Melanie Black Dubis, Acting Co-Chair
Melanie is a partner in the law firm of Parker Poe. In 1992, Melanie graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her law degree in 1995, attending Vanderbilt University. At Parker Poe, she handles commercial disputes at the trial and appellate level for corporate and individual clients in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, insurance, financial services and technology industries. Melanie has experience in North Carolina state and federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Federal Circuits, and in arbitration proceedings. She and her husband are avid runners.
Andrew May, Acting Co-Chair
Andy May is a Master Certified Mortgage Banker. He graduated from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. He is the founder of Andy May Group, LLC and has worked for some of the country’s largest insurance and banking entities. Andy and his wife, Sara, have three daughters and support many civic organizations throughout the great State of North Carolina.
J. Gaston B. Williams, Acting Co-Chair
Gaston has returned to the Board after having previously served as Chairman of the Alliance. Gaston, a native of Staunton, Virginia, is a former Assistant United States Attorney and Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He graduated from T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. He was a career prosecutor in the State and Federal Courts. Gaston served on the organizational Board of the Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina when it was created in 1999. In addition to his work with the Alliance, he has served as past President and Member of the Board of the RBPN - Raleigh's LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
Chris Genwright, Vice Chair
Chris was born and raised in Mullins, South Carolina but has been living in the Triangle since 2006. He is a United States Air Force veteran where he served for 5 years and a graduate of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. Chris is currently attending North Carolina Central University in pursuit of a graduate degree in public administration. Chris is a human resources professional and has worked for Duke University, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is currently employed as an employment consultant in the central office of human resources.
Melody Haislip, Secretary
Melody Haislip is Vice President of National Sales for Island Hospitality Management. Island is one of the largest third-party hotel management organizations in the country with properties including Marriott/Starwood, Hilton and Hyatt. With 25 years of hotel experience, she is responsible for direct sales to top level corporate customers, mentoring and training sales teams, and bringing multiple properties to budgeted revenue and market share goals. Melody graduated from Peace College with a degree in Music, attended La Sorbonne University in Paris, France, and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BS in Business and Economics. She volunteers for Canines for Therapy with her dog Harper in library, assisted living and university settings. She is a Raleigh native and adores being part of this community!
Mary Lang, RN, CRRN, BS, MBA, Treasurer
A native of New Jersey, Mary Lang spent 20 years in financial area, including 10 years at Pfizer headquarters in NYC. She moved to Raleigh in 1992. After holding various positions in Raleigh area, she chose a career in nursing as an opportunity to give back to the community. Mary is currently an RN with WakeMed InPatient Rehabilitation Hospital in Raleigh. Her non-profit volunteer experiences include eight years with Interact during the ‘90s, including as Board Chair, and as past and current Board Treasurer for the Alliance.
Ben King was born and raised in Broadway, NC. Ben graduated from East Carolina University. Upon graduation he moved to Raleigh where he worked for an engineering firm for several years before finally finding his true passion in the floral industry. Ben owned Lake Boone Florist for eight years before he sold the shop and starting to freelance, specializing in weddings and special event floral designs. In 2017 Ben joined the North Raleigh Civitan Club where he presently serves as President. While holding the position of President, Ben has encouraged the club to become involved with supporting the Alliance with a few projects. Ben King is married to Alan King, the President and Chief Operating Officer, of Workplace Options here in Raleigh.
Tony has volunteered with AAS-C since its earliest days as AIDS Service Agency, providing pro bono graphics for fundraising events since 1993, especially Works of Heart. A freelance creative director for marketing and advertising, Tony has been involved with various HIV/AIDS programs and events over the years including Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) ‘Heartstrings’ and “An Event in 3 Acts;” the state of North Carolina’s “Friends for Life” risk reduction campaign; Funds for Families; ACRA + Mark Dendy’s “Busride to Heaven;” Test Positive Aware Network (Chicago); NAMES Project / AIDS Memorial Quilt; and Crape Myrtle Festival. In 2018, Tony and his husband Barry Mangum co-chaired the successful relaunch of Works of Heart at CAM Raleigh.
