Our Staff

MATEC Central Office Staff

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Department of Family Medicine
1919 W Taylor, 8th Floor (MC 779), Chicago, IL 60612
P: 312.996.1373; F: 312.413.4184 [email protected]


Ricardo Rivero, MD, MPH
Executive Director/Principal Investigator
P: 312.413.1375 [email protected]
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.

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Renslow Sherer, MD
Regional Clinical Director
P: 773.702.0835 ext. 2710 [email protected]
In addition to his role as MATEC's Regional Clinical Director, 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.

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Nathan Linsk, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator, Co-Founder
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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.

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Barbara Schechtman
Co-Principal Investigator
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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.

Kishore Shetty, DDS, MS, MPA
Regional Dental Director
[email protected]


Teresa Haro
Regional Assistant Director, AETC Project
P: 312.996.3160 [email protected]

Kalob J. Gossett, MHA
Project Coordinator, Midwest Integration of the National HIV Curriculum (MINHC)
P: 312.413.8739 [email protected]

Kirsten Corrigan, MHA
Regional Coordinator, Practice Transformation
Regional Coordinator, Midwest Fellowship for Primary Care Champions (MFPCC)
P: 319.440.7084 [email protected]


Tom McCampbell
Business Office Assistant/IT
P: 312.355.0803 [email protected]

Corina Wagner, M.Ed, MBA
Research and Evaluation Manager
P: 312.996.9810 [email protected]

Salma Alabduljabbar, MPH
Data Manager
P: 312.413.7539 [email protected]

MATEC Illinois Staff

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Department of Family Medicine
1919 W Taylor, 8th Floor (MC 779), Chicago, IL 60612
P: 312.996.1373; F: 312.413.4184

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Catherine M Creticos, MD
IL Clinical Director
P: 773.296.7039 [email protected]
Dr. Catherine Creticos is the Clinical 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.


Shanett Jones, MPH, MBA
IL Program Director
P: 312.413.4803 [email protected]
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.

Estela Balderas
Program & Marketing Coordinator
P: 312.996.1484 [email protected]

Chena Brown
Health Education Coordinator
P: 312.996.1413 [email protected]

Brian Taylor, MPA, CHES
Health Education Coordinator
P: 312.996.0224 [email protected]

Lonnie Kenebrew
Training Assistant
P: 312.996.4429 [email protected]

MATEC Indiana Staff

Eskenazi Health
720 Ezkenazi Avenue, Fifth Third Bank Building, 1st Floor – Bell Flower Suite, Indianapolis, IN 46202
F: 317.880.0325

Bree Weaver, MD
IN Clinical Director
P: 317.278.7129 [email protected]

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Malinda Boehler, MSW, LCSW
IN Program Director
P: 317-880-3520 [email protected]
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.

Christine Balt, DNP(c), FNP, BC, AACRN
Clinical Coordinator
P: 317.880.3509 [email protected]

Karen Curd
Program Manager
P: 317.880.3519 [email protected]

Rachel Fogleman, CHES
Programming Coordinator, MATEC-IN
Regional MAI Coordinator, MATEC-CO
P: 317.880.3517 [email protected]

Danielle Jacobs-Chan, BA
Programming Coordinator
P: 317.880.3527 [email protected]

Shawn Carney
Practice Transformation Coach
P: 502.727.2456 [email protected]

MATEC Kansas/Nebraska Staff

The University of Kansas, School of Medicine -Wichita
1010 N Kansas St., Wichita, KS 67214

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Donna Sweet, MD, MACP
KS/NE Clinical Director
P: 316.293.2682 [email protected]
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.

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Susan L. Tusher, LMSW
KS/NE Program Director
P: 316.293.2682 [email protected]
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.

MATEC Michigan Staff

Wayne State University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
2727 Second Avenue, Suite 138, Detroit, MI 48201
P: 313.962.2000; F: 313.962.4444

Jonathan Allen Cohn, MD, MS, FACP, FIDSA
MI Clinical Director
P: 313.577.3238 x3357 [email protected]
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.

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Mary Rose Forsyth, MA, MSN
MI Program Director
P: 313.408.3483 [email protected]

Darrielle Williams, BPA
Practice Transformation Coach
P: 313.962.2000 [email protected]

Jihan El-Hage
Data Manager
P: 313.962.2000 [email protected]

Warren Bickes
Continuing Education Supervisor and Payment Expediter
P: 313.962.2000 [email protected]

Casey Martens, MSN, NP-C
Training Specialist
P: 313.962.2000 [email protected]

MATEC Minnesota/Iowa Staff

University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
1300 South Second Street, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55454
F: 312.624.0315 www.mnmatec.umn.edu

Brian Goodroad, DNP, APRN, CNP
MN/IA Clinical Advisor
[email protected]

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Sarah Rybicki, MSW, MPH
MN/IA Program Director
P: 612.626.3609 [email protected]
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
Assistant Director
P: 612-625-6979 [email protected]

Nicole Benson
Project Associate
P: 612.626.7460 [email protected]

Kathryn Burklund
Special Project Manager
P: 865.824.7385 [email protected]

Shana Kagan, MPH, MN, RN, PHN
Special Project Manager
P: 952.380.7839 [email protected]

MATEC Missouri Staff

KC CARE Health Center
3515 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111
P: 816.753.5144; F: 816.753.0804 www.kccare.org


Blair Thedinger, MD
MO Clinical Director
P: 816.225.9489 [email protected]
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.


Tusday Dudley, M.ED
MO Program Director
P: 816.777.1596 [email protected]

Beeta Kashani-McCroy, MPH
Training Coordinator in Kansas City
P: 816.753.5144, ext. 1294 [email protected]

Simone Phillips
Training Coordinator in St. Louis
P: 314.643.6441 [email protected]

Ashley Johnson
Administrative Assistant
P: 816.753.5144 x1328 [email protected]

MATEC Ohio Cincinnati Staff

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Center
Holmes Building, Room 3103, Cincinnati, OH 45267
P: 513.584.7535; F: 513.584.6363

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Pamposh Kaul, MD
OH-CIN Clinical Director
P: 513.584.3401 [email protected]

Mary Beth Donica, MD
OH-CIN Co-Program Director
P: 513-584-2422 [email protected]

Ashley Clonchmore, MSW
OH-CIN Co-Program Director
P: 513.584.1488 [email protected]

T'Keyah Grier, MPH
Community Educator
P: 513.584.6385 [email protected]

MATEC Ohio Columbus Staff

The Ohio State University, University Medical Center, Division of Infectious Diseases
431 McCampbell Hall, 1581 Dodd Dr., Columbus, OH 43210
P: 614.293.6722; F: 614.293.5240

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Michael Para, MD
OH-COL Clinical Director
P: 614.293.5666 [email protected]

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Jane Russell, BSN, RN, ACRN
OH-COL Program Director
P: 614.293.6722 [email protected]

David Andrist, MS
Outreach/Education Coordinator
P: 614.293.6725 [email protected]

MATEC Wisconsin Staff

University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health
310 N. Midvale Blvd – Suite 302, Madison, WI 53705
F: 608.261.1187 https://matecwisconsin.wisc.edu

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James Sosman, MD, FACP, AAHIVS
WI Clinical Director
P: 608.263.3083 [email protected]


Amanda Wilkins, MPA
WI Program Director
P: 608.261.1152 [email protected]
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.

Lisa A. Currie, MSEd, MEd
Program Coordinator
P: 608.265.0873 [email protected]