Franck DeRose, Executive Director
In 2003 Franck launched The Condom Project (TCP), creating an innovative community-driven approach to condom awareness. The resulting programs have bridged religious, cultural and societal barriers to facilitate open and honest discussions about condoms. He designed and implemented TCP's global Condom Art Pin program and a youth-led video program. Franck also created and mobilized a peer condom distribution program in Washington, DC; Ethiopia; Burkina Faso, and India. Working in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund, he is the Global Coordinator of The CONDOMIZE! Campaign and has led the creation of a video condom education library that is available in ten languages.
Franck has employed his strategic planning capabilities in many community-oriented capacities over the past two decades. His work in the HIV community started while he was a student at New York University in the mid 1980s, volunteering at the Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City. In Washington, DC, Franck joined the Title II Community AIDS National Network, which advocates in Congress to secure funds for the treatment of individuals infected with HIV. He also Co-Chaired the Capital Area Vaccine Effort Community Advisory Board.
Joy Lynn Alegarbes, Director of Global Operations
Joy Lynn joined TCP in 2004 and has been instrumental in establishing programming throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. She develops and facilitates culturally specific safer sex workshops, currently available in ten languages. Joy Lynn is also Master Trainer for The CONDOMIZE! Campaign, a joint programme of the United Nations Population Fund; her training of trainers program focuses primarily on condom destigmatization and education about condoms beyond prevention, creating culturally adaptable communication models for partner organizations around the world.
Joy Lynn received her BFA from New York University, where she studied Community-Based Arts with concentrations in Human Sexuality and Deaf Studies. She continues to strive to make all of her work accessible to differently-abled communities worldwide. While achieving her Masters in Public Health, her specialization in social and behavioral sciences allows her to continually reexamine the social constructs that influence sexual health behavior and communication. Joy Lynn has served proudly on the Trojan Sexual Health Advisory Council and the Board of Directors for the Joey DiPaolo AIDS Foundation, working with HIV-positive teenagers in the New York City area. She has also appeared on television throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and North America and contributed to articles on sexuality in numerous international publications.
Adrian Gonzalez Huitron, Visual Art Coordinator
Adrian joined The Condom Project (TCP) in 2008. During his tenure, he has led the artistic presence of TCP in many countries and led the design of creative materials and artistic images for The CONDOMIZE! Campaign for regional and international conferences. Adrian has been instrumental in the creation of the 3D animation and illustrations for TCP’s educational material that was created for The United Nations Population Fund. He has also implemented condom destigmatization and education programs in Mexico City, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Austria.
Adrian, a resident of Mexico, received his FCE in English and Art from the University of Cambridge in London. He went on to study Art at the Roehampton University as a highly acclaimed Embassy student. Upon his return to Mexico City, Adrian received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Publicity at C.E.C.C Pedregal and a CV Diploma in creativity and advertisement.
Emily T. Blitz is an international event management professional dedicated to global health, sustainable development and human rights. With seventeen years of worldwide experience conceptualizing and implementing conferences, workshops and meetings, she has fine-tuned the art of successful events.
Emily travels the globe, advising organizations in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Western and Sub-Saharan Africa and North America on best practices on all aspects of event organization. In past positions, she has managed and motivated staff, committee members, interns, volunteers and suppliers and contributed to positive donor, media, VIP and stakeholder relationships. Her early career included communication services for an international research institution, grass-roots health improvement projects and stage management.
Marilyn Halper is a committed public health advocate. After receiving her public health degree from Yale, she has worked in cancer administration for over 25 years. In her role as an Executive Director of a cancer center, her responsibilities included program development, evaluation and advocacy.
Marilyn has been with The Condom Project since 2005 when she re-focused her public health efforts toward HIV work. She has led global program development and evaluating the effectiveness of TCP's programs. In 2010, she joined the Board of Directors of TCP. She has worked with TCP partners during site visits to India, Thailand, and Ethiopia.
Marilyn served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia, teaching and working on a public health vaccination project. The Condom Project is giving her the chance to fulfill her need to help in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Marilyn believes that the innovative programs of TCP help to break down the stigma of condom use and results in the prevention of HIV.
