Yoshiaki Yamasaki, M.S.Ed.
The Social Service Delivery Systems Team is led by Mr. Yoshiaki Yamasaki, MSEd. A native licensed psychologist of Mexico, Mr. Yamasaki’s work experience includes 25 years of HIV/AIDS services, in service design, delivery and management. He served as the Director of AIDS Services for Congreso de Latinos Unidos, the largest Latino Organization in the North East USA. He has also served as the Health Planner for the City of Philadelphia, coordinating planning for the delivery of HIV prevention funding in Philadelphia. In addition to his work as a psychologist (specialized in social psychology) in Mexico, he provides education and training around Cultural Diversity, Human Sexuality, language competency, Sexually transmitted Infections, Domestic Violence, Mental Health and HIV, AIDS 101, Certified Train the trainer for prevention counseling and testing, etc. Mr. Yamasaki has received a United Nations Commendation for his work in the field of HIV/AIDS in Mexico. He received an award from the Asian American Journalist Association of Philadelphia for his contributions to Asian and Pacific Islander Communities. He was the Pennsylvania representative in the 33rd Informational Journal on Mental Health for the Mexican Institute of Mexicans Aboard and the Secretary of International Relations Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico. He has been recognized for Outstanding Work in the Human Sexuality Program for the University Autonomous Metropolitan, Mexico, received by the J. Reyes Heroles High School Award for Excellence in Human Sexuality Education and a Fray Bernardino Alvarez Psychiatric Hospital: Award and recognition for work in Clinical Psychology. Mr. Yamasaki is fluent in three languages (English, Spanish, Japanese) and has a Master’s of Science Degree in Education (Human Sexuality) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Larry J. Hochendoner, MGA
Senior Partner WHCI
WHCI’s coalition and Capacity Building Team is led by Mr. Larry Hochendoner, MGA. In 2007 Larry transformed The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium (TPAC) into World Health Care Infrastructures. Mr. Hochendoner leveraged his ten year tenure as Executive Director of TPAC to develop with his colleagues an international initiative to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS. WHCI targets underserved communities, particularly women and children. Prior to his work with HIV/AIDS, Larry spent four years as President of World Partners, a consulting firm focused on international development and services for youth. This followed his three years as President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Citizen’s Project, with a Board composed of 45 Pennsylvania’s top corporate, business, labor, non-profit, and state government leaders. The Pennsylvania Citizen’s project was responsible for designing the forerunner and prototype of the later successfully launched federal initiative in National Service – the AmeriCorps Program. In both of these roles, Mr. Hochendoner developed extensive experience in transforming cultures of compliance into cultures of commitment. Working with the Russian government, Mr. Hochendoner established structured youth programs, in a time of great political conflict, to assist in the stabilization of communism to capitalism. Mr. Hochendoner’s work focuses largely on social engineering, particularly in times of social and/or economic strife. Mr. Hochendoner has also held several senior governmental positions, including: Presidentially appointed US Director of Disaster Operations in the US Small Business Administration; Deputy Secretary of Labor for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, and Elected County Commissioner for Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Mr. Hochendoner received his Master’s Degree in Government Administration from University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Dayton in 1971.
CDC Prevention Specialist
Moses Mukasa is a national of Uganda and has over 20 years of experience working with the United Nations. He worked in the management and delivery of international development assistance, particularly in reproductive health, family planning and HIV/AIDS. He served in several African countries as the representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is the United Nations agency responsible for population and development issues. For 10 years, he worked as the Senior Program Advisor with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in London (UK) and in Nairobi (Kenya), where he was responsible for providing technical assistance to various voluntary family planning organizations. Prior to his international career, Mr. Mukasa worked as the Director of Statistical Services of the Government of Uganda. He has offered valuable professional voluntary services in the field of social work and community outreach programs in a number of countries. Mr. Mukasa obtained an M.A. in Economics, Statistics and Population Studies from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Makerere University in Uganda. He is a Pennsylvania certified HIV/AIDS Prevention Counselor and an AmeriCorps alumni member for the ACTS National program. Today he joins TPAC/WHCIs “HIV Prevention Project for Community Based Organizations” as a CDC HIV Prevention Specialist.
