March Above & Beyond

NomineeReasonImpactSubmitted By
Alexis YaguasI would like to nominate

Alexis Yaguas [email protected]

For ABOVE and Beyond.

Alex is a Gift to the Department

Alex is a Gifted staff member at the Case management Department

I would like to nominate

Alexis Yaguas [email protected]

For ABOVE and Beyond.

Alex is a Gift to the Department

Alex is a Gifted staff member at the Case management Department

Yves Renaud
Dominita MorrowShe has helped me so much in just the little time I have been with AHF . She always calls back and just go the extra mile and I appreciate her a lot.She has helped me so much in just the little time I have been with AHF . She always calls back and just go the extra mile and I appreciate her a lot.Client
Lori BradfordLori Bradford is such a transparent case manager and I appreciate all that she do.she has been my case manager at AHF for almost a year now and I would not trade her for the world thank u so much for picking someone that really understands the patients in are time of need what a wonderful person and bright spirit that’s my girl.Client
Dominita MorrowI do not know what I would have done without her help and dedication she gives to me . I was without medication and with in 2 day she was able to get me medication . She worked with me on getting all paper work that was needed





Thank you so much

Kenneth Jones
I do not know what I would have done without her help and dedication she gives to me . I was without medication and with in 2 day she was able to get me medication . She worked with me on getting all paper work that was needed





Thank you so much

Kenneth Jones
Kenneth Jones
Temple Hills HCCShe has helped me so much in just the little time I have been with AHF . She always calls back and just go the extra mile and I appreciate her a lotShe has helped me so much in just the little time I have been with AHF . She always calls back and just go the extra mile and I appreciate her a lotChristopher
Surkarner ClarkSurkarner has shepherded the almost 10-month long process of obtaining a replacement motorized wheelchair for a patient after he was struck by a vehicle. It was a difficult approval path to navigate with his medical insurance plan, vendors, physical therapy reassessment for need.The patient is not be able to manage this complex process on his own. She was a tireless advocate for the patient.William Vaughan
Gretchen HoffstadtGretchen is such a fantastic Nurse Manager. She is always so warm and welcoming every time I visit Downtown Los Angeles HCC. She is dedicated and truly cares.I was not dressed warm enough in the large conference room and Gretchen took the time to notice and offer me a warm jacket. It is little details like these that make Gretchen extraordinary and worthy of recognition. Thank you to Gretchen! She is just so kind! I just know that Gretchen extends her compassion to our patients as well, and for that I am grateful.Cindy Markarian
Dominique TaylorDominique is a great asset to the Health Care Center and does a wonderful job assisting in care coordination with the pharmacy. Her greatest achievement lately has been her ability to initiate, pursue and get approval for several very difficult prior authorizations.Coordinating new patients, new prescriptions and vaccinations is now a very smooth process. Being able to dispense some very critical medications is a direct result of her efforts on PA’s.William Stewart
C. David SheltonOutstanding service should always be recognized. I wish to commend C. David Shelton. He is truly exceptional at what he does. I received some difficult news recently. I was having a hard time dealing with it. I was feeling a bit of hopelessness to honest. He took the time to speak with me, and offered some wonderful advise to guide me through my trying times.His calm, patient manner was of great help to me when my frustration was at an all-time high. His type of professionalism is rare nowadays. If the quality of his work is an indication of Mental Health Services’ future success, then AHF has a very bright future.Roderick Harrison
Danica WilsonThe Chicago HCCs have been without a MA or temporary MA since Friday, 03/01/2019.  Our provider Dr. Danica Wilson M.D. rose to the occasion and has been performing blood draws on every HCC and wellness center clients that have been to the HCC since then.Dr. Wilson has had a positive impact on the patients who would have otherwise been re-scheduled for blood draws.Marlene Love
Monica SiguenzaI want to recognize Monica for always being willing to help with anything at a moments notice. On more than one occasion, her immediate response to assignments given to her has been a huge help and she always does this with a positive attitude.



