Project Staff

Ken Pettigrew

Director of Capacity Building

Ken Pettigrew has more than two decades of public health experience, with a focus on HIV prevention services. Ken most recently served as the Director for The Center to End the Epidemic at NMAC, where he was responsible for leading and coordinating activities to implement two HRSA funded demonstration projects: ESCALATE (addressing HIV stigma with the Ryan White HIV Program) and ELEVATE (addressing employment, leadership, transformation and equity). He worked at Us Helping Us for ten years as a Director of Programs, where he oversaw management of HIV prevention/care program staff and contributed to priority setting, resource allocation and development of a comprehensive HIV plan for the residents of the District of the Columbia and surrounding areas. Ken also spent five years with the DC Department of Health, as Supervisory Public Health Advisor/Program Manager with an array of responsibilities including leading the implementation of a comprehensive HIV prevention to care continuum demonstration project for Men who have Sex with Men of Color. He was also responsible for the appropriate spending and allocation of a $2.2 million-dollar annual budget to community-based organizations for which he provided technical support in design, planning, development, monitoring and evaluation of their HIV services. While at the DC Department of Health he was appointed by DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as the Government Co-Chair of the Washington, DC Regional Planning Commission on Health and HIV, a 40+ member legislative body responsible for the prioritization and allocation of HIV medical and support services.

Brian Hujdich

Executive Director

Brian Hujdich leads strategic and programmatic development of HealthHIV, one of the nation's largest HIV non profits, and its numerous initiatives including HealthHCV, the National Coalition for LGBTQ Health, and the HIV Prevention Certified Provider Certification Program. Brian has 35 years of experience in HIV and health advocacy, policy, strategy and program development, medical and consumer education/training, health services research and evaluation, medical advertising, communications, capacity building, and project management. Prior to joining HealthHIV, he was the Executive Director of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He previously worked at the International Association of Providers in AIDS Care, Publicis, Hill and Knowlton, Ketchum and Burson-Marsteller.

Henry Butenschoen

Senior Capacity Building Assistance Coordinator

Henry has focused his early career on the connection between public health and human rights. Prior to joining HealthHIV, Henry interned at the United Nations Development Programme where he researched the connection between national laws in priority countries and the incidence rates of HIV, TB, and malaria. Henry is a current master's candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Walt Colt

Education Design Specialist

A learning designer for 20 years, Walt Colt holds a Master of Education from Vanderbilt University. He has collaborated with USAID’s and PEPFAR’s AIDS-alleviation projects in Africa and with Janssen and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on EBOLA prevention. For HealthHIV, he helps meet HIV-prevention professionals’ learning needs.

Charlotte Kugler

Senior Communications Coordinator

Charlotte earned her M.A. degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island and also holds B.A.s in English and Anthropology from Mount Holyoke College. She has a background in education, writing, and journalism. In early 2021, Charlotte began her public health career with HealthHIV as a Communications Fellow. She now serves as Senior Communications Coordinator.

Sana Lalani

Intern, Education and Capacity

Sana is an intern on the DC Engage Team. She is currently a first year graduate student pursuing her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology at Mailman College of Public Health. Previously, she has worked and volunteered in multiple organizations focusing on harm reduction.

Erin Starzyk, PhD, MPH

Director of Health Services Research and Evaluation

Erin has worked in the field of HIV, STIs, and Viral Hepatitis for over fifteen years. Erin is a mixed methodologist implementing both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in order to comprehensively explore, understand, and disrupt these epidemics through a health equity lens. Erin received her doctorate of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her masters of Public Health from Boston University.