Dr. Rafael Bahamonde is the recipient of the David L. Gallahue Champion Alumni Award.
Omar Martinez is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University. He completed his master's degree in public health, juris doctorate at Indiana UniversityBloomington, as well as a master's degree in biostatistics with a focus on clinical research methods at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Mr. Martinez completed an NIH T32 postdoctoral research fellowship in behavioral science research in HIV prevention at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He has research expertise in the correlates, prevalence, and prevention of substance use/disorders, mental illness, and HIV risk behaviors among underserved and vulnerable populations, including Latino men who have sex with men.
He has developed and implemented programs and interventions to address the health disparities affecting Latinos and underserved populations, including HoMBReS, a best-evidence communitylevel intervention HIV prevention for self-identified heterosexual Latinos that is funded through the NIH.
Dr. Phillip Schnarrs is an Associate Professor at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas Austin. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at UT Austin, and with the Center for Research to Advance Community Health at UT Health—San Antonio. Dr. Schnarrs is an Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has long been a queer activist.
Dr. Schnarrs' work builds upon the training that he received in community-based participatory research while working as a project coordinator at the Center for Sexual Health Promotion during his time at Indiana University. He has built partnerships throughout Central Texas with local LGBTQ+ community-based organizations and envisions bridging his queer health projects in San Antonio and Austin to promote engagement between the two communities.
As a founding member of the Austin PrEP Access Project and the South Texas Consortium for Sexual Health Research, Dr. Schnarrs has been able to create community, academic, and industry partnerships that promote equity in the access and uptake of PrEP among those who need it most. He also works extensively with the Latinx populations and as a result, was afforded the opportunity to speak at Gilead's Latinx/Hispanic PrEP Advisory Committee. Dr. Schnarrs is also currently a finalist for a fellowship in youth HIV prevention with Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions.
Dr. Schnarrs is passionate about putting the needs of the community first, inequality and social justice. He strives to find solutions to ensure equal access to preventative health care by providing empirical data along with the promotion of community engagement and activism.
Dr. Lisako Jones McKyer is an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Education at Texas A&M University and Associate Dean for Climate and Diversity. She is also the founder and director of the Child and Adolescent Health Research Lab (CAHRL) at Texas A&M, and the Director of the Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research (TCHER).
She earned her B.A. in Psychology at California State University, Northridge. While there, she also earned numerous awards for her academics and service activity, including the Richard Coleman Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Departmental Service. From there she spent many years at Indiana University Bloomington, where she completed Doctoral Studies in Clinical Science in regards to Child/Pediatric Clinical Psychology, her M.P.H. in Community Health, and her Ph.D. in Health Behavior.
While at Indiana University, she received the Ruth Engs Graduate Research award, an award given out annually to a female doctoral student conducting research in health history or addictive behaviors. She also earned the Indiana University Commission on Multicultural Understanding Award for her contributions to creating a climate on the Bloomington campus that welcomes and celebrates differences.
She has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses at both Indiana University and Texas A&M University, has been invited to give presentations all over the country, and has also refereed journal publications and published abstracts.