Staff

George Ayala

George Ayala, PsyD
Executive Director | contact@msmgf.org

Dr. Ayala has worked in the non-profit HIV/AIDS sector managing multi-million dollar budgets and supervising large, interdisciplinary teams of professionals for over 20 years. A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Ayala has conducted HIV social science and intervention research since 1996. His research has mainly focused on understanding the mechanisms through which social discrimination affects the risk for HIV among gay men of color in the U.S.



Nadia Rafif

Nadia Rafif
Director of Policy | nrafif@msmgf.org

Nadia comes to the MSMGF from her post as Executive Director of Association de Lutte Contre le Sida (ALCS) in Marrakech, Morocco, where she led the development of numerous regional projects across the Middle East and North Africa. Nadia will work with MSMGF constituents, staff, and leadership to advance MSM health and human rights through high-level advocacy, strategic policy analysis, and capacity building for grassroots advocates and organizations working with MSM.



Mohan Sundararaj

Mohan Sundararaj, MBBS, MPH
Director of Public Health Programs | msundararaj@msmgf.org

A trained physician with a master’s degree in Public Health, Mohan is responsible for providing technical input to local public health programs targeting marginalized communities and developing responses to in-country capacity needs. He transitioned into this role from the MSMGF policy team where he advanced policy initiatives and provided support to the MSMGF Transgender Reference Group.



Sonya Arreola

Sonya Arreola, PhD MPH
Sr. Research Advisor | sarreola@msmgf.org

Dr. Arreola has extensive experience leading community based participatory research projects (CBPR); disseminating results across multiple mediums and audiences; and using findings to advocate for the needs of marginalized communities. Currently, Dr. Arreola’s research at the MSMGF focuses on uncovering the individual, environmental and social determinants of sexual health among gay men and other men who have sex with men.



Mahri Bahati

Mahri Bahati, MPH
Public Health Advisor | mbahati@msmgf.org

Mahri comes to us with varied experience across the HIV/AIDS continuum of care including anti-retroviral medication access, HIV prevention, harm reduction, and community mobilization. Her professional interests include LGBT health, HIV treatment adherence, and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Mahri is excited to join MSMGF and be a part of positive change for LGBT people around the world.



Omar Baños

Omar Baños
Senior Technical Advisor | obanos@msmgf.org

Omar Baños has worked in HIV prevention, treatment education, policy, and capacity development in Latin America for more than 12 years. As the Policy Initiatives Field Manager, Omar works to develop, plan, and implement capacity building trainings and advocacy campaigns, as well as represent the MSMGF consistently and appropriately with international and regional networks worldwide.



Lily May Catanes

Lily May Catanes, MBA
Interim Director of Finance and Operations| lcatanes@msmgf.org

With foundations in international business, leadership, and marketing, Lily brings experience ranging from event, project, and office management to bookkeeping and instructional design for online education and training. In her 6th year at the MSMGF, she monitors administrative, financial, and reporting requirements outlined by funders.



Pato Hebert

Pato Hebert, MFA
Sr. Education Advisor | phebert@msmgf.org

Pato Hebert has been working in HIV prevention since 1994. His work has focused on community mobilization, cultural production, harm reduction, HIV prevention programming, and information messaging. He works to provide connective tissue across multiple projects of the MSMGF, including research and policy efforts.



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Sherrie Hicks
Sr. Accountant | shicks@msmgf.org

Sherrie brings twelve years of non-profit accounting experience supporting domestic and international locations.  Sherrie’s IT accounting work has included implementation of Electronic Health Records of Dental Clinic records and accounting software conversion and customized Crystal Reports.  She also worked in the private sector for a CPA and accounting companies.  Sherrie has an accounting degree from Rose State University and an active member of National Association of Black Accountants and California CPA Associations. At MSMGF, Sherrie plays a vital role in budgeting, financial reporting, cost and productivity analysis, and in the preparation of MSMGF’s regular financial statements.



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Stephen Leonelli, MPP
Sr. Policy Advisor | sleonelli@msmgf.org

Stephen Leonelli has worked predominantly in China’s LGBTI and anti-discrimination movements, as well as with UNDP’s regional Being LGBTI in Asia Initiative and ILGA-Europe. Fluent in Mandarin and with a master’s degree in Public Policy, Stephen has joined the policy team at MSMGF to provide strategic analysis and capacity building for human rights advocacy.



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Nirmala Mathai, M.A
Contract and Grants Manager |  nmathai@msmgf.org

Nirmala has provided many years of project management in international programs on HIV, community development, public health, and international development. She has worked with local community organizations in many different countries and donors such as DFID, the Gates Foundation, and USAID. At MSMGF, she will continue to provide project management and administration, supporting programs on HIV, human rights, and community development.



Johnasies McGraw

Johnasies McGraw
Operations & Board Coordinator |  jmcgraw@msmgf.org

Johnasies has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade primarily in area of neighborhood and community development.  He’s held a variety of operations and program coordination roles while working at the grassroots level with community based groups.  He will provide support to the MSMGF Operations staff, Board of Directors, and steering committee members as the Operations and Board Coordinator.



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Greg Tartaglione
Sr. Communications Officer | gtartaglione@msmgf.org

At the MSMGF, Greg works to implement the organization’s strategic vision and unique voice in the ever-shifting landscape of public health and human rights. Greg brings his experience as a social marketer, graphic designer, and brand ambassador to advocate for MSM around the world.



Johnny Tohme

Johnny Tohme
MS, Community Mobilization Manager | jtohme@msmgf.org

Johnny comes to MSMGF from directing M-Coalition (the first network of MSM & HIV activists in the MENA region) in Beirut, Lebanon. Started as an LGBT rights activist, he’s a clinical psychology graduate who worked in sexual health service delivery, community behavioral research and community organizing. As part of the policy department, Johnny will be working on the consortium of MSM and Transgender networks, the youth reference group of MSMGF and will be involved with the programs departments.



Zamora

Zamora
Contracts & Grants Manager | mzamora@msmgf.org

Zamora brings years of fundraising and administrative experience, including her work as a cultural events producer working through coalitions among communities of color and LGBT and feminist organizations. As a professor of Ethnic Studies, her classes include Chicana feminist analysis and an emphasis on understanding how gender, sexuality, class, language and nation have historically been used as tools in oppression. Zamora has lead several Native American drums and sees her work as a ceremonial singer and song teacher as an important form of community healing.