CDC Prevention Specialist
Anita Joshi, a national from India, obtained her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from California College of Health Sciences (CCHS) in 2010. She worked at Jefferson University Hospital as a Research Assistant and acquired valuable working experience in clinical trials in the field of HIV/AIDS. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in alternative medicine (B.H.M.S.) from India, where she practiced as a family physician for 10 years before coming to the U.S. She is a certified HIV/AIDS Prevention Counselor for the State of Pennsylvania, and today she joins TPAC/WHCI’s “HIV prevention in Community Based Organizations Program” as a CDC Prevention Specialist.
David Agosto, CRNP, FNP-BC Medical Provider
Mr. David Agosto is a Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner for the City of Philadelphia and is also TPAC’s medical provider. He provides HIV/AIDS services to all individuals who are under-insured and uninsured, as well as general medical practice for immigrants and LGBT communities. He obtained his BSN from Thomas Jefferson University and his Master’s degree in Family Practice Nurse/Nursing from La Salle University. David is currently a Doctorate of Nursing Practice candidate at Walden University. He has many years of experience working with diverse populations in the Philadelphia area at healthcare organizations including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Temple University Hospital, Maria de los Santos Health Center, and Mercy Health System. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Lili Elkins, Esq., MPA
Senior Consultant Evaluation Quality Assurance
Ms. Lili-An Elkins, MPA, JD is an expert on the collection of data with respect to HIV/AIDS services and the evaluation of HIV/AIDS Service Delivery. She has served as faculty in program evaluation for a variety of conferences and was a member of the Ryan white CARE ACT Local Evaluators Work Group for HRSA. Ms. Elkins is an Adjunct Professor of Municipal and Nonprofit Management. In addition, Ms. Elkins is working both nationally and internationally, providing administrative, programmatic, and financial technical assistance to NGOs that provide health care, HIV/AIDS, and employment services. Ms. Elkins served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Transitional Work Corporation for a period of approximately two years. Prior to her work in TWC, Ms. Elkins was the Deputy Director of the Philadelphia AIDS Consortium. Ms. Elkins has also worked at the United Nations as an educational program developer and at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, focusing on information technology and data security. Ms. Elkins, a member of the New Jersey Bar, has her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Barnard College/Columbia University.
Mental Health Technical Assistance Program and Eastern & Central Europe Consultant
Ms. Natalja Karol leads the work of WHCI in Eastern and Central Europe. For the past 9 years, Ms. Karol has coordinated and conducted a number of capacity building trainings for social workers, case managers, and other professionals working with people living with HIV/AIDS. Her work also includes experience with direct services such as an emergency food voucher program, a transitional referral program for incarcerated individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and prevention counseling and testing services. Ms. Karol has provided medical interpretation trainings and served as an interpreter and cultural broker in a variety of medical settings. Ms. Karol, a native of Lithuania, is fluent in English, Russian, and Lithuanian.
Lisette Irarrázabal, MSN
Lisette has been Asociate Profesor at the School of Nursing of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Project Coordinator, of the project “Mobilizing Health Workers/Community HIV Prevention in Chile”, National Institute of Health, USA (NIH) in 2004 – 2008. Also, was the PI for the RAPID TEST FOR HIV: AN ALTERNATIVE TO HIV ELISA TEST USED AS SCREENING IN CHILE USING ORAL FLUID (Evaluacion De un Test Rapido para VIH en Secrecion Oral) research project funded by the 2009 Interdisciplinary Research Special Contest, Faculty of Medicine, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), Chile. (2011) and PI for the research project (intervencion and Prevencion de VIH/SIDA en Hombres y Mujeres Chilenos en desventaja Social) HIV/AIDS Prevention and Interventions for disenfranchised men and Women in Chile. Ms Irarrasabal has also been Project Coordinator, of the project “Testing an HIV/AIDS Prevention Intervention for Chilean Women” and most resently she has been the Project Coordinator, of the project “Testing an HIV/AIDS Prevention Intervention for Chilean men”. Ms Irarrasabal was also the liaison and Coordinator in collaboration with WHCI for the introduction to Chile of the first prevention certification and rapid oral HIV testing program. Ms. Irrarasabal is currently a PHD candidate in Health Policy Administration from the School Public Health at The University of Illinois, Chicago.