I also want to recognize Monica for being a self-starter and one who takes it upon herself to learn what she needs to to get the job done.
Thank you for your hard work! I look forward to working with you more.AJ Alegria
Ivan RiveraIvan has gone above and beyond to make my and my team’s stay in Florida amazing. He went way out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed.The marketing team was able to be productive and engaged in our stay at the office. Ivan helped with everything we needed and was amazing and gracious about everything we needed. Thank you so much!Kevin Pakdivichit
Marlene LalotaI would like to show recognition to Marlene for her hard work and dedication with the International Condom Day event.The event was a huge success and we appreciate all Marlene did to make this happen.Donna Tempesta
Pharmacy FinanceI would like to recognize Barry and Gisela for all their hard work and dedication. I would like to acknowledge how they have exhibited excellence in reporting with both the pharmacy budget process, as well as the monitoring of pharmacy books and records.Accurate records, reports.Donna Tempesta
Sarah Alexander & Reconciliation TeamI would like to recognize Sarah and her team for all the hard work and dedication in maintaining the reconciliation for a billion dollar pharmacy division. Additionally I would also like to acknowledge the accurate reporting by this team led by Sarah, and that Sarah is always looking for ways to improve processes and to save AHF money and maintain compliance.As a result of this teams exemplary work  in improving processes and to save AHF money and maintain compliance effectively.Donna Tempesta
Jennifer Aloi-HughesJen needs to be recognized for all of her hard work and dedication.

Jen is CONSTANTLY looking for ways to improve the finance teams services. and for ways to improve the teamwork within departments. Jen is always willing to jump in and lend a hand, she is a great leader and mentor to the Northern Bureau and helps out in  other regions as well!
Because of Jens hard work and dedication, she is a shining example of leading by example and this encourages the kind of teamwork that is absolutely priceless!Donna Tempesta
IMELDA RODRIGUEZImelda is always doing additional research, raising issues, and jumping in on things that helps not only her workload, but the teams as well. She does it with no complaints.Being with AHF less than 6 months, she has shown qualities of leadership and partnership, always taking others into consideration.shaniqua singleton
Jennifer HanburyI would like to recognize Jennifer Hanbury for “Stepping up to the plate” and not missing a single beat while Jennifer Grillo-O’hare has been on leave.  Jennifer has been the sole HR representative in the Northern Bureau during this time and she has not dropped the ball at all.Jennifer has been ensuring all the employees have been getting the HR support and information they need, as well as management receiving timely responses for us to do our jobs.Donna Tempesta
Roland HillPHD Research received approval to hire a new Research Program Manager back in January. Roland Hill shared excellent candidates for the position with me and was incredibly responsive and helpful during the application and interview process. Roland worked with my schedule and addressed all of my requests, including scheduling 15-minute pre-interview phone calls with candidates.Roland and the Talent Acquisition team are incredibly helpful, efficient, and responsive throughout the hiring process. Without their incredible efforts, we would not have been able to review as many applications and interview as many candidates in such a short period of time.Adam Sukhija-Cohen
Roderick Harrison <[email protected]>Rod is amazing. He was on top of everything we needed, plus coming up with ideas on his own. He even drove into town to get a cord we needed on his break. Thank you so much Rod!As a result of ROd’s actions, the marketing team was able to present an excellent training to the SB, which will lead to increased productivity and marketing efforts in the Southern Bureau.Kevin Pakdivichit
Roderick HarrisonRecently, Wellness had an issue with the printer at the South Beach location. I called Rod and he attempted to resolve the problem remotely, however he could not. He came down to the location the following day and fixed the issue.Rod always makes himself available to address any IT issues that we have in the Wellness Program. I know that when he is assigned to resolve any of our IT issues, we are in good hands.Andrew LaVault
Clemente EtrellaClemente has provided access to various detailed medical extracts from CPS requested by me and the Director of the HIV Immunotheraupeutics Institute in addition to data and extracts related to other programs supported by PHD Research.  That he has managed to complete these detailed and time consuming tasks on top of his regular workload is exceptional.As a result of this exceptional ‘above and beyond’ work we have maintained strong ties with our community partners (Bienestar and FRI) and have continued to build positive work relationships with our UCLA collaborators.Leonardo Colemon
IT data teamThe IT Data team turned around some very important retention data on a rush for me last week even though I didn’t submit the request in time. They informed me of the proper protocol without making me feel bad about making a special request. And I got the data I needed in time for my meeting the next day.Their responsiveness and accommodation helped make my quarterly retention meeting more impactful by allowing us to see the measure of the success of our initiatives. Retention in care is key to ending this epidemic. So their efforts help us retain clients better.Michel McVicker
MIGUEL RORIGUEZmiguel has spent hours with me working to get copays covered for patients.Miguel’s hard work and dedication helps patient’s save money on their copays. Miguel is a true employee of AHF when things need to get done. He has always been reliable and a great friendPaul Manabat
Lori BradfordLori really helped me through the pain of being diagnosed with HIV, and the realization that my husband was cheating on me again. She was like my own personal Oprah. I felt so inspired. So empowered. I went back home to Africa, renewed my faith, and came back ready to pursue my Masters Degree in Education. Lori was the catalyst for that. And I thank God for her.She is some one who is committed to changing your health behavior for the sake of us all. THAT is public health, she says.Makati Lichaba
Rashita ConnellyConsistency at its finest!Lori has made a point to contact me regularly to check in with me about upcoming appointments, medicine regimen, and all around well being. My recent diagnosis has been troublesome but Lori and the ahf team have been amazing with helping with this diagnosis and helping me get the services I need. I appreciate her so much!r connelly
Tiffany SmithOn a recent flight from CA to FL Tiffany stepped up when the Jet Blue flight attendant announced that a Medical Doctor or a Registered Nurse was needed as soon as possible. There was a emergency with a passenger and medical assistance was needed immediately.



