About Us

Our Mission / Vision

Prevent the global spread of HIV through education and volunteerism.

Creating a Sustainable Effort

IAPA strives to work with communities and local organizations to improve their capacities to provide services to HIV positive individuals and prevent new infections. Our education related programs are focused on training community members to recognize and prevent risk-related behaviors, reducing the stigma associated with the disease, and to encourage dissemination of the knowledge in communities through local trainers.

To teach an updated, accurate, fact based HIV/AIDS Curriculum in schools, community groups, and other venues within our means.

To work with government agencies, non-profit agencies, non-government agencies, community based organizations, and private industry to promote HIV testing and counseling, HIV educational programs, and to offer support and advocacy for other relevant programs.

To provide a rewarding and enjoyable volunteer program for American as well as Indian students that encourages further involvement in the fight against HIV/AIDS and the development of IAPA’s mission.

Founders

Dr. Sanjay Sinha,

is a Co-founder and current Chairman of the Board of IAPA. He has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS since 2003 both domestically and internationally. Since the beginning of IAPA, Sanjay has worked with the team to build a strong, sustainable, and passionate NGO that above all else, focuses on how it can better the lives of children and adults living with HIV/AIDS. Given his training in pediatric medicine, he has a particular interest in the Arokiya Children’s Nutrition Project and has worked with the IAPA team to better the delivery of healthcare and nutrition to HIV positive children in India. He also launched Health First, a first of its kind initiative in Chennai that partners physicians, residents, medical students and medical training staff from India and US hospitals to better the understanding and treatment of pediatric disease.

Sanjay is a practicing interventional pediatric cardiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)/UC Irvine and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. He is currently the Co-director of the Pediatric a Congenital lymphatic Intervention program at UCLA and has a special focus on transcatheter closure of PDA’s in premature infants

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” -Mahatma Gandhi

This is the philosophy that IAPA was founded on and this is the idea that will always drive us forward.

Eric Hamm

is a current member of the Board of Directors and co-founder of IAPA. He obtained his Masters in Public Health in Global Epidemiology in 2008 from Emory University, completed his MD at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2014, and completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 2017. He currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA.

US Board of Directors

Michelle Barker

Director

Michelle Barker

Director

Michelle Barker is an experienced healthcare leader. In her professional role Michelle is responsible for engaging hospital executives across the United States in opportunities to expand access and improve health outcomes by integrating programs to impact population health and the triple aim. She has over 35 years of experience working in healthcare with special interest in global health and the HIV/AIDS community. Michelle previously served as the Executive Director of the largest HIV and AIDS organization in Arizona, Southwest Center for HIV and AIDS (Formerly Body Positive). Michelle continues to be a strong advocate in quality integrated healthcare as well as prevention and education regarding HIV and AIDS. Michelle grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and loves calling the Valley home. She is the proud grandma of a newborn and is currently working on the completion of a Doctorate in Health Science.

Michele Cato, MBA

IAPA Board Treasurer

Michele Cato, MBA

IAPA Board Treasurer

Michele Cato, IAPA Board Treasurer, is a seasoned business development and nonprofit management professional. For over 25 years, Michele has served in leadership roles in the United States, Sub-Saharan Africa, China, Central America and the Caribbean with various public, private and nonprofit community development organizations including Population Services International, Blumont, Project HOPE, Cardno, U.S. Peace Corps and, as a volunteer, Girl Scouts and the PTA. She is currently a Grants Manager with Good Works Grant Writing in Phoenix. In addition to grant writing and proposal management, Michele has technical expertise in global health, systems strengthening, social marketing and behavior change. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Washington.

Caia Curtis

Board Chair

Caia Curtis

Board Chair

Caia Curtis has served on the IAPA Board since June of 2015, and has supported HIV prevention initiatives since her time at Arizona State University. While at ASU, Caia traveled to Tanzania to teach HIV prevention curriculum as part of the same program that inspired IAPA. She currently serves as Co-Vice Chair to the board, and has formally served as the Board Chair and served on multiple committees driving the various initiatives of IAPA. Professionally she has spent the last decade plus working for Fullscript, a tech-based company disrupting the healthcare industry and making modern medicine more accessible. Additionally her and her partner Justin Curtis own and operate a community centric, craft beer tap room and bottle shop, The Casual Pint. Besides serving the best the craft beer industry has offered they have used The Casual Pint as a platform to support various initiatives the two are passionate about including IAPA and various animal rescues. Caia has dedicated so much of her life to the healthcare industry and specifically wellness and the prevention of HIV/AIDS, her ultimate goal would be to see us #EndAIDS in her lifetime. We are so close, and for the first time we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but we need your help now more than ever. It will be organizations like IAPA and programs like UNAIDS that push us to finally reaching 90-90-90-0.

Bryan Thomas

Director

Bryan Thomas

Director

Bryan connects with the world by merging art and technology to create productive creative teams. His diverse experience across multiple industries at all levels of organizations includes production support, business development, sales & marketing account management, and category management. Free time activities consist of rock climbing, sailing, gardening, cooking, reading, and enjoy spending time with people who inspire me.

