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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 president of McGraw-Hill Construction. In this capacity, he leads an organization dedicated to serving design and construction professionals, government agencies, industry associations and adjacent market professionals, through its unique portfolio of business data and intelligence, and media offerings. Keith 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 the Director of Development and Capital Markets for Jamestown Properties at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He previously worked at 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Janet Weinberg
Janet is the Chief Operating Officer of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). She is a recognized leader in the health, social justice and fundraising fields for over 25 years. At GMHC Janet directs the day-to-day operations of the $31-million-a-year organization that provides direct health care services, HIV prevention and testing interventions, education, research, advocacy and public policy development.  She has previously served as Co-Chair on the board of the New York City Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center.



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