A few dedicated members of LGBTQ+ and ally communities make the study possible,
but it’s your contributions that will make The PRIDE Study a success!
Zubin believes in promoting health and wellbeing through cutting-edge, evidence-based empirical research. At Columbia School of Social Work, he worked with disenfranchised and low-income families by implementing socially-driven prevention trials in New York. At Weill Cornell Medicine, he helped introduce survey technology in HIV/AIDS community-based hospital clinics in Queens and the Bronx. He managed multiple therapeutic trials that offered innovative therapies for all subtypes of breast cancer at Yale School of Medicine (Comprehensive Cancer Center) and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He has also managed multi-million-dollar NIH/NCI-funded, pharmaceutical-sponsored, and investigator-initiated trials at New York University (Cardiology) and University of Hawaii (Oncology). Zubin has been trained in providing culturally-responsive care for transgender and gender non-binary communities at Harvard School of Medicine.
Zubin earned a Master of Science (MS) degree in Health Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Alabama Birmingham. He hopes to get his PhD in LGBTQ Studies in the future to reduce healthcare inequities and health disparities among sexual, gender, and racial minority and marginalized populations.
In his spare time, Zubin loves to lounge on a beach, try different cuisines, travel to Paris, and incessantly watch British comedies. He comes to Stanford from Kaiser Permanente Hawai’i where he learned the importance of Social Work, and hopes to spread the Hawaiian principles of aloha (love), mahalo (thankfulness), and ho’ihi (respect).
Jonathan is originally from Maryland, but lived in California for 10 years before relocating to Madison, Wisconsin in 2019. As an undergraduate he attended University of Maryland, College Park and studied economics. After graduating he worked as a pharmacy technician at a local community hospital where his interest in medicine and health grew. He went on to study at George Washington University and received an MPH with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. Thereafter, he worked for a few years doing military health research for the Army in Washington, DC and the Navy/Marine Corps in San Diego. For the past 11 years he has been working within the Stanford School of Medicine as a biostatistician at the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research and the Department of Pediatrics Prematurity Research Center. The focus of his work has primarily been on analyzing California birth cohort data to understand and assess patterns related to preterm birth. His wife is a nurse currently studying to become a pediatric nurse practitioner. They have two daughters, 8 and 3 years old. In his free time he enjoys soccer, surfing, guitar, hiking, and being outdoors.
Anthony Pho, PhD, MPH, ANP-C, is an adult nurse practitioner with over 12 years of clinical experience and a passion for promoting the health of LGBTQ people through his clinical practice, teaching, and research. He has held an adjunct faculty appointment at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing since 2013. Most recently he practiced as a per-diem medical provider at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in NYC. Prior to this, he was a full-time primary care provider at Weill Cornell Medicine, where he developed and taught an LGBTQ health curriculum for medicine residents that was later expanded to the primary care clerkship. He began his clinical career as a registered nurse in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Anthony’s doctoral research explored online health information seeking behavior, eHealth literacy, and human papillomavirus vaccination among transgender and gender expansive people. He earned his BA from U.C. Berkeley, BSN, MSN and MPH degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and PhD from Columbia University. In recognition of his leadership he was named a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar, Johns Hopkins Daniels Interprofessional Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Leadership Fellow, and Columbia University Diversity Fellow. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the LGBT Health Workforce Conference and the Board of Directors of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality. Prior to his career in nursing, Anthony worked for 12 years in the software industry in a variety of product and engineering management positions.
Ana Rescate, MBA brings deep expertise in multimedia and community affairs to The PRIDE Study, drawing from her experience in various communication roles throughout her career.
In her free time, she volunteers on the leadership council team for Somos Familia, an organization founded by two moms from the East Bay, who wanted to create support and acceptance for Latina/o/x lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning youth and their families. She is also a graduate of Equality California’s 2019 Leadership Academy in Northern California. In 2020, she joined the California Board of Psychology as an appointee of Governor Gavin Newsom.
