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Oriol Gutierrez »Bio Editor in Chief
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Jennifer Morton »Bio Managing Editor
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Trent Straube Deputy Editor
4829
Kate Ferguson »Bio Senior Editor
4718
Ben Ryan Editor-at-Large
Casey Halter Assistant Editor
2047
Doriot Kim Art Director
Michael Halliday Art Production Manager
2056
Sean O. Strub »Bio POZ Founder and Advisory Editor
Peter Staley AIDSmeds Founder and Advisory Editor

Forums
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Andy Velez »Bio Moderator
Ann Smith »Bio Moderator

Smart + Strong
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Jeremy Grayzel »Bio CEO
Ian E. Anderson »Bio President
2046
John La Chief Digital Strategist
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Susan M. Levey Vice President, Sales/Publisher
2055
Jonathan Gaskell Integrated Advertising Coordinator
2051
Ron Garcia-Vidal Director, Information Technology
5035

See the POZ National Advisory Board 2014



Oriol Gutierrez, Editor-in-Chief, POZ
Oriol Gutierrez is currently editor-in-chief of POZ magazine and poz.com, a national, award-winning magazine and website for people living with, and affected by, HIV/AIDS.

He brings to Smart + Strong his passion for advocacy on behalf of people with HIV, as well as editorial experience since 1996. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1992.

His responsibilities also include serving as editor in chief of TuSalud, Smart + Strong's new bilingual Spanish/English magazine covering Latino health and wellness.

Gutierrez was managing editor of DiversityInc magazine, which covers diversity management in the workplace; executive director of the DiversityInc Foundation; and communications director for DiversityInc Media, LLC.

He co-founded LGNY Latino, the first bilingual Spanish/English LGBT U.S. periodical, as publisher and editor in chief. Earlier in his career, Gutierrez was executive editor of Pet Business magazine and business director of publications for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

He often participates as a speaker, moderator or panelist at various conferences. He has appeared on NPR, Sirius OutQ and OutCast. He was named one of the "25 Most Influential GLBT Latinos" by MyLatinoVoice.com.

He is a graduate of New York University in New York City, with a B.A. in Print Journalism and an M.S. in Publishing. He is the former vice president of print and new media for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. He also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

Find his blog at blogs.poz.com/oriol.

Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/oriolgutierrez.

Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/oriolgutierrez.


Jennifer Morton, Managing Editor, POZ
Jennifer joined Smart + Strong as managing editor in February 2004. She is responsible for the day-to-day editorial production of all Smart + Strong products.

Jennifer previously worked as the managing editor for publications including Brill's Content, Cable World and Gear. Before working in publishing, Jennifer worked for the Jane Adams Center, a nonprofit community center in Chicago.

Jennifer earned a BS in communications at Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.


Kate Ferguson, Editor-in-Chief, Real Health
Kate Ferguson joined Smart + Strong in June 2008. Her responsibilities also include being a senior editor for POZ magazine and POZ.com.

Previously, Kate was editor-in-chief of Today's Black Woman and the managing editor of Black Men magazine. She supervised the launch of the African-American lifestyle titles in 1995 and 1996, respectively.

For 10 years prior, Kate was the editor-in-chief of two teen entertainment magazines, namely, Word Up! and Rap Masters. She also served as editor-in-chief for Black Teen and Female Bodybuilding and was the entertainment news editor and on-camera talent for "The Video Zone," a local music program on cable television.

A graduate of Hunter College in New York City, with a B.A. in Mass Communications, Ferguson received her M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Sean O. Strub, Founder and Advisory Editor, POZ
Sean Strub is well known as an activist, writer and entrepreneur. Sean has founded many successful fundraising, publishing and marketing organizations, virtually all in support of progressive social change efforts. He founded POZ in 1994. Strub's companies have also launched POZ en Español, Mamm (for women impacted by breast and gynecological cancers) and Milford Magazine (a regional title distributed in the Delaware River Highlands area of northeast Pennsylvania).

He has written extensively on corporate social responsibility, smart growth and land development issues, direct marketing and AIDS, among other topics. Sean co-authored, with Dan Baker and Bill Henning, Cracking The Corporate Closet, (Harper Business, 1995) and co- authored, with Steve Lydenberg and Alice Tepper Marlin, the seminal guide to corporate social responsibility, Rating America's Corporate Conscience, (Addison-Wesley, 1987).

