Meet our Faculty and Staff

The Denver PTC is a program of Denver Public Health, a department of Denver Health and Hospital Authority. The PTC operates in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver, Health and Behavioral Sciences with whom we share an interdisciplinary staff and faculty with years of professional and practical experience in medicine, social sciences, health education, and human services.

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Azul Delgrasso







Azul DelGrasso (He/Him/His), MA, has worked in the STD/HIV field for over 20 years and is a Workforce Development Specialist for the Denver Prevention Training Center. Azul is part of a team responsible for the program coordination of the Denver PTC's Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program to expand high-impact HIV prevention activities within healthcare organizations. Mr. DelGrasso led the first rapid HIV testing program and training in Mexico, and is one of the only two testing counselors who has tested high risk individuals in all 48 states of the continental US as part of the Magic Johnson HIV Testing Tour in 2010. Azul is a Denver native and has a Master's Degree in Latin American Studies from California State University Los Angeles.
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Tai Edward Few (He/Him/His), M.Div., is the Manager of the Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) program, located at the Denver Prevention Training Center (PTC). He is responsible for the programming oversight of the CBA program. Mr. Few has 17 years of experience in instructional design, training delivery, program implementation, evaluation, and technical assistance. Mr. Few received his master's degree in Divinity from Boston University.


Teri Anderson







Teri Anderson (She/Her/Hers), MT (ASCP), is the Clinical Coordinator for the Denver PTC. Teri coordinates the STD clinical training and technical assistance provided by the Denver PTC's Regional STD Clinical Training Center and provides high-impact HIV Prevention training support to the Denver PTC's HIV Capacity Building Assistance Program (CBA). She works closely with state-based STD programs, public health clinics, community health clinics and primary care organizations to implement best practices in STD and HIV care and prevention. Teri has over 35 years of experience working in the STD/HIV field. She spent 10 years working in the Denver STD Clinic as a clinician, training preceptor, stat laboratorian, and research associate before moving into the training arena. She received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO.
 Allison Finkenbinder







Allison Finkenbinder (She/Her/Hers), WHNP-BC, is the nurse trainer for the Denver PTC. Allison coordinates training and technical assistance efforts that assist healthcare providers in reducing their clients’ risk for the transmission and acquisition of HIV and STDs. She also coordinates the Denver Prevention Training Center's STD Clinical Consultation Network (STD CCN), as well as the center's continuing nursing education. Her clinical interests include STD and HIV prevention and family planning.







Danielle Osowski (She/Her/Hers) is a Training Specialist for the Denver PTC Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) Program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Colorado. She is currently one class away from her Masters of Public Health Certificate at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Danielle comes to the Denver PTC after working at the University of Colorado Infectious Disease Group Practice where she was the Early Intervention Services Coordinator. There she focused on High Impact Prevention, Retention in Care and Substance Use services. In her current role at the Denver Prevention Training Center, Danielle is excited to assist in helping to build the capacity of health professionals through innovative training and consultation.
 Helen Burnside







Helen Burnside (She/Her/Hers), MS, is the Director of the Denver Prevention Training Center (PTC) and is responsible for programmatic oversight of the Denver PTC’s training and technical assistance programs, including supervision and guidance to all Denver PTC Coordinators. She is responsible for quality assurance of service delivery across the PTC, as well as oversight of report generation and submission to CDC. Ms. Burnside is trained in LEAN quality improvement and ensures PTC service delivery include continuous quality improvement approaches to improve healthcare systems to support HIV and STD prevention and care.  Mrs. Burnside has been a trainer for over ten years with a focus on HIV prevention in clinical care interventions and has worked in the STD/HIV field for over 15 years.  Ms. Burnside acquired a master of Community Health from the University of Montana.
 Julia Weise







Julia Weise (She/Her/Hers), LCSW, has worked for over 20 years providing Social Work services at Denver Health in several capacities; all dealing primarily with clients who are living with HIV. Julia's work has included direct clinical services, clinical supervision, teaching and facilitating, as well as program administration. Currently Julia delivers behavioral training interventions with the Denver PTC, oversees Denver Public Health's Linkage to Care program, as well as providing supervision and program support to Patient Navigation staff. Julia Weise is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Colorado. She completed her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver. 
 John Fitch







John Fitch (He/Him/His) is the Business Manager at the PTC and coordinates grants and reporting for the Denver PTC's Clinical STD Regional and HIV Capacity Building Assistance (CBA) programs. He also leads the National Technological Innovation Program at the Denver PTC. John came to Denver in 1993 -- moving down the road from Boulder -- to coordinate Denver Public Health's Confidential and Anonymous HIV Testing Sites. In 1997, he became the Director of HIV/AIDS Education and in 2000 he joined the Denver PTC as the Clinical Coordinator of the Regional STD Training program. With an interest in health technology and innovation, John has helped facilitate the development of the STD Clinical Consultation Warm Line and the NNPTC's STD Clinical Toolbox mobile application.
 Terry Stewart







Terry Stewart (He/Him/His) has been providing training, consultation and management services in the STD/HIV prevention field for 30 years. Spanning across academic, community-based non-profit and public health settings, Mr. Stewart's expertise includes program management, staff and leadership development, curriculum design, and training and facilitation, as well as the design, implementation and evaluation of behavioral intervention. Mr. Stewart jointed the Denver PTC in 1988, serving first as Behavioral Intervention Training Coordinator, later as the Director of the PTC and, currently, as a consultant (TWStewart Consulting, LLC).
 Destiny Kelley







