Our Care Team
Don Blanchon began his tenure as executive director of Whitman-Walker in 2006. Before joining Whitman-Walker, he spent nine years with Schaller Anderson, a national health care management and consulting firm specializing in public-sector programs. During that time, he held positions of increasing authority, including CFO and CEO of Maryland Physicians Care, a $325 million multi-product health plan owned by four Maryland-based non-profit community health systems. From 2004 to 2006, Blanchon served as Vice President for Medicaid and Medicare programs for Schaller Anderson. Earlier in his career, Blanchon served as Vice President for strategic planning for Health Services for Children with Special Needs, a specialty health plan in Washington, DC. He also spent five years as a budget examiner in the executive office of the president at the federal Office of Management and Budget.
Blanchon, a native of Foxborough, MA, holds a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Bowdoin College and a master’s in public health and public affairs from Columbia University. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and their two children.
Senior Director of Policy
Daniel Bruner is the Senior Director of Policy at Whitman-Walker. His expertise is in discrimination in employment and health care; insurance and employee benefits; and privacy issues. He previously served as the organization’s Director of Legal Services. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker in 1995, Bruner was a partner at the Washington, DC law firm of Spiegel & McDiarmid, during which time he volunteered as an attorney for Whitman-Walker and worked on pro bono projects with the Pennsylvania AIDS Law Project and Lambda Legal. Between 2000 and 2005, he was an adjunct faculty member at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he taught seminars on AIDS and the Law and courses on Public Health Law. Bruner is rated “AV-Preeminent” for legal ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell – the highest rating possible. In 2007, he received the Washington Council of Lawyers’ annual President’s Award. In 2013, he received a Community Service Award from the LGBT Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
Bruner received his law degree (magna cum laude) and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) from Rice University. Bruner is the author of the Forward in David W. Webber et al., AIDS AND THE LAW (4th ed. 2007), and has given numerous presentations on discrimination and privacy law and on the law and LGBT health. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and lives in Washington, DC with his partner of 33 years, now his husband.
Chief of Operations and Program Integration
Meghan Davies serves as Whitman-Walker’s Chief of Operations and Program Integration, where she oversees a wide portfolio, including patient legal services, insurance navigation, community health, clinical infrastructure, and therapy-based services. Previously, she served as Director of Community Health, overseeing all prevention and education activities, including the Breast Health Initiative; HIV counseling, testing and education initiatives (both mobile and clinic-based); Whitman-Walker’s +1 HIV Peer Support Program; Whitman-Walker’s two DEBI interventions (SHIELD and Healthy Relationships); Positive Pathways (a retention and re-capture program focused on African-American women in Wards 5-8); PALS (People Advocating for LGBT Seniors), and our partnership program with Mautner. Before joining Whitman-Walker in 2008, Davies was an HIV prevention volunteer with the Peace Corps, leading a nine-person team responsible for training 200 volunteers on HIV prevention and designing and launching Viviendo Positivamente (Living Positively) to encourage the formation of support groups for people in the region living with HIV and AIDS.
Davies earned her master of public health degree with an emphasis in global health promotion from the George Washington University and her bachelor’s degree in biology, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Virginia. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.
Abby Paige Fenton
Chief External Affairs Officer
Abby Paige Fenton joined Whitman-Walker in September 2015. She serves as the Chief External Affairs Officer and oversees community relations, communications, policy and public relations. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, she served as the Director of Community Relations at ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8. Earlier in her career, she also worked in event planning and fundraising in DC for the District Chamber of Commerce and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company as well as in Baltimore at Center Stage. While at Woolly, Fenton raised nearly $9 million for “BREAKING NEW GROUND: The Campaign for Woolly Mammoth.” At Center Stage, she helped to raise over $14 million for their $12 million capital campaign. She was recently named one of the YWCA of the National Capital Region’s 2015 Women of Achievement and was included in Washington Life Magazine’s list of the most influential people in Washington under 40 in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Fenton worked as the Executive Producer for the award-winning feature film Cruzando. She is a graduate of the class of 2012 from Leadership Greater Washington and currently sits on their Board of Directors. She also serves on the DC Jazz Festival Board and is a Commissioner for the DC Commission for Women. Fenton is a Kenyon College graduate and lives in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC.
Senior Director of Clinical Infrastructure
Dwaine Gasser has been a Whitman-Walker staff member since 2005 in various administrative capacities. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Infrastructure and has responsibility for medical service operations and infrastructure. This includes responsibility for provider scheduling, front office operations (including call center), medical supplies, medical equipment, patient portal management, and pharmacy and lab oversight. From 2003 to 2005, Gasser worked at the Hospital for Sick Children, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, and at Health Services for Children with Special Needs, which manages care and coordinates benefits for special needs children and adolescents in Washington, DC. From 1984 to 2003, he worked at Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, DC, holding several positions, including vice president for professional services and vice president for support services. He was responsible for medical office practices, professional and support services departments, and more than 200 employees. His areas of expertise include budgeting, planning, credentialing, development and administration of policies and procedures, contracting, physician relations, business development, JCAHO accreditation, and federal and state inspections.
A native of Washington, DC, Gasser holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in health services administration from the George Washington University.
Chief Development Officer
Abbie Gibbs joined Whitman-Walker in October 2015. She serves as the Chief Development Officer and in that role oversees fundraising for the organization’s work and mission. Gibbs has worked in development and sponsorships in the DC area for more than 15 years, and was previously Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at the National Park Foundation. There she helped launch the 100-year anniversary celebration of the national parks. She also previously served in leadership roles at the Center for American Progress, where she led the campaign around the organization’s 10-year anniversary, and the American Red Cross National Headquarters. An Arkansas native, Gibbs received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University.
David Hardy, MD
Senior Director of Evidence-Based Practices
Dr. David Hardy joined Whitman-Walker in October 2015. Prior to joining, he served as Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He also served as chief medical officer of a biotech company called Calimmune overseeing two phase I trials of gene-modified CD4+ T cells and stem cells as a strategy to cure HIV infection.
Originally from Texas, Dr. Hardy attended the University of Texas at Austin where he studied zoology/pre-med and the classics. He received his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed his residency in internal medicine at Harbor/LA County-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California. Dr. Hardy completed his fellowship in infectious diseases/clinical immunology and HIV research at the UCLA School of Medicine. Later, he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in molecular virology at UCLA studying viral vector applications for vaccines and gene therapy.
Sarah Henn, MD, MPH
Senior Director of Health Care Operations
Sarah Henn serves as the Senior Director of Health Care Operations/Medical Services. Dr. Henn was the site Principal Investigator for the Project AWARE study which was a multi-site collaboration with 14 STD clinics in the United States, Columbia University, and the University of Miami. The study’s findings have been critical in updating HIV and STD testing and counseling guidelines. An expert in Hepatitis C treatment, Dr. Henn also serves as the Principal Investigator for a trial on novel HCV treatment in co-infected adults. During her time at Whitman-Walker, she has overseen numerous clinical trial activities as a Co-Investigator and helps direct the department’s site of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group. Previously at Whitman-Walker, she served as Medical Director for the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center.
Dr. Henn received a bachelor’s degree in political studies from Hamilton College and a medical degree from the University of Virginia. She was an intern at Emory University, a resident at the University of Virginia, and completed an infectious disease fellowship at the University of Maryland. Dr. Henn also holds a master of public health from Johns Hopkins University. She is fluent in German.
Senior Director of Financial Reporting
Chris Holleman serves the Senior Director of Financial Reporting. He served as Whitman-Walker’s Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2017 and has spent more than a decade in HIV/AIDS related service. He is the former Controller of Population Services International (PSI), a large social marketing non-profit headquartered in Washington, DC with 65 locations worldwide. He has also provided financial management to several smaller non-profits such as AIDS Action in Washington, DC and ACRIA, an AIDS research organization in New York City. He began his career with Time Warner Entertainment in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Holleman received his bachelor’s degree in accounting (with honors) from the University of North Carolina in 1988. He lives in Hyattsville, Maryland with his wife Heather, daughter Samantha, and their Yorkie, Chloe.
