Staffing Updates at HVTN Core


New Hires

Jasmin Aina, HVTN & CoVPN Community Engagement Project Coordinator
Jasmin Aina, HVTN & CoVPN Community Engagement Project Coordinator

Jasmin joined the HVTN & CoVPN in July as a Project Coordinator for the SBS/CEU team.  She brings with her a wealth of experience in community engagement in various settings. She started her career in rural emergency health care staffing and recruitment at Acute Care Inc. in Des Moines, IA. In her role as Regional Coordinator for Acute Care Inc., she managed the recruitment of emergency healthcare providers and emergency room staffing for 30 hospitals in her region, continuing education programs, and the establishment of partnerships with key stakeholders and organizations. After moving to Seattle in 2015, Jasmin served as Grade School Director with Quest Church where she worked to provide faith-based education and training to grade school-aged students, their families, volunteers, and community partners. Jasmin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Sciences from the University of Iowa, and is excited to return to her roots and take on this new challenge in public health with the Community Engagement Unit.

Louis Shackelford, HVTN & CoVPN External Relations Project Manager
Louis Shackelford, HVTN & CoVPN External Relations Project Manager

Louis Shackelford joined the HVTN on September 15, 2020. As External Relations Project Manager, Louis is the newest member of the External Relations Unit based in the HVTN Leadership and Operations Center (Core) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. Louis’ primary focus will be implementing stakeholder engagement strategies domestically and globally. These strategies create opportunities for consultation with key stakeholders and communities to inform the design and implementation of Network studies. Consultations will optimize the inclusion and participation of populations and communities who bear the greatest burden of HIV and COVID-19.

Louis joins the HVTN with a wealth of experience in community and stakeholder engagement in clinical research settings and health education. He spent nearly eight years at the Harlem Prevention Center (HPC) clinical research site, based in Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where he served in various roles. His most significant role at HPC was Community Education Coordinator, managing outreach and education programs, including establishing partnerships and strategic alliances with key groups, organizations, and stakeholders. Most recently, Louis served as Project Manager with the Office of HIV/AIDS Network Coordination (HANC) Legacy Project, where he worked across all five of the DAIDS-funded clinical trials networks to support increased engagement and enrollment of historically underrepresented populations in HIV clinical research. Always seeking new opportunities to serve others, Louis enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves as a Medic in 2019, and is currently assigned to McChord Air Force Base, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Louis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, and is currently a student at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), completing his Master’s degree in Public Health. Louis is extremely excited to join the External Relations Unit, and we are thrilled to have him on board.

Promotions

Francisco Rentas, MAT, HVTN & CoVPN Community Engagement Project Manager
Francisco Rentas, MAT, HVTN & CoVPN Community Engagement Project Manager

Francisco began his work with the HVTN in January 2018 as Program Assistant with the travel team.  He joined the SBS/CEU team as a Project Coordinator in June 2019, and we are thrilled to announce his promotion to Project Manager in August 2020. Francisco has been an active part of the Seattle LGBTQ community for the past 13 years, in particular as a theater artist and singer with the Seattle Men’s Chorus. His professional life began as a public school teacher in middle and high school English/Language Arts and Theater Arts classrooms in Texas and Washington. After receiving his Master’s degree in Teaching from the University of Washington, a unique opportunity presented itself at Fred Hutch as a cancer educator and tobacco cessation counselor. Meanwhile, his participation as a study participant in the HVTN 505 vaccine trial solidified his interest in the world of research. Francisco had his eye on the HVTN with the goal of eventually working there in some capacity having to do with community engagement, and he feels incredibly humbled to see that goal come to fruition, thanks in large part to his mentors along the way. Francisco was born into a Puerto Rican, US military household in Germany and spent most of his childhood moving around, which he credits as molding him into the confused but culturally-aware person he is today.

Linda Oseso, MPH, HVTN and COVPN Social and Behavioral Sciences Project Manager and Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Program Manager
Linda Oseso, MPH, HVTN and COVPN Social and Behavioral Sciences Project Manager and Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Program Manager

Linda Oseso began her work with the HVTN in September 2015 as a subcontractor focusing on moving the AMP animated video project forward.  In just three short months, and during her graduate public health studies at the University of Washington, she was hired as a research assistant to coordinate the expansion of the AMP video project for the sub-Saharan Africa and South American sites.  Linda’s drive, motivation and commitment to the work were instantly apparent and within six months of joining the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research team, she was promoted to Project Coordinator II. Although Linda’s initial responsibilities focused on coordinating the AMP behavioral sub-study and our social behavioral research efforts, she was soon coordinating production of other video projects. In this position she excelled and has become an expert in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approaches, utilizing them to enhance the HVTN’s community engagement educational materials as well as relationships with stakeholders and community members. Two years after her promotion to Project Coordinator II, Linda was promoted to Project Manager, where she led a research study looking at site level barriers and facilitators to engaging transgender participants in the AMP studies in the USA and Peru.  In September 2019, her scope of work was expanded exponentially and she is now managing the Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP), where she works tirelessly to ensure that our Latinx and African American/Black scholars have a meaningful research experience that opens them to considering HIV prevention research as a viable career path.  Linda is now actively considering entering into a PhD program.  Her goals are to continue contributing to the HVTN’s efforts of finding an HIV vaccine and facilitating opportunities for African/Black and Latinx medical students to gain exposure to the possibilities of careers as physician scientists dedicated to the search for a safe and effective HIV vaccine. She is also excited to be bringing her experience with video projects to the CoVPN’s efforts, and is currently managing the production of 8 animated videos to address frequently asked questions and myths surrounding clinical research.