Joshua Bress, MD President
Joshua is a pediatrician whose primary focus is the care of neonates. He graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University in 2007 and completed his pediatric residency at the University of California San Francisco.From 2011-2012 he worked with Global Strategies in the Eastern Congo — continuing our efforts in Pediatric HIV and prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child while expanding into areas of neonatology and severe malnutrition. His passion is to improve the quality of Global Health care by building long-term relationships with people who take care of patients thousands of miles away.
Sloane DrakeDirector of Finance and Operations
While Sloane’s career has primarily focused on working with small, growing companies to implement accounting and management systems, she spent four years managing a medical equipment company in Mill Valley.Her passion for community service led her to seek out volunteer work with local nonprofits and eventually her professional career transitioned to nonprofit operations. She has been married for 23 years and has a son and a daughter in college.
Jean Armas, MPH Program Coordinator
Jean provides technical assistance to our partners on the development and implementation of data collection systems and technology solutions to help them care for their patients. She also helps inform program design and evaluation and provides data analysis for various programmatic activities. Jean is excited to share her knowledge and passion for public health, technology, and data to help improve the lives of the women and children in the communities Global Strategies works in.
Before joining the team, she managed women's health research projects at UCSF; conducted research in emerging technologies in health care and in chronic disease patient education; worked in health care reform implementation at Kaiser Permanente; and served on the board of directors for Kaiser Permanente Women in Technology. Jean has a B.A. in Economics from San Francisco State University and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Emory University.
Elon DanzigerDirector of Software Design & Development
Elon is a technologist passionate about health, education, and design. He is thrilled that his interests intersect at Global Strategies, with its innovative technology programs for nurses who make crucial decisions about neonatal and maternal health. Elon has experience designing and building mobile health apps, as well as contributing to design and development teams at a range of organizations, from startups to large companies like Autodesk. A Stanford graduate, he lives near San Francisco with his wife and young daughter.
Ted Ruel, MD Founder
Dr. Ruel co-founded IPOP (The International Pediatric Outreach Project, which merged to become Global Strategies) with Sadath Sayeed in 2002, while completing his training in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. He went on to pursue training in pediatric infectious disease and joined the faculty in 2009.
He attends on the pediatric infectious disease clinical service and performs patient-based translational research of HIV-infection and malaria in African children.
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Arthur J Ammann, MD Founder
Dr. Ammann has a long and distinguished career in pediatric immunology and infectious disease.
In 1977 he performed the clinical trials that led to the first approval for a pneumococcal vaccine. In 1982, Dr. Ammann described two of the three ways that HIV is transmitted. In 1998, he founded Global Strategies for HIV Prevention, which became Global Strategies in 2013.
He has authored or co-authored over 450 scientific papers and given over 700 international lectures and courses on HIV/AIDS. He is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.
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Anne-Marie Duliege, MD Chairwoman
Dr. Duliege is a clinical assistant professor at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, and a senior executive with over 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. She has served on the Board of Global Strategies since 2010 and was appointed chairperson of the BOD in 2015.
Dr. Duliege has extensive experience in infectious diseases and immunology and has long been associated with many aspects of the fight against AIDS. She initially focused on understanding the transmission of HIV from mother to child and then participated in the testing of HIV drugs and potential vaccines, first at Genentech and then at Chiron. In these endeavors, she has collaborated with the National Institute of Health, the Army, several companies, and many medical centers in the U.S. and around the world. She is now Chief Medical Officer at Rigel, a biopharmaceutical company focusing on the development of treatments for auto-immune diseases. Dr. Duliege continues to practice pediatrics as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics Rheumatology at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. She also serve on the board of CIRM, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (stem cell research), and on the board of AVAC, the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, another non for profit organization focused on HIV prevention efforts.
She has an MS in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health, an MS in Biostatistics, a Doctorate in Medicine and a Board Certification in Pediatrics from Paris Hospitals.
