in Anthropology and BS in Health Sciences from Cleveland State University.
Tiffany Haskell attended West Virginia University, where she graduated with a bachelors of science, with a focus on communications and women’s studies. She then joined the Peace Corps where she spent two years in Kyrgyzstan teaching English and providing seminars on HIV/AIDS and gender equality. Most recently, she worked in Human Resources and administration. Tiffany has passion for helping and educating others and raising awareness of social challenges. She supports NCSD’s member services and operations.
Rebekah works on both state and federal policy. Prior to joining NCSD, Rebekah was the Senior Policy Associate at the National AIDS Housing Coalition, working to support federal funding for structural interventions to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She served as the Policy and Advocacy Manager at The Women’s Collective, a DC-based AIDS service organization. Rebekah holds her MPH and JD degrees from Temple University where she focused on sexual health and reproductive rights.
Leandra provides capacity building and technical assistance to NCSD members in state, local, and territorial health departments. Prior to joining NCSD, she was a Research Specialist at Whitman-Walker Health, working on an HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) clinical trial. Leandra is passionate about HIV/STD prevention and education particularly among communities of color. Hailing from South Carolina, she holds a BA in Women’s Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University.
Kelly Mayor, BS, MS, CMP, joined the NCSD team in June 2000 as program associate. She started her professional career with NCSD directly out of college at West Virginia University where she obtained bachelor’s degree s in speech pathology/audiology and communication studies in 1998 and a master’s degree in community health promotion in 2000. In 2013, she became a Certified Meeting Professional through the Events Industry Council. Kelly is responsible for office administration, member services and meeting planning.
Lakita McNeil joins NCSD as an Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Lakita brings with her 20 years of experience working for small nonprofits, federal and state agencies. In this position, Lakita provides administrative support to the NCSD staff. Prior to joining NCSD, Lakita worked as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at CFPB, in Washington DC. She previously held the position of Executive Assistant to the VP of Marketing at Discovery TLC Channel in Silver Spring. Born and raised in Washington, DC Lakita holds an Associate of Arts (AA) in Education and is working towards a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Lillian manages NCSD’s adolescent STD/HIV prevention partnerships with national organizations, including local action planning, communication strategies, and learning opportunties. Prior to joining NCSD, Lillian was a Communications and Outreach Manager with the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH), where she worked to improve the health and lives of women and families through promotion of NPWH’s continuing education activities and national outreach efforts. Lilly holds a BA in Women’s Studies and Spanish from Denison University. In her spare time, she is a dancer with the Classical Repertory Dance Ensemble.
Matt heads up the communications efforts for NCSD. Prior to joining NCSD, Matt worked for 5 years at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health as Communications and Policy Coordinator, where he oversaw the adolescent sexual health campaign, Take Control Philly. Matt also worked as Communication and Outreach Lead for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues under President Obama. He earned his BS in Biology from the University of Scranton and his MPH from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
Charlie Rabins, MPH, is a consultant for NCSD where he provides technical assistance and training. Charlie has worked on STD, HIV and Viral Hepatitis prevention for 44 years at the local, state, regional and federal levels. He was a founding member of NCSD and has received numerous awards including the Jack N. Spencer Award from CDC in 2010 for a career of exceptional contributions to excellence in STD prevention.
Neil Rana is responsible for providing administrative and programmatic assistance for program and policy related work. Prior to joining NCSD, Neil worked in the International Grants department at Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and has since committed himself to building a career centered around community driven work. Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY, Neil holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University.
Sara provides day-to-day management of programmatic deliverables and reporting at NCSD, and leadership on all adolescent-focused initiatives. Prior to joining NCSD, Sara worked for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), where she focused on improving access to sexual health information and services, and creating safe and supportive environments for students in the highest need middle and high schools. Sara holds a BA from American University and MPH from The George Washington University. In her spare time, she can be found at a Nationals game or lounging on the couch with her greyhound, Winston.