Stony Brook's Training Staff & Consultants

Ilvan Arroyo  Ilvan Arroyo, M.A.; Associate Director

Ilvan Arroyo first began working in the field of HIV/AIDS in 1991. He has held various positions including education and training for health professionals; supervising HIV/AIDS case management programs and directing a day treatment program for people living with HIV. Arroyo is a member of the Long Island HIV Care Network and has held various chair positions over the tenure of his career. He has a Bachelor of Science in Bilingual Special Education and a Master of Arts in Health Systems Management and Policy.


Debra Brown  Debra A. Brown, J.D.; Senior Education Specialist

Debra Brown has worked in the HIV/AIDS field for the past 18 years in various positions, including education and training for health professionals; supervising HIV/AIDS case management and independent living housing programs; and working for the NYS Department of Health's AIDS Epidemiology Unit. She has also co-authored a research study examining the relationship between AIDS knowledge vs. risk factors for incarcerated women, which was published in the Journal of Sociology and Social Research. Brown has a bachelor's degree in social work and a doctorate in jurisprudence.


Stephen Sebor  Stephen Sebor, LCSW; Coordinator of the Peer Certification Program

Stephen Sebor joined the CPHE team in 2016 to help coordinate the New York State Peer Worker Certification Program. He is a clinical social worker with more than 20 years of experience in the field and has been living with HIV since 1995. At the Positive SPACE program, Sebor provided counseling and supportive services to Long Islanders impacted by HIV/AIDS. Additionally, he served as the host and producer of "The Long Island Rainbow Connection," a public access television program by, for, and about the LGBTQ+ community from 1994-2015. Sebor holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cornell University and a Master of Social Work from Stony Brook University.


Robert Santamaria  Robert Santamaria, Consultant/Project Assistant

Robert Santamaria joined the team of the Center for Public Health Education at Stony Brook University in July of 2019 and serves as a Consultant/Project Assistant for the NYS Peer Worker Certification Program. In October of 2016, Santamaria became a Certified Peer Worker (CPW) in the HIV track. In February 2017, he became a member of the Peer Certification Review Board serving a three-year term representing the Long Island region. Santamaria is also a member of several Consumer Advisory committees including United Way of Long Island, Suffolk Project for Resource Coordination (SPARC), and Thursday's Child. Prior to his current work as a Peer, Santamaria received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1988. 



Dr. Joseph McGowan  Joseph McGowan, M.D., FACP - AETC Medical Director

Dr. Joseph McGowan is the Medical Director of the Center for AIDS Research and Treatment (CART) at the North Shore University Hospital. The center is the largest AIDS Designated Center of Excellence on Long Island. Dr. McGowan is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and has been directly involved in the care of people living with HIV for the last quarter century. He is also the Chair of the New York/New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Prior to coming to North Shore, he was the Director of Outpatient HIV Services at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center where he coordinated the care of almost 3,000 people living with HIV. Dr. McGowan received a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and his medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his Infectious Diseases Fellowship and an NIH Fellowship in Immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. McGowan has been actively involved in clinical research on HIV/AIDS, including studies on the management of HIV in pregnancy, treatment adherence, HIV infection in the elderly and HIV/hepatitis C co-infection.


Kerrin Perniciaro  Kerrin Perniciaro, Senior Administrative Assistant

Kerrin Perniciaro joined the CPHE team as a part-time senior administrative assistant in September 2016 after nine years working as Manager of IT Communications & Web Strategy at Stony Brook University. She is responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the CPHE office and assists the full-time staff in facilitating the center's programming and reporting. Prior to arriving at Stony Brook University, Perniciaro worked 12 years in college athletics. She holds a bachelor of science degree in corporate communication from Ithaca College and a master of arts degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University, and currently serves as Education Program Coordinator at Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island (KMC-LI) in Huntington, NY. 


CPHE Staff

The CPHE is made up of a diverse staff with more than 50 years of combined experience in the field of HIV/AIDS. The staff is skilled at developing and tailoring curricula to meet the needs of HIV providers. They have expertise in writing curricula and developing Power Point presentations. Topic areas include: Barriers/Obstacles to Adherence; Domestic Violence as a Barrier to Care and Treatment; Psycho-Social Issues Affecting HIV+ Women; “Rapid Testing” Counseling and Testing Issues; HIV Confidentiality Legislation; Staged-Based Behavior Counseling and Utilizing The Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of Behavior Change to assist providers with adherence and prevention concerns.