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AIDS Funding Collaborative Advisory Committee

Julie Patterson
Director, AIDS Funding Collaborative
The Center for Community Solutions
Office: 216-781-2844 x210


The mission of the AIDS Funding Collaborative (AFC) is to strengthen the community’s response to HIV/AIDS as a public/private partnership providing coordination, leadership, advocacy and funding in Greater Cleveland. The AFC was established in 1994 in response to a recommendation by the local Citizens’ Committee on HIV/AIDS to develop a “method of allocating and distributing community based funding from local government, health departments, and the private sector.” Since that time, the AFC has leveraged and invested nearly $13 million to support HIV/AIDS-related services, capacity building activities and prevention efforts in Greater Cleveland.

The AFC’s governing body is comprised of representatives appointed by the AFC’s funding partners, along with community-at-large members, and representatives of designated community organizations that do not provide funding but have expertise regarding HIV/AIDS and/or funding of HIV/AIDS programs and services. All representatives have an equal vote in the AFC’s decision-making. Current funding partners are: The Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, The City of Cleveland, The Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County, The George Gund Foundation, and Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. The AIDS Clinical Trials Unit/Center for AIDS Research Clinical Core at Case Western Reserve University and the Ryan White Part A Program at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health participate in the AFC as designated organizations. The AFC is located within the offices of the Center for Community Solutions, which provides fiscal, administrative and program support. The AFC convenes multiple funders in collective grant making.


Name  Term Ends Appointed By/Representation
Bob Bucklew 2024 AIDS Clinical Trials Unit, designated organization representative
Dr. Puja Van Epps 2023 Community-at-large member
Ali Foti Partner discretion Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, staff representative>
Alyssa Johnson Partner discretion The George Gund Foundation, staff representative
Brian Kimball Partner discretion Cleveland Department of Public Health, staff representative
Zachary Levar 2023 Ryan White Part A Program, designated organization representative
Councilman Kerry McCormack Partner discretion City of Cleveland, board representative
Professor Janet McGrath 2023 Community-at-large member
Dr. James E. Misak Sponsor discretion The Center for Community Solutions, fiscal sponsor board representative (non-voting)
Amy Main Morgenstern Partner discretion Mt. Sinai Health Foundation, board designee
Pastor Gordon Martin Partner discretion The Cleveland Foundation; board representative
Jill Paulsen Partner discretion The George Gund Foundation, board designee
Gary Richardson 2023 Community-at-large member
Sabrina Roberts Partner discretion Cuyahoga County, staff representative
Max Rodas Partner discretion Alcohol, Drug Addiction, & Mental Health Services Board, board representative
Jonathan Stone 6/30/2025 County Executive – Community-at-Large/Cuyahoga County
Kathryn Terrell Partner discretion The Cleveland Foundation, staff representative
Leshia Yarbrough-Franklin Partner discretion Alcohol, Drug Addiction, & Mental Health Services Board, staff representative


  • Meetings are held bimonthly.
  • Meeting schedule and agendas below.

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