A resident of the Bay Area, Ms. Rescate believes that all people have a right to be themselves without fear, and this philosophy is a through- line in all her roles. The credence that people deserve to tell their own stories underpins Ms. Rescate’s work. She strongly believes that each of us deserves to tell our own stories. As a queer WOC, she recognizes that her voice is her power and does what she can to empower others to use theirs. She earned her Master of Business Administration in marketing from Baker College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Lowellyn (Low) has experience working with the LGBTQ+ community and has several years of administrative experience under her belt. She has worked in the non-profit sector within the last 5 years where she was one of the founding members of the San Mateo County Pride Center. She helped with developing programs, groups, and systems in San Mateo County and increasing the visibility of the LGBTQ+ community through her community-engagement and social and communication skills.
Additionally, she has been an active community member providing support wherever she is needed. As a member of the LGBTQ+ PRIDE Initiative and Filipino Mental Health Initiative In San Mateo County, she strives to share resources and information to promote wellness in the community.
Low is ecstatic to bring her administrative skills and experience working with the LGBTQ+ community to Stanford's PRIDE study and PRIDEnet team and continue to build the much-needed visibility this community needs.
Devin Hursey is an advocate for people living with HIV and public health, from Kansas City Missouri, currently pursuing dual master’s degrees in Public Health and strategic communications at the University of Missouri Columbia. In 2019, Hursey was honored as one of the 40 under 40 in public health by de Beaumont. His local and state work includes: legislative advocacy with the Missouri HIV Justice Coalition, and board membership of Blaqout KC. In addition, Hursey is a steering committee member of the U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus, and a steering committee member of MPACT global action for gay men’s health and rights. Hursey was formerly an appointed member of the CDC/HRSA Advisory Committee on HIV and Viral Hepatitis.
Wulf's passions include literacy, equity and advocacy for marginalized communities, including black, brown and indigenous rights, transgender and queer rights, and protections for people with disabilities. As Anchochaba Consulting LLC, Founder and Trans Empowerment Project, Consultant, they have been recognized by POZ Magazine as a top 100 trans/gender non-conforming leader in HIV/AIDS education and resources as the co-founder of Southern Oklahoma LGBTQIA+, the only community resource group for queer and gender non-conforming people, their families and allies in rural southern Oklahoma.
Professionally, Wulf is the owner and founder of Anchochaba Consulting LLC, which focuses on equity, development (board, nonprofit, professional, personal), and auditing/ consulting in those spaces. Wulf has worked in social services and non profit organizations for more than a decade. Their work is currently focused on diversity, inclusion, literacy and poverty alleviation.
Academically, they are currently pursuing an EdD in Organizational Leadership at Aspen University after having completed an MS in Native Leadership from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2020. They are a member of the membership and communications committee for the Open Door Collective and they serve as the Executive Director for the Arbuckle Literacy Leadership coalition, as well as in volunteer positions for local and nationwide organizations including Trans Empowerment Project and It's From the Heart.
Sajani is a coordinator of the student-run Pride Community Clinic in San Antonio, which provides care to uninsured and underserved LGBTQ+ patients in South Texas. During their time in college, Sajani was involved with organizing in queer communities of color, and through work on several political campaigns, they became acquainted with the unique problems that LGBTQ+ people of color face in Texas. Sajani is currently pursuing an MD at UT Health San Antonio, where they engage in curriculum building to improve provider education on LGBTQ+ patient care. They are also a member of Texas Medical Association's LGBTQ+ section, where they work to raise awareness among medical providers of issues that LGBTQ+ patients face. Sajani has a B.A. in Health and Human Sciences from the University of Southern California.
Kara Sprague (she/her) is the Director of Strategy & Impact at SAGE, the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT+ older adults, where she has worked since 2014. In this role, Kara is responsible for implementation and measurement of SAGE’s Strategic Plan, providing consultation on program evaluation and impact assessment across the organization, and promotion of a data-informed culture. Prior to SAGE, Kara worked in a variety of program evaluation and implementation roles across HIV services and international development. Kara has a B.A. in Sociology from American University and an M.S.W. from Fordham University.
