HARP-PS Board
Board Members (alphabetical by last name):

Andrew Alder-LaRue

Spiro Kafarakis

Paul Kowal

Jennifer Morton

Jack Newby

Herb Schultz

Dr. Gaetano Vaccaro

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 Taylor, Executive Director

Jeff Taylor is a long-term survivor who has been active in HIV research advocacy since enrolling in the first AZT trials in the late ’80s. He is currently the executive director of the HIV+ Aging Research Project-Palm Springs, which conducts patient-centered, community-based research on aging and HIV in California’s Coachella Valley. Jeff has served on the community scientific subcommittee of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group and as a community representative to the National Cancer Institute’s AIDS Malignancy Consortium, where he was a part of the HPV Working Group and the ANCHOR Study. He previously served on the Department of Health and Human Services Antiretroviral Guidelines Panel. Jeff is currently on community advisory boards for the CARE Collaboratory, the UCSFGladstone amfAR Cure Institute and the UCSF DARE Collaboratory for HIV cure research.  He’s also on the AIDS Treatment Activists Coalition's Drug Development Committee, which meets regularly with pharmaceutical and Food and Drug Administration on HIV drug development issues.

 

Jeff Jenest, Treasurer

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.

 

Dr. Jenna LeComte-Hinely, Secretary

Jenna LeComte-Hinely is the Chief Executive Officer of HARC, Inc. (Health Assessment and Research for Communities), a Coachella Valley-based nonprofit that provides research and evaluation services to improve quality of life in communities. Jenna has been conducting research and evaluation for over 15 years in a wide variety of fields, including population health, informal science education, gender discrimination, and work-life balance, among others. Jenna’s passion is using community-based research to help people turn data into action.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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