Stony Brook's Training Staff & Consultants

Ilvan Arroyo, M.A.; Associate Director

Mr. Arroyo first began working in the field of HIV/AIDS in 1991. He has held various positions including education and training for health professionals; supervising HIV/AIDS case management programs and directing a day treatment program for people living with HIV. Mr. Arroyo is a member of the Long Island HIV Care Network and has held various chair positions over the tenure of his career. He has a Bachelor of Science in Bilingual Special Education and a Master of Arts in Health Systems Management and Policy.

Debra A. Brown, J.D.; Senior Education Specialist

Ms. Brown has worked in the HIV/AIDS field for the past 18 years in various positions, including education and training for health professionals; supervising HIV/AIDS case management and independent living housing programs; and working for the NYS Department of Health’s AIDS Epidemiology Unit. She has also co-authored a research study examining the relationship of AIDS knowledge vs. risk factors for incarcerated women, which was published in the Journal of Sociology and Social Research. Ms. Brown has a Bachelor in Social Work and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence.

Stephen Sebor, Coordinator

Mr. Sebor joined the CPHE team in 2016 to help coordinate the New York State AIDS Institute Peer Worker Certification Program. For more than 15 years, Mr. Sebor provided support, prevention, advocacy, counseling and education services to Long Islanders impacted by HIV/AIDS. He served as the host and producer of "The Long Island Rainbow Connection," a public access television program by, for, and about the LGBT community from 1994-2015. Mr. Sebor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University and a Master of Social Work from Stony Brook University.

Joseph McGowan, M.D., FACP - AETC Medical Director

Dr. McGowan is the Medical Director of the Center for AIDS Research and Treatment (CART) at the North Shore University Hospital.  The center is the largest AIDS Designated Center of Excellence on Long Island.  Dr. McGowan is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has been directly involved in the care of people living with HIV for the last quarter centrury.  He is also the Chair of the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of HIV Medicine.  Prior to coming to North Shore, he was the Director of Outpatient HIV Services at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center where he coordianted the care of almost 3,000 people living with HIV.  Dr. McGowan received a B.A. from Columbia University and his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He completed his Infectious Diseases Fellowship and an NIH Fellowship in Immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. McGowan has been actively involved in clinical research on HIV/AIDS, including studies on the management of HIV in pregnancy, treatment adherence, HIV infection in the elderly and HIV/hepatitis C co-infection.

Jack Fuhrer, M.D.

Dr. Fuhrer is an Associate Dean of the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and the Clinical Director of the AIDS Treatment Center for University Hospital and Medical Center at Stony Brook. Dr. Fuhrer has been the Co-Investigator in numerous NIH AIDS Clinical Trial Group studies and Principal Investigator on many multi-center placebo controlled studies. Dr. Fuhrer is widely published and is the co-author of multiple articles and book chapters.

Kerrin Perniciaro, Senior Administrative Assistant

Ms. Perniciaro joined the CPHE team as a part-time senior administrative assistant in September 2016 after nine years working as Manager of IT Communications & Web Strategy at Stony Brook University. She is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the CPHE office and assists the full-time staff in facilitating the center's programming and reporting. Prior to arriving at Stony Brook University, Perniciaro worked 12 years in college athletics. She holds a bachelor of science degree in corporate communication from Ithaca College and a master of arts degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University, and currently serves as Education Program Coordinator at Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island (KMC-LI) in Huntington, NY. 

CPHE Staff

The CPHE is made up of a diverse staff with more than 50 years of combined experience in the field of HIV/AIDS. The staff is skilled at developing and tailoring curricula to meet the needs of HIV providers. They have expertise in writing curricula and developing Power Point presentations. Topic areas include: Barriers/Obstacles to Adherence; Domestic Violence as a Barrier to Care and Treatment; Psycho-Social Issues Affecting HIV+ Women; “Rapid Testing” Counseling and Testing Issues; HIV Confidentiality Legislation; Staged-Based Behavior Counseling and Utilizing The Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of Behavior Change to assist providers with adherence and prevention concerns.