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Board of Directors

W. David Hardy, M.D., Chairman of the Board

Dr. W. David Hardy

Dr. W. David Hardy, formerly the Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Hardy brings to the Board more than 30 years of HIV medical experience—first, treating HIV-positive patients and then, researching the disease. Currently, Dr. Hardy performs clinical trials (phase II and III) of investigational antiretroviral agents for treatment of HIV infection, and of therapeutic vaccines for HIV infection.

Dr. Hardy chairs the Education Committee of the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) and serves as editor-in-chief of their Fundamentals of HIV Medicine for the HIV Specialist. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the HIV Medical Association (HIVMA).





Cary D. Stevens, Treasurer of the Board

Cary Stevens

Cary Stevens, a second-generation Los Angeles native, earned his Bachelor of Arts at UCLA and his Master of Architecture at Cal Poly Pomona, graduating with honors in 1983. Since 1987, Mr. Stevens has been a partner in the architectural firm Landa Stevens Architects, which has offices in West Hollywood. Landa Stevens Architects designs custom, high-end single-family residences and commercial properties primarily in Southern California.

Mr. Stevens held the position of Chairman of the Board of AIDS Research Alliance from 2007 to 2013, having joined the Board in 2005. Mr. Stevens, along with his life partner Dr. Allen “Buddy” Green, also supports the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of London.









Kenneth “Cam” Davis, Jr., Secretary of the Board

Cam DavisKenneth “Cam” Davis, Jr. is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan. As a financial advisor and partner in the Davis, Romans, Morris Group, Mr. Davis provides tailored investment advice and banking services to clients. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2012, he was a Principal at Bernstein Global Wealth Management for sixteen years, and acted as the head of the Tax Department at Weil & Company, LLP, for eleven years. 

Mr. Davis received his Master of Business Administration from Babson College, and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego Law School. Mr. Davis graduated summa cum laude from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, with a Bachelor of Science.

Mr. Davis has worn many hats in his service to AIDS Research Alliance, including Chairman of the Board, Treasurer, and Secretary. In addition to his work with AIDS Research Alliance, he is the Board Chair of the Make-A-Wish of Greater Los Angeles, a position he has held since 2010. 





LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burton is an Emmy Award-winning actor, director, producer, and activist, whose career has spanned decades. He first rose to fame for his role as Kunta Kinte on Roots. Mr. Burton is also known for his roles as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and as the host of the PBS children’s program Reading Rainbow.

Beyond acting, Mr. Burton served as executive producer of Reading Rainbow. He directed and produced several segments of the Star Trek franchise, and he directed the Emmy-nominated Tiger Woods Story for Showtime. Currently, Mr. Burton is promoting a new tablet-based Reading Rainbow application, which he developed.








Barry Krost

Barry Krost

Barry Krost is a manager and producer in the entertainment field.

As a manager, Barry Krost has been involved in the careers of some of the entertainment industries leading talents including, among others, Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam), Angela Lansbury, Richard Gere, Liza Minnelli, LeVar Burton, Angela Bassett, Matthew Perry, and Elizabeth Montgomery, as well as prominent writer and directors including Michael Scott, John Osborne, Jackie Collins, Stuart Ross, Robert Townsend, and Lynn Mamet.

Mr. Krost has also produced or executive produced numerous feature films including the critically acclaimed, WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT, LOVE! VALOUR! COMPASSION!, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS and AMERICAN DREAMER. Among his twenty television credits are ALL LIES END IN MURDER (ABC), REARVIEW MIRROR (NBC), MISSING PIECES (CBS) and JACKIE’S BACK! (Lifetime) starring Jenifer Lewis and Tim Curry. Mr. Krost television series included the hit comedy DAVE’S WORLD for CBS.

Mr. Krost is actively involved in a number of charities and has served on the boards of the Southern Chapter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, APLA, The American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) and Project Inform. Mr. Krost joined the Board of Directors at AIDS Research Alliance in early 2013.





Frank Pennino

Frank Pennino

Frank Pennino moved from Wisconsin to Los Angeles to do graduate work at UCLA. For the past 30 years, Mr. Pennino has lived and worked in Los Angeles as a designer, creating interiors for celebrities like Bruce Springsteen, Steven Spielberg and Chris Columbus, among many others.

Mr. Pennino’s firm - Frank Pennino & Associates - has received numerous awards, and its work has been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest, House & Garden, House Beautiful, California Home, Los Angeles Times, and Town & Country, among others.

Mr. Pennino joined the Board of Directors at AIDS Research Alliance in the fall of 2012.

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