MATEC's Regional Leadership
Ricardo Rivero, MD, MPH
Executive Director/Principal Investigator
Dr. Ricardo Rivero is the Executive Director and Principal Investigator for the Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center and has worked at the Center since 2003. Before he became MATEC’s Executive Director, he directed the planning and implementation of MATEC programs within Illinois for 11 years. He has worked in HIV/AIDS prevention for over 16 years, with a special interest in HIV/AIDS prevention interventions 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 on program development, implementation, and evaluation. Dr. Rivero received his medical degree the University of Los Andes School of Medicine in Merida, Venezuela and his Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Renslow Sherer, MD
Regional Clinical Director
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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.
Nathan Linsk, PhD
Nathan L. Linsk, Ph. D. Professor of Social Work in Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Emeritus Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work. Linsk founded the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center in 1988 and currently is co-Investigator; previously he helped found and was Principal Investigator of the Great Lakes Addictions Technology Transfer Center. His research areas include HIV, long term care, family care, older adults and HIV, medication adherence issues and health professional training. Dr. Linsk has helped developed social work educational programs, case management programs and para-social work training for orphans and vulnerable children in several countries including the US, Romania, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. He has led two HIV Twinning Center projects partnering the Jane Addams College of Social Work and the Institute of Social Work in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Addis Ababa University School of Social Work to develop competencies for para-professionals to provide basic social services to vulnerable children and adults who are HIV affected. Dr. Linsk is founding co-Editor of the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 2001-2014. He has been an active Advisory Committee member for the National Association of Social Workforce SPECTRUM mental health and HIV project and currently also serves on the steering committee of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance.
Barbara Schechtman is the former Executive Director/Project Director of the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center and has worked at the Center since its inception in 1988. During her tenure, Ms. Schechtman held several leadership roles representing MATEC, including President of the National Association of AETCs, and member of the ADAP Medical Issues Advisory group for the Illinois Department of Public Health and of the National Expert Panel on Preconceptional Care and Family Planning for Women with HIV. She is currently the Vice President of the Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative (PACPI) and is on the Board of the Midwest Access Project. She also continues to serve as a consultant, through a contract with the Public Health Institute and MATEC, to the Chicago Department of Public Health on quality management issues. She is the former Associate Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (1978-1988). Ms. Schechtman received her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Women’s Studies and her MPH in Population Planning at the University of Michigan.
MATEC's Regional Staff
Regional Assistant Director
Research and Evaluation Manager
Business Administrative Associate
Salma Alabduljabbar, MPH
Business Office and IT Support Associate
Shanett Jones, MPH, MBA
Shanett Jones is a public health professional with a longstanding passion for the HIV field and community. As Director of MATEC Illinois, she oversees all HIV/AIDS clinical training and support to health care professionals throughout the state. Additionally she serves on several HIV community groups including Illinois HIV Integrated Planning Council, Chicago AIDS/HIV Integrated Services Council, and Getting to Zero-Illinois. Mrs. Jones holds a dual Masters in Public Health and in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Catherine Creticos is the Medical Director of the Midwest AIDS Training + Education Center and the Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Creticos received her B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Chicago and completed her residency at Loyola University Medical Center and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago. She has practiced general Infectious Diseases with a specialty in HIV medicine since 1987. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois and is involved in teaching health professionals about HIV through her work with MATEC. She is the Associate Medical Director for Howard Brown Health Center in Chicago, where she is a primary care provider for people living with HIV and is involved as the principal investigator on several clinical trials related to HIV prevention and treatment.
Malinda Boehler, MSW, LCSW
Program Director/Regional MAI Coordinator
Ms. Boehler has more than 16 years of experience in the field of HIV/AIDS care and serves on Ryan White Planning Councils for the State of Indiana as well as the TGA of Indianapolis.
Bree Weaver, MD
Susan L. Tusher, LMSW
Susan L. Tusher has been the AETC Program Director in Kansas since 2004. She is a national founding member, Executive Committee member, and Board of Directors Secretary for the Professional Association of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS. She has also served as a member of the Kansas Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS since 1989 and on the AETC National Evaluation Center Advisory Board from 2009-2011.
Donna Sweet, MD, MACP
Donna Sweet is the Clinical Director/Co-Founder of the Kansas AETC since 1990, and Director/PI of the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita Medical Practice Association Ryan White Part C Clinic since 1993. She is an AAHIVM-certified HIV specialist.
Mary Rose Forsyth, MSN, WHNP-BC
Jonathan Cohn, MD,
Dr. Cohn has more than 30 years of HIV experience, including 25 years in Ryan White programs, and currently serves as Director for the WSU Adult HIV Programs.
Sarah Rybicki, MSW, MPH
MN and MN-IA Collaborative Program Director
Ms. Rybicki has over 20 years of experience, specifically in HIV training for health providers and in engaging disproportionately affected communities in HIV care.
Emily Petran, MPH
Kirsten Corrigan, MHA
Practice Transformation Regional Coordinator, MN and IA Coach
Brian Goodroad, DNP, APRN, CNP
Tusday Dudley, M.ED
Blair Thedinger, MD
Blair Thedinger graduated with honors from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2008. He then trained as a Family Medicine Resident in the Bay Area of California until 2011. During residency training, he developed an interest in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. After residency he took on a panel of patients in the county HIV clinic and pursued certifications as an HIV Specialist through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Certification as a HIV specialist was granted in 2012. After convincing his wife (a Califorinia native) of the benefit of Midwest living, he moved back to Kansas City with his family in 2013. He took a position at the KC Care Clinic and has been acting as a high volume provider for patients living with HIV since. In addition to HIV care, he helped start and now runs the Hepatitus C program through KC Care Clinic and has been active in the promotion and provision of Pre Exposure Prophylaxis for patients at risk of HIV.
Ohio Cincinnati Staff
Mary Beth Donica, MD
Ashley Clonchmore, MSW
Pamposh Kaul, MD
Ohio Columbus Staff
Jane Russell, BSN, RN, ACRN
Michael Para, MD
Amanda Wilkins, MPA
With more than 15 years of experience in clinical education and performance improvement, Ms. Wilkins is committed to delivering evidence-based education, tools and resources to the health care field to provide safer patient- and family-centered care and experience. In her current role, she oversees statewide HIV clinical training and support to build clinician and care team capacity along the HIV care continuum.
James Sosman, MD, FACP, AAHIVS