Leigh Alon, BA

Project Coordinator, PrEP Chicago

Leigh Alon works on PrEP Chicago, a project to spread PrEP awareness on the South Side. She recently graduated from the University of Chicago with an undergraduate degree in Biology. She previously worked in training parents in enriching their children’s language environments as well as ran a college preparedness initiative, both on the South Side. Leigh has also worked in with various organizations in Israel on Arab-Jewish dialogue initiatives.   

Alvie Bender, LCSW

Engagement in Care Social Worker

Alvie is our Engagement in Care Social Worker and works with people living with HIV and people at-risk for contracting the virus on the FOCUS and Data2Care projects. Alvie previously lead efforts in routine HIV testing and new diagnosis outreach. She has strong interests in the prevention of HIV transmission in Black youth and women; and patient-centered trauma informed clinical care. Alvie holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Seton Hall University.

Olivia Blocker, MSW

Olivia works as an interventionist for PS-PrEP, and she is one of the PrEPLine operators. She recently graduated from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration (SSA) with a concentration in Health Policy. For the past five years, she has been working as reproductive health advocate for survivors of sexual assault, sex workers, drug users, and other socially marginalized communities in a range of cities, countries, and cultural contexts.

Leticia Boughton Price, MSW, BA

Supportive Services Coordinator

Leticia Boughton Price, MSW, BA, empathetic, encouraging and enlightening individual with over 20 years of working with youth and families.  My experience includes working with diverse and "at risk" populations connecting them to resources and services in and around Chicago;  managing a food pantry that served over 1500 individuals and families per month; building collaborative relationships, advocating for the statewide recognition of Community Health Workers in Illinois; and being recognized by Senator Richard Durbin as “a force of nature,” as he presented me with the first ever Richard Durbin Community Health Worker of the Year leadership award.  I like skiing, camping, getting my "roll on" (rollerskating), Netflix and my Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Victoria Buckman, BS

Research Specialist

Victoria Buckman is a South Side Chicago native. She recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University where she majored in Public Health Studies. She has been involved with research projects and clinical experiences related to obesity in the Baltimore African American community, maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, and institutionalized child birth in Ghana. Her time as an active responder on the Hopkins Sexual Assault Resource Unit Hotline has further deepened her interests in infectious disease and sexual health. At CCHE she works as a Research Specialist and assists with the BARS project.

Billy Davis

Community Outreach Worker, CCHE 

Billy is the Team Lead Operation & Outreach, Disease Intervention Specialist, & Project Coordinator for TRIP (Transmission Reduction Intervention Project). He has been working in HIV & STI prevention, screening, and counseling for nearly 10 years. His passion for bringing education and supportive services to the community is only surpassed by his ability to use his networking skills for referrals and outreach services. Billy utilizes his skills and knowledge to ensure success of current programs at The Village as well as to develop new programs and initiatives for the community.

Jessi Dehlin, LCSW, MSW

Manager of Support Services, CCHE

Jessi is the Manager for Support Services for CCHE. She manages services offered at CCHE and The Village such as PrEPLine, Comprehensive PrEP Retention program (CPR) and People Organizing Progress (POP) as well as provides clinical support for CCHE staff and participants. Her previous work experience includes project development, project management, and conducting individual therapy with a range of client populations from low income men and women with diagnoses of severe mental health disabilities and/or addictions to women reentering the community from incarceration. Jessi's interests lie in the prevention of HIV by using a holistic approach to address additional barriers and obstacles that those at highest risk face. Jessi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master's in Social Work, with a concentration in Mental Health, and her Bachelor's in Applied Psychology & Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Rebecca Eavou, LCSW

Director of Prevention, CCHE

Rebecca is the Director of Prevention for CCHE. She oversees program and staff development for the Center. Her previous experience includes research study design and implementation, counseling with adolescents and young adults, adolescent STI/HIV prevention, and wrap-around case management for individuals and families living with or affected by HIV. Rebecca is particularly interested in implementation science and the translation of research into clinical practice among individuals at increased vulnerability for HIV infection. Rebecca holds a Master’s in Clinical Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Chicago. 

Matthew Ferreira, DVM, MPH

Data Analyst

Matt Ferreira works as a Research Data Analyst for CCHE. He is a veterinarian and recently finished his MPH at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is interested in infectious disease epidemiology and modeling, public policy, and community organizing.

Dana Franklin, MPH

Manager of Research

Dana Franklin is the Manager of Research at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE). She works to provide leadership, professional representation, and skillful management of CCHE’s research and resources. She implements research around testing, network science, HIV, linkage, and retention programs for CCHE and The Village. Her previous work experience includes HIV test counseling, data analysis, clinical research and data management. She is interested in infectious disease epidemiology and HIV prevention.

Dana earned her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration from Howard University.

Eleanor (Nora) Friedman, PhD

Senior Data Analyst

Eleanor (Nora) Friedman is PhD trained epidemiologist with eight years of experience in study design and data analysis of infectious diseases. She completed her PhD at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in 2013, writing her thesis on the effect of dengue virus infection on pregnant women. She served in two postdoctoral fellowship positions at the Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, she serves as the senior data analyst on the Expanded HIV Testing and Linkage to Care (xTLC) and FOCUS programs.