Shayne Ladak, MD
Dr. Shayne Ladak is originally from Toronto, Canada and has been living in the United States since 2014. He is a graduate of McMaster Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario. He has done residencies in diagnostic radiology and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is a board-certified physician. He has been a long-standing advocate for HIV/AIDS medicine. He was the 2015 recipient of the Charles Roy Award for Activism in HIV/AIDS by the Inspire Awards of Ontario. He is a clinician-scientist with subspecialty training and research in neurological rehabilitation and hospice medicine. He has particular interests in HIV related to neuropathy, CNS lymphoma as well as sarcopenia. Dr. Ladak is Medical Director for Heartland Hospice in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also the Regional Medical Director for Elite Patient Care’s southeastern US operations. Dr. Ladak lives with his husband, Shaun, and two corgis - Henry and Winston, in Durham, North Carolina. In his free time, he enjoys riding his Peloton as well as composing electronica music.
Monair H. McGregor, PhD, MPH, MCHES
Monair Hamilton McGregor is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and has taught in the fields of Public Health, Health Services Administration, and Health Education on the university-level for close to 20 years. She has received awards for teaching, leadership, and service in several professional, civic and community organizations.
As the Community Readiness and Resilience Integrator, with the United States Army; Dr. McGregor’s current leadership role focuses on the health promotion and safety of active duty service members. She collaborates with a multidisciplinary team compiling data and developing possible solutions on critical health readiness categories for the senior leaders of the XVIII Airborne Corps and the Fort Bragg, NC installation. Dr. McGregor manages the Enduring Personal Readiness and Resilience initiatives for the Corps and oversees the Community Health Promotion Council operations on the installation.
Dr. McGregor has been an invited guest speaker at national, state and local conferences, where she delivers evidence-based remarks focused on a variety of health topics. Other areas of research and interest include health disparities in minority communities, cultural competence for health professionals, and school (K-12) health education. Monair is married to Scott A. McGregor, an IT professional at Cisco Systems, Inc., and a minister with a Doctorate degree in Biblical Studies. The McGregors reside in Durham, NC. Dr. Monair McGregor has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from York College-CUNY; Masters in Public Health from Hunter College-CUNY; and her Doctorate degree in Health Education and Promotion from Kent State University, OH.
Alex Orr works at ViiV Healthcare in the Direct to Patient marketing group. Prior to joining ViiV Healthcare, he worked as a consultant for the federal government for 14 years conducting large-scale HIV prevention, testing, and treatment studies and health policy analyses. He has extensive experience forging federal, state, and local relationships, managing community partners, and recruiting key community leaders and advocates to support project objectives. Alex has a Masters in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill and comes with expertise working with high-risk and marginalized populations at-risk for HIV or in need of linkage to HIV medical care and treatment.
Eric Raddatz first became involved with the Alliance in 1992 as a volunteer at Hustead House when the care home was operated by AIDS Service Agency of Wake County. He had also been a member of the board at one time. As an artist, he was also very much a part of Works of Heart for a number of years. At that time, he was the Executive Director of the Baptist AIDS Partnership of North Carolina serving individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS throughout the state. Eric is employed as a Spiritual Care Coordinator for Heartland Hospice. He and his wife Bonnie live in Raleigh and are the proud parents of 3 grownup children, Noel, Sara, and Chris.
Beth was born and raised in Raleigh. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing. Her past work experience includes ICU nursing at the Jaycee Burn Center, and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Nursing. Beth has over 30 years of Plastic Surgery Nursing experience, making her one of the pioneers in the field of Aesthetic Nurse Injectors. Currently, Beth is an independent contractor with Collagen Contours, PC and works at the Laser and Skin Care Medical Spa, PLLC in Raleigh. Beth has served on two medical relief teams to Kenya and Zambia, Africa. She has participated in two AIDS Rides from Raleigh to Washington, DC, and founded two AIDS Care Teams at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, where she is a long-time member. She is currently in charge of organizing and managing food donations from the congregation at Hayes Barton for the Alliance Food Pantry. Beth is a three-time New York marathon runner, an avid golfer, and member of the Saint Mary’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She is married to Dr. Roger Russell and they have four children and five grandchildren.
Cara Vivarelli-O’Neill, MPH
Cara Vivarelli-O’Neill is a Senior Communications Specialist and Executive Communications Coach at 3D Communications, LLC, where she brings more than two decades of experience from the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. Prior to joining 3D, Cara lead Communications for ViiV Healthcare North America, providing strategic leadership and communications oversight for corporate and external affairs initiatives focused on ending HIV/AIDS. She received a bachelor’s degree from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health. Cara is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and an active volunteer with Family Promise of Wake County and Ronald McDonald House of Wake and Durham. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, Todd, and daughter, Lillian.