Ash Doss- Hunter is an Arkansas native from the small farm town of Holly Grove. Ash is a 2018 graduate of UA Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. As a student, they were involved in the on campus LGBTQ group, The Alliance, first as a member and later becoming President.
Ash currently works as a Crisis Hotline advocate, assisting women and children escaping domestic violence, to safe, stable housing.
They are a former Secretary of the board of the Arkansas Transgender Equity Collaborative.
Ash has been a long time grass roots activist in Central Arkansas. Representing a part of the community often overlooked and erased, as a non-binary black queer person. Ash has never hesitated to step up to make their voice known, through staging die-ins, collaborating with other local organizations to make a vocal stand against rampant racism within the LGBTQ community, pairing up with other southern queer organizers to innovate, create and hold spaces for the most vulnerable in the community, raising funds to sustain equity, lobby, leading protests taking them from the state capitol to the gates of the governor to lift up the voices of their people.
Hanh Nguyen was born and raised in San Jose, California. As the daughter of refugee parents, she experienced disparities in health and privilege which motivate her to pursue a career at the intersection of medicine, public health, and social justice. She attended the University of California Davis where she graduated with a BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. She returned to San Jose to work in education, health engagement, and outreach among the community she grew up in. She is now gaining clinical experience while working as a scribe at a hospital and health center. In her free time, she practices yoga, reads, eats, and helps facilitate a community for queer Christians.
Rosaia Shepard grew up in Seattle’s Colored District, where, as a student activist in the 1960s, she fought racism, sexism, sexual abuse, as well as sexual orientation discrimination. Over the decades, ableism and ageism were added to the list. Rosaia has held many management, advising, and consulting positions for various enterprises including the Internal Revenue Service, the University of Washington, and Deloitte. Recently retired in Metro Atlanta, she writes nonfiction and volunteers her time supporting Georgia political candidates who advance LGBTQIAP rights. Rosaia holds a B.A. in African American Studies and Literature from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Arizona.
Paul Vila is a freelance web developer and writer. He attended New College of Florida, where he graduated with a BA in Political Science and Environmental Studies. His academic work has focused on marrying scientific literacy and in-depth understandings of sociopolitical structures with the goal of disassembling systemic injustices. With that in mind, much of his current activist work centers on outreach for LGBTQ+ health issues, with an emphasis on Latinx communities.
Branden Barger, MAS is the program coordinator for the UCSF Office of Diversity & Outreach LGBT and Multicultural Resource Centers where he provides program, curriculum, and graphic design assistance in the centers’ efforts to increase visibility and inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented students, staff, and faculty throughout the UCSF health system and its various health professions training programs. Branden holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research from the UCSF School of Medicine Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Public Health. Branden partnered with The PRIDE Study as part of his graduate program to examine substance use health disparities and resiliencies among sexual and gender minorities and he continues to support these efforts as a volunteer research assistant with the Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Lab in the UCSF School of Nursing Department of Community Health Systems.
Alexis Ceja is currently a trainee in the post-baccalaureate program (PROPEL) at the University of California, San Francisco. In the Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity lab, Alexis works with Dr. Annesa Flentje on several projects investigating the effects of intersectionality on sexual and gender minority (SGM) health disparities. Alexis’s goal is be admitted into a Clinical Psychology program and continue investigating substance use disparities and ways to reduce these disparities within SGM communities. Outside of her research, Alexis serves on the leadership team of the LGBTQ Health Journal Club and volunteers in Científico Latino, a program aimed at increasing the diversity of graduate school applicants and STEM professionals. Alexis is very excited to join The PRIDE Study and work towards reducing health disparities among our diverse SGM communities.
Ethan Cicero, PhD, RN is an Assistant Professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar. Prior to joining Emory in August 2020, Dr. Cicero completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Biobehavioral Research Training in Symptom Science Program at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. He earned a PhD from the Duke University School of Nursing in 2018 and a BS in Nursing with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2014. Their program of research is focused on evaluating the interrelationship between social inequities and the effects of adverse and affirming social conditions on the health and well-being of transgender populations, with a particular interest in methods used for transgender health research.
