Brett Klein, President

Brett is a strategic non-profit and healthcare with a focus on building a stronger and healthier community via inclusive, and collaborative engagement and powerful partnerships. For over 30 years he has worked beside business and community leaders, volunteers and service groups. Strengths lie in marketing, fundraising, relationship management, brand development, impactful events, compelling communications and driving results.  Since being diagnosed in 1993, Brett has worked diligently toward being a leader in the community for HIV related causes. Active in local politics, national board service and community organizations, Brett has served in many non-profit eadership and committee roles. Brett currently serves as Interim-Chair of HARP-PS, and as the Immediate Past-President of Dining Out For Life International which is dedicated to HIV awareness, education and services. Brett serves to improve the quality of life for our community for those living with and affected by HIV.


Jeff Jenest, Treasurer/Secretary

A long-time AIDS thriver, Jeff Jenest brings to HARP-PS over 40 years of experience as a packaged-goods marketer, strategic planner, and finance and operations executive, plus over 30 years as an AIDS activist.  After earning his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Stanford University, Jeff attended the Harvard Business School, receiving his MBA in 1978.  Jeff’s marketing skills were honed through product management positions at General Foods and Frito-Lay.


Spiro Kafarakis

Spiro is a technology driven entrepreneur, investor and HIV/AIDS advocate who has more than 25 years of leadership experience working with global F500 enterprises, medium-sized firms and start-ups. He is committed to improving the lives of long-term survivors aging with HIV/AIDS. Through relationships he developed while working in the non-profit space, Spiro discovered his passion for fundraising for projects he believes in. If you haven’t already heard from him, he’ll be reaching out soon to share why it’s important to donate to HARP-PS.


Jennifer Morton

Jennifer Morton has spent more than 20 years working in publishing and she’s currently the managing editor for Smart + Strong (publisher of POZ, Hep, Real Health and Cancer Health) where she is responsible for the day-to-day production of its editorial products, both print and online. She also serves as the board vice president for Visual AIDS, a national arts organization that raises awareness and creates dialogue around HIV-related issues, while also supporting HIV-positive artists and preserving their work. She is driven by a passion for helping others. Through her work and her activism, she strives to empower others through advocacy.


Jack Newby

Jack is currently the executive director of the Joslyn Center in Palm Desert and has served in that capacity since 2017.  At the Joslyn Center, Jack has fostered the development of new and innovative programming including the establishment of the Joslyn Wellness Center, which utilizes a holistic approach to senior wellness. With more than 26 years of experience in the non-profit field, Jack has held senior management positions at a variety of organizations as well as served on non-profit boards.  He chaired the City of Signal Hill Planning Commission as well as the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission. While at Desert AIDS Project, Jack was the first director of public policy and developed close working relationships with both California senators and congressional representatives throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Jack is proud to have been involved in the production and presentation of several of the regional HIV and aging forums.


Herb Schultz

Herb K. Schultz’s career includes decades of recognized leadership as a bi-partisan strategic leader of both public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic organizations at the local, state, and national level. Currently, Mr. Schultz is the President of HKS Strategies LLC. HKS Strategies consults with and advises C-Suite level executives and an array of public and private entities regarding government relations, public affairs, and coalition-building, with specializations in the areas of health and human services, workforce development, workers compensation, and homelessness services, among others. HKS Strategies helps clients create pragmatic tools to achieve policy goals, and provides clients experienced and objective support across a range of policy matters.

Dr. Gaetano Vaccaro

Gaetano Vaccaro, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and an expert in Institutional and Organizational Psychology, and Optimal Performance.  Dr Vaccaro has over twenty-five years of experience as a clinical program director, management consultant for program design and implementation, workshop facilitator, life coach and psychotherapist. Dr. Vaccaro has created cutting-edge multi-modal treatment programs for treatment of substance abuse, sexual compulsivity, process addictions, and eating disorders, as well as innovative programs in professional development and personal growth.


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