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Community Health Staff

Jacquetta Brooks

Manager of Mautner Project

Jacquetta Brooks serves as the Manager of Mautner Project overseeing education, prevention, and patient navigation programs focused on cancer and LGBT health disparities. Prior to the partnership between Mautner and Whitman-Walker, Brooks was the Director of Client Services at Mautner Project. She has focused on the LGBT populations and women’s issues through her work with the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League in Washington, DC, the DC Superior Courts, and agencies and projects focused on domestic violence and LGBT bias crimes.

Brooks is a licensed social worker and holds a master’s degree in social work from Howard University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

Riana Buford

Health Educator, Mautner Project of Whitman Walker

Riana Buford is Health Educator for the Mautner Project. Buford launched her post-graduate career at Mautner, starting as an intern before transitioning into a full-time role as Health Outreach Coordinator, with responsibilities related to tobacco outreach and advocacy. After a year of successfully managing that initiative, she was promoted to Educational Programs Associate, supporting the management and implementation of health education and training programs.

Buford received her bachelor’s degree (cum laude) from Howard University and is a 10-year resident of the Washington, DC area. 

Raul Calderon

Health Educator

Raul Calderon is a Health Educator with Whitman-Walker, providing HIV Testing and Counseling at both the Max Robinson Center and the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center. Calderon became an HIV Counselor with Whitman-Walker after moving to Washington, DC from Colombia 12 years ago. His original plans to work in the field of Surgical Instrumentation were sidelined when he discovered his passion for HIV/AIDS while working as a volunteer, conducting outreach for the Latino community with La Clínica del Pueblo and the Acuarela Program.

Calderon received his bachelor’s degree in surgical technology in Bogota, Colombia in 2000. He has completed several specialized trainings providing HIV and STD Counseling and Referrals since he began working at Whitman-Walker.

Clayton Desjardin

Volunteer Coordinator and Health Educator

Clayton DesJardin joins us as part of the 2016 Washington AIDS Partnership HealthCorps. He is the Volunteer Coordinator and Health Educator in the Community Health department. Before moving to the district, Clayton attended Grinnell College where he majored in biology. He also studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where he focused on Public Health in poverty-stricken communities. Clayton is excited to be a part of a health organization that has such a strong and positive relationship with the communities it serves.

Luis Felipe Cebas

PrEP Navigator

Luis Felipe Cebas joined Whitman-Walker Heath as the PrEP Navigator in the Community Health and Wellness department. Luis started in December 2016 after graduating from George Mason University where he received a second bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in data analysis. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, Luis worked conducting short-term crisis intervention for the National Sexual Assault Hotline helping current and past survivors of sexual assault. Additionally, he worked as a research assistant at the Human Emotions Research Lab at George Mason University working with inmates. Native to northern Virginia, Luis hopes to one day obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology to work with LGBT youth and the Transgender community. Luis enjoys assisting in community outreach, increasing the uptake of PrEP use, specifically among MSM (men who have sex with men) of color and the Transgender community.  

Francie Jenkins

+1 Peer Mentor Program and Healthy Relationships Coordinator

Francie Jenkins is one of the new Washington AIDS Partnership Health Corps members. She started at Whitman Walker in August 2016 as a part of the Community Health team, working specifically as the +1 Peer Mentor Program and Healthy Relationships Coordinator. She graduated from Princeton University in June 2015, after which she completed a post baccalaureate study for medical school at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. While at Princeton, Francie conducted her senior thesis research on how social factors and family background relate to perception of health and health behavior within the lower socio-economic population of the rural region of northeastern North Carolina. She is very excited to be a part of the Whitman-Walker community, both for the opportunity to be a part of their mission and to continue to learn from her peers and clients.

Emily C. Jeter, OTR/L, MSPT, CHT

Occupational Therapist

APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
1525 - Available by appointment

Emily C. Jeter, OTR/L, MSPT, CHT is one of the leading Occupational/Physical Therapists in The district. She has been successfully providing rehabilitation for patients with a wide variety of traumatic injuries and chronic conditions for over 30 years. As a practitioner in occupational/physical therapy, Emily is board certified in hand and upper extremity rehab, Graston Soft Tissue Mobilization Technique and trigger point manual therapy.

