Meet Our Staff


Our dedicated staff is available to help you and your organization meet all of your HIV training needs.


Patrick Tranmer, MD, MPH, Principal Investigator


Dr. Tranmer is currently the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the UIC College of Medicine and a Professor of Clinical Family Medicne. He has worked with MATEC since its inception, providing insights from family medicine and participating in training activities.  He is the Chair of the Board and immediate past president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians.  Dr. Tranmer has been taking care of HIV patients since 1987, and has lectured, presented, and published on the subject.  With a joint appointment in the Department of Medical Education and extensive clinical teaching experience, Dr. Tranmer bring many skills to his role as the Center's Principal Investigator.


Renslow Sherer, MD, Medical Director & Co-Investigator

In addition to his role as Clinical Consultant at MATEC, Dr. Sherer is the Director of the International HIV Training Center, Section of Infectious Diseases at University of Chicago’s Department of Medicine.

Since 1982, Dr. Sherer has been a primary caregiver for persons with HIV disease in Chicago and is a recognized leader in HIV prevention, care, research, training, and health policy.  He has extensive experience and expertise in HIV primary care, adherence to anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and in model care programs for women and children, people with chemical dependency, and the medically indigent.  He has been active in HIV clinical research and in the design and implementation of clinical trials, in HIV prevention programs, and in local and federal policy on HIV disease.  He has numerous national and international publications on the clinical and social impact of the HIV pandemic.  With Ron Sable, he founded the first HIV clinic at Cook County Hospital in 1982, and then led the clinical team which designed the CORE Center, a model ambulatory facility for HIV and related infectious diseases which opened in Chicago in October, 1998.
He is a member of the US HHS HIV/AIDS Treatment Guideline Panel and the ART Guideline Panel in China.  In September, 2003 he became the Director of HIV/STI/TB for Project HOPE and he joined the faculty of the Section of Infectious Diseases at the University of Chicago.  Since then, he has led health worker trainings in China, North Africa, the Western Balkans, and the Americas, he has implemented micro-credit and health education programs for orphans and families with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and the Americas, and he has led HIV prevention and stigma reduction programs around the world.
Mona Van Kanegan, DDS, MS, Dental Director

Dr. Van Kanegan is the Dental Director for the Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center. Dr. Van Kanegan received her D.D.S. degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Dentistry in 1995, as well as an M.S. in Biochemistry.  Dr. Van Kanegan has made numerous presentations at local, state and national meetings on the topics of HIV and homeless patient care, as well as worked on development of partnerships to introduce or expand oral health programs.  In addition, Dr. Van Kanegan has provided in-services to individuals and teams seeking to provide oral health care to HIV positive persons.

Memberships include:  American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society and the National Network for Oral Health Access.  She serves on the ISDS Access to Care committee, IFLOSS coalition, Alliance of Community Health Centers, Dental Electronic Health Record System, Heartland Alliance Cabinet, chair of the Heartland Health Outreach Quality Management Team, and chair of the finance committee of the Daystar School Board.
Dr. Van Kanegan is currently Director of Dentistry, Heartland Spang Center for Oral Health, which serves HIV/AIDS impacted individuals, homeless and low-income community residents.  She is a practicing clinician and focuses her practice at the school-based health center at Senn High School in Chicago.   In addition, in her position as a Director of Dentistry, Dr. Van Kanegan is responsible for the running of five Heartland Spang Center for Oral Health clinics.  She is also adjunct faculty, University of Illinois College of Dentistry.

Ricardo Rivero, MD, MPH
Project/Executive Director

Dr. Ricardo Rivero is the Project/Executive Director for the Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center. 

In his previous post as Illinois Program Director at MATEC, Dr. Rivero oversaw planning and implementation of MATEC program activities within Illinois as well as regional interventions and program promotionHe has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention for over 10 years, with a special interest in HIV/AIDS prevention and intervention in Hispanic communities.

Prior to his work at MATEC, Dr. Rivero was an HIV Prevention Network Senior Associate with the American Red Cross, where he worked with Red Cross HIV/AIDS program development, implementation, and evaluation.  Dr. Rivero received his MD from the University of Los Andes School of Medicine in Merida, Venezuela and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Courtney Chambers, MPH
Interim Regional Assistant Director 

Courtney is the Interim Regional Assistant Director at MATEC, serving as a liaison to and overseeing activities in the seven Local Performing Sites (LPS). She also provides support to the Executive Director on grant development and regional planning and manages the regional HIV telehealth initiative. Before assuming her current position, she worked as a Training Specialist for the MATEC-IL LPS, specializing in trainings on Cultural Competence. Courtney earned a Master of Public Health in Community Health Practice from DePaul University and a Bachelor's degree in Feminist Studies from Southwestern University. Courtney is passionate about women’s reproductive health and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for Chicago Women’s Health Center. 


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