Sean's involvement in the social responsibility and ethical investment movements dates to the early 1980's, when he worked with Alumni Against Apartheid and the Harvard Endowment for Divestiture through his direct marketing firm which specialized in social change and mass marketed fundraising techniques. Direct mail campaigns created by Sean have been labeled "slick" by The Wall Street Journal, "highly sophisticated" by The New York Times, and "inventive and unusual" by Business Week.

Strub has also produced theatre and large-scale fundraising events. In 1992, at the Perry Street Theatre in New York, he debuted his production of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, written by and starring David Drake. The Obie Award-winning hit became one of the longest running one-person Off-Broadway shows ever.

In 1990, Strub was a Democratic candidate for the US Congress from New York's 22nd congressional district, running as an openly (but incidentally) gay/HIV+ man. He was defeated by a former member of Congress by fewer than 600 votes.

He has received numerous awards and honors from AIDS organizations, community and professional groups, including the 1995 AIDS Action Foundation's National Leadership Award, the 1996 Cielo Latino Companero award from the Latino Commission on AIDS and Los Angeles-based Being Alive's Spirit of Hope award in 1997.

A native Iowan, Sean attended Georgetown and Columbia Universities. He lives in Milford, Pennsylvania and New York City.


Andy Velez, Forums Moderator
Andy's "mosaic" has included a lengthy career as a book publisher and editor as well as many years in a still active private practice as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, working with individuals, couples and groups.

A committed HIV activist since 1987, he's been involved in many conferences in the U.S. and abroad, focusing particularly on the rights of those living with HIV, access to treatment and infection prevention, as well as long-term survivor issues. His work in an HIV clinical trial unit in New York involved alerting affected communities to their vulnerability to tuberculosis and his HIV-related articles have appeared in many publications including POZ, Out and Body Positive. A consultant to the Latino Commission on AIDS, Andy's taught at the New School University in New York and is often a guest speaker at high schools and colleges throughout the country.

Many of his writings are also on entertainment-related subjects. They continue to appear in many publications as well as CD liner notes for original cast recordings as well as performers such as Doris Day, Fred Astaire, Ella Fitzgerald and Artie Shaw among many others.

A founding member of Queer Nation, recently his interviews were included in the anthology, Cast Out: Queer Lives in the Theater, a collection focusing on out lesbians and gays currently working on the American stage.

He's the proud father of two young adult sons.


Ann Smith, Forums Moderator
Ann Smith is a human being, woman and mother whose motto is "be the change you wish to see."

A student at the University of Life, Planet Earth, since 1962, Ann studied in Indiana, Ohio and New York before continuing her easterly trajectory to the Isle of Man, where she continues her studies including art, nature, humanity, and the interconnectivity of life. Current special interests and challenges include HIV and Hepatitis C. She has no immediate plans for graduation.

Ann became an AIDSmeds Forums Member in 2001 and joined the Moderator Team as a volunteer in 2003. She is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the Positive Community and believes in the right of all people to scientifically sound health information without strings of judgment, prejudice or stigma attached.

She says; "All the world is a classroom and we are both student and teacher."

You can read Ann's HIV blog at blogs.poz.com/ann.


Jeremy Grayzel, CEO, Smart + Strong and CDM Publishing LLC
With more than 30 years of business and publishing expertise, Jeremy formed CDM Publishing LLC in 2004 in order to purchase Smart + Strong, publisher of POZ magazine and other health care-oriented publications.

Prior experience include president of VNU eMedia Inc., the second largest business-to-business publisher in the United States; founder and CEO of GrayFire Information Services, a leading fax and internet developer that created customized publishing services aggregating content from over 100 major sources; and president and COO of Family Media Inc., a major consumer publishing company with 11 publications and a print circulation of over 10 million.

He has been a member of YPO/WPO since 1988 and served on the board of directors of the Metro New York Chapter. He is a past chairman of the Emerging Business Council of the Information Industry Association.

Jeremy earned his BS and MBA at New York University.


Ian Anderson, President, Smart + Strong
Ian joined Smart + Strong as Vice President/General Manager in June 2005 and was promoted to President/COO in January 2007. He has responsibility for all external and internal business management including technology and print production services, circulation and product development, edit, and business planning.

Previously, Ian spent six years at VNU eMedia (now known as Nielsen Business Media) as Director of Operations and then as Director of Product Development. Prior to VNU, he spent six years at Editor & Publisher magazine as Research Director and General Manager.

Ian earned his BA in Communications at Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey.


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