Innocent Sewoa Laison is with the African Council of AIDS Service Organizations. With a double specialization in urban sociology and sociology of work and organizations, Mr. Innocent Sewoa Laison has contributed for fifteen years to the promotion of associations and Community organizations. He is currently Senior Program Manager of the African Council of AIDS organizations (AfriCASO, www.africaso.net), which he joined as Communication Manager in 2003 to support the transformation and leadership process. Since then, Mr. Laison has put himself into a better articulation and visibility of the Community response to the AIDS epidemic in Africa. Mr. Laison fully contributed to the creation of the African Civil Society Coalition on HIV and AIDS, of which he is an active member of the Steering Committee.
With solid training in new information and communication technologies, Mr. Laison took part in several innovative activities aiming to reduce the numerical gap between the North and the South. For five years, he was a trainer and Deputy Director of the Computer Centre of the National School of Administration of Senegal. For three years, he was responsible for the training and communications at Enda Cyberpop, a project that in 2000 won the Social Footbridges prize in Bamako and was a finalist at the Stockholm Challenge. Mr. Laison is a founder member of Ynternet (Internet for young people); he has been a Consultant of IDRC in this field, Editor in Chief and graphic designer for the children's magazine "Gune Yi".
Mr. Laison has the firm conviction that all the questions of development in Africa, in particular the AIDS epidemic, will not be sorted out without strong recognition and promotion of communities' contributions, fully considered as partners and stakeholders.
Tim Thomas started his professional life as a New York-based actor and singer. He worked consistently in U.S. regional theaters and opera companies, performed a leading role in the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking musical, Into the Woods, played a small part in the Mike Nichols film, Wolf, and dabbled in day-time television.
During the inevitable dry spells of a young actor’s life, Tim found temporary work at the Population Council, a premier international non-profit, non-governmental institution that conducts biomedical, public health, and social science research, helping to build research capacities in developing countries. He joined the Council formally in 1992, and went on to assume senior-level duties in external relations, public affairs, and fundraising. As the Special Assistant to the President, he was charged with cultivating and maintaining institutional relationships with government overseas development assistance agencies; as well as foundations, NGOs, multilateral institutions and UN agencies. He also served as the primary point of contact with the U.S. Government, managing the Council’s multi-million dollar co-operative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
From 1998-2001, Tim was a senior consultant at the London-based communications agency InterScience, working with a range of clients on their sexual and reproductive health programs. When InterScience closed in 2001, he continued consulting privately. Much of his work supported policy and funding advocacy for HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health programs. By analyzing policy trends, programmatic developments, donor priorities, and a vast array of research, he helped clients determine their fundraising strategies, communications and advocacy programs, and organizational development needs. Some of his major clients have been the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations; the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative; the International Partnership for Microbicides; the Guttmacher Institute; GlaxoSmithKline; UNFPA and UNAIDS.
In early 2006, Tim was appointed Executive Director of the Staying Alive Foundation at MTV Networks International based in New York. As a start-up grant making and advocacy organization, the Foundation encouraged and enabled young people involved in HIV and AIDS awareness, education and prevention campaigns especially in developing countries. When the Foundation was established, Tim returned to private consulting.
In late 2008, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded an $11 million, 3-year grant to launch The Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth, and Tim was called on to spearhead the process of turning the proposal into a project. Very quickly, the MHTF was ensconced as a vital convening, coordinating and catalyzing entity in the maternal health field. Tim remains the MHTF’s Senior Advisor, working on a broad range of external relations and policy analysis activities. The maternal health community largely views the MHTF as a success, and it will continue at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Tim is a member of the board of advisors of The Condom Project which works to de-stigmatize condom use in traditional societies; and he served on the board of Artists Striving to End Poverty which taps Broadway talent to bring arts education to schools for disadvantaged children around the world. He has traveled extensively in Africa, South Asia and Europe. He pursues a lifelong goal of fluency in French, and studies classical singing. He graduated with honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy; he holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Iowa State University and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University.