Speaker Bios

Meet the speakers of the 2015 ANAC Conference. 

Jason Farley, PhD, MPH, NP, FAAN

Jason E. Farley -- photoJason Farley, PhD, MPH, NP, FAAN, is an Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and a nurse practitioner in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine HIV and Viral Hepatitis Clinic where he now serves patients both at risk for and living with HIV. Dr Farley is the Director of the HIV Primary Care track within the Adult/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Johns Hopkins. He is a clinical core co-director within the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research, the HPTN site leader of the Johns Hopkins Clinical Trials Unit and the Co-PI of the Johns Hopkins Partner Site of the Mid-Atlantic AETC. He is a member of the Baltimore City HIV Planning Group's PrEP Provider Task-force. In the US, his research focuses on HIV prevention in MSM and better methods to facilitate care for persons with HIV, while internationally he is studying ways to improve outcomes in patients with HIV/TB co-infection. Dr. Farley is the President-Elect of ANAC assuming office at the close of ANAC 2015.

Zil Garner Goldstein, NP

zil goldsteinZil Garner Goldstein, NP, is a nurse practitioner, author, and activist working to promote better health care in marginalized communities. She is currently practicing at the Peter Krueger Clinic and MSBI Medical Group at W14 Street, as well as serving as the Clinical Director at the Persist Health Project, but has been working within transgender and sex worker communities for the past twelve years. She started her career in health care as an informal community health worker, seeking first-aid training and offering health-related support to the people around her. In the intervening years, she has become a published author on topics relating to transgender and sex worker health and a nationally recognized leader in both of these fields.

Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP

Asa Radix, MD, MPH, FACP, is the Director of Research and Education at The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York. In addition to having a clinical practice (HIV primary care and transgender health), Asa coordinates electives in LGBT Health for medical and nursing students and holds faculty positions at NYU and Yale. Dr. Radix has been a board member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, the National LGBT Advisory Council, the American Conference for Treatment of HIV, editorial boards for the international Journal of Transgenderism and the PRN Notebook. Other contributions include being a consultant for the World Health Organization/PAHO on transgender health issues and technical advisor for the Blueprints for Transgender Health in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific. Dr. Radix is the site-PI/co-investigator for 3 NIH/NIMH studies, including a demonstration project on PrEP. Current research interests involve studying the impact of transphobia and homophobia on access to health services.

Katherine Marx, MS, MPH, FNP-BC

katherine marxKatherine Marx, MS, MPH, FNP-BC is a family nurse practitioner with over a decade of experience working to prevent HIV as a clinician, educator and trainer. She is a member of the faculty of the New York University College of Nursing and serves on the clinical staff at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and the Fashion Institute of Technology Health Services. In addition to her teaching and clinical work, Katherine participates in the clinical education programs of SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Cicatelli Associates, Inc. Katherine is a graduate of the NYS AIDS Institute Nicholas A. Rango HIV Clinical Scholars Program. She studied nursing at Columbia University School of Nursing, and public health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Erik Mortensen, NP

Erik MortensenErik Mortensen, NP, started his HIV Nursing career in 1997 after receiving his BSN at NYU School of Nursing. His first job was working the night shift at Lenox Hill Hospital’s AIDS Unit. As anti-retrovirals were developed and many of the AIDS Units closed, Erik moved to Home Care.  He was the HIV Nurse Specialist at VNSNY responsible for all the HIV/AIDS staff education throughout the five boroughs. While at VNS, Erik received his Masters in Nursing from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing and became an Advanced Practice Nurse. Erik was a Nicholas Rango Clinical Scholar at St Vincent’s Infectious Disease Clinic from 2006-08. His international HIV experience includes working with CAI Global in Guyana, launching their Home Based/Palliative Care Program. For the past 6 years, Erik has been working at a primary care/HIV specialty medical practice in Chelsea, NYC caring for both HIV positive and HIV negative clients. He has been an active member of ANAC for his entire nursing career.

Brett Gray, ANP, MPH

brett grayBrett Gray, ANP, MPH is the Clinical Trials Unit Coordinator for the Columbia Partnership for Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit at Columbia University Medical Center. He also holds a faculty appointment as an Instructor in Clinical Nursing with the Columbia University School of Nursing. He received both his BSN and MSN degrees from Columbia University and his MPH in Community Public Health from New York University. In addition to his full-time position in clinical research, he provides specialty care services to individuals living with HIV/AIDS as well as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) evaluation and treatment for HIV-negative individuals in the ColumbiaDoctors ID Associates Practice. He has previously worked as a Nurse Practitioner providing both comprehensive primary care and HIV/AIDS specialty care at Housing Works Inc. and at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

His experience in the field of HIV/AIDS began over 10 years ago working for the United Nations conducting HIV/AIDS training sessions for UN staff members. He was a Research Intern in the Health Research Training Program with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and conducted a needs assessment of HIV/AIDS initiatives to identify gaps and pursue new program developments. He has previously served in two leadership positions at New York-Presbyterian Hospital including Chair of the Ambulatory Advanced Practice Nurse Council and Director of the Quality and Patient Safety Program within the Comprehensive HIV Practice. He also served as a member of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute – HIV Quality of Care Advisory Committee. He was the recipient of the Columbia University School of Nursing Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing Practice.