Our Board

Bruce W. Furness
Bruce W. Furness, MD, MPH, FACPM (“Bryce”) is a Medical Epidemiologist in the Division of STD Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has been embedded in the Washington, DC Department of Health since 2002 and has acted in many different capacities: as the Acting Chief, Division of STD Control – multiple times – most notably from January 2010–February 2011; as the Chief Medical Officer, Southeast STD & TB Control and Chest Clinics – October 2013–October 2015; and currently, as the Strategic Information Division’s STD Medical Epidemiologist. Highlights of his tenure include starting and evaluating the District’s Internet Partner Notification (IPN) Program, helping start and manage the District’s School-based STD Screening Program, and acting as a volunteer physician for Whitman-Walker Health’s Gay Men’s Health & Wellness Clinic. Dr. Furness is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM); has recently co-authored papers on the laboratory capacity for antimicrobial susceptibility surveillance of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in the District of Columbia and public health interventions to control syphilis; has received multiple awards from the U.S. Public Health Service and other entities; and has presented to various national and international audiences on topics ranging from sex positivity to extra-genital STD screening of men who have sex with men.

Claude Ann Mellins
Claude Ann Mellins, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with research and clinical expertise in psychosocial aspects of HIV disease, substance use, and stress and trauma in children, adolescents, young adults and families in the US and globally. She is a Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Sociomedical Sciences) at Columbia University, as well as a research scientist and co-director of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies in the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. She is also Co-Director of the Office of Clinical Psychology for psychologists functioning in clinical roles throughout Columbia University Medical Center. Over the past 26 years, Dr. Mellins he has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of a large number of foundation and federally-funded research projects based in the US and internationally examining neurodevelopment, mental health, and sexual and drug risk behavior in vulnerable population of children, adolescents, and young adults, particularly those affected by HIV, poverty and substance abuse. Her projects have also examined factors influencing medical adherence, sexual and drug risk behavior, and psychiatric functioning in HIV-infected and HIV-affected women and youth. In addition to her research, Dr. Mellins co-founded and co-directed the Special Needs Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital, one of the first and largest mental health clinics for women, children, adolescents and families affected by HIV, poverty and substance use.

Dan Wohlfeiler
Dan Wohlfeiler, MJ, MPH, has worked in HIV and STD prevention since 1987. He has focused much of his career on developing structural interventions and policies to reduce HIV and STD prevention and to create healthy environments, particularly those that affect sexual networks and disparities. He is the co-founder and director of Building Healthy Online Communities, a partnership of public health and dating site and app owners, which aims to support the sexual health of people seeking new partners online. He also serves as the Chief of the Office of Policy, Planning and Communications in California’s STD Control Branch. From 1990 to 1998, Dan directed the programs at the STOP AIDS Project in San Francisco, which was the largest organization in the US focusing on HIV prevention for HIV-positive and HIV-negative gay men of all colors and ages. He has also worked in the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization, and the AIDS Prevention Program of Catalonia. Dan, a former journalist and documentary filmmaker, holds master’s degrees in public health and journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.

Former Board Members