Senior Director of Compliance/Risk Management
Judy Jenkins joined the Whitman-Walker staff as Director of Compliance in 2010, after having worked as an attorney in a private legal practice for many years. She is responsible for managing the organization’s compliance and risk management activities, overseeing the ethics and compliance program, advising senior management on the effectiveness of the program, and supporting the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Whitman-Walker Board of Directors. She also coordinates the work of attorneys in DC law firms that have agreed to provide pro bono legal services to the organization. Jenkins began her career as a Legislative Aide to a United States Senator, after which she worked in the Washington, DC office of a Michigan-based law firm. Her areas of legal expertise included white collar criminal defense, antitrust and trade regulation matters, and representation of trade associations. Throughout her years in private practice, she performed pro bono legal work for several nonprofit organizations, including Whitman-Walker.
A native of Michigan, Jenkins received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her law degree from the American University Washington College of Law.
Erin M. Loubier
Senior Director of Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation
Erin Loubier is Senior Director for Health and Legal Integration and Payment Innovation, where she focuses on the critical collaborations between traditional health care services and legal services to promote patient health and wellness by addressing the social and legal determinants of health. Loubier oversees Legal Services, Public Benefits and Insurance Navigation, and relations with third-party payers, including Medicaid, Medicare, the DC Alliance, and private insurance companies.
Loubier is active on advocacy and systemic reform efforts on health insurance, health reform implementation, and issues affecting access to health care. She is a member of the DC Medical Care Advisory Committee, DC Healthcare Ombudsman Program’s Advisory Committee, DC Health Benefit Exchange Consumer Assistance Advisory Committee, and chairs the DC Bar’s Public Benefits Training series. Loubier led Whitman-Walker’s partnership with the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority to serve as the lead trainer and provide technical assistance for the 33 organizations awarded consumer assistance grants as DC Health Link Assisters. She is the recipient of the DCPCA’s 2013 Unsung Hero Award and the DC Bar Foundation’s 2011 Jerrold Scoutt Prize.
Loubier came to Whitman-Walker in 1998 after receiving her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law. Prior to law school, Loubier worked for three years at Equal Justice Works (formerly NAPIL) as a student organizer and programs coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree from Drew University, and has a graduate-level certification in mediation from Syracuse University. Loubier is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their two daughters.
Juan Carlos Loubriel
Director of Community Health and Wellness
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.
Senior Director of Clinical Education and Training
Raymond Martins is the Senior Director of Clinical Education and Training at Whitman-Walker, where he guides clinicians’ academic development and advocates for high-quality health care to diverse audiences including academic centers, the DC government, and Congress. Previously, he served as Chief Medical Officer at Whitman-Walker, where he managed direct patient care and guided all quality improvement, academic development, and research activities.
Martins is an associate clinical professor of medicine at The George Washington University, an assistant professor of family medicine and population health at Virginia Commonwealth University, and an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is a member of the HIVQual National HIV Clinical Advisory Committee, DC Partnership for HIV/AIDS Progress Medical Advisory Board, and previous Chair of the DC Primary Care Association Standards of Care Committee. Martins is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and has received the American College of Physicians’ Oscar E. Edwards Volunteerism and Community Service Award, the GWU School of Medicine Gala Honor, and the Jorge C. Rios, M.D. award for excellence in internal medicine. In 2015, Martins was presented with the “Best Doctor” Award from Washington Blade’s Best of Gay DC.
Martins obtained his medical degree from the George Washington University, where he also completed his residency in internal medicine/primary care. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, and has focused on HIV, LGBT health and medical education.
Senior Director of Quality Improvement/Informatics
Rachel McLaughlin has worked in various capacities since she joined Whitman-Walker in 2008, from grant management to quality improvement. As Senior Director of Quality Improvement/Informatics, she supports the Health Center’s mission by focusing on improving the patient experience of care and improving the health of Whitman-Walker’s patients. The Quality Improvement/Informatics department oversees evaluation, improvement, and data reporting activities for the wide range of Whitman-Walker programs and services and supports the Board of Directors Subcommittee on Quality Assurance. McLaughlin has participated in quality leader training led by the National Quality Center and is a trainer of trainers in Quality Improvement principles. She participates in regional and national quality improvement activities on behalf of the Health Center, such as The DC Cross-Part Collaborative, HIVQUAL, and the In+Care campaign for retention in HIV care. She was a member of the Whitman-Walker Quality team that won the 2011 National Quality Center Quality of Care Award in Performance Measurement. McLaughlin is also a volunteer STD screener and HIV risk reduction counselor at our evening Gay Men’s Health and Wellness/STD clinic. Prior to joining Whitman-Walker, she taught writing and literature at the George Washington University and Rutgers University.
