Dr. Gottlieb is the physician who first described the new disease that would later become known as AIDS. He has been involved with AIDS for the life of the epidemic, and remains prominent in HIV treatment and research. A founder of the American Foundation for AIDS Research, Dr. Gottlieb was physician to actor Rock Hudson and activist Elizabeth Glaser.
He has a private practice of medicine in Los Angeles, and is Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Dr. Gottlieb is the recipient of the Lifetime Science Award from the Center for the Study of Immunology and Aging (1995), the Caregiver of the Year Award from AIDS Healthcare Foundation (1993), the Spirit of Hope Award from Being Alive (1994), and the Dr. Howard Brown Award from Christopher Street West (1988). He is a member of the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni and in 2007 was awarded the University of Rochester’s highest honor, the Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal.
Senior Vice President and Director of Health Communication and Media Partnerships
Kaiser Family Foundation
Tina Hoff is a Senior Vice President and Director of Health Communication and Media Partnerships at the Kaiser Family Foundation where she oversees multi-faceted public information partnerships with leading media and corporate partners alongside health departments, national leadership groups, community organizations, foundations and others to address pressing health and social issues. Over the past two decades, Ms. Hoff has developed and directed large-scale campaign son HIV/AIDS and other social issues, both here in the U.S. and internationally, including, most recently, Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2004, Ms. Hoff played a lead role in organizing the first-ever meeting of media leaders from across the globe at the United Nations. She has also directed research on health communications. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including eight Emmys, two Peabody Awards, and a National Academy of TV Arts & Sciences Governor’s Award. Ms. Hoff holds a B.S. from the University of Virginia.
Research Fellow in HIV, Gender and Justice
Laurel Sprague, Ph.D., is the Global Research Fellow on HIV, Gender, and Justice for the HIV Justice Network, working with a global consortium of community-based organizations fighting the criminalization of people living with HIV. She has been engaged in social justice efforts to respond to the rights of people with HIV since shortly after her own diagnosis in 1991, as a support group member, client, board member, activist, trainer, educator, and researcher. From 2009 to 2015, Laurel provided technical support to the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and PLHIV networks in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and North America for the PLHIV Stigma Index.
Laurel received her Ph.D. in Political Science in 2015. Her current research focuses on understanding successful advocacy strategies for human rights-based legal reform in different country contexts and on the interaction between gender inequality and HIV criminalization. Laurel received her Ph.D. in Political Theory from Wayne State University. She has worked as a Senior Lecturer in the Wayne State University Honors College as well as taught courses in political science, political theory, and feminist theory at Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University.
President and CEO
For AIDS United President and CEO Michael Kaplan, working in HIV/AIDS is not just a job, it is a life calling. A calling that he has had since shortly after testing positive for HIV in 1992, when he was just 23 years old.
Just finishing up his graduate degree at the time of his HIV diagnosis, Kaplan decided he wanted to focus on issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth. But with time, he realized that he could not focus on LGBTQ youth without addressing HIV, which has disproportionately impacted the community since the epidemic’s beginning.
Kaplan has served as AIDS United’s President and CEO since December 1, 2012. Prior to AIDS United, he was the Executive Director of Cascade AIDS Project (CAP), the largest and oldest AIDS service organization serving Oregon and South West Washington. During his four year tenure at CAP, Kaplan led the organization through a re-organization that resulted in reduced operating costs, expanded programming and increased revenue through fundraising and development efforts. Under his leadership, CAP was rated by its employees as one of the best 100 non-profits to work for in Oregon in 2010, 2011 & 2012.
Kaplan’s previous work has included several senior management positions at the Academy for Educational Development (AED), including Vice President for International HIV/AIDS Programs. His work in the LGBTQ community included Deputy Director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition in Washington, D.C., and founding Executive Director of District 202 in Minneapolis, MN, a youth center by and for LGBTQ youth. He has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations focusing on everything from HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ issues, to behavior health care and nonprofit management.
Kaplan is encouraged by the recent advances that are being made in the HIV field, and is more determined than ever to ensuring that those advances are advocated for, promoted and implemented.
Vice President of Global Business Planning
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Trish Karlin is the Executive Vice President, External Affairs and Business Development, for EGPAF. Trish leads a global team that directs business planning, resource development, marketing and communications for EGPAF’s international programs, which represented $140 million in HIV service delivery, advocacy and research in 2013.
Trish joined EGPAF in its early days, and has supported its exponential growth over the past 20 years, particularly in the development and successful implementation of international AIDS care and research programs in countries hardest hit by the pandemic. Since joining EGPAF in 1994, Trish has played a central role in the establishment of HIV prevention and care programs in more than 20 countries, including India, China, and multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Trish holds a Masters in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Southern California¹s Marshall School of Business and a B.A. in Public Policy and Child Development from Hampshire College. Trish serves on the Advisory Board of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the John M Lloyd Foundation. Trish is a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall School of Business Society and Business Lab.
Director of Women’s Services
Pavilion for Women, Texas Children’s Hospital
Lynda Tyer-Viola, RNC PhD FAAN is the Director of inpatient nursing and operations for the Pavilion for Women at Texas Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. She holds a BSN from Boston University, an MSN from the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida and a PhD in Nursing Research from Boston College. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Prior to her current appointments, Lynda was an Associate Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston Massachusetts and a Faculty Nurse Scientist in the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital. She practiced as a Clinical Nurse Specialist at MGH for ten years and has held several management and director positions in perinatal nursing. She is an active researcher with the International HIV Nursing Research Collaborative. Her area of clinical expertise is in high risk pregnancy with a program of research in care of pregnant women with HIV. Dr. Tyer-Viola has practiced globally in many settings including Russia, Malawi, Haiti, Bangladesh, and Zambia. Her focus on care of women and children expands the view of caring for persons living with HIV to that of the family and its effects on the community.