Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Executive Leadership Team

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David Ernesto Munar
President and CEO 

Munar has devoted his entire professional career to building comprehensive systems of care and prevention that meet the needs of vulnerable populations.

He joined the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) in 1991 and, during his 23-year career at the agency, served as policy director, vice president of policy and communication, senior vice president, and president and CEO, a position he held from 2011 to 2014. As chief officer, Munar managed a $23 million portfolio of care, prevention and policy programs and services.

His two decades of accomplishments fighting HIV/AIDS has advanced sound health policy locally and nationally. In 2007, he helped launch the Coalition for a National AIDS Strategy, which led to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy unveiled by President Obama in July 2010.

Together with AFC, Munar has championed voluntary HIV testing expansion efforts; shaped local policies and developed programs that curb HIV transmission among injection drug users; safeguarded funding for HIV prevention and HIV medication assistance programs; and worked closely with county, municipal, and state officials to support comprehensive systems to meet the needs of people affected by HIV/AIDS. Munar has also shaped public discourse on these topics, creating conversations that lead to education, advocacy and action.

Munar has served on numerous advisory councils for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources Services Administration, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and gubernatorial and mayoral transition teams. He has served on the governing boards of the Association of Latino Men in Action, Communities Advocating Emergency AIDS Relief Coalition, the Harm Reduction Coalition, National Association of People with AIDS, and AIDS Action Council, where he chaired the Policy Committee from 2008-2010. He currently serves on the governing boards of the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Center for Housing and Health, and Equality Illinois.

His work has earned several accolades, including being named a Champion of Change by the White House in 2011. Munar represented the U.S. on a regional panel at the 2010 International AIDS Conference. He was a plenary speaker at the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference, the 2009 Creating Change National Conference on LGBT Equality, and the Global AIDS Alliance’s 2008 National Democratic Convention gathering.

His original commentary and analysis has appeared on such media outlets as The Huffington Post, PreventionJustice.org, POZ, Lifelub.org, RHRealityCheck.org, Windy City Times, Positively Aware and the Chicago Free Press. He has been interviewed by CNN, CNN en Español, Telemundo Chicago, USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, XM Radio, HIV Plus, POZ Magazine, AIDS.gov, The Advocate, Washington Blade, Southern Voice, Bilerico Project, and others.

Munar’s work draws on career experience and perspectives as a bilingual Colombian‐American and gay man living with HIV. He is an avid runner and graduate of Northwestern University.


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Michelle Wetzel, J.D.
Senior Vice President, Policy, Strategy and Business Development

Prior to joining HBHC, Michelle was the Chief Executive Officer of Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministries (ABAM) (aka Bonaventure House, The Harbor, Bettendorf Place).  During her tenure at ABAM, the annual budget doubled, they expanded their scattered site housing program, and they opened a new construction supportive housing facility on Chicago’s South Chicago. 

Michelle went to law school specifically to advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS.  After graduating from DePaul University College of Law, Michelle worked for two years at Prairie State Legal Services and then at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF) in LAF’s HIV/AIDS Project for almost a decade.  Although her specialty was housing law, she worked on every manner of civil litigation for clients living with HIV/AIDS.

Before moving back to Chicago for law school, Michelle co-founded and led the AIDS Pastoral Care Network of West Michigan based in Holland, Michigan.  This was an outgrowth of Michelle’s HIV/AIDS volunteer work with people living with AIDS in Chicago.


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Barbara Tieder
Vice President, Development and Communications

Barbara Tieder joined Howard Brown Health Center in March 2013 as the Vice President of Development and Communications. In her role as Vice President, Barb is responsible for the management of all aspects of a comprehensive development program including individual giving, community fundraising, special events and foundation and governmental support. Barb is also responsible for the implementation of HBHC’s communication strategy as it relates to the public and the community HBHC serves. She is responsible for raising awareness of Howard Brown Health Center and its related programs through broadcast, print and online media in the Chicago area. 

Prior to joining HBHC, Barb served as the Director of Development and Communications for Amandla Charter School, a middle/high school serving the Englewood Community. In her role as Director, Barb was responsible for all internal and external communications, donor relations, grants management, special event management and community relations. Barb has also served as the Director of Communications and External Affairs for Chicago Family Health Center.  The federally funded FQHC, with locations in the South Chicago, Pullman, Roseland, East Side, and Chicago Lawn communities, provides access to primary health care for underinsured and uninsured patients.  In the past, Barb served as Director of Development with a domestic violence agency in the south suburbs as well as the Executive Director for Special Children’s Charities.  Barb started her non-profit career in various departments including government relations and marketing and logistics at Feeding America.


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Magda Houlberg, MD
Chief Clinical Officer

Magda joined Howard Brown Health Center in 2008 as its Director of Geriatric Medicine and became Chief Clinical Officer in 2011.  Her medical practice focus includes LGBTQ aging, HIV medicine, health promotion and interdisciplinary medical care for populations at risk.  Magda has been the driving force behind the expansion of HBHC’s medical and social services for older LGBTQ adults, especially those aging with HIV.  In particular, Magda has served as a medical provider and core staff member for the Chicago Elder Services Community Initiative, a collaborative project between Howard Brown Health Center, Rush University Medical Center, CJE-Senior Life, Heartland Alliance and Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center.  As part of an interdisciplinary team, Magda provides medical care to LGBTQ older adults, training to local health care and social service providers to improve their competencies in working with LGBTQ seniors, and where appropriate, in-home care.  An Internal Medicine Physician and Geriatrician, Magda graduated from Antioch College with a major in Biology.  In 2004, she graduated from Rush University Medical College and went on to complete a residency there in internal medicine.  She has completed a Fellowship in geriatric medicine and served as an assistant professor in the geriatric medicine section at Rush University Medical Center. 


