Christopher Aono (he/him/they/them) is a mixed API from Okinawa, Japan. They completed their Master’s Degree in Public Health at California State University in Los Angeles, California. Christopher is passionate about LGBTQI2-S Rights and Social Justice, Health Equity, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, HIV Prevention, and linkage to care. Christopher has experience working in both the clinical and in the non profit sector. They currently work as a clinical health educator and as an HIV outreach tester for multiple colleges and community clinics throughout Southern California.
Alnory Gutlay is a 1.5 generation immigrant from the Philippines. She is the Health Equity and Access Vice President at the Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS), which is the first, largest, and longest standing organization in the southeast focused on issues concerning Asian Americans and other underserved populations. She has been with the organization since 2013. In her role, she leads the departmental capacity building for health access and equity for the underserved, immigrant, and refugee communities.
As Vice President, she oversees CPACS’s health programs including substance abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, tuberculosis, hepatitis B, domestic violence, and more. She is also an active member of various national and local coalitions that involve reducing health disparities in the community. Alnory Gutlay is passionate about providing culturally and linguistically appropriate education and accessible services in the Metro-Atlanta area.
Ben Ignalino (he/him/his) is a proud Asian American with over 20 years in the HIV field. He currently serves as the Manager of HIV Prevention programs at Family Health Centers of San Diego. He has a longstanding history as both a frontline team member and administrator of HIV prevention grants focused on PrEP, syringe service programs, and “Queer Care.” Prior to his current role, Ben served as the Director of Capacity Building Assistance where he facilitated high-impact HIV Prevention training and designed tailored HIV-specific content for CDC-funded community-based organizations. His expertise on HIV testing, prevention for people living with HIV, condom distribution, and organizational development and management have helped shape HIV prevention efforts in communities across the country. He looks forward to bringing awareness and change to his community as a member of the Asian CAP team!
Rowland Mendoza (he/him/his) is a Program Manager of the HIV Prevention Department at the San Francisco Community Health Center and has been with the organization for over four years. He oversees three programs: HIV testing focusing on Transgender and Asian & Pacific Islander Men who has sex with men (MSM) populations, A PrEP program for Transgender and Youth MSMs, and a community HIV Prevention program focusing on API MSMs called, The Connection. During his spare time, Rowland volunteers his time as a board member for the GLBTQ+ Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) and Board Member for the Kamayan Coalition. He has been a Constituent Advisory Panel Member for NMAC’s Asian CAP Group since 2018.
Danielle Miguel (she/her/hers) is a Bay Area Health Advocate at Asian Health Services (AHS) in Oakland, CA. She serves patients through pre-clinic counseling and HIV testing, teaching comprehensive sex education, and training youth in programs focusing on HIV, hepatitis, and substance use. Danielle’s passion in community health is influenced by her experiences growing up in San Francisco’s Sunnydale neighborhood and East Bay cities Richmond & San Pablo — places where low-income communities of color face inequities in health, education, and other aspects of life. Outside of NMAC and AHS, Danielle spends her free time working with Banteay Srei, an organization dedicated to empowering young Southeast Asian women against domestic violence and trafficking, and organizing webinars for Filipinx in Medicine. She is currently pursuing to become a physician assistant who specializes in women’s health and HIV. Danielle hopes to redirect power from systems back to community, where those underserved can flourish, thrive, and lead.
Paula Peters MSN, RN, ACRN, NE-BC, CTTS (she/her/hers) is the Director of Special Services at Great Lakes Bay Health Centers in Michigan. She has served as Clinical Nurse Manager and a grant writer overseeing Ryan White-funded HIV Special Immunology Medical Services, Hepatitis C, HIV Prevention, PrEP/PEP, and Tobacco Cessation for People Living with HIV programs, working at GLBHC since 2005. During the first year of the pandemic served as the COVID-19 Sampling Sites Manager, setting up the first drive thru testing sites in Mid-Michigan and is currently over COVID-19 Recovery. She is an AIDS Certified Registered Nurse who has been involved with HIV specialty care since 2005 and a Registered Nurse since 1991. Paula is a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) 2007-present, and served as Director-at-Large of the National HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB) 2009–2017, currently serves on the ANAC Nominations Committee and as a Subject Matter Expert, contractual HRSA Grant Evaluator, NMAC/HRSA ESCALATE program facilitator trainer, a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist since 2017, previous experience as a Behavioral Health Nurse Consultant, Pediatric/OB Nurse and is an ANCC Board Certified Nurse Executive. Current elected member of the NMAC Asian Constituents Committee since 2018. She is a co-founding member of the Michigan HIV Nurses Network and has worked with the Saginaw HIV/AIDS Taskforce since 2008. Education includes a Master’s degree from Purdue Global University in Nursing Executive Leadership with a minor in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.
Amanda Phi (she/her/hers) is the Women’s Health Specialist at the NYC Department of Health. Through her work in New York Knows, a citywide HIV testing initiative, Amanda leads two community engagement coalitions focused on making sure all New Yorkers know their HIV status and are connected to care and prevention services. In 2016, Amanda founded, and currently chairs, the New York Knows Women’s Advisory Board, a body comprised of a diverse group of dedicated and passionate women leaders with expertise serving and empowering women within their communities. Amanda also serves on the leadership team for the agency’s AAPI Employee Resource Group, and as a facilitator for the bureau’s API Affinity Group. Amanda is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and has an M.P.H. from The George Washington University.
Preston Nguyen Tang
Preston Nguyen Tang, MPH, LSW, CPT II, CMA (he/him/his) is the HIV Prevention Coordinator and Data Analyst for the State of Nevada, Division of Public and Behavioral Health. Mr. Tang received his Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). While attending UNR, Mr. Tang focused on raising awareness of the diminishing resources facing the public health community. Mr. Tang is a national presenter on the intersection of HIV, substance use/abuse, the Epidemic in Nevada, and more. Additionally, Mr. Tang is a founding member of the Southern Nevada Asian Pacific Islander Queer Society (SNAPIQS), a community group dedicated to breaking down the barriers for LGBTQIA+ of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American descent. When Mr. Tang is not focusing efforts on HIV Prevention and Treatment, he participates in community events dedicated to improving the physical health of the community and charitable causes. As a certified dance fitness instructor, Mr. Tang brings awareness to social issues facing members of the Las Vegas community. Through chairing community events, Mr. Tang has continued to promote awareness of causes throughout Nevada.