James Harris, BS

Disease Intervention Specialist

James Harris was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, where he earned a BS in Public Health with a health promotion focus. He have a strong interest in HIV awareness among young men. He enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, and passing on knowledge of maintaing healthy lifestyles.

Rodal Issema, MPH

Data Manager/ Analyst

Rodal is a data manager/analyst at CCHE working on several projects including PrEP CPR and BARS. He recently finished his Masters from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He is interested in statistical methods and their application in the design, analysis and interpretation of data arising from public health and human disease studies.

Joel Jackson

Joel D. Jackson serves as a subject matter expert and facilitator for several programs at The Village through the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE).  He is also the University of Chicago—Medicine (UCM) Manager of Education and Training in the Department of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.  He coordinates the hospital’s cultural competence training strategy and is the lead facilitator of the UCM 18-Hour Cultural Competence Course.

Joel received his Bachelor of Arts in 2000 as the first male to major in Women’s Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  He also has over 15 years of experience working in social justice, facilitating anti-oppression training and serving in the field of HIV prevention.  Prior to moving to Chicago 4 years ago, he lived in St. Louis, MO and worked for 2 years at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Center for Diversity & Cultural Competence.  He also formerly worked at Project ARK (AIDS, Resources & Knowledge) for 10 years, an affiliate of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

Joel really enjoys the work that he does with the University of Chicago Medicine and the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination.  He views himself as another care partner helping to enhance quality health care and contributing to a legacy of positive growth, inclusion and health equity for the greater Chicago community.

Myah Johnson

Outreach Consultant, CCHE 

Keyira Jones, BA

PrEP Enagement Specialist

Keyira is our PrEP Engagement Specialist at The Village. Within our supportive services team, she primarily manages the Chicago PrEPline but she also does resource counseling for our participants; Keyira works closely with various members of our research team to aid in the discovery and implementation of best practices for disseminating information about STI/HIV prevention methods like PrEP. She has always had an interest in the social service sector; in the past, Keyira has provided resource counseling, STI/HIV prevention information, and linkage to care to marginalized individuals who were in the process of recovery, reentry, or facing homelessness. Keyira holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois Chicago, where she also double minored in Minority Studies and Sociology; She is currently working on obtaining her AM degree from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration by enrolling in their Extended Evening Program.

Chuanhong Liao, MSC

Chuanhong is a biostatistician who manages data for CCHE's HIV transmission elimination programs.  She has over 15 years’ experience working with clinical trial data, and more recently with complex network data. Selected publications may be found here.

Andrew Richardson, MSN, APN

Nurse Practicitioner, CCHE

Andrew Richardson MSN, APN is an Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with the University of Chicago Medicine’s Center for HIV Elimination. His clinical practice and research efforts have focused primarily on those living with HIV and the prevention of HIV. He has published and presented on these topics in both lay and academic contexts. He is currently finishing his Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health. 

Richard Rodgers, LPN

Richard Rodgers is the clinic manager for the HIV and Infectious Diseases clinic in the University of Chicago Medicine. Richard has worked with the Section of Infectious Diseases since 2004 and is a critical part of ensuring high quality patient care. He has a particular interest in making a difference in the lives of patients living with HIV and AIDS. Richard received his Nursing degree from Dawson Technical Institute.

Clovis Sarmiento, BS

Administrative Specialist

Clovis is the Administrative Specialist for CCHE. Prior to working at CCHE, Clovis worked as a Home Care Administrator in Michigan. He is a medical graduate from the Philippines and holds a Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from the Lyman Briggs School of Michigan State University. Clovis completed his medical clerkship in the Philippines and worked with the HIV Aids Core Team at Southern Philippines Medical Center. He is excited to be part of CCHE and to learn the multidisciplinary approach in research and disease prevention.

Jessica Schmitt, LCSW

Jessica is a social worker for the Section of Infectious Disease and HIV clinic at the University of Chicago supporting patient care and linkage to care services. Jessica serves as the program manager for the Expanded HIV Testing and Linkage to Care (xTLC) and FOCUS programs, working with local partner hospitals and health clinics to routinize HIV screening. Jessica holds a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s in International Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tamika Songster, BS

Manager of Testing Services

Tamika works on our Better2Gether and Chicago Dept. of Public Health testing programs. The goal of these programs is to extend HIV and STI testing services to Gay, Bisexual and other men who have sex with men on the South Side of Chicago. Tamika has many years of experience in Public Health. Most of her work has been in community based HIV/STI prevention and testing services. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Women’s Studies from Swarthmore College.

Michelle Taylor, LCSW

Michelle has been the social worker for the Section of Infectious Diseases and the HIV clinic at the University of Chicago for fourteen years. She is also the lead linkage to care coordinator for the Expanded HIV Testing and Linkage to Care Initiative (xTLC) and is often the first contact for new patients. Michelle received her Master's in Social Work from Tulane University. 

Lindsey Wesley-Madgett

HIV/HCV Linkage to Care Specialist

Lindsey Wesley-Madgett is our HIV/HCV Linkage to Care Specialist, she works with people living with HIV or HCV through our Data2Care program, xTLC Program, and our HCV project. Lindsey previously worked with our xTLC program at an FQHC. Lindsey is a Certified Medical Assistant, African-American Education and  HIV/STI Prevention Instructor, Certified HIV Prevention and Partner Services Counselor, Certified HIV tester.