Leadership

OAC events and programs are developed and carried out by a small but talented staff. Read more to find out about each member and the diversity they bring to OAC.

Patrick Beatty

Patrick Beatty


Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition and Chief Public Policy and Government Affairs Officer AIDS Resource Center Ohio

Email: patrickbeatty@arcohio.org | Phone: 614.340.6712

Patrick W. Beatty, Esq., was hired in October 2014 to serve as the AIDS Resource Center’s (ARC) Chief of Public Policy and Government Affairs, and as the Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition (OAC). Patrick is responsible for assisting in the development of ARC Ohio’s public policy agenda, healthcare reimbursements and business development. Patrick also oversees the functions of OAC which includes community outreach, engagement, and education.

His policy focus covers a wide array of issues including, Ryan White funding, syringe exchange, advocacy training, HIV criminalization, Pre-exposure Prophylaxis, and voter empowerment.

Before coming to ARC Patrick served as Deputy Director and Chief of Policy for the Ohio Department of Medicaid, from 2011 to 2014, where he was responsible for the supervision of activities in areas of Medicaid Plan Policy, Managed Care, Long-term Care Services and Supports, and CMS and Federal communications. Prior to Medicaid, Patrick served as legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services from 2001 to 2011, and as an Assistant Attorney General from 1992 to 2001.

He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and received his B.A. in 1989. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, College of Law and received his J.D. in 1992. He was admitted to the Ohio State Bar in 1992, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio in 1994, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1997, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in 2000.

Patrick has both depth and breadth of experience in health policy development to ensure that ARC and OAC remain Ohio’s leading voice on HIV and health reform.

 


Karen Rubin

Karen Rubin


Senior Community Engagement Coordinator

Email: rubin@ohioaidscoalition.org | Phone: 614-340-6707

Karen Rubin is a New Jersey transplant who completed her undergraduate studies in Anthropology, Art History, and History from Case Western Reserve University in 2008. She then went on to complete a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Administration from The University of Illinois at Chicago.

Karen came to OAC after working as an Outreach Services Specialist for AIDS Resource Center Ohio where she devoted the majority of her time to helping people enroll in health coverage.

In the past, Karen has interned for Chicago Department of Public Health’s STI/HIV/AIDS Division and the Syphilis Elimination Taskforce. She also had the opportunity to blend her love of baseball and public health while volunteering with Step Up to the Plate Against Hep C.

Outside of OAC, Karen enjoys all things related to baseball, exploring Ohio, reading, playing bass, and learning random useless facts.

 


Gwen Reynolds

Gwen Reynolds


Community Engagement Coordinator

Email: reynolds@ohioaidscoalition.org | Phone: 937.461.2437 x2062

Prior to becoming a team member of OAC, Gwen severed as a Prevention and Education Coordinator for AIDS Resource Center Ohio for 7 years.

Gwen is completing her undergraduate studies from Wright State University’s College of Liberal Arts Social Work and Counseling Department and has served in the health care field for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the ARC Ohio family she worked for the Public Health Dayton/Montgomery County, Good Samaritan Hospital Emergency Room and Orchid Bio-Science (DNA testing for Immigration and paternity purposes).

Outside of OAC Gwen enjoys reading and spending time with her family and eight lifelong best friends.

 


Evan Robinson

Evan T. Robinson


Community Engagement Coordinator

Email: robinson@ohioaidscoalition.org | Phone: 614.340.6752

Evan earned his Bachelors in Social Work and Masters in Social Work Administration with focuses in diversity and non-profit management from The Ohio State University.

Prior to joining OAC in March of 2015, Evan spent 3 years advancing various efforts as a community impact program manager at the United Way of Central Ohio. He contributed to the expansion of a national family homelessness prevention and student mobility reduction initiative. Under the diversity & inclusion umbrella, he co-facilitated non-profit board member development programs with racial/ethnic minority and LGBTQ participants, assisted funded agencies in implementing cultural competency standards, and engaged diverse population segments in community conversation needs assessments. He also served as public policy liaison, monitoring legislative developments addressing Medicaid expansion, barriers to healthcare, neighborhood safety, workforce development and more.

