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officers & members

Brian Balonick

Board President

Mike Shusko

Mike, Board Vice President, earned a BS in mathematics and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, has joined the PATF board, bringing 10 years of human resource and insurance consulting experience.  He has served on PATF Finance Committee for the past year.

Anne Davis

Board Secretary

Adam J. Falcone

Adam Falcone, Treasurer, is a Partner of Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP. As part of its national health law practice, he advises Federally Qualified Health Centers, community behavioral health organizations, and human service agencies on managed care contracting, regulatory compliance and reimbursement matters. Between 2008-2014, Adam served on the Board of Directors of Whitman-Walker Health, where he was elected Board Chair his last two years. During his tenure, the Washington, DC organization successfully transitioned from AIDS Service Organization to community health center, stabilized its finances, and began preparations to move into a new 43,000 square feet medical home.

Adam received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his law and public health degrees from Boston University. He is a member of the bars of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia. Adam lives in Pittsburgh’s Deutschtown with his husband, Matthew.

Linda Bucci

Linda Bucci has been involved with Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force since the 1990’s. She served as a member of the Speakers Bureau, Buddy Program and Board of Directors. Linda’s commitment and support of persons living with HIV/AIDS and those who care for them continues today as a 2012 member of the Board of Directors. Linda sits as a non-board member on the Development Committee of Heritage Community Initiatives in Braddock, PA. She is the owner of Linda Bucci Boutique in Shadyside.

Carlos Torres

Carlos Torres is the Executive Director of the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations. He brings over 10 years of professional experience working in the nonprofit sector, particularly in the area of public health working with marginalized individuals and communities. His expertise include; advocacy, education, program design, implementation and evaluation. He currently serves as the Secretary for the National Latino AIDS Action Network. Carlos holds a graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

Daniel Spice, MBA
Ken Ho

Ken Ho is an assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He received his MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and a Masters of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his internal medicine and infectious diseases specialty training at UPMC. His current interests lie in HIV prevention with a focus on microbicides and oral pre-exposure prophylaxis, and he is the site principal investigator for a clinical trial looking at new types of pre-exposure prophylaxis being conducted through the HIV Prevention Trials Network and AIDS Clinical Trials Group. He is the medical director of the Pitt Mens Study, one of four sites comprising the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study, and also serves as a pharmacovigilance safety officer with the NIH funded Microbicide Trials Network. He additionally provides clinical care at the Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment and directs the Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) clinic at UPMC.

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Michael Madden MD, FAAFP, CPE

Michael A. Madden, MD is the Chief Medical Officer of Gateway Health®, a managed care company serving Medicare and Medicaid recipients in several states. In this role he is responsible for strategic direction and operational effectiveness of the Medical Management, and Pharmacy Departments and plays a central role in the implementation of the plan’s Prospective Care Management philosophy and quality focus.
He previously served as the Medical Director for Medical Performance Management at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, focusing improving quality programs at hospitals and physician offices. He was co-chair of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Quality Recognition Workgroup.
Before Highmark, he worked as a Medical Director for Gateway Health Plan®. His responsibilities included utilization and disease management programs.
Prior to joining Gateway, he was a family practice residency faculty member and served as Executive Director of a multi-specialty physician group at Saint Vincent Health System in Erie. His practice career began in North East, Pennsylvania at a community health center.
Dr. Madden graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University School of Medicine, did his family practice residency at the Medical College of Virginia-Fairfax, and completed his Certificate in Medical Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ron Stall

Ron Stall is the Director of the Center for LGBT Health Research and Associate Chair for Science in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Stall began work on the AIDS epidemic in 1984 on the AIDS Behavioral Research Project, one of the first longitudinal studies of AIDS risk-taking behaviors in the world. Since that time he has published over 170 peer reviewed scientific papers on many different aspects of the AIDS epidemic, including methodological research, research on determinants of risk-taking behaviors and HIV seroconversion, life course issues important to AIDS risk-taking behavior, behavioral intervention research, research on care-seeking behavior for HIV infection and a portfolio of international research on AIDS. His current research and teaching portfolio includes co-Directorship of a Certificate Program in LGBT Health, and PI or Co-PI status on a series of NIH grants on issues important to gay men’s health

Dean Kartsonas, CFA

Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri

Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri was born and raised in western Pennsylvania. He graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a BA in Biology in 1973, received his medical degree from the University of West Virginia in 1977 and completed medical residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1981. Dr. Valdiserri earned a Master of Public Health in 1988 from the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as Director of the Falk Clinic Laboratories.
At Pitt, Dr. Valdiserri was Director of the Falk Clinic Laboratories, held academic appointments within the School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health, served as Co-Investigator on the NIH’s prospective study of the natural history of AIDS and as Principal Investigator of an HIV prevention research grant funded by the CDC.
Dr. Valdiserri spent nearly 18 years at the CDC in a number of leadership positions, most notably as Deputy Director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention where he played a key role in the development of national policies and programs to prevent and control HIV, other STDs, and TB. He has served as Chief Consultant for Public Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, in the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services. At the end of 2015, Dr. Valdiserri retired from federal service and joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he holds the appointment of Senior Research Associate and Distinguished Scholar in the Department of Health, Behavior, & Society.
Dr. Valdiserri has written numerous scholarly articles on the scientific, policy and public health aspects of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmissible diseases and viral hepatitis and has authored/edited four academic tests. His contributions to the field of public health have been recognized by a number of awards including two Presidential Rank Awards for Meritorious Service (2000 & 2006).


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Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Call 412-248-0550 to make an appointment


Testing Hours:
Sun: Noon – 3:30 p.m.
Mon-Tue, Thu - Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wed: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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Food Pantry Hours*:
Sun: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Mon, Tues, Thu: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Wed: 3:00-7:00 p.m.


The food pantry is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.


*Clients may use the food pantry once per month; Clients who are overdue for their 90-day updates will not be able to use the Food Pantry on Wednesday after 4 p.m., or on Sundays