Dr. John Blake, President
John is currently the executive director and dental director of the Children’s Dental Health Clinic (cdhc.org) in Long Beach, CA. This non-profit program helps the comprehensive dental needs of underserved children and medically complex patients in multiple clinic and hospital based programs. Prior to that, he helped start the C.A.R.E. Dental program at St. Mary’s hospital, this grant funded, non-profit program is specific to patients with H.I.V. His first 12 professional years were spent in private practice. John is a fellow of the American College of Dentists, a part-time faculty member of the U.S.C. School of Dentistry, a board member of the Tichenor Orthopedic Clinic, and the CDA Policy Development Council. He also serves as president of the Los Alamitios High School Aquatics Boosters. He is also an Eagle Scout.
Dr. Robb Sheneberger, Vice President
Robb Sheneberger graduated from the University of Southern California School of Medicine (Current Keck School of Medicine at USC) in 1982. Some of the first case reports of AIDS were identified in Los Angeles during his training. He then completed a residency in Family Medicine in Long Beach, California. After completing service obligations in a health manpower shortage area in rural United States, he volunteered time in Thailand, and developed an interest in the impact of AIDS globally. He completed additional HIV training at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has been providing HIV clinical care since the early 1990’s. He served as the Medical Director for the CARE Clinic in Long Beach, California until 2004; during this time he co-founded Living Hope Clinical Foundation, to invest financial resources both locally and internationally supporting work for persons living with HIV. He has worked and volunteered time in India, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda, and has been working since 2004 for the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) as the Senior Medical Technical Advisor for Southern Africa based in Zambia serving as the Country Medical Director. His passion is quality patient care that supports long term treatment success. He has spoken extensively both nationally and internationally on HIV care delivery models, treatment options, and HIV resistance. His board certification in Family Medicine has contributed to his ability to provide care in maternal, child, and adult HIV populations. He is an Assistant Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Maryland.
Currently in Zambia, Dr. Sheneberger is focused on assisting the Government of the Republic of Zambia by serving on multiple partnership working groups. He is also directed the creation of a Master’s of Science in HIV Medicine at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka to train medical providers in HIV expertise. He leads a team that provides HIV medical technical assistance to over 45,000 patients on ART, and the program has demonstrated viral suppression rates over 90% with low lost to follow up and high retention in care. Dr. Sheneberger’s other interest include developing operational research in Africa and defining sustainable treatment models for HIV care that reduce new HIV infections. He is complimented by a strong team of Zambian professionals focused on pediatrics, family centered care, maternal-child care, community support and adherence. Dr. Sheneberger authored two chapters in the American Academy of HIV Medicine first edition of Fundamentals of Global HIV Medicine textbook.
Kim Hughes, Secretary/Treasurer
Kim Hughes has worked for over 28 years in the areas of bookkeeping and financial management. She is the owner of Streamline Business Services which focuses on general bookkeeping for small businesses with a specialty on nonprofits. Streamline Business Services offers a range of activities including accounts payable, receivable, payroll, reconciling bank and credit card accounts, budgeting and financial reporting. Kim is a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers and a certified Intuit QuickBooks Pro Advisor and is passionate about providing quality bookkeeping services to her clients.
Kim lives in Long Beach, California, is married with three children ages 25, 23 and 15 and loves spending time with her family and friends as well as volunteering with local non-profit organizations.
Austin Nation, Board Member
Austin Nation, RN, MSN is a nursing doctoral student in the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. As a person living with HIV/AIDS for over 25 years, he has devoted much of his time doing HIV prevention education in the Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside community over the last 15 years. As a peer educator, he has done a variety of presentations on topics including Medication Adherence, HIV Disclosure, Body Image Changes, and HIV & Party Drugs. His current research is focused on HIV-positive young Black MSM and substance use behaviors. His ultimate goal is to develop educational programs with targeted prevention message strategies specifically tailored to the young Black men who have sex with men (MSM) community that address the substance use risks encountered.