Cheri Tomlinson

Director

Cheri Tomlinson

Director

Term of Appointment 2018 to present.

Cheri Tomlinson was a public servant for 30+ years in Arizona. This service included being the Vice President of Grants at the only public teaching hospital and health care system. This experience included overseeing the Ryan White, CDC prevention and other HIV grant programs. Her passion lies in bringing meaningful change to improve individual and community health that addresses the social determinants of health now and for future generations.

Cheri Tomlinson received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Iowa and her Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University. She currently lives in Arizona.

Thanes Vanig, MD

Director

Thanes Vanig, MD

Director

Dr. Vanig is a Chief Medical Officer of Spectrum Medical. He currently oversees medical care for over 1,700 HIV patients and over 800 PrEP patients. He was appointed to serve on the City of Phoenix Fast Track Cities Initiative in 2016. He is a crucial leader for the Citywide Rapid Start Program, which launched in September 2018. He has worked with many cities and health departments around the country on preparation and initiating their Rapid Start programs.

ROSE CONNER, RN, MEd

Director

ROSE CONNER, RN, MEd

Director

Rose Conner RN, MEd, has over 4 decades of public health and healthcare experience. In her retirement, Rose is committed to continuing to support efforts to end the HIV Epidemic.

India Staff

Arulraj Louis

Chief Executive Officer, IAPA India

Arulraj Louis

Chief Executive Officer, IAPA India

Arulraj Louis is with IAPA since inception and leads the India team efficiently to implement all projects of IAPA. A Post Graduate in Sociology, he has more than 10 years experience in implementing Targeted Interventions (TI) for prevention of HIV/AIDS. In his decade plus long career, he had worked as Coordinator and Training Officer in projects implemented by USAID. He was sponsored by USAID to participate and present a paper in the XIII International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa in 2000. A man of cheerful nature, he uses his wit and humor to make education programs always more interesting.

Sheema Gopi

Chief Operations Manager, IAPA India

Sheema Gopi

Chief Operations Manager, IAPA India

G. Sheema was appointed as Field Officer from September 2007. She has many years of experience in working with differently-abled women & children and in the field of HIV/AIDS. A Post Graduate in Commerce, she also holds a diploma in Pediatric Nursing (California) and also has experience in administration and financial management. As Field Officer, Sheema has face to face interaction with PLHA who required care & support. She leads the care & support projects of IAPA with cheerful dedication and passion.

Nagavalli

Field Staff

Nagavalli

Field Staff

Nagavalli is our part-time field staff. She has more than 10 years experience in working with different community groups in the rural areas in the prevention of HIV, in Villupuram district especially among Female Sex Workers (FSWs). She is looking after IAPA’s Arokiya project Villupuram unit.

Indian Board of Trustees

Dr. Swathi Padankatti

Managing Trustee

Dr. Swathi Padankatti

Managing Trustee

Dr Swathi Padankatti is a doctor at the department of Pediatrics and Neonatology in Sundaram Medical Foundation, Chennai. Having completed Post Graduate training in Pediatrics from Christian Medical College Hospital, Vellore, she worked in a mission hospital for 5 years and was instrumental in setting up a tertiary care neonatal ICU there. Her burning interest in community work and teaching lead her to conduct a national level workshop on “Essential New Born Care” in 2003. Dr. Swathi is a recipient of several awards and grants which include Travel Scholarship of the International Pediatric Association 2013 and International Pediatric Association Foundation Grant Award 2014. She is passionate about improving children’s health in India and has spearheaded many community initiatives within the department to improve child health and survival. She resides in Chennai with her husband Dr L Rajiv Padankatti, a pediatric surgeon and their 12-year-old son Rohit. Her inclusion as a Trustee in IAPA’s Board of Trustee would give fillip to all the health interventions of IAPA aimed at children.

Dr. Anand N.

Board of Trustees

Dr. Anand N.

Board of Trustees

Dr. Anand joined IAPA’s Board of Trustees in 2014. The doctor finished his medical degree from Chengalpattu Medical College and has also done Post Graduate Certificate course from Dr. M.G. R. University. His passion to work with the people infected with HIV, made him to complete a Fellowship in HIV Medicine at YRG Care Center, Chennai. He has undergone more than 6 trainings, the most important among them being HIV/AIDS Management and De-addiction and Rehabilitation for chemical abusers. He has more than 11 years of rich experience, working as Occupational physician and Medical Officer at various hospitals, corporate houses where he looked after Industrial Hygiene, Ergonomics, Accident and Trauma Care, VCTC , STI Management to name a few. At present he is the Chief Medical Officer at L & T Shipbuilding Ltd., He has been working as Medical Officer for Shelter Trust, where he attends to children on call at any time. His entry into IAPA Board of Trustees will undoubtedly give fillip to many of the projects of IAPA, aimed at the care of people with HIV, especially children.

Advisory Council