McLaughlin received her bachelor’s degree in English and women’s studies (with honors) from Wesleyan University and her master’s degree in English from Rutgers University. She is currently studying toward a master’s degree in public health in health promotion at George Washington University.
Senior Director of Behavioral Health
Randy Pumphrey is the Senior Director of Behavior Health at Whitman Walker Health. Prior to this he served for 7 years as the Behavioral Health Manager of Mental Health Services at Whitman-Walker and for 9 years as the Clinical Director of the Lambda Center, a program that provided specialized care to clients who identified as LGBTQ and a joint partnership between Whitman Walker Clinic and The Psychiatric Institute of Washington. Pumphrey is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia and a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. He specializes in co-occurring conditions, mood disorders, grief and loss, living with HIV, LGBTQ issues, trauma, couples therapy, addictive and compulsive processes particularly focusing on substance dependence, sexual compulsion and the process of love addiction and love avoidance. He has spoken extensively on a broad array of mental health and addiction treatment issues impacting the LGBTQ community.
Pumphrey received both his master of divinity in 1985 and doctorate of ministry in 1997 at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC. He received his bachelor’s in American studies at Towson State University in 1981 with a focus on American literature.
Director of Human Resources
Carole Schor joined Whitman-Walker in 2012 and oversees all Human Resources functions including recruitment, retention, compensation, benefits, employee/labor relations and training, and organizational development. She brings to Whitman-Walker 27 years of experience as a Vice President of Human Resources in a variety of large and small hospitals and health care systems and joined our organization because of its dedication to the community and its mission to provide quality care. Most recently, Schor served as the Corporate Vice President of Human Resources for Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. Prior to that, she served as the Vice President of Human Resources for Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. She also served in a similar capacity for Parkview Health System in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Franciscan Health System in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Legacy Health System in Portland, Oregon.
Schor holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s degree in educational psychology from Rhode Island College, a doctoral degree in educational psychology from The Catholic University of America, and an executive master’s degree in administration, specializing in Human Resources from the University of Maryland. She also holds a lifetime certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society of Human Resources Management.
Deputy Executive Director
In her role as Deputy Executive Director, Naseema Shafi works closely with the Executive Director to implement strategic initiatives of the Board of Directors and other high priority objectives. She supports the oversight of clinical, programmatic, and operational areas of the health center. Specifically, she oversees major facilities planning, human resources, information technology, and property management. Integrating the areas that she oversees facilitates the provision of high-quality, affirming care. Prior to her current role, Shafi, an attorney by trade, was the Chief Operating Officer for Whitman-Walker as well as its Director of Compliance, overseeing various matters related to corporate compliance and risk management, including issues relating to the organization’s audits. She has been with Whitman-Walker since 2007.
Shafi received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is a member of the Maryland State Bar. Shafi was honored as a Minority Business Leader by The Washington Business Journal in 2016.
Chief Financial Officer
Carl Winfree joins Whitman-Walker Health after serving in key roles with leading life sciences and nonprofit organizations. Carl spent 25 years at Merck and held positions of increasing responsibility including Joint Venture Finance Lead and Commercial Compliance Officer. He also led the HIV policy and pricing strategy functions at Merck. Carl was consistently recognized for leading cross functional teams that improved access for Medicaid and Medicare patients. Prior to Merck, Carl earned his CPA while working at Ernst & Young and the American Red Cross. Like many in our health center family, Carl’s family has been impacted by HIV. A native Washingtonian, Carl has an undergraduate degree in business administration from American University and a MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. He has also served on boards for Big Brothers Big Sisters, American Red Cross, American Heart Association and is now a member of the board of advisors at American University for its biotechnology masters program.