Eric Rofes (Blue Lake, CA) serves as convener of the collective. He is a professor of education at Humboldt State University, in Arcata, CA and is a long-time community organizer. He was a member of the collectives that successfully organized two gay men’s health summits in Boulder in 1999 and 2000. He has worked as executive director of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center (1985-1988) and San Francisco’s Shanti Project (1989-1993), and was the founding chair of the Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance (1981-1984). He has served as a Board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the OUT Fund, and the National Lesbian and Gay Health Association.

Mark Beyer (Boulder, CO) is the coordinator of community health programs serving men who have sex with men for the Boulder County AIDS Project. He served on the organizing body of two recent national gay men’s health summits, both held in Boulder.

Sean P. Camargo (Washington, DC) is the Director of Finance and Administration at Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). He is the former Associate Director of LLEG?, the National Latino/a LGBT Organization, and a long-time LGBTI health advocate. Through his work with LLEG?, he served on committees for GLMA’s Healthy People 2010 companion document, NGLTF’s National Policy Roundtable, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA) and the National LGBT Health Coalition.

Luigi Ferrer (Miami, FL) is Director for Government Programs for ProCare Pharmacy, the largest specialty pharmacy provider in the US. Luigi is Latino, bisexual, bilingual and HIV+. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1958, Luigi trained as a marine biologist and holds a Master of Science degree in Oceanography from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. In 1991 Luigi became Executive Director of the Body Positive Resource Center in Miami and has continued to work on behalf of people living with HIV ever since. Luigi has 10 years experience in the design and management of prescription drug programs for people living with HIV. He has served on the Board of the Lambda Community Center (Miami), the Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Pride Committee of South Florida and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami. Luigi is past-president of the South Florida Bisexual Network and a past BiNet USA National Coordinator. Luigi’s many interests keep him engaged on many different levels. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the South Beach AIDS Project, Florida AIDS Action and the National Association of People With AIDS.

Andrea Jenkins (Minneapolis, MN) is currently attending Southern New Hampshire University as a graduate student in the National Weekend Community Economic Development Program. She is employed as a vocational counselor for Hennepin Powderhorn Partners. Andrea is very actively involved in the local LGBT community, serving on the board of District 202 (a GLBTQ youth center), and Philanthrofund (a GLBT Community Foundation). For the past six years she has been a small group leader and transgender panelist for the Program In Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota. Andrea has reviewed grants for the Minnesota Department of Health Ryan White Care Act funds, and was a member of the Minneapolis Black Pride Committee in 1999 and 2000. .Andrea co-parents a beautiful 13-year-old daughter, writes and performs poetry, enjoys playing basketball and tennis., and identifies as an African American m/f transsexual.

Cheryl B. Pearson-Fields, MPH (Washington, DC) is the Health Education and Research Director for the Mary-Helen Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer, and directs its Removing the Barriers to Accessing Health Care for Lesbians. Additionally, she is the principal investigator on several research projects related to access to health care for lesbians. Ms. Fields was awarded the 2001-2002 Ford Foundation Research Fellowship. Her previous work has included research on HIV, substance abuse, maternal and child health and adolescent violence. She has served numerous on boards of directors, advisory committees and coalitions in LGBT health.

T. Scott Pegues (Denver, CO) has been active in queer community organizing for over a decade. Presently, Mr. Pegues is the Principal Consultant and Founder of One West Consulting, an organization dedicated to increasing the capacity of community-based organizations to mobilize responses around social justice and health promotion. He is a founding member of the Minnesota Conclave of the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum, and previously served as adjunct community faculty at the University of Minnesota Program in Human Sexuality. Mr. Pegues has also served as the executive director of Colorado AIDS Project, and community education manager at Minnesota AIDS Project.

Marj Plumb (Richmond, CA) is a nationally recognized expert on gay and lesbian and women’s health policy and has served for over twenty years in senior management positions with a variety of public, private and non-profit organizations. She founded one of the first domestic violence programs in the nation for battered lesbians in 1984, helped to organize the first two national conferences on suicide and sexual orientation, and was Executive Director of the San Francisco-based Lyon-Martin Women’s Health Services in th e early ’90s. She was Health Policy Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force during the first two years of the Clinton Administration and is credited by staff at the National Institutes of Health and the Institute of Medicine with playing a central role in the development of the Institute of Medicine report on Lesbian Health. Marj has also served as Health Policy Director of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, Director of the Office of Gay and Lesbian Health in the N.Y. City Department of Health, and health policy consultant for the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Marj is currently a health policy consultant in Berkeley California and is completing her doctorate in public health at the University of California, Berkeley.

Scout (New York, NY) is currently working with the Fenway Institute in Boston to develop their LGBT research programs. She is also a doctoral candidate in the Sociomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at Columbia University, pursuing a specialty in transgender and lesbian health issues. Recent activities include: evaluation of Mautner Project’s Removing the Barriers Program; a historical project exploring the early lesbian health movement; election to the Organizing Committee for the National Coalition for LGBT Health, initiating a medical student survey measuring attitudes towards transgender people, coordination activities for the 2002 Lesbian Health Conference, and preparation for a dissertation exploring social determinants in transgender health.

Rob Yaeger (Minneapolis, MN) is the Senior Community Organizer/Health Educator with PrideAlive, the gay & bi men’s community building initiative at the Minnesota AIDS Project, and a national & local activist. He was a co-founder of BECAUSE, the Midwest regional conference on bisexuality, now in its tenth year. Rob was also a co-founder of the local Queer Street Patrol, host of the weekly GLBT radio show “Fresh Fruit” on KFAI-FM and the Minneapolis Safer Sex Sluts, an educational performance troupe. He has worked and testified to help pass legislation such as the amendment to Minnesota’s civil rights law, which protects gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.