David Stewart, Treasurer
Dave Stewart is a Bay Area native with 40 years’ experience and 18 years Management at State Farm Insurance. Since 1953, he has served Bay Area Insurance and has become a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). As a member of Business Network International (BNI) and Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC) Dave has an in depth understanding of business and financial planning. He has a B.A. in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and is a two time member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Outside of work, Dave dedicates his time to community service for the homeless population in Walnut Creek and regularly attends church.
Nicole Rubin, Secretary
In June 2011 Nicole started Impact Solutions. Nicole Rubin joined Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC) in 2006 to 06/2011. As CEO, Nicole is responsible for ensuring the organization meets its mission of providing comfort, care and support to children and families in Southern California.
To achieve this mission, Nicole oversees operations, development and continued growth of all of RMHCSC’s programs, including four Ronald McDonald Houses in Loma Linda, Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena, with a fifth one scheduled to open in 2011 in Long Beach; Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times in Idyllwild; a community grants board and four scholarship programs.
Prior to joining RMHCSC, Nicole was the executive director at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in New York City where she led the development and implementation of plans to assure continued growth, visibility and advancement of breast cancer programs and services.
Nicole has more than ten years of experience in health care, non-profit management and fund-raising. Prior to her work with the Komen Foundation, she worked for the Methodist Health Care System in Houston as the assistant vice president of Planning, Marketing and Corporate Communications.
Joseph "Mike" McCune
Joseph (“Mike”) McCune is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. His lab has been involved for many years in the analysis of HIV pathogenesis, prevention, treatment, and cure. After studies at Harvard College, Cornell University Medical College, and The Rockefeller University, Dr. McCune started to treat patients with HIV disease as a resident in internal medicine at UCSF in 1982, and he has been involved in the HIV/AIDS research field ever since. This work included postdoctoral studies at Stanford, exploring the fusogenic properties of the HIV envelope protein and developing the first humanized mouse model (the SCID-hu mouse) capable of multilineage human hematopoiesis and receptive to infection with primary isolates of HIV. He then co-founded the companies SyStemix (in 1988) and Progenesys (and 1991), serving as Scientific Director and leading research efforts to find better ways – including antiviral medications and hematopoietic stem cell-based gene therapy – to treat HIV disease. In 1995, Dr. McCune returned to academia, first as an investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology and then (starting in 2006) as the Chief of the Division of Experimental Medicine (which he founded) at UCSF. Concomitantly, he was the founding PI (and Senior Associate Dean) of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at UCSF (from 2005-08). In recent years, he has helped to form multidisciplinary, collaborative research teams to find a cure for HIV disease. Throughout this time, he has actively mentored graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in academia or biotech/pharma. He has served as a board member for a variety of non-profit organizations, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Project Inform, Project Open Hand, The Rockefeller University, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the Foundation for AIDS and Immune Research, the Foundation for Vaccine Research, the Alliance for Lupus Research, the Immune Tolerance Network, the Bluefield Project to Cure Frontotemporal Dementia, and for the biotechnology companies, SyStemix, Progenesys, and Prosetta.
Craig Waldman, JD
Craig is a partner at Jones Day, adjunct professor at Hastings Law School and has lectured at Stanford Business School and Foothill College.
David Wanderman, MD
David is a pediatrician trained at UCSF and spent time at McKinsey and Company in the healthcare consulting practice.
He currently splits time between leading operational improvement work at Stanford Hospital and clinical work at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MDDirector Emeritus
Dr. Eric Goosby served as the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, leading all U.S. Government international HIV/AIDS efforts. In this role, Ambassador Goosby oversaw implementation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as U.S. Government engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He serves on the Operations Committee that leads the U.S. Global Health Initiative, along with the heads of the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PEPFAR is the cornerstone of the Global Health Initiative, which takes a comprehensive approach to strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes in the developing world.
Dr. Goosby is currently leading a new center on implementation sciences at UCSF, as well as seeing patients on Ward 86 at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, where he worked in the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.