Bridget Hughes, M.A.
Chief Program Officer

Bridget oversees the implementation of HMI’s programs for LGBTQ young people and their families, as well as outreach and education programs. She also manages the replication of HMI’s youth service model to other sites in NYC and New Jersey.

Since joining HMI in 2012, Bridget has successfully overseen the expansion of HMI services to 6 days per week; spearheaded new program partnerships with CUNY’s office of K-16 programs and with the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; and supervised the implementation of the program evaluation of HMI’s comprehensive service model. In 2019, Bridget was named Outstanding Community Advocate by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services’ Office of LGBTQ Equity Strategies.

Prior to HMI, Bridget worked 18 years at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Manhattan, where she developed and directed the Youth Enrichment Services (Y.E.S.) Program, a leadership development and HIV prevention program for LGBT youth. Under Bridget’s direction, the Y.E.S. program received The Mental Hygiene Award from the City of New York in 2000 and was cited as a model substance abuse prevention program by the Division of Consumer Health Education of the University of Medicine & Dentistry; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

In 2007, Bridget received a PASEsetter Award for outstanding contributions to the field of after school education. From 2009-2012, she was the sole consultant responsible for the implementation of the annual Bias Audit for the NYC Department of Education, tracking evidence of hate-related bias in incidents of student-on-student harassment and violence, a project that was eventually mandated to all school districts by the passage of the New York State Dignity for All Students Act.

Bridget is co-author of the “Working It Out” intervention curriculum, a cognitive-behavioral HIV prevention intervention targeting lesbian, gay and bisexual youth, developed under the auspices of the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University. She has been called upon for her expertise in LGBTQ young people, being quoted by numerous publications including U.S. News & World Report and asked to present at a number of professional conferences including delivering the keynote address for the 2nd Annual CUNY LGBTQ Colloquium at the NYC College of Technology. She has also provided professional development training for a variety of organizations including NYC Dept of Education, Partnership for After School Education (PASE) and Covenant House Training Institute, to name a few.

Bridget attended Mount Saint Mary’s University and Oxford University as an undergraduate, and holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University. In 2007, she was awarded the Charles H. Revson Fellowship and completed a year of study at Columbia University in the Revson Program, a program sponsored by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, designed for the development of mid-career urban leaders who have made a substantial contribution to New York City.

     

Amy Harclerode
Chief Development Officer

Amy joined HMI as its first Chief Development Officer in 2017. Since then, revenue for the organization has continued to grow to support youth programming and advocacy and capacity building. In 2019, the Development Department successfully launched the HMI 360 campaign to support the growth of technology offerings at HMI, the continued expansion of the Institute for Advocacy and Capacity Building, and the build out of an onsite health suite for LGBTQIA+ youth. Under Amy’s direction, HMI’s Annual Women Speak event, which celebrates the diversity of all women that HMI embraces and the men who support them, has doubled in size and continues to grow.

Amy came to HMI from the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she led corporate and institutional engagement for global conservation.

Currently, Amy is the Development Chair of the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center. She has served on the Boards of the Picture House Regional Film Center, Greater Tucson Leadership, Tucson Young Professionals, and the Tucson Federal Credit Union.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with a focus in Biology from the University of Tennessee at Martin where she was a scholarship athlete for the Division I UT Women’s Softball Team. She has a Masters in Strategic Marketing and Communications from Fordham University and lives in Mount Vernon, NY with her wife and dog, Piper.

      

Joe Pressley
Chief Executive Officer

Dedicated to bringing positive social and economic changes to the oppressed and disenfranchised, Joe has served as the Community Organizer and then Executive Director for the New York AIDS Coalition. Joe was also Senior Director of Policy and Government Relations for Harlem United Community AIDS Center and was  Director of Special Projects for New York City Councilmember Melissa Mark-Viverito before she became the Council’s Speaker in 2014 at which point he was promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to coming on board at HMI, Joe served as a Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Homeless Services.

For years, Joe has worked closely with the HIV/AIDS, African American and LGBTQ communities educating hundreds about political processes and facilitating ways in which various needs and issues are heard and acted upon. Believing that we should live at intersections and not in silos, Joe brings seemingly different communities together to foster transformative change. In 2000, he was a candidate for the City Council in Brooklyn’s 35th District. From 2009 to 2010, Joe was a Charles Revson Fellow at Columbia University. The Revson Fellowship, awarded annually to several individuals from an application pool of hundreds, presented an opportunity for mid-career New York City professionals to be involved in two semesters of intensive coursework, research and personal reflection.

Native to Brooklyn, Joe holds a Master’s degree in Urban Policy Analysis and Management from the New School for Public Engagement and a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Social Sciences from the CUNY Baccalaureate Program at Hunter College. Over the years, he has amassed numerous accolades and awards. He lives in Fort Greene with his husband, Stephen Williams. They were married on July 29, 2011 by the Honorable David N. Dinkins, New York City’s 106th Mayor.

      

Bryson Rose
Senior Director, Advocacy & Capacity Building

Bryson Rose currently serves as the Senior Director of the Center for LGBTQ Youth Advocacy and Capacity Building at the Hetrick-Martin Institute. Bryson has spent the past 7 years collaborating with government agencies, educational institutions, and NGOs to build capacity around supporting the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth. Additionally, Bryson spearheads HMI’s advocacy efforts, lobbying for systems-level change at both the local and state level to ensure equity and dignity for LGBTQIA+ youth, communities, and their families. He also serves on the New York State Health and Human Services LGBT Network working to increase access to affirming and culturally responsive mental health services. Prior to this, Bryson was the Program Manager for Adolescent Sexual Health & Reproductive Justice in the Youth Services Division of HMI’s youth programs.

