Jeffrey Schouten provides leadership and strategic direction for all of the cross-network coordination activities that the HANC project encompasses. The director works closely with the Network Leaders and DAIDS to develop and implement strategies to coordinate activities and optimize collaboration between the networks and DAIDS and other funding and operational partners.
Jeff has been the HANC Director since September 2008. He is a former general surgeon with a focus on surgical oncology. He has been involved in HIV clinical research and HIV primary care for more than two decades. He is also a clinical investigator at the University of Washington AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Jeff also has a strong interest in HIV public policy and the prevention of anal cancer.
Russell Campbell joined HANC in early 2008 as the Community Partners Coordinator and serves as the primary point of contact at HANC for community coordination activities. Russell has a unique mix of skills and experience with public health, research and community involvement.
As Community Partners Manager, Russell provides administrative and project management support for Community Partners and related working groups. Russell moderates conference calls and meetings and is a hub for communications within the CP membership as well as with staff across the Networks and the larger cross-Network community. Russell helps manage CP document development and implementation including work plans, operating procedures, communication plans, training manuals, and best practices guidelines. He facilitates conference calls, meetings and HANC portal activity, ensuring that Community Partners activities address the objectives and meet the milestones outlined in the Community section of the HANC work plan.
Tasia joins HANC/Legacy Project as our Community Engagment Officer-Project Coordinator to support the partnership between the Legacy Project and the Black AIDS Institute for the project Building the HIV Workforce and Strengthening Engagment in Communities or Color (B-SEC) (HRSA-21-124). In her role, Tasia will engage Minority Serving Institutions to integrate the National HIV Curriculum (NHC) and HIV Prevention Research Module (HPR) into course curriculum.
Tasia brings several years of community engagement experience, serving multiple terms as a co-chair for the HVTN/HVTU community advisory board, global community advisory board and most recently as a member of Community Partners. Tasia has a broad set of project management skills not limited to clinical, operational, technical, or logistics related to project management. Tasia's last position focused on clinical and operational implementations for Providence Health & Services across multiple states and dozens of hospitals.
Tasia is currently finishing a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences at California University of Science and Medicine and holds a Master of Art in Management and Social Sustainability. Tasia enjoys gardening, crafts, and anything sports.
Tyler Brown joined HANC in July 2018 arriving with a background in public health, bioethics and research network coordination. Tyler is driven by the belief that cultivating collaborative partnerships within the HIV/AIDS research community can improve health outcomes, particularly for vulnerable and underserved populations. Previously, Tyler has supported research aimed at improving antiretroviral medication adherence, alternative clinical HIV care models and dissemination of evidence-based interventions to address health disparities. At HANC, Tyler facilitates opportunities for researcher collaboration and manages cross-network coordination activities related to laboratory working groups, committees and focus groups.
Greg Davis joined HANC in 2011 and facilitates the social and behavioral sciences work groups. He provides support for the Behavioral Science Consultative Group, manages the Youth Prevention Research Working Group, facilitates the COVID-19 CAB Coalition, and leads the Financial Disclosure Working Group. Greg also maintains the Behavioral Science Interest Group Resource Center on the HANC Portal. Before joining HANC, Greg worked as a paralegal for the state of North Carolina. With an interest in HIV research, he switched careers when the opportunity presented itself. He holds a BA from North Carolina State University and a Paralegal Certification from Duke University.
Pedro brings a wealth of domestic and international experience in stakeholder engagement in the conduct of HIV clinical research. Pedro started his work in HIV/AIDS in the late '80s at the AIDS Control Program of the Peruvian Ministry of Health managing the first national prevention campaign. Since 2000, he has coordinated communications, community education and involvement in HIV prevention clinical studies funded by NIH's Division of AIDS including the iPrEx study, the first to prove the efficacy of pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent sexually acquired HIV in men and transgender women. With a background in social communication, Pedro holds a master’s degree in Health Promotion Sciences from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and another in Communication Strategies from Universidad de Lima
Brian Minalga builds trust, collaboration, and capacity between the NIH-funded HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Networks and the communities bearing the greatest burden of HIV in the US. Brian facilitates the Women's HIV Research Collaborative, manages the Be the Generation project, and represents HANC on the NIH Division of AIDS Cross-Network Transgender Working Group. Brian is also an expert in ethical issues in research and applies this lens to issues such as research inclusion/exclusion criteria and HIV phylogenetic analyses. Having worked in the fields of HIV, social work, education, and youth development in locations ranging from Seattle to Detroit and Namibia to Niger, Brian brings a global and interdisciplinary perspective to HANC. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.
Milan Vu joined HANC in 2018, bringing a background in public health, research, and a strong commitment to promoting collaboration across sectors and programs to achieve shared goals. Her prior experience includes community health promotion, coalition building, and program operations within state government. At HANC, Milan leads efforts falling within the Cross-Network coordination area, facilitating the Communications Working Group, Data Management Centers Working Group, Evaluation Working Group, and Site Coordinators Working Group. She also manages the monthly HANC newsletter and public website. Milan holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington.