Advisory Board Members

Alexandra Marie Bonnet-RiveraAlexandra Marie Bonnet-Rivera was born in Bronx, NY. She moved to Puerto Rico with her mother and little sister when she was 3 years old, has lived there since. Graduated in 2010 Magna-Cumlaude with a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision of Social Services Agencies, Social Work from the Interamericana University Metropolitan Campus. In 2008 she also achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus. She has been a Team Leader of Prevention Projects at Puerto Rico Community Network for Clinical Research on Aids (PR CONCRA) located in San Juan, Puerto Rico since 2011. Her expertise is in adaptation, pre-implementation, implementation, monitoring and supervision of Evidence Based Interventions (EBI) as well as report and grant writing. Alexandra is a member and Co-Chair of the CBO at the Department of Health of Puerto Rico HIV Planning Group.
Edwin Espinel

Edwin Espinel is currently the Local Health Department Liaison for the Environment, Policy & Improved Clinical Care (EPICC) Program for the Bureau of Health Promotion of the Utah Department of Health. In his previous position, he was the HIV Testing, Counseling and Partner Services Program Coordinator for the Communicable Disease Prevention Program. In addition, he was the Co-Chair for the Utah HIV Prevention Group for community planning.

He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Economics. He is a U.S. Certified Public Manager and a graduate and peer educator of the NASTAD Minority Leadership Development program. He has an extensive fifteen-year HIV/AIDS training and education experience.

Edwin developed and implemented a bilingual HIV prevention and harm reduction curriculum for incarcerated men in Salt Lake City. He was formerly a private banker, Director for the Even Start Family Literacy Program and a US Marine. Edwin is very involved in the community. In the last twenty years, he has served in countless local and national boards and committees addressing health and education issues. He was also awarded the Utah Governor’s Friends of the Humanities Award.

Monetha Gaskin

Monetha Gaskin has been a HIV advocate for 10 years. She is currently the HIV Linkage and Data to Care Program (DTC) Coordinator within the STD/HIV Division of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Her primary role is to manage all aspects of the Data to Care program, provide data reporting, program evaluation, analysis and design support, and facilitate statewide community engagement activities with collaborative community partners.

Monetha has played an integral part in providing technical assistance to other jurisdictions implementing Data to Care. She has shared her knowledge and lessons learned with John Snow Inc. (JSI), Gears Inc., National Association of State and Territorial Apprenticeship Directors (NASTAD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DARE Global Innovations.

Monetha will continue to be a voice for the residence of South Carolina. If you would like more information on Data to Care in South Carolina, Monetha can be reached at

Damon Johnson

Damon Johnson a transformational public health leader. Dedicated to identifying needed change, creating a vision to guide the change through inspiration, and executing the change in tandem with committed members of the public health community. He has developed a number of highly effective behavioral and structural interventions, programs and initiatives; that serve as a counterforce to the complexities surrounding HIV and other health disparities. He takes a multidisciplinary approach to lead teams and people in developing comprehensive solutions to address disparities and inequities in marginalized communities.

He currently serves as the Program Manager for Georgia AIDS Education and Training Center. Which seeks to Improve the HIV Care Continuum, Increase patient retention in care, Produce positive patient outcomes and Promote networking and capacity. Through the provision of trainings and technical assistance activities.

Dnika JosephDnika Joseph is originally from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Dnika received her B.S. in Biology from Berry College in Georgia. She went on to UAB to complete her Masters of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health Leadership and Policy, as well as a Certificate in Global Health and Masters of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences. During her MPH, Dnika completed her Public Health training with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and the Minority Health International Research Traineeship in Ghana. Dnika currently serves as the Game Changer Program Manager at Birmingham AIDS Outreach. Within her job, she is the Intake Team Lead ensuring the smooth transition from Outreach to Case Management, as well as the data collection from the Behavioral Assessments. In addition, Dnika plays a role in promoting PrEP to the community. Outside of work, Dnika is a sis-mo and pet parent. She also volunteers on the board of the American Cancer Society, and the Central Alabama Caribbean American Organization. Dnika plans to complete her Physician Assistant degree in the future.

Neena Smith-BankheadNeena Smith-Bankhead currently serves as the Director of Capacity Building and Community Engagement for the Emory Coordinating Center of the COMPASS Initiative, a new project to address HIV in the south, supported by Gilead Pharmaceuticals. In this role, Neena will oversee the provision of capacity building services to support infrastructure enhancement among organizations that provide services to people living with HIV across the Deep South states.

Prior to joining the team at Emory in 2015, Neena spent 18 years overseeing HIV prevention, education, and research activities at AID Atlanta, Inc., an AIDS Service organization, and served as a consultant with numerous local and national organizations, including HealthHIV, GA AETC, SEATEC, and Messages of Empowerment, LLC.  Neena’s areas of interest and expertise include training, facilitation, grant writing, organizational development, program development, and qualitative research methods.

When not at work, Neena enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and volunteering with community organizations, including the Lupus Foundation of Georgia, and the Women of Clayton County (WOCC), a community organization that inspires positive change by cultivating meaningful collaborations between county leaders, businesses, and residents.

Neena received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 1993, and her Master’s degree in Health Education in 1996, both from Penn State University.

Michelle Bordeu – Vice President of Programs at Fenway Health (Boston, MA)

Jesse Carter – HIV Planner at the Texas Department of State Health Services (Austin, TX)