Board of Directors

  • Craig S. Hutchinson, MPH

    Craig Hutchinson received a B.A. with honors in African American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. His honors thesis entitled, Comparing Stigma Management among Men who have Sex with Men in Barbados and the San Francisco Bay Area is one of the first major studies in this area. This research allowed him to understand how social context and geography influence men’s identities. Mr. Hutchinson managed a research project at University of California, San Francisco’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies that assessed HIV risk behavior among Black men leaving prison. The specific focus of the research was to better understand the context in which sex with men and drug use takes place in prison in order to help recently released men better cope with and communicate about HIV risk with future partners. While receiving an MPH degree from the Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mr. Hutchinson worked as a research assistant on the HIV Prevention Trials Network 061 research study which was a large multi-site study of HIV and Black MSM conducted in six U.S. cities, and the first to determine the rate of new HIV infection among such a large prospective cohort of U.S. Black MSM.

    Mr. Hutchinson was the consulting researcher with the Government of Barbados where he conducted qualitative interviews with members of the MSM community, non-governmental organizations, policy makers, and health care providers for a formative assessment prior to a Behavioral Surveillance Survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He was also the consulting researcher with the University of California, Los Angeles looking at the quality of care of HIV positive service men in the military.

    Mr. Hutchinson was a research analyst with the Public Health Research, Epidemiology, Surveillance for Hemoglobinopathies (PHRESH) Project within California Department of Public Health, Genetic Disease Screening Program where he is developing, implementing and evaluating sickle cell disease and thalassemia focused health promotion education and disease awareness raising activities throughout California.

    Presently, Mr. Hutchinson is the Project Coordinator for the EBAN II Project within the Alameda County Public Health Department and The University of California, Los Angeles. EBAN II Project focuses on assessing implementation and effectiveness of an evidence-based HIV risk reduction intervention for HIV-serodiscordant, heterosexual African-American couples in two geographic areas (Oakland and Los Angeles, CA) that have a high prevalence of HIV and risk conditions among African Americans. EBAN II Project will test the effectiveness of the intervention as delivered in community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve African American clients.

    Mr. Hutchinson serves on the Board of Directors of the Black Gay Research Group, the HIV Prevention Planning Committee within the Alameda County Department of Public Health, the Sickle Cell Community Advisory Council of Northern California and the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 073 Black Caucus within the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


  • Lance T. McCready, PhD

    Dr. Lance T. McCready is Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto where he is affiliated with the Adult Education and Community Development program. Dr. McCready is an interdisciplinary scholar-activist whose research and writing focuses on the health and education of marginalized and racialized youth in cities, specifically young black men and queer youth of color.

    Dr. McCready is Principal Investigator of the Educational Trajectories of Young Black Men study and Co-Principal Investigator of a community-based research project on Adapting HIV Prevention and Education Resources for Newcomer and Refugee Young Black Men who-have-sex-with Men. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on race in adult education, masculinities, queer youth and qualitative methods.


  • LaRon E. Nelson, PhD, RN, NP

    LaRon E. Nelson is Assistant Professor of Nursing and Dean's Endowed Fellow in Health Disparities and at the University of Rochester, and he is Associate Director of International Research in the University of Rochester Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Dr. Nelson is also a Scientist and OHTN Research Chair in HIV Program Science at the St. Michael’s Hospital Centre for Urban Health Solutions in Toronto, Canada.

    Dr. Nelson’s research in the United States and Canada focuses on investigating the use of mobile technologies as innovative mechanisms for public health nurses to support the implementation of combination (PrEP + behavioral + health system) interventions to prevent HIV in Black communities. In Ghana (West Africa) Dr. Nelson is investigating the use of a mobile technology platforms for implementing a care coordination model as a systems-focused structural intervention to support symptom monitoring and to mitigate the negative impacts of stigmas on HIV care linkage, retention and outcomes for HIV-positive MSM. Dr. Nelson’s research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ontario HIV Treatment Network, Grand Challenges Canada and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. He has is a long-standing member of the Black Gay Research Group and has led the group in the roles of Chair and Vice Chair.

  • Marlon M. Bailey, PhD

    Marlon M. Bailey is an Associate Professor of Gender Studies and American Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, in the Department of Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco.

