Pamela Harris, Chairperson
Pamela Harris is the Co-Founder and President of Caring Voice Coalition, Inc., and serves as the Chairperson of its Board of Directors. Her areas of involvement include fundraising, direct management of the organization and program development.
Since the inception of CVC, Harris has focused her efforts on developing programs for the uninsured and underinsured patient. She feels strongly that advocates working together with professionals from the health care industry will ensure that chronically ill patients will continue to receive direct access to medical treatment.
Harris has more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience. She is a certified grief counselor and has extensive experience in the areas of case management and reimbursement. Harris attended Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Gregory Smiley, Treasurer
Gregory Smiley is a Strategic Interventions Advisor, based in South Africa, for the United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, where he works to build the capacity of 21 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa to respond to HIV. A graduate of both Duke University in Durham, N.C., and George Washington University’s School of Public Health in Washington, D.C., Smiley’s prior public health experience includes clinical research at George Washington University, the Alpha-1 Association, the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service, and the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.
Greg Smiley is a current, independent voting board member for 2016 and has served on the board of CVC since February 2005.
Tracy Downing, Secretary
Tracy Downing serves as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Nashville, Tenn., where he works on Federal Government contract issues dealing primarily with health care construction, services (including home oxygen and transplants), and supplies (including pharmaceuticals). Downing is admitted before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Before coming to VA, he was a Contracting Officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in their Reston, Va., office.
In addition to his law degree, Downing has earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public policy.
Tracy Downing is a current, independent voting board member for 2016 and has served on the board of CVC since January 2006.
James Rock, Director
James Rock is owner and founder of Rock & Associates, consumer products broker. Rock & Associates has represented products to national and regional stores for 30 years, additionally developing a dedicated sales force in California and Northern Nevada.
For several years, Rock has lobbied Congress for funding and to build awareness to the needs of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and other rare diseases.
Rock earned a Bachelor of Science in business management from San Jose (Calif.) State University.
Jim Rock is a current, independent voting board member for 2016 and has served on the board of CVC since December 2014.
Bruce Packett, Director
Bruce Packett is the Deputy Executive Director at the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Bruce has served with the Academy since January 2005, previously working in public policy, program management and federal grants. As a private consultant, Packett currently advises a major accredited, post-graduate institution on development and fundraising activities.
For undergrad, Packett studied English language and literature at the University of Maryland in College Park and has been active in continuing education and post-grad work in the humanities. He is also a trained, part-time musician.
Bruce Packett is a current, independent voting board member for 2016 and has served on the board of CVC since December 2014.
Cheryl Sullivan Staveley, Director
Cheryl Sullivan Staveley is a leading advocate and educator for Huntington’s disease. She runs two HD support groups and has presented at conferences across the country. For five years she served as an HD Ambassador, sharing her family’s personal story of living and dealing with the disease. She was the recipient of The Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s 2012 Giving A Voice to HD Award and was named Volunteer of The Year in 2009.
Staveley attended Boston College School of Nursing and graduated from Lowell (Mass.) General Hospital, School of Nursing.
Cheryl Staveley is a current, independent voting board member for 2016 and has served on the board of CVC since July 2015.