Destiny Kelley (She/Her/Hers), BS, CHC, CWWS, CWWPM, AADP, is the Coordinator for the NNPTC National Coordination Center and also works with the Colorado Patient Navigation Collaborative. She has over 15 years of experience in health education, promotion, and private allied health education. Destiny has played a key role in the development of Health Promotion service at the Atlanta VA and has experience working with many government agencies including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). She oversees the coordination of Prevention Training Centers and manages the development and delivery of the curricula for comprehensive training programs.
Kimberly Taylor







Kimberly Taylor (She/Her/Hers) is the Staff Assistant to the Prevention Training Center. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Metropolitan State University. She assists all training center staff with clerical and support tasks as need as well as provides additional support to the National Evaluation Center by assisting with the administering and analyzing of evaluations for courses and capacity building offered by the PTC. Prior to working with the PTC, Kimberly worked with a non-profit organization that conducted mobile health clinics throughout Metro Denver for low-income seniors that focused on providing community-based continuum of care model. Kimberly is excited to continue pursuing her passions by working with diverse populations in the areas of public health with the Prevention Training Center.







Benjamin (Ben) Hauschild (He/Him/His), MPH, leads the National Evaluation Center for the NNPTC. Previously, he was a Senior Research Associate and Director of Operations at the Forum for Collaborative Research where he worked on HIV prevention and drug development.  Before beginning at the Forum, he worked in the Prevention Program in the Louisiana Office of Public Health-HIV/AIDS Program and served as the health department co-chair of the state's HIV Prevention Community Planning Group. He has also worked as a laboratory research technician in the areas of physiology and cell biology at the LSU Medical Center, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at NIH, and Tulane University Medical Center.  He received his MPH in epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.
Victoria Myers







Victoria Myers (She/Her/Hers) is the Coordinator for ECHO Colorado and the National Sexual Health Conference. Victoria achieved her Public Health degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. She started her public health career at a young age working with the geriatric population. She later transitioned to working with substance abusers but since then has expanded her knowledge and passions to include STDs, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ cultural awareness. Victoria enjoys all facets of public health, which is why she is excited to be a part of two teams that focus on various public health topics.
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Yomi Obafemi(She/Her/Hers), MD, is the Medical Director of the Denver Health Metro Clinic. She completed her residency training at the University of Colorado- Anschutz Medical Campus. Currently, she works full time as the Preventive Medicine/STD Fellow with the Denver Prevention Training Center and the division of HIV/STD Prevention at Denver Public Health. She has a Master's in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health. Currently, she sees patients at the STD clinic and is currently working several projects including evaluating the utility of rapid point of care tests for syphilis screening and diagnosis.


Karen Wendel







Karen Wendel (She/Her/Hers), MD, is the Director of HIV/ STD Prevention and Control at Denver Public Health. In this capacity she works with the Denver Health STD Clinic and Denver Prevention Training Center to promote STD education and care in our region and improve access to HIV testing and HIV prevention services locally and nationally. Karen has been involved in HIV and STD clinical care and research while on faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Oklahoma Health Science Center, and University of Colorado Health Science Center. She has participated in CDC STD Treatment Guidelines meetings and has conducted research into the causes of vaginitis and urethritis. Karen received her medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine training and infectious disease fellowship at John Hopkins Hospital.
Sarah Rowan







Sarah E. Rowan (She/Her/Hers), MD, is Associate Director of HIV and Viral Hepatitis Prevention at Denver Public Health and Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine at Denver Health and the University of Colorado Hospital. Her clinical time is spent providing HIV, HCV, and STD care, and she attends on the inpatient infectious diseases consult service. Dr. Rowan is an active researcher in the fields of HIV and HCV epidemiology, engagement in care, and health disparities. Through her work with the IAPAC/UNAIDS Fast Track Cities Initiative, Dr. Rowan is organizing Metro Denver's approach to ending the AIDS epidemic. This involves analyzing and sharing data, building partnerships, developing a data to care program, and overseeing public health efforts to build regional capacity for PrEP.








Cornelis Kees Rietmeijer (He/Him/His), MD, PhD, is the medical director of the Denver Clinical PTC. He is also a professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. His current research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of chlamydia infections, the resurgence of STDs and HIV among men who have sex with men, the Internet as a risk and prevention environment, expanding testing to non-traditional venues using new technologies, and STD clinic operations. Dr. Rietmeijer received his medical degree and PhD from the University of Amsterdam Department of Medicine, and a Master of Science in Public Health degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.







Grace Alfonsi (She/Her/Hers), MD, is a member of the Clinical Faculty for the Denver PTC and the acting director of the Denver Metro Health (STD) Clinic. She is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Alfonsi received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She completed a research fellowship with the University of Colorado School of Public Health. Her clinical interests include HPV epidemiology and prevention and access to family planning.







Edward M. Gardner (He/Him/His), MD, is the Medical Director of the Infectious Disease Clinic and the Center for Positive Health at Denver Public Health. He also is the director of HIV Clinical Research at Denver Public Health and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. His main areas of research interest are engagement in HIV care and adherence to antiretroviral therapy. His clinical interests include diagnosis, treatment, and management of HIV infection and its complications. In 2011 Dr. Gardner published on the HIV prevention and care cascade.
  Jason S. Haukoos (He/Him/His), MD, MSc, is the Director of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center and is Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Colorado School of Public Health. He has conducted emergency department-based HIV screening research since 1998 and has been the principal investigator of several large comparative clinical studies, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institutes of Health. He is also co-founder of the National Emergency Department HIV Testing Consortium and founder and director of the Denver Emergency Department HIV Research Consortium, and has published extensively in the areas of public health, epidemiology, and HIV prevention.