After over one hour after that call was made, Tiffany was still assisting with stabilizing the patient and keeping the patient  conscious. 



After quite sometime in the air, Jet Blue finally announced that we would need to make an emergency landing.  The patient was stable and finally turned over to the first responders in Dallas.



The entire plane applauded Tiffany and Jet Blue thanked her. Thank you Tiffany!



Tiffany’s actions are an awesome example of AHF’s core values.Sandyann Munroe
Christine NyambatiChristine has trained two new Medical Case Managers back-to-back, and remains very supportive of both staff persons in the various challenges they face in their positions. She has taken on a ‘team lead’ role seamlessly, and deserves to be recognized for it. This is in addition to maintaining a sizeable caseload of her own in the process.As a result of Christine’s efforts and wise counsel, patients are able to be linked with needed services at the Benning Road and Temple Hills clinics, without her physically being there to case manage them, as in the past. It is almost as if she has cloned herself twice, so she can be in three places at once!Lori Bradford
Jao BelandresJao has taken on the job of recoding all the Esker invoices that come through.By taking this on marketing and all departments will be much more aware of what they are really spending on swag and advertising. At the end of the year, this will be huge. Thank you Jao!Kevin Pakdivichit
Jonathan Kreyer- OTC TeamTo recognize all the efforts of Jonathan Kreyer and his team. Jonathan and team really made the store look AWESOME!!!

Jonathan and OTC team did a phenomenal job getting the new OTC in Chicago ready for the opening.
We had a very successsful opening at our newest OTC store!Donna Tempesta
Chaz DagninoChaz may not be perfect, but his attitude and outlook are!Chaz is a newly graduated licensed pharmacist and is learning a lot in a short amount of time. He has kept a bright outlook and has the desire to “never stop learning”. Since his early days as a pharmacy intern, Chaz has been receptive to feedback and suggestions on how to improve. He has grown more organized and keeps track of deficiencies, in order to keep growing as a clinician and registered pharmacist. Chaz and I have had more than one discussion about how to improve, and he has been nothing but receptive and positive, and embraced a “can-do” attitude. Like AHF’s core value states, Chaz has remained nimble and flexible. He has not taken anything personal nor grown defensive. Chaz has focused on the greater good and is committed to patient-care and supporting his team, and for that we value him as an asset to AHF.Cindy Markarian
Allan PfeilAllan has been such a great pharmacy employee. He continues to trouble shoot to continuously improve and is proactive in his efforts to maintain high standards and exceptional customer service.Allan not only helps us resolve IT issues remotely, but also helps with Adherence Packaging (CalendarPaks, GoPaks). He takes ownership of San Diego pharmacy, has great relationships with other staff members and the community. I rely on Allan daily to keep me updated and respond in a timely manner and he does not disappoint. I wanted to formally recognize Allan and extol his consistent efforts and dedication. Keep up the amazing work Allan!Cindy Markarian
Elizabeth DelgadoTakes initiative, dependable, problem solver, all around pharmacy tech ROCKSTAR!Liz is an absolute team player, takes initiative and always rises to the occasion when needed. In an instance when a patient’s medication needed to be delivered for the same day and wasn’t able to be FedEX-ed in time, Liz took the initiative to offer and personally drop off the medications to the patient’s home after work hours. Many times there are uncontrollable and unforeseeable events in which a patient needs medications on short notice and Liz is a perfect example of someone who is nimble and able to adjust to these last minute needs. Thank you Liz for being a dependable employee and an example of someone who always goes above and beyond!Rebecca Cho
Xavier JJ WeheXavier loves to participate in extra-curricular activities to help get the companies name out & bring patients into care with AHF providers. Most recently, Xavier assisted me and went to the Chelsea department of health to do a presentation to promote adherence packaging & general services offered at AHF. Xavier spoke confidently regarding our mission and the population we serve to medical providers present at the meeting. In addition to that Xavier has formed personal relationships with employees of the department of health who cherish the relationship we have with their departmentXaviers devotion to the company makes him a valuable asset. He always goes above and beyond what is required of him. Thanks to his dedication and devotion the clinic has received new clients through word of mouth & from his advocacy work.Fareed Choudhry
Andrew WalkerAndy has gone above and beyond multiple times to help out the pharmacy department in situations where there was no other way to provide patients with their medication. Andy went above and beyond and helped me retrieve a package that was at the midtown HCC and had to be delivered to the client uptown- even though Andy was doing shuttle that day he went above and beyond and helped out the midtown HCC pharmacist by doing the delivery for her. Andy is always on time and makes sure that all packages are delivered promptly and accurately.

