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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 13, 2000

     The President announced today that Secretary Shalala appointed

eight individuals to serve as members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Pursuant to the President's Executive Order, signed on June 15, 1995, the Council was established at the Department of Health and Human Services to: provide advice, information and recommendations regarding programs and policies to promote effective prevention of HIV disease, advance research on HIV and AIDS, and promote quality services to persons living with HIV disease and AIDS. The new Council members are as follows:

D. Gregory Barbutti of Austin, Texas, is the Chair of the Board of Directors of AIDS servicesof Austin, the largest AIDS service organization in Central Texas. As a long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS and a member on the Board of Directors of the Texas Health Insurance Risk Pool, the Hollyfield Foundation (funding HIV/AIDS organizations) and formerly of the Capital Area AIDS Legal Project, Mr. Barbutti works to educate the public about HIV and strengthen all aspects of the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in Texas.

Stuart Burden of Chicago is a Senior Program Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation located in Chicago, Illinois. Burden's grantmaking focus includes reproductive health & rights, sexuality education for young people, and HIV prevention. In addition to his work at MacArthur, Burden serves on the Boards of the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, the Working Group on Funding Lesbian & Gay Issues, and Funders Concerned About AIDS. Burden consults on health issues with various foundations and has served on the Scientific Program Committee for the International AIDS Conference.

Margaret Campbell of Boston, Massachusetts, serves as the project coordinator for "Politicin" with the Sister" at Justice Resource Institute in Boston. This project assists young women in exploring societal systems of gender oppression, racism, sexism, homophobia and other issues, thus reducing risk for HIV. Ms. Campbell has developed many training curricula for youth peer educators.

Thomas Patrick Healy of New York, New York is a writer and former contemporary art dealer. He serves as chairman of the public arts organization "Creative Time" and is on the boards of the AIDS Action Foundation in Washington and the NYU Art Museum. Healy is HIV positive and works as a writer of poetry and criticism.

Jack C. Jackson, Jr. of Washington, DC and a member of the Navajo Nation, brings years of experience in federal Indian policy and has made significant contributions to minority communities by serving as Director of Governmental Affairs for the National Congress of American Indians and as a Board member for the National Native American Indian AIDS Prevention Center. He is originally from Arizona and remained there until earning a law degree from Syracuse University in New York.

Ernesto Ortiz Parra, M.D. of San Antonio, Texas, received his medical degree from Harvard University. He is now both a practitioner at the Centro Del Barrio Community Health Center and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where he teaches primary care of HIV patients. Over the past decade, Dr. Parra has been involved in research, medical education, and health care related to HIV infection and prevention. His focus has been on developing early intervention strategies and standards of care for women infected with HIV.

John A. Perez of Los Angeles, California is the Political Director of the California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, representing two million unionized workers across all sectors. In addition, he is Co-Chair of the California Democratic Party Finance Committee, a member of the California Managed Health Care Improvement Task Force, and a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Conservation Voters, the LAEDC, and the Los Angeles Human Rights Committee.

Valerie Reyes-Jimenez of New York, New York was infected with HIV in the early 1980s and has overcome formidable odds to become a leading AIDS activist and advocate for those living with HIV and AIDS. She has worked side by side with homeless HIV positive individuals and, in particular, those with chemical dependencies and mental disorders.

Secretary Shalala is nominating the following individual for appointment:

Todd Summers of Washington, DC, most recently served as Deputy Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, where he provided policy guidance on a broad range of health, prevention, care, civil rights, housing, immigration, and other issues relating to the AIDS pandemic. In addition, Summers assisted in developing new policy initiatives, preparing briefing materials and speeches, and facilitating multi-agency efforts. Previously, he as co-founder, served as the Executive Director of the AIDS Housing Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts.