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. Most recently, he has focused his efforts at NCSD on growing the organization, bringing greater visibility among the American public and policy makers about the STD crises in America, and helped to secure $1.2 billion in new funding for the STD public health workforce that conducts disease outbreak response. David appears widely in the media and helped spearhead an innovative public and private partnership with Let’s Get Checked to create Check Yourself, a home self-collection STI testing program.
David 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 past member of the board of American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association (ASTDA) and is a nationally certified executive coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Christy supports capacity building and technical assistance on adolescent sexual health to NCSD partners throughout the country. She also serves as a subject matter expert in the development and delivery of online training content for DIS. Prior to joining NCSD, Christy worked as a DIS and DIS frontline supervisor with the Florida Department of Health for over five years. She is passionate about STD/HIV prevention and an advocate for sexual and reproductive health. She received her BS in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida and her MPH from the University of South Florida.
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.
Jerrica supports capacity building and technical assistance on adolescent sexual health to NCSD partners throughout the country. Prior to joining NCSD, Jerrica worked for Crittenton Services of Greater Washington where she facilitated school-based social-emotional learning and sexual health programs for teen girls throughout the D.C Metro area. She received a dual BS in Kinesiology and BA in Spanish from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her MPH from The George Washington University.
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.
Erin serves as a consultant for NCSD where she provides subject matter expertise, project management, and program support. Erin brings over 12 years of DIS and STD director experience, previously led her state’s HIV Planning Group and served as a state-level 340B authorizing official and primary contact. In addition to being a sexual health advocate, Erin is a harm reductionist and medication access enthusiast. Erin holds a Master of Science Degree in Health Education and Promotion, is a certified health education specialist (CHES), certified rapid HIV/HCV testing counselor, certified correctional health professional (CCHP), and certified sexual assault counselor.
Diana leads the State Policy initiatives for NCSD including the Policy Academy, engagement with state policymakers, and assisting our partners with grant administration. Prior to joining NCSD, Diana helped to oversee the STD Prevention program for the Idaho Department of Health and specialized in expanding STI prevention efforts among local public health departments, CBOs, free clinics, and community health centers. Diana also developed and implemented a statewide at-home STI testing program to benefit Idahoans living rural communities. Diana was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Okahandja, Namibia from 2010-2012 where she started an afterschool program for high school children and taught health education classes. Diana holds a MS in International Development with an emphasis in Health Education from Oklahoma State University and a BS in Social Sciences from Boise State University.
Marlene supports curriculum development for NCSD. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of learning and development where she has spear-headed leadership development and enterprise-wide learning initiatives. Marlene holds a Master’s of Education from Penn State University as well as numerous professional certifications such as facilitation, instructional design, performance consulting, test design and delivery, change management, DISC, and project management.
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.
Talia helps manage the technical assistance and capacity building at NCSD and leads various other organization initiatives. Prior to joining NCSD, she worked with the Georgetown University Women’s and Gender Studies Program, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and One Tent Health. Talia earned her BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Government from Georgetown University.
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.
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.
Dr. Tanya Bass, Ph.D., MS, MEd, CHES®, CSE leads health equity initiatives at NCSD. The national award-winning sexuality professional has several years of experience as a health professional and sexuality educator, working with historically marginalized communities and advancing health equity.
Prior to NCSD, Dr. Bass worked as the Senior Health Equity Manager for Active Minds, where she developed, implemented, and refined several programs and initiatives that support the emotional well-being and mental health of Black, Indigenous and people of color, and LGBTQ+ students in colleges, high schools, workplaces, and communities.
Dr. Bass co-authored Nonnie Talks About Race, a book that guides discussions with youth about racism and equity. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator (CSE). Dr. Bass completed her Ph.D. in Education at Widener University and currently serves as a member of the editorial board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education.
Jeremy earned his BA in Literary and Cultural Studies from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He has over 15 years of instructional design and development experience, generating eLearning, instructor-led trainings, and the like for various organizations across many industries: energy, healthcare, and academia to identify a few. He is currently the Senior Manager of Instructional Design for the National Coalition of STD Directors and talks a lot about getting a dog, but no one believes him anymore.