Prior to establishing Jeter Rehab Therapy and splitting her time at Whitman-Walker Health, Emily’s career experience includes Director of Hand & Upper Extremity Rehab at the University of Virginia Medical Center, the program specialist for the National Rehabilitation Hospital Regional Rehab in the Washington, DC, metro area, the Division Head for Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and Head of The Hand Rehab Clinic at the U.S. Naval base in Jacksonville, FL. She also was instrumental in establishing the U.S. Department of Defense’s Performing Arts Rehab Clinic at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Julia Keegan

Community Health Educator

Julia Keegan is a Health Educator with Whitman-Walker, working in HIV Testing and Counselling at both mobile and clinic-based sites. She also serves as facilitator for our Schools Program and works closely with the Youth Services team. Julia is passionate about health education, having worked with organizations such as Peer Health Exchange and CentroNia to promote health among D.C. youth. As a student at GWU, she spent a semester in Santiago, Chile where she worked to deliver popular education to vulnerable communities within the city.

Julia graduated from the George Washington University with a degree in biology and received honors for her thesis in neuroscience. She is excited to be a part of the Community Health team and to continue her work in sexual health, education, and outreach.

Ramatoulaye Keita

Health Educator Mautner Project of Whitman-Walker

Ramatoulaye Keita is a Health Educator and is thrilled to have access to more resources in order to better serve the LGBT population. Drawing upon her previous experience and passion for geriatric care, Keita is now the coordinator of Whitman-Walker’s PALS (People Advocating for LGBT Seniors) program – a free program that connects compassionate, trained volunteers with LGBT and/or HIV+ elders who live at home or in assisted living and nursing facilities in order to minimize the social isolation frequently seen in this population. In this role, she co-facilitates the MOVE program, a healthy weight intervention for LBT women, and provides HIV individual/couples testing and counseling at both Elizabeth Taylor Center and Max Robinson Center. She is also a cancer care navigator, where she provides direct services to patients in order to mollify/remove their barriers to accessing care. Along with other Heath Educators, she conducts outreach, links women to well woman exams, and works on additional initiatives, including creating new guidelines for Whitman-Walker’s Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Assault protocols.

Keita holds a bachelor’s degree in family science from the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health. Originally from Guinea Conakry, West Africa, Keita is a fluent French speaker.

Amie Krautwurst

Senior Manager of Wellness Programs

Amie Krautwurst serves as the Senior Manager of Wellness Programs. In this role, she oversees services including Reiki, yoga, therapeutic massage, meditation, smoking cessation, and the Breast Health Initiative. She also manages Whitman-Walker’s two DEBI interventions (Healthy Relationships and SHIELD) and the +1 Peer Mentor Program. Krautwurst provides HIV testing and counseling services for individuals and couples at both the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center and the Max Robinson Center. She also works with other Community Health staff and volunteers to take the Mobile Testing Unit to local clubs, bars, grocery stores, and health fairs in order to bring HIV testing and education to the community. In addition, Krautwurst serves as a volunteer mental health provider with Whitman-Walker’s Behavioral Health department.

Krautwurst is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker, having earned her master’s degree in social work with a specialization in clinical health care from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She admires Whitman-Walker’s contributions to the Washington, DC community, and is inspired by the staff and volunteers’ unwavering commitment to support those in need of culturally competent care. She is dedicated to the mission of Whitman-Walker and strives to do her part in the battle against HIV.

Melanie Logan

Health Educator and GMHW Clinic Coordinator

Melanie Logan is one of our Health Corps Members, serving as the Gay Men’s Health & Wellness Clinic Volunteer Coordinator & Health Educator. Melanie graduated in May 2016 from Boston College, and hopes to pursue a career in medicine and public health in the near future. After working at a large community health center and teaching health workshops on STI’s & HIV in public high schools in Boston, she knew she would love working with the population served at Whitman-Walker. Melanie lives in Glover Park and so far has enjoyed exploring D.C. She works out Community Health and in the clinic on Tuesday/Thursday evenings.

