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Jesus Jesus Felizzola, MD, MHSA, MA.  –  Chair of the Board    email

Dr. Jesus Felizzola is the Chairman of MAPís Board of Directors. He received his degree as a Doctor of Medicine and a post-doctoral degree in Health Services Administration from the Northern University in Colombia, South America. He also holds a post-doctoral degree in Latin American Studies with focus on Public Health and Economics from Florida International University. He brings to MAP more than 20 years of experience in HIV/AIDS clinical care, research, program evaluation, and community organizing both in Latin America and in the United States. Dr. Felizzola currently serves as Associate Director of Howard Universityís Research Program in the Epidemiology and Prevention of Drug Abuse and AIDS (PEPDAA), and Project Director of the Minority Institutions Drug Abuse Research Development Program (MIDARP), both endeavors, in the universityís College of Medicine.

Dr. Felizzola has worked in a variety of professional positions and major appointments including serving as Manager of the Cultural Competency Program for the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center (NMAETC) at Howard University and consultant to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Communicable Disease Branch to develop a statewide community-mobilizing HIV/AIDS Initiative targeting Latinos. He has also served as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in NIH and HRSA-funded grants which included serving as Associate Director for the Latino HIV/AIDS Behavioral Sciences Center at Florida International University and Evaluation Services Manager at Community AIDS Resource in Miami, Florida. Dr. Felizzola has served on committees and expert panels of national significance providing consultation and insight on an array of healthcare related areas for agencies including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration HIV/AIDS Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the National Association of People Living with AIDS.


Daniel Daniel Garcia, MSW.  –  Vice-Chair and Treasurer   email

Mr. Daniel Garcia holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida International University. He accumulates more than eight years of experience in HIV/AIDS clinical care, prevention, education, case management, and research. Mr. Garcia currently holds a position as Program Manager for Central City Concern -one of the oldest non-for-profit agencies in Portland, OR. His work endeavor includes the oversight of a program targeting underserved Latino populations struggling with homelessness, addictions, and mental health issues.  

In the past, Mr. Garcia has served as a Research Assistant for a HRSA/SPNS-funded demonstration model to evaluate outreach models, and as a Partnership for Health Prevention Specialist, a CDC-funded grant to help HIV–positive individuals decrease HIV re-infection and co-infections.  He is an accomplished training facilitator including the ongoing Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program in Portland, OR.  Mr. Garcia has been involved in the development of program materials including the translation of a curriculum developed by the Portland Police Bureau into a culturally competent Spanish version tailored to the needs of Latinos.  In the community involvement realm, he has a vast history of volunteer work for HIV/AIDS and substance abuse community-based initiatives in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Multnomah Counties.


Edme Edme Pernia, MA. - Executive Director and Secretary of the Board   email

Mrs. Pernía holds a Master in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Florida International University, a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Folklore and Mythology from George Mason University. Mrs. Pernia has been working in the field of HIV/AIDS since 2003 She has served as a consultant in cultural competency and grant writing during the last three years. Previously, as Grants and Contracts Manager at Community AIDS Resource, Inc., South Florida’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization, she was successful at securing numerous grants from local, state and Federal grantors as well from many private foundations., Mrs. Pernia served as the Development Manager at Florida International University’s Center for Research for US Latinos, HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA).  At the Center, Mrs. Pernia participated in research projects and coordinated submission of grants, grant management, and the development of dissemination materials and events. In addition, Mrs. Pernia cultivated strong interagency partnerships with HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse community service providers.


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