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.
Mary’s career has been primarily in the financial sector leading investor relations and fundraising for a number of high-profile investment fund managers that work with ultra-high-net-worth families from around the world. She has also led sales and marketing strategy for financial technology and digital marketing firms. Mary is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College where she majored in English. Mary is a food and wine aficionado, contemporary art and design enthusiast, and an avid reader of American literature.
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.
Rachel directs NCSD’s engagement with Congress and the administration. Prior to joining NCSD, Rachel spearheaded the expansion of the American Humanist Association’s federal policy portfolio, prioritizing civil rights and federal nondiscrimination policy. Rachel has a background in national politics, advocacy, and strategic communications at the federal and state levels. She has a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, where she conducted research on religion, public health, stigma, and public policy.
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.
Elizabeth is NCSD’s Director, Communications. She has nearly two decades of extensive experience in strategic communications, branding, media relations, and policy analysis, almost exclusively focused on sexual and reproductive health. Prior to joining NCSD, Elizabeth was the Chief External Affairs Officer at SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens), where she oversaw communications and public policy engagement to improve young people’s sexual health in North Carolina. While there, she led the effort to expand the organization’s scope and mission to include a broader range of sexual health topics, including STDs, and launched parent- and teen-facing brands to expand access to information and healthcare. Elizabeth is based in Durham, NC.
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.
Kathleen oversees communications, community assessments, events, health equity and membership at NCSD. She is a media-savvy, award-winning international storyteller with 20+ years of experience working in a variety of industries and sectors. Prior to joining NCSD, worked in international development on various global USAID projects. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing Communications from Babson College and is currently a candidate for a Master of Science in Health Communications from Boston 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.
Sonya comes to NCSD from Public Health Seattle & King County and Florida Health with 8 years of experience in STI and HIV work. She has an MPH concentrated in global communicable diseases and infection control as well as a Master of Science in marketing analytics from the University of South Florida. She is passionate about sexual health empowerment and infection prevention and strategic health communications from a marketing approach. In her free time, she loves to Crossfit and paint.
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.
Lakita brings with her 20 years of experience working for small nonprofits, federal and state agencies. 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.
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.
Leo Parker is a highly motivated healthcare advocate with over 20 years of experience in the education and prevention of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. He currently serves as Director of Prevention Programs with NCSD where he provides technical assistance and capacity building to its members. His vast experience includes serving as the CDS Project Manager at the Georgia Department of Public Health, Health Administrator at the Fulton County Board of Health, and State STD Director at the Tennessee Department of Health. His career path has been spent in STD/HIV Prevention where he started out as a program coordinator for one of the largest AIDS Services Organizations in the southeast and transitioning later as a Disease Investigator for the Georgia Department of Health. His experience and wealth of knowledge has afforded him the opportunity to present at numerous national conferences as well as serve as an expert panelist on various topics. Leo’s love of healthcare began at Georgia Southern University located in Statesboro, GA where he received his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.
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.
As Manager of Training Coordination, Kathleen Pfohl oversees the coordination of the National Network of Disease Intervention Training Center (NNDITC) to deliver online and instructor-led DIS training courses. Previously, Kathleen served as NCSD’s Project Coordinator, Programs providing administrative support to the NCSD Programs Team, in addition to the NCSD Program Committee and DIS Advisory Committee. Prior to joining NCSD, Kathleen worked with The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Kathleen obtained a BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at George Washington 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.
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.
Erin Sainato (she/her) is the Senior Manager of Program Evaluation for the National Coalition of STD Directors. Internally to NCSD, Erin performs program evaluation activities, which leads to continuous quality improvement within the organization. Externally, Erin provides technical assistance around program evaluation and performance to NCSD members. Prior to joining NCSD, Erin worked for the State of Ohio for sixteen years and focused on HIV prevention testing program evaluation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and International Studies and a master’s degree in public administration. Her areas of expertise include data management and analysis, data-driven program evaluation, strategic planning, and grants administration. She is interested in continuous process and outcome improvement and building meaningful relationships to further the mission of public health. Erin lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Nick, daughter Rosie, and two cats.
Michela manages the Learning Management System for NCSD and its partners. This allows us to meet the learning and development needs of the field effectively and efficiently, while gathering data to continuously improve our content and processes. Previously with NCSD, she coordinated training conducted by NCSD in partnership with regional, state, and local health departments and the CDC. Prior to joining NCSD, she was a learning coordinator, a fifth-grade teacher, and a university teaching assistant for various anthropology courses. Michela earned her BA in education from the University of Maryland, College Park. Michela is passionate about community growth, health, and equity, especially through accessible and actionable learning.
Cait Shea is a registered nurse and a certified sexual assault nurse examiner, and her role supports the health clinic work of NCSD including Clinic+ activities. Prior to joining NCSD, she implemented a Title X clinic within her local public health department, where she functioned as both the adolescent & women’s health services program manager and the lead clinical nurse. Cait brings five years of experience in sexual and reproductive health clinical work, and she is most passionate about LGBTQ+ sexual health and promoting sexual health education through a sex positive lens.
Forest manages the digital communications for NCSD, including our social media and STD Weekly newsletter. Prior to joining NCSD, they ran the MN Family Planning & STI Hotline for the Minnesota Department of Health where they created sexual health & STI resources as well as branding for the Hotline. They have also worked in an FQHC, where they created resources and trainings about sexual health, all options pregnancy counseling, transgender healthcare, and local resources. Forest holds a B.A. in English Literature with minors in psychology, biology, and chemistry and is also a trained end of life doula.
Lauren Williams serves as the Senior Manager, Membership Services & Member Engagement for NCSD. She is an experienced association professional with 15 years of in-depth experience with membership development, recruitment, engagement, and management. Prior to joining NCSD, Lauren was the Director of Programs and Membership Engagement at the Maryland Pharmacists Association in Columbia, MD, where she developed and implemented strategies to increase membership and engagement opportunities. Her work has included providing members with training and support through the development of monthly educational webinars, in-person leadership trainings, and the launch of new membership programs. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications/Public Relations from Morgan State University and is based in Chesapeake, VA.
Jessica manages the implementation of Check Yourself, NCSD’s Home Testing program, providing training and technical assistance to national public health partners. Prior to joining NCSD, Jessica oversaw the daily operations of the walk-in HIV/STI sexual health clinic at Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center in Chicago, one of the largest HIV treatment facilities in the Midwest. Jessica earned a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and currently serves as board member of the Latino Caucus for Public Health, an affiliated organization of the American Public Health Association. In 2020, Jessica became a published contributing author for Today’s Inspired Young Latina Vol II book series where she hopes her story will empower and inspire fellow Latinas to pursue a career in public health.
Christopher supports state sexual health policy initiatives at NCSD, including trend analysis, trainings, and replication opportunities with NCSD members. He identifies as a queer sexual health advocate with a passion for improving large-scale health systems through coalition-building. Prior to joining NCSD, Christopher worked at the Colorado Health Network, where he helped develop and expand programs for populations uniquely impacted by health disparities, including older adults living with HIV and people experiencing intersecting inequities seeking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). He currently serves on several local bodies in his hometown of Denver, including the LGBTQ Commission and Governor’s Advisory Board on the Colorado Option. Christopher holds a BA in Journalism from Ithaca College and an MA in Gender Studies from The Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.