Juan Carlos Loubriel

Director of Community Health and Wellness

PHONE:
202.939.7686

Juan Carlos Loubriel works as Director of Community Health and Wellness, overseeing prevention and education activities at Whitman-Walker, including both mobile and clinic-based HIV counseling, testing, and education initiatives, PrEP Navigation, and Whitman-Walker’s outreach activities.  He also oversees Youth prevention services, Wellness Programs, and Mautner Project.  Loubriel joined Whitman-Walker after relocating from San Juan, Puerto Rico. His HIV outreach experience began with an internship in 2000 with a government program offering HIV/AIDS counseling, testing, educational sessions, patient events, and prevention and peer support groups. After successfully completing his internship, he was hired as a full-time employee. Loubriel’s experience with HIV/AIDS extends beyond his professional work – he also cared for his father, who was diagnosed with AIDS, until he passed away.

D Magrini

Community Commitment and Training Coordinator

D Magrini works as the Community Commitment and Training Coordinator and formerly held the position of Health Educator. For more than 20 years, Magrini has worked to reduce health disparities and improve access to culturally sensitive care for underserved and vulnerable women throughout the Washington, DC area. She has developed a range of successful strategies for getting different communities of color to participate in health promotion and early intervention programs.

Magrini served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

Miguel Mejia

Health Educator

Miguel Mejia joined Whitman-Walker in 1992 and is a certified HIV Counselor. He coordinates the Healthy Relationships DEBI program for Whitman-Walker, identifying, referring, and recruiting HIV-positive individuals to the group. He also serves a facilitator for some of the groups. Previously, Mejia served as the Coordinator for Whitman-Walker’s Gay Men’s Health and Wellness Clinic, providing leadership to the clinic volunteers, nurses, and medical providers. His responsibilities included HIV testing and pre- and post-counseling; STI screening, testing, and treatment; assisting physicians by identifying high-risk clients that required immediate care; and providing interpretation for Spanish-speaking clients. Prior, Mejia was part of HIV/AIDS service interventions for the Office of Latino Services and Coordinator of street outreach activities (condoms distribution), where his duties included identifying youth and men who have sex with men who were at risk to be in contact with HIV and STIs and identifying cruising locations and common places where sex and drugs were exchanged for money.

Josh Riley, LPC, NCC

Director of Community Commitment

Joshua Riley currently serves as Director of Community Commitment at Whitman-Walker Health.  Previously he was Senior Manager of Behavioral Health where he managed a continuum of outpatient substance abuse treatment interventions.  He has been working with underserved sexual minority populations at the intersection of HIV prevention, substance abuse treatment, and mental health care, for the past ten years. Riley has participated in the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of numerous community-based research projects and service programs aiding high-risk gay men and transgender women.  In Los Angeles, he directed and participated in the development of an outpatient methamphetamine treatment and HIV prevention program, Getting Off. It remains the only evidence-based intervention aimed at treating methamphetamine use and risky sexual behavior among gay and bisexual men.

Julia Salsich, LAc, MAc

Acupuncturist

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION:
Maryland University of Integrative Health

CERTIFICATIONS:
National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine- Diplomat in Acupuncture

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:
English

APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY:
1525- available by appointment

Joanne Sincero

Wellness Coordinator

Joanne Sincero serves as the Wellness Coordinator at Whitman-Walker, educating patients on the benefits of integrating their health care with modalities including meditation, yoga, massage, and Reiki. She also coordinates the patient empowerment program, smoking cessation program, and diabetes self-management program. Prior, she worked for 18 years at Whitman-Walker’s Austin Center for Health and Living day treatment program for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Sincero holds a master’s degree in literature from American University and is a licensed massage therapist in Washington, DC.

Reginald (Reggie) Watson

Health Educator

Reggie Watson is the SHIELD (Self Help in Eliminating Life-Threatening Diseases) Coordinator and an HIV Counselor and Tester. Watson came to Whitman-Walker as a volunteer HIV Counselor and Tester in 1998, and served in that capacity until 2002. In 2002 he was hired as Program Coordinator for Proud and Positive in the Prevention and Education department. From 2005 to 2007, Watson coordinated Whitman-Walker’s Social Networks Demonstration Project, which targeted high-risk African-Americans in Washington, DC. In 2008, he became Program Manager for the prevention program Suburban Maryland AIDS Reduction Team (SMART).

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Watson received a master’s degree in human services from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania). He has also completed 250 classroom hours toward a Certified Addictions Counseling license in Washington, DC.