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Kristin Keglovitz Baker, PA-C, AAHIVS
Chief Operating Officer and Certified Physican Assistant 

Kristin joined HBHC in 2005 as a Physician Assistant and became Director of Clinical Operations in 2010. She has most recently taken on the role of Associate Medical Director. Her medical practice focus includes LGBTQ care, women’s health, HIV medicine, health promotion and interdisciplinary medical care for populations at risk.  Kristin has been the driving force behind numerous projects at HBHC including Alternative Insemination, Primary Care Opt- Out HIV testing, rapid Hepatitis C testing, and the expansion of service lines to include areas such as pediatrics.

As part of an interdisciplinary team, Kristin provides medical care to a diverse population of patients.   A Physician Assistant with a Master’s in Biochemistry, Kristin graduated from Marquette University in 2002.  Kristin was selected to be a National Health Service Corps Scholar and was employed through the Corps from 2003-2005 serving the migrant population in central California.  In 2010, she completed a fellowship at Kansas University in Community Health Center leadership and development. She has been the primary investigator and sub investigator on a number of clinical research trials, serves as HBHC’s Institutional Review Board chair, and manages numerous grants as program director.  Kristin is passionate about community health and improving health outcomes in communities of need.  


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Kelly Ducheny, Psy.D. 
Director of Behavioral Health

Kelly Ducheny is a licensed psychologist and obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) at Wright State University in 1993, with an emphasis in multicultural psychology and working with gay, lesbian and bisexual clients. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in community health psychology at Wright State University in the Center for Healthy Communities. At the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Ducheny served as an Assistant Professor and a department chair. She joined Howard Brown Health Center as the Director of Behavioral Health Services in 2008. Among numerous clinical and research interests, she has focused on cultural competence and multicultural psychology; gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues; assessment; interdisciplinary health care; professional development; gender roles and race in Disney animation; qualitative research; and immigrant and refugee mental health.


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Bill Joure 
Senior Director, Retail Operations

Bill Joure became Senior Director of Retail Operations in April of 2012, overseeing the efforts of Howard Brown Health Center’s Brown Elephant stores. Bill has over 20 years of retail management experience, working in a department store environment, as well as managing large volume, flagship retail locations for Eddie Bauer and Pottery Barn in Chicago. At Eddie Bauer, Bill also served as the market recruiter for the Chicago. His experience in managing furniture, accessories and apparel reflects well on managing the complexity of large format resale stores. Prior to coming to HBHC, Bill served as a Showroom Manager for Kohler Company’s Baker, Knapp & Tubbs furniture division. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.


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Lowell B. Raven, C.P.A. 
Controller and Senior Director, Accounting and Finance

Lowell B. Raven has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 27 years. His professional experience spans six years in public accounting—2 ½ of which were spent as a manager overseeing not-for-profit audit engagements—and twenty-three years in private industry. For 16 years, Lowell served as a Controller of a very large not-for-profit social service agency and as a Controller within the United Way system. He subsequently served 3 ½ years as the Vice-President of Finance and Administration and C.F.O. for a social service agency and another 3 ½ years as the Controller & Senior Director of Accounting & Finance for a large not-for-profit community based health care organization that also operates social service programs.  With nearly 29 years serving not-for-profits, Lowell has developed expertise in this industry to resolve both common and unique issues. He is very experienced in internal financial reporting, including the preparation of financial statements and Form 990, budgeting/trend analysis, consolidations, expense allocations and agency reorganization to increase operational efficiencies, improving internal processes and reducing excess costs. He is also experienced with OMB Circular A-133 requirements, consolidated financial reports and other grant reporting requirements. Lowell earned a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Iowa and is a member of the American Institute of C.P.A.’s. He is also a member of the Illinois C.P.A. Society and has served on the Society’s Not-For-Profit (NFP) Committee for nearly six years including their NFP Conference Task Force and has recently re-joined this Committee. 


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Imani Rupert
Director, Broadway Youth Center

Imani Rupert joined HBHC as the Director of the Broadway Youth Center (BYC) in late 2013. Before becoming the BYC's Director, Imani spent a year working as a psychotherapy extern, providing therapy for BYC clients. Before working for Howard Brown, Imani worked at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Student Affairs for eight years. In her capacity at UCSC, Imani helped professionally develop young leaders, created and implemented educational programming, assisted in strategic planning, and taught classes on leadership development and social justice.  While at UCSC, Imani created and founded the Social Fiction Conference (SFC). SFC was a multi-day gathering that allowed students and faculty to create and participate in panels that explored complex issues of social justice, identity, privilege, and oppression through works in the genres of science fiction, gaming and fantasy. SFC was an immensely popular event that UCSC continues to host.  Imani holds a degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an A.M. in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.


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Jamel Magee, PHR  
Director, Human Resources

Jamel Magee joined Howard Brown Health Center in February 2014 as the Senior Manager, Human Resources.  She has been certified as Professional in Human Resources since 1996.  In her role as Senior Manager, she is responsible for leading the HR operations for HBHC.  Prior to her role at HBHC, she was the Human Resources Manager with The Night Ministry.

Jamel has worked more than 15 years as a HR Leader and Consultant providing HR generalist support within child welfare, human services, and nonprofit organizations.  In addition, she has facilitated a variety of training programs with St. Augustine College’s Institute of Workforce Education (IWE) in the areas of leadership, performance management, conflict resolution, and employee relations.   In her spare time, Jamel serves on the Human Resources Advisory Board at DePaul University.  Jamel has a Bachelor of Science in Training and Development from SIU Carbondale and a Master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Human Resources Development.