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 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.
Shameka serves as the staff lead for organizing and executing STD Engage and supporting the CDC National STD Conference. Previously, Shameka was the Director of Education and Events at the National WIC Association, where she was responsible for developing and implementing experiential events and education. Shameka received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sewanee: The University of the South, and her Master’s in Tourism Administration with a concentration in Event and Meeting Management from The George Washington University. She is also a Certified Meeting Professional. She has been recognized as 40 Under 40 for the meetings industry and by Smart Meetings three times as a Smart Woman in Meetings.
Iman works on projects related to communications strategy. She earned her BS in Public Health and BA in Health Communication from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years working with nonprofits related to improving access for health services. Prior to joining NCSD, Iman graduated with her MPH from The George Washington University where she worked as a graduate research assistant and interned with Better Medicare Alliance.
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.
Jenny directs the health clinic work of NCSD including the Clinic+ Program which aims to build the capacity of public and private clinics across the country and advocate for the resources needed to meet the demands of their front-line work. Prior to joining NCSD, Jenny worked in quality improvement at Detroit FQHCs and managed the Detroit Public Health STD and TB Clinics. She is also a Certified Trauma Professional who has designed successful interventions for violently inured youth and is interested in mitigating the impact of trauma for individuals in every setting. A proud Detroit native, Jenny earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor and an MPA in Health and Human Services/Urban and Metropolitan Policy and Management from Wayne State University where she is currently working on a PhD in Public Administration and Urban Studies.
As executive assistant to NCSD’s 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.
As part of NCSD’s policy team, Kyra focuses on providing policy guidance and training to NCSD members through individualized technical assistance and NCSD’s Policy Academy. Prior to joining NCSD, Kyra was the Public Policy Coordinator at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) in Washington, DC. She also worked at the Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kyra received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ohio Wesleyan University and her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.
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.
Desiree provides hands-on technical assistance to partner organizations, key health department leadership, clinic providers, community stakeholders, and other partners to develop and implement innovative and culturally relevant strategies to address access to services and health equity. Prior to joining NCSD, Desiree worked as a regional DIS with Maryland Department of Health to provide rapid HIV/Syphilis outbreak response. She also has over eight years of STD/HIV prevention experience working with various healthcare organizations and universities. She earned her BS in Health Science from the University of Central Florida and her MPH from Mercer 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. Sara is based California and in her spare time, she can be found swimming, hiking, and trying new recipes.
Chuck is a Certified Public Accountant with extensive nonprofit accounting experience, which includes tax preparation, financial statement presentation, budgeting, investment and cash management, financial forecasting, and internal control implementation. He began his career auditing not-for-profit organizations for a public accounting firm and most recently worked more than 9 years as the director of finance and administration for a not-for-profit with an annual budget of $15 million. Chuck has also performed an array of human resources and payroll services such as establishing job descriptions, implementing recruitment procedures, managing personnel performance reviews, monitoring payroll procedures, and a variety of payroll controlling functions.