Susan K. Gurley
Executive Director
Susan Gurley Headshot April 2017_2.jpgJoining the ADAA staff in 2015, Susan has more than 15 years of leadership experience in the access to health and justice-centered nonprofit sector, international development, and higher education administration, as well as in global membership-association management. She has held senior-level positions with organizations such as Georgetown University School of Law, Equal Justice Works, the East West Management Institute, and the Association of Corporate Travel Executives. Susan has been involved in strategic planning, operations, finance, HR, communications, event planning, as well as program design, development, and delivery. She is a member of the Board of FilmAid International and the International Executive Service Corps. Her law degree comes from the University of Virginia School of Law, and she is a member of the Virginia Bar. She speaks French, German, and Hungarian. Email Susan.

Lise Bram
Director of Communications and Marketing
Lise Bram_0.jpgLise is a mission-driven marketing and communications professional with many years of non-profit and for-profit sector experience designing and implementing successful marketing and communication strategies. Prior to joining ADAA, Lise worked at the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) as the Marketing and Communications Director. While at APSE, Lise was responsible for enhancing and expanding marketing and communications to diversify revenue streams, grow membership, accreditation and other business models. Prior to her tenure at APSE, Lise spent 14 years as the Chief Marketing Officer at the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) where she designed, developed and implemented the metro-DC nonprofit agency's internal and external marketing and communication strategies. Lise received her BA degree in art history from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec and her MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England. Email Lise.

Sarah Gerfen
Director of Finance and Operations
SarahGerfen-website.jpgSarah is responsible for all financial and office operations, including office management, human resources, benefits administration, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. She previously worked at Biscoe and Futrowsky, CPA. She earned her BA in mathematics from Mt. Holyoke College and MBA from the University of British Columbia. Sarah joined the ADAA staff in 2007. Email Sarah.

Helen Heymann, MSC
Senior Education Program Manager
Helen Heymann_0.jpgHelen oversees the initiatives that foster the professional development of ADAA members and advances the organization’s mission. Helen received her MSC in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield, England and her MSC in Social Policy and Planning, with a focus on health, from the London School of Economics. Helen is fluent in several languages including French and German and is proficient in Spanish. Helen brings with her over 15 years of program health experience at the international, national and local levels working with a large range of stakeholders.
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Astrid Headshot April 2017_0.jpgAstrid Masfar

Astrid is ADAA’s current intern assisting with conference organization, research, marketing and website development. She started her internship in 2016 and is currently studying Behavioral and Community Health at the University of Maryland, College Park and plans to graduate Fall 2017. Email Astrid

Kesha Patel
Senior Marketing and Communications Coordinator

KeshaHeadshotcropped_0.jpgKesha joined the ADAA team in the summer of 2017. Kesha works with the ADAA staff on external communications and media relations, website management, social media and fundraising strategy and overseeing the organization's online support community.  She received her BA in biological sciences with a minor in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Country, and her MPH from the George Washington University. 

Lisa Patterson
Membership Director
Lisa-Patterson-website.jpgLisa is in charge of member engagement, recruitment, and renewals. She is also involved in ADAA educational outreach programs and the annual conference. She received her BS in family studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining the ADAA staff in 2010, Lisa worked in the field of women’s health. Email Lisa.

Jennifer Richards
Director of Meetings and Partnerships
Jennifer-Richards-website_0.jpgJennifer manages all aspects of the annual conference, including site selection and hotel contract negotiation, speaker submission and content management, vendor contracting, exhibits, sponsors, and marketing, and she serves as the staff liaison to the Annual Conference Planning Committee. She is the CE and CME contact for approvals from NASW, APA, NBCC, APBN, and joint sponsorship with Blackwell Futura Media Services for CME. She is a Certified Meeting Professional with more than 25 years of experience in association and convention management. Jennifer received her BA in journalism from Ohio University, and she joined the ADAA staff in 2011. Email Jennifer.

Naomi Rutenberg
Senior Advisor

nrutenberg_headshot_0_0_0_0_0.jpgDr. Naomi Rutenberg, PhD, has more 25 years of professional experience in implementation and leadership of research on global health. Dr. Rutenberg was a Vice President at Population Council where she led the HIV and AIDS Program, which encompasses biomedical, behavioral, and health systems research addressing HIV prevention and mitigation. Dr. Rutenberg has broad technical knowledge and research expertise, including applied, behavioral, operations, and health services and health-systems research; program evaluation; project design; proposal development; and project management. Dr. Rutenberg has extensive experience in promoting the use of research results for program strengthening through peer-reviewed publications, reports, presentations, and other media. In addition to her considerable experience in the Africa region, Rutenberg has worked extensively in Brazil and speaks Portuguese. She has published widely on topics including prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, integration of HIV and reproductive health services, HIV and stigma, and fertility trends and patterns. She has served on the editorial committee of Studies in Family Planning and the editorial board of the Journal of the International AIDS Society. Dr. Rutenberg holds a B.A. from Yale University, a M.A. in Latin American studies from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in sociology and demography from Princeton University.

In Memoriam
Alies Muskin, Executive Director

Jerilyn Ross, Co-founder and President