Evan’s work with the HIV/AIDS community began in 2009, as a social work intern with the Columbus AIDS Task Force (prior to its merging with ARC Ohio). He provided housing and medical case management, HIV testing, risk reduction counseling, health education/advocacy grant composition, and prevention program implementation. Evan was deeply impacted by this experience; now with OAC, he is driven and grateful for the opportunity to continue this important work.

Outside of OAC, this native of Columbus enjoys exploring the ever growing restaurant scene, attending cultural/social justice events, building his music library, and staying engaged with his “SHADES” network of LGBTQ students of color.

 


Adrian Neil Jr.

Adrian Neil Jr.


Programs Coordinator

Email: neilhobson@ohioaidscoalition.org | Phone: 614.444.1683

Adrian Neil Jr. is a St. Louis native who completed his undergraduate studies at Ohio University with a concentration in Dance and Choreography.

On July 31st, 2009 Adrian was diagnosed with AIDS. Unfortunately like many other young Black gay men, Adrian only knew the basics of HIV. He began to realize the lack of education there was amongst his peers and community. For four years Adrian was in the hospital a total of four times for months at a time. He has experienced memory loss, vision loss, and developed seizures. At one point his CD4 count was two and it was very likely that Adrian would not survive this disease according to his Infectious Disease Doctor. It wasn’t until he was in the hospital the fourth and final time that he made a vow to join this fight and make a difference.

In 2012 Adrian began doing motivational speaking at various high schools, universities and programs on the local and state level. Adrian joined the Greater Columbus Mpowerment Center (GCMC), a project of AIDS Resource Center Ohio, as the Outreach Services Specialist. Adrian created new partnerships and relationships that would help grow and further the mission of GCMC. Adrian also facilitated various programs for men who have sex with men of color, engaged community leaders on the local and state levels and implemented new strategies to outreach and engage the community.

Adrian joins OAC after working as a Disease Intervention Specialist at Columbus Public Health focusing on young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM). In this role he was charged with providing HIV/STI testing, conducting outreach and providing various programs that would empower YBMSM to be holistically well.

Adrian's goal has always been to change the mindset, attitude and/or general behavior patterns of the communities around him about HIV/AIDS while empowering YBMSM to live holistically well.

Outside of OAC, Adrian is the chairperson of the World AIDS Day committee for the city of Columbus, chairperson of the Outreach and Engagement Committee for the LGBTQ Health Coalition, a writer for Quorum Columbus and sits on the board for Columbus Urban Pride. You can also find Adrian in the dance studio creating new choreography, inspiring youth and connecting with close friends and family.

 


Alex Hernandez

Alex Hernandez


Provider Engagement Coordinator

Email: hernandez@ohioaidscoalition.org | Phone: 419.525.2437

Alex Hernandez is an Ohio native who completed his undergraduate studies at the College of Wooster with concentrations in Africana Studies, Africana Literature, and U.S.-Latino cross-cultural experience in 2011. His undergraduate career culminated in two independently-designed theses which focused on racial and ethnic identity in music and the status of multiethnic experience in a post-Obama American society.

Alex joins OAC after previous work as a Case Aide for AIDS Resource Center Ohio’s Mansfield location, where he collaborated with case managers to ensure clients maintained medication and medical care adherence. His previous experience was as a bilingual marketing administrator for a European business firm for eighteen months, an opportunity which provided interactions with clients from Brazil, China, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, France, Venezuela, Australia, the Netherlands, and Italy.

Outside of OAC, Alex is an avid pop music fan that loves to sing, attend live concerts, and continuously add to his CD & vinyl collection. Much of the rest of his free time is spent either reading a new book, recording music, or researching a wide range of social justice topics.