IAPA Staff

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Debbie Rubenstrunk

IAPA US Executive Director

In 1979, Debbie became involved with the organization founded by the late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin called World Hunger Year – WHY. She created and served as the first pilot program for national chapter development for WHY.

Graduating in 1988 with a degree in non-profit administration and after completing her Senior Internship with Camp Fire Boys and Girls she was hired as the Public Relations Director.  Debbie worked for 13 years for the Camp Fire Council of Greater Arizona through various positions including Development Director and Associate Executive Director.

In 2001, Debbie accepted the position as the Development Director for Body Positive an HIV and AIDS Research and Resource Center now known as the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS. Debbie and her team raised over 7 million dollars in the fight against HIV and AIDS from 2001 to 2008 through a major gifts program, annual giving campaign and a targeted mix of special events.

Since 2008, Debbie has provided consulting services to other non-profits including: the Lincoln Family Downtown YMCA, Higley Center for the Performing Arts, International Gay Rodeo Association, Chandler Center for the Arts, Arizona Presenters Alliance, Chandler Arts Commission and the International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS – IAPA.  Debbie also Co-Chaired with Body Positive founder Kirk Baxter the Phoenix 2009 AIDS Walk.

In 2016 the IAPA Board of Directors selected Debbie as the first contracted Executive Director. Since that time Debbie has provided the leadership to build Board and Committee capacity and develop programs to provide HIV Prevention trainings throughout Arizona.

Debbie can be contacted by phone at (480) 274-3561 or by email at dlr33consulting@gmail.com.

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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

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.


Sarala Ravi

India Office Assistant

Sarala has joined the services of IAPA from December 2010. A graduate in History, she has worked in a reputed NGO called the PCVC for 3 years. The NGO had been working among victims of domestic violence, especially from the slums in Chennai city. As she is now taking care of the day to day office activities of IAPA India, the other team members could fully concentrate on field work and implementing more projects. Thus her joining IAPA India had added strength to the IAPA India team

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N. Gayathri

India Field Assistant

Gayathri has joined the services of IAPA from March 2015. She is a graduate in Computer Science. She has rich experience of having worked in Administration and Back office Operations as well as Coordination in corporate companies. Before joining IAPA, she was with the international NGO, Green Peace. At IAPA, she is taking care of fieldwork that includes going on home visits. She also does System documentation and reports, online filings, Schools, colleges and community teaching arrangements, programs and projects coordination, Survey analysis, and MIS.


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