About us

About NYC AIDS Memorial: Founded in 2011 by urban planners Christopher Tepper and Paul Kelterborn, NYC AIDS Memorial is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to the recognition and preservation of the ongoing history of the AIDS crisis. The organization is working to build a memorial to honor New York City’s 100,000+ men, women and children who have died from AIDS, to commemorate and celebrate the efforts of the caregivers and activists who responded to fight the disease, and to recognize the ongoing crisis.

Meet our Board

Keith Fox, chairman
Keith Fox is CEO of Phaidon Press. He currently serves on the boards of the National Building Museum, New York University’s Center for Publishing Media and E-builder.

Christopher Tepper, co-founder
Chris is currently a Senior Project Manager at the Hudson Companies. He previously worked at Jamestown, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and the New York City Economic Development Corporation.

Paul Kelterborn, co-founder
Paul works as a Manager for Creative & Marketing for Jamestown Properties. His prior experience includes working at the Municipal Art Society of New York and in business development for architecture and urban design firms. He also co-founded the Hudson River Powerhouse Group.

John Tantillo, treasurer
John is a partner at PricewaterhouseCooper responsible for driving internal audit and non-audit services in the financial services sector. He has a broad base of experience in the financial services sector, including banking, asset management, insurance and capital markets. John serves on the Executive Board and is Treasurer of PFLAG National.

Richard Burns
Richard is the Interim Executive Director of the Funding Exchange and a longtime leader in the LGBT movement. He served as Executive Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York from 1986 to 2009. An attorney, Richard is Vice Chair of the board of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee and serves on the selection committee of the New York Community Trust – New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Richard is also a member of the advisory board of the Center for HIV Law & Policy.

Guillermo Chacón
Guillermo is president of the Latino Commission on AIDS. In January 2013, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Guillermo to the New York State AIDS Advisory Council. The Council develops recommendations regarding policy and programs, publishes reports and provides leadership on issues relating to HIV/AIDS. Guillermo pioneered the First National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Leadership Summit in 2008. He played a key role in launching the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day in 2003.

Eric Cruzen
Eric is an emergency physician and director of the new full-service emergency department at the Lenox Hill HealthPlex (in the completely renovated and restored O’Toole building adjacent to the Memorial). Eric also serves as president and medical director of a national non-profit organization that provides education, harm reduction, and first aid to at-risk LGBT populations.

Patricia Evert
Patricia is currently president of Patricia Evert Productions. She is a nonprofit consultant in New York with more than 25 years of demonstrated success in resource development, strategic planning, marketing and research, advising high net worth donors, event/conference production, fundraising campaigns, community organizing, and technical assistance; with experience in nonprofit, entrepreneurial and philanthropic settings. From 2005-2010, she served as the vice president of donor resources at the Gill Foundation.

Debra Fraser-Howze
Debra serves as the Senior Vice President for Government/External Affairs at OraSure Technologies, Inc. Previously, she was the President/CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Debra has been widely recognized for more than two decades of global leadership to communities of color regarding teenage pregnancy, social welfare, and HIV and AIDS. She advised two U.S. Presidents while serving on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS from 1995-2001.

Ethan Geto
Ethan is a Principal of the public affairs consulting firm Geto & de Milly, Inc. He advises Fortune 500 companies, real estate development organizations, issue advocacy coalitions, hospitals, universities and industry associations on government affairs, crisis management, media relations and community relations. Ethan also has served at high levels in city, state and federal government.

Richard Grossman
With more than three decades of real estate experience in New York City, Richard is well-known as an innovative, effective and strategic leader in both the residential and commercial fields. As President of Halstead Property, Richard handles the day to day operations of running Halstead’s Village and Soho offices, overseeing the directors of the firm and together with the Chief Executive Officer, form the Executive Committee of Halstead Property.

Paul Kawata
Paul Kawata is the executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), the premier organization dedicated to building leadership in communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. NMAC represents a coalition of faith based and community based organizations as well as AIDS Service organizations advocating and delivering HIV/AIDS services in communities of color nationwide. Since 1987, NMAC has developed leadership in communities of color through a variety of public policy education programs, national conferences, research programs, capacity building, technical assistance and trainings, and digital and electronic resource materials.

Fraser D. Mooney
Fraser is a non-profit management and fundraising professional with more than twenty years of experience in a wide range of social justice, health and cultural causes and organizations. His recent experience has included leading the international development unit at ICTJ, a human rights organization headquartered in Brussels and New York, and as head of development at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, a pioneering public-private partnership operating in 23 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.  He has been an AIDS activist since the earliest days of the epidemic as a member of ACT-UP, and he was a co-founding board member of Visual AIDS.  He is currently also a board member of Triple Canopy, the online cultural magazine.

Susan Rodriguez
Susan is the founding director of Sisterhood Mobilized for AIDS/HIV Research & Treatment (SMART). Diagnosed in 1995 with HIV, she has been an activist and advocate for women and youth living with HIV/AIDS since 1997 and co-founded SMART in 1998. She received the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leader Award in 2010; SMART’s Mobile Cooking Classroom won a 2013 community vote to bring healthy cooking classes to East Harlem & South Bronx. She is a mother of 3 and grandmother of 2 boys.

Eric Sawyer
Eric is currently the Civil Society Partnership Advisor at the UNAIDS New York U.N. Headquarters Liaison Office. He is a co-founder of ACT UP, Housing Works, Inc. and Health GAP, Inc. He is a Director on the Fire Island Pines Property Owners’ Association (FIPPOA) and serves on FIPPOA’s Charitable Foundation.

Andrew Shackett
Andrew is Principal of ASA Consulting – a full service fundraising consulting firm. During a career in non-profit fundraising spanning more than 20 years, Andrew has developed expertise in managing foundation fundraising programs and in providing strategic counsel to non-profits seeking capital campaign and endowment feasibility studies and implementation, fundraising audits, and growth oriented plans. He has served as an Officer and a board member of the New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Kendall Thomas
Kendall is the Nash Professor of Law and co-founder and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia University. He is also a visiting professor at Stanford Law School and a visiting professor in American Studies and Afro-American Studies at Princeton University. Kendall was a founding member of the Majority Action Caucus of ACT UP, Sex Panic! and the AIDS Prevention Action League. He is a former member and vice-chair of the Board of Directors of GMHC.

Janet Weinberg
Janet is a nonprofit consultant providing creative management solutions to social service and healthcare agencies. She is a recognized leader in the health, social justice and fundraising fields for over 35 years. She has previously served as Co-Chair on the board of the New York City Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, secretary of the iHealth Board of Directors and numerous other Boards throughout her career.


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