Shane Lamba is a Health Science Specialist in the Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders (SCI/D) Center at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. He works on a multidisciplinary team, where he serves as one of the exoskeleton trainers collecting data on how its usage with Veterans can help improve quality of life for those living with a SCI. Additionally, he has brought to his team at the SCI center, a rejuvenated need for LGBT centered health research, he is diligently working alongside collaborators in applying for funding to initiate qualitative research on topics related to health equity and disability.
He also serves as a member on the Cultural Competency committee for the VA SCI/D Center, working alongside clinicians to bring diversity and inclusion trainings regarding LGBT Veterans. Shane will be enrolled in the Fall as a Master's of Public Health graduate student at the University of New England, where he intends to focus on community health promotion and education. He is a Bay Area native, and enjoys being active outdoors and relaxing at the beach. Shane is super excited to be a part of The PRIDE Study, as he believes it will help broaden his skill sets working with community engaged research methodology and health equity.
Pip G. Lipkin, BA is a medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University applying into OB/GYN. They came to medicine by way of studying English and Art History as an undergraduate and working in hospice, where they witnessed the power of care, attention, art and humanism in the practice of healing. In medical school they have focused efforts on making healthcare approachable and accessible through health education courses for incarcerated youth and folks experiencing chronic homelessness. Pip has also been dedicated to the advocacy and support of trans* and gender diverse (T/GD) medical students by founding a T/GD support group as well as creating a T/GD training for medical clerkship directors and coordinators to ensure T/GD medical students are supported in the clinical space. Their current research is at the intersection of family building, fertility preservation and the reproductive health needs of T/GD individuals.
Daryl Mangosing, MPH is currently a graduate student in the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the University of California Berkeley (UCB), School of Public Health (SPH). Within the SPH Community, they serve as a Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Service (GRADS) Ambassador for the DREAM (Diversity Respect Equity Action Multiculturalism) Office and remain active with Queering Public Health, a space dedicated to fostering community for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, and allies in SPH.
They are also a member of the UCB Pilipinx American Graduate Student Association or PAGaSA. Prior, they have worked for over three and a half years at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and Prevention Research Center in the Division of Prevention Science at the University of California San Francisco, where they drove communication efforts and disseminated HIV prevention and public health research.
As a queer Filipino-American born and raised on the island of Guam, they pursued an independent major in health sciences at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky with a full-tuition scholarship in 2013. Afterwards, they attended Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated in 2015 with an MPH, concentrating in health communication. Daryl’s research interests lie within the intersection of LGBTQ health disparities, identity and intersectionality, community engagement, and public health discourse. For their doctoral studies, Daryl is interested in critically studying “party and play” or chemsex behaviors as subculture (i.e., illicit drug use to facilitate and enhance sexual activity) among gay and bisexual men and their health outcomes in the context of biomedical HIV prevention and online sexual networking applications.
Ben Schwartz is a medical student at Stanford Medicine who is passionate about using research to support tangible, impactful reform for LGBTQ+ communities. As an undergraduate, he attended Stanford University, where he earned a BS in Biology and a BA in Religious Studies, graduated with honors, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His previous research focused on using advances in health sciences to eradicate LGBTQ+ discrimination in religious communities. Mental health and its requisite destigmatization played pivotal roles in his work. Ben also served as the president of Jewish Queers, a Stanford student organization focused on creating space for those identifying as Jewish and queer. As a medical student, he was elected by his class to serve as one of two Recruitment Chairs, a position designed to facilitate student involvement in the admissions process, welcome prospective students to Stanford for their interviews, and recruit a diverse group of students to comprise the incoming class. Moreover, Ben currently serves as co-chair of LGBTQ+ Meds, the primary LGBTQ+ medical student organization at Stanford. He hopes to work closely with faculty to more explicitly integrate the care of LGBTQ+ patients into clinical training.
Ben is eager to bring his personal experiences and academic/professional interests to the PRIDE Study team. He hopes to explore the healthcare dynamics of queer identity, the medical implications of sociocultural repression, and the dermatological care of LGBTQ+ patients.
The PRIDE Study thanks its former team members for their contributions: