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
Melenoma Research Alliance
Michael Kaplan joined the Melanoma Research Alliance as President & CEO in 2016. Building on more than 25 years of executive non-profit and public health leadership experience, Mr. Kaplan has a proven record as a passionate supporter of health research and policy. Mr. Kaplan is responsible for strategic direction, overall management and raising capital to achieve MRA’s mission of ending suffering and death due to melanoma and to foster collaboration with all stakeholders to accelerate powerful research, advance cures, and prevent more melanomas.
Mr. Kaplan has lived with HIV for over 25 years and has headed nonprofits and patient advocacy groups across the United States and internationally. He has managed international and domestic grant-making portfolios focused on disease surveillance, prevention and treatment. Prior to joining MRA, he served as the President and CEO of Washington, DC-based AIDS United. Additional leadership positions have included Executive Director of Cascade AIDS Project in Portland, Ore., Vice President of International HIV Programs at the Academy for Educational Development, and Deputy Director roles at both the Futures Group International and the National Youth Advocacy Coalition in Washington, DC. He has served on the boards of several organizations focusing on everything from health issues to grant-making, and behavior health to healthy youth development.
Mr. Kaplan has been touched in his personal family orbit by both melanoma as well as another cancer, mesothelioma, and holds a passion for finding better treatments and cures to reduce the suffering brought about by Melanoma. Mr. Kaplan holds a B.A. in Child Psychology and an M.A. in Adult & Community Education from the University of Minnesota.
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.