Andy on his down-time while he is at the pharmacy assists by taking out the cardboard boxes that need to be discarded and helps out the pharmacy staff in every way possible.
Andy going above and beyond has directly improved patient care. we need more people like him who will take initiative at all times to provide the best customer service and therefore serve the mission of AHFFareed Choudhry
Negar ShirazpourSince her start at AHF, Negar has proven herself to be a valuable member of the team.  Since taking over the East Los Angeles pharmacy she has had a tremendous impact on productivity turning the store around while improving work flow and customer relations.  Her caring attitude towards patients as well as staff go a long way to making her pharmacy a true rising star.This all conforms to and highlights AHF mission statement of providing quality care to all.Valerij oks
Yancy GranadosIn August 2018, I asked Yancy to take a prominent role in facilitating the HII study Pentasa. While I initially asked for her to complete a few tasks, Yancy took initiative and learned even more of the study process. I would ask her to check one thing or complete another thing and she would have already done it. I could not have completed the final ten to fifteen participants in that study without her initiative. She took on a role of contacting and seeing the participants for all of their scheduled visits, traveling to meet participants at Hollywood HCC, and accurately recording and entering data from the visits. I have complete confidence in her abilities to interface with clients and coordinate a clinical trial and deep appreciation for her drive.Yancy was current with contact participants, did accurate paperwork, and always reported back to me. The participants in this study are AHF’s Healthcare Center patients, and it’s important for patients in AHF care to be greeted by a consistent and friendly face who is knowledgeable and confident. In this way, Yancy served the greatest AHF mission: cutting-edge care. She is an outstanding AHF employee.Lauren Natoli
Carlos OrellanaPHD Research is presenting a poster at the upcoming HIV Diagnostics Conference in Atlanta, GA. Due to the size of the poster, PHD Research requested a travel poster tube. PHD Operations staff member Carlos Orellana was particularly responsive to our last-minute request and personally oversaw the ordering process with Office Depot. Carlos kept PHD Research up-to-date on the order and ensured we would receive the travel poster tube before the PHD Research staff member departed to the conference. The PHD Research team is incredibly thankful to work with such an amenable PHD Operations team.PHD Research is presenting a poster at the upcoming HIV Diagnostics Conference about rapid syphilis testing on PHD’s Mobile Testing Units. PHD Operations staff member Carlos Orellana’s expedited responsiveness to our request ensured a PHD Research staff member could protect the poster while traveling to the conference. As a result, Carlos and the PHD Operations team help PHD Research present AHF’s cutting-edge services at public health conferences.Adam Sukhija-Cohen
PHD OperationsPHD Ops has been responsive and helpful in 2019. They coordinated the Western building getting a new coffee maker, they have rushed and delivered supplies, and they have answered all of my emails and gone above and beyond to make sure that PHD Research and the Western building receive needed support.PHD Ops has been very helpful and supportive of PHD Research’s 2019 goals. They have made it so we don’t have to worry as much about supplies and can focus on innovative technologies for AHF’s patients, and they always do it kindly. I thank them for all of their hard work from the bottom of my heart. Thank you, Ops!Lauren Natoli
Brittney SwanPHD Research received approval to hire a new Research Program Manager back in January. Brittney Swan moved efficiently through the approval process, shared excellent candidates for the position with me, and was incredibly responsive and helpful during the application and interview process. Brittney worked with my schedule and addressed all of my requests, including scheduling 15-minute pre-interview phone calls with candidates.Brittney and the Talent Acquisition team are incredibly helpful, efficient, and responsive throughout the hiring process. Without their incredible efforts, we would not have been able to review as many applications and interview as many candidates in such a short period of time.Adam Sukhija-Cohen
Michael CamachoThis recognition is to draw attention and give well deserved recognition to Michael for all his dedication and hard work!  Michaels strong leadership was evident through his efforts in getting the Chicago OTC opened, and for having such a huge successful opening event. Without Michael this would not have happened!Because of Michaels  leadership the Chicago OTC is opened, as a result we had a very successful opening event.

Again- Without Michael this would not have happened!
Donna Tempesta