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.
Director of the Ohio AIDS Coalition and Chief Public Policy and Government Affairs Officer AIDS Resource Center Ohio
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.
Arnold completed his undergraduate degree as a Bachelor of Arts student with studies in Sociology and Art at Otterbein College.
He brings a diverse work background to the OAC team, with experience in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Arnold owns and operates his own small business.
After his undergraduate studies, Arnold began working in the HIV/AIDS field as the Program Specialist with OAC, working under both Kevin Sullivan and Tyler TerMeer.
Arnold has been with OAC since 2007. As the Program Manager Arnold provides the necessary leadership required to handle the planning and implementation of all OAC programs and events, including Camp Sunrise.
Outside of OAC Arnold serves as a Volunteer for Youth Across Borders. He is also an avid photographer, artist, and is currently pursuing his MFA from CCAD.
Senior Community Engagement Coordinator
Matt Wovrosh has worked with the Ohio AIDS Coalition for over two years, serving the community through program building, advocacy, and community mobilization. His work in healthcare reform, syringe exchange, and HIV criminalization has continued to reflect the voices of people living with HIV in Ohio.
Matt’s work with HIV/AIDS positive children in South Africa, post-apartheid South African community dynamics, peace building, and community building led him to his current role in HIV.
In the past, Matt has worked within the Columbus Metropolitan Library co-coordinating programs, building strong relationships in the Columbus community, actively encouraging literacy, and connecting people to resources.
Outside of OAC, Matt is a hiking enthusiast, aerial artist, runner, microbrewer, and yogi.
Community Engagement Coordinator
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.
Community Engagement Coordinator
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 T. Robinson, MSW
Community Engagement Coordinator
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.