    Marlon’s book, Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, a performance ethnography of Ballroom culture, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2013. Butch Queens Up in Pumps was awarded the Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize by the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association (MLA), and it was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Book Award in LGBT studies in 2014. Dr. Bailey has published essays in Feminist Studies, Souls, Gender, Place, and Culture, The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, AIDS Patient Care & STDs and in several book collections. Marlon’s essay “Engendering Space: Ballroom Culture and the Spatial Practice of Possibility in Detroit” appears in the Themed Issue for which he is also the co-editor with Rashad Shabazz, entitled “Gender and Sexual Geographies of Blackness” in Gender, Place, and Culture: The Journal of Feminist Geography.

    Bailey is also an accomplished performing artist, and he most recently performed a piece based on his new research entitled, “Exploring Black Queer Sex, Love, and Life in the Age of AIDS,” at the University of Texas, Austin.

    Bailey is the recipient of the Joan Heller Bernard Fellowship from the Center for Gay and Lesbian Studies (CLAGS) in New York City. Marlon holds a PhD in African American Studies with a designated emphasis in Gender, Women, and Sexuality from the University of California-Berkeley.

  • Rudolph H. Carn

    Rudolph “Rudy” H. Carn is the Founder and CEO of NAESM, Inc., a non-profit National Leadership, Advocacy and Service Organization in Atlanta, GA. Since starting the organization in 1990 along with Mae Reed and Madam Edna Brown, Rudy has remained committed to providing HIV/AIDS prevention, education, services, leadership development, advocacy and technical assistance primarily to African American [men who have sex with men] both in Atlanta and nationally. Under his leadership, NAESM has grown from an outreach activity to a nationally recognized organization which has been instrumental in addressing the health and social disparities associated with the incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities that affect black gay men. Rudy convened the first every National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS in 2000; 2013 will service as the 10th year anniversary for this one of a kind national conference that focus on Black gay men around HIV/AIDS and other health disparities that affect Black gay men locally and nationally.

    In addition to working for NAESM for more than 22 years, Rudy has served on various local, statewide and national HIV/AIDS committees and advisory groups/boards including: Georgia’s HIV Prevention Community Planning Group [community co-chair three terms]; Fulton County Board of Commissioners Ryan White Title I Planning Council; Georgia AIDS Task Force; CDC’s Advisory Committee for Black Gay Men’s Health; the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition [board chairperson] and a member of the Black Gay Research Group. His other accomplishments include creating the National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS inaugurated 2001, the eight held in Brooklyn, New York in 2011. In 1992, he helped organized Georgia Shares, Inc., a federation of non-profit organizations deeply committed to social justice for all Georgians. Rudy has also been featured in several new articles and TV programs, such as the Bill O’Reilly Show and Essence Magazine as well as co-authoring: “Homelessness and Hunger as HIV Risk Factors for African American Male Commercial Sex Workers” in the Journal of African American Men, Volume 5, Issue 1 [2000]. In 2009 Rudy was one of the founding members of the HPTN 061 Black Caucus and a member of the HPTN Science Review Committee of which I am still a member of serving as the community representative.

    Before starting his commitment in HIV/AIDS prevention and other Health Disparities, Rudy was born in Manhattan, NY and completed his undergraduate studies in math and education at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. In 1988 he attend LA Southwest College and completed his diploma in nursing; becoming a registered nurse. Rudy served 12 years in the U.S. Air Force as a flight nurse.


  • Orlando O. Harris, PhD, RN, FNP, MPH
  • Jonathan P. Lucas, MPH
  • Darwin Thompson
  • Jamaal Clue, MA


    amaal Clue got his start in the HIV/AIDS prevention field at The Fenway Institute in Boston as a Peer Health Navigator on the HPTN 061 BROTHERS Study.

    From 2010-2012, he served as the first Nicholas A. Rango Fellow at the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) in Washington, DC. He is currently completing his MD degree and hopes to continue research in public health in the future. His current research interests include experiences of BMSM in the healthcare system and PrEP. Jamaal is a proud graduate of NAESM’s Creating Responsible Intelligent Black Brothers (CRIBB) Fellowship program.

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