Bryson’s area of focus include addressing health disparities through the lenses of trauma informed care, healing centered engagement, anti-oppressive frameworks, historical trauma work, community centered solution creation, and writing as healing. Bryson’s writing has been featured on the FreshXpress as well as The Huffington Post and he appeared on NY’s Fox 5 as a sexual health expert for World AIDS Day 2017. In 2017, Bryson was the recipient of the inaugural Notable Alumni Award from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University, his alma mater.

Though currently residing in Harlem, Bryson is native of Columbus, OH and enjoys all things Midwestern: Ohio State football and basketball, homecomings and tailgating, and the changing of seasons. Bryson is a proud member of the Kappa Xi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the nation’s oldest and premier African American fraternity.

 

Soraya Elcock
Chief Strategy Officer

Soraya Elcock has worked in the social justice and human rights field for over 30 years. She spent 20 of those years fighting for the rights of people of color living with, or at risk for, HIV and AIDS. Responding to the epidemic in the 1990s, Ms. Elcock began her work as an HIV/AIDS Educator for immigrant populations, and developed into a prevention, policy, and strategic leader. Soraya is proud to have created and implement innovative HIV Prevention and Policy strategies and interventions on behalf of People Living with and impacted by HIV and AIDS, women and LGBTQ communities, with a focus on improving access to care.

In 1999, Ms. Elcock joined Harlem United Community AIDS Center’s leadership team as the Deputy Director of the Prevention Education and Policy Division. In that capacity, she developed and expanded the prevention portfolio from a $200,000 budget and 5 person staff to more than $7 million dollars and a staff of 40. From 2005-2010, Soraya served as Harlem United’s Vice President, for Policy and Government Relations, where her work included representing the agency on city, state and federal policy issues. She implemented a 2‐year mobilization, advocacy and policy plan to change New York State’s antiquated HIV testing law, in order to increase early detection of HIV. That initiative resulted in the passage of a new HIV testing bill in New York State in 2010.

In December 2010, Ms. Elcock left Harlem United to become a principal and founding member of Creating Access Consulting Group (CACG) in order to focus on a broader social justice impact. Soraya views her CACG work as a natural extension of her commitment to serve disenfranchised and marginalized communities, with a focus on strategic positioning, government relations, policy and community development.

Soraya is currently working with the Hetrick-Martin Institute as the Chief Strategy Officer. In that role she leverages the organization’s expertise, builds new political relationships, secures and strengthens partnerships with New York City Council, increases discretionary funding and expands HMI’s program model throughout NYC with community and government organizations. Over the past seven years, Ms. Elcock has secured more than $7 million dollars in funding for HMI, and defined key strategic initiatives that have increased HMI’s visibility, leveraged their expertise and helped to expand the organization’s reach.

Ms. Elcock was a Mayoral appointee and Community co-chair of the New York City HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council — responsible for setting priorities and determining how $110 million in federal Ryan White funds is spent. Soraya has participated on several local planning bodies including serving as the Community Co-Chair of the New York City Prevention Planning Group. She served as Vice Chair of Communities Advocating for Emergency AIDS Relief (CAEAR) — a national membership organization established to advocate for the critical care, treatment and supportive service needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS– and as Vice President of the Paul Rapaport Foundation’s board of directors

Ms. Elcock has presented at many local, national and international conferences. A graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she holds degrees in Political Science and Theater Arts..

 

Brian Dauth
Executive Assistant

Brian Dauth has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 30 years, with the last decade spent at the Hetrick-Martin Institute. He did his undergraduate work at Fairleigh Dickinson University, studying Comparative Literature and Film. His writings have been published by the University of Mississippi Press, the British Film Institute, and other outlets.

Jose Virella
Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Jose brings over 25 years of experience to HMI working in complex work environments; analyzing and streamlining systems and processes; and building bridges with a multitude of cultures and experiences.

Previously, Mr. Virella worked as Chief Executive Officer at Metro Community Health Centers, Chief Financial Officer at Ryan Health, Chief Financial Officer at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, as Vice President of Administration for Neurosciences at Continuum Health Partners, and as Vice President of Finance and Administration and Senior Vice President at the Jewish Communal Fund.

He received his B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University, an M.B.A. in Finance, Organizations and Markets from the University of Rochester, and an M.Ed. in Adult and Organizational Behavior from Temple University.

Trovana Hector
Senior Director, Compliance & Operations

Trovana first joined HMI in 2018 as Assistant Director of Grants and Contracts and now serves as Senior Director of Compliance and Operations. She monitors all grants, contracts and reporting and ensures HMI’s continuous compliance, quality assurance and program improvement. Through her passion for social innovation and social progress, Trovana liaises with many funders to secure funding and programming for underserved LGBTQIA+ youth so they receive and have access to education, homeless services, healthcare, mental health and economic empowerment services. She has a decade of developing and implementing best practices of compliance programs, including procedures and metrics to track and report on key performance data points and service deliverables.

Trovana previously worked with EAC Network, reporting client specific data which was key to helping the city council and federal government better allocate funding. These reports were instrumental in supporting and addressing the substance abuse and mentally ill criminal population in New York City. Trovana is an alumna of Hunter College, holds a Master’s in Public Administration and is a notary. She is an affiliate of the Hunter College Alumni Association, American Sociological Association and the Clarina Guilliams foundation, which provides much needed technology resources to the children of Guyana.

Although she is Brooklyn born, Trovana is a Guyanese at heart.

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