Board of Directors

The BSRI Board of Directors (2015-2017) inlcudes the best and brightest across research, policy, grants, and fiscal sectors. The board meets quarterly to go over the BSRI Stategic Plan, budget, clients and projects, and to discuss barriers and strategies for future development.

Chair

Leah Varga, Ph.D.

Leah Varga is a Public Health Analyst and the HIV Services Planner at the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and Tuberculosis Administration at the District of Columbia Department of Health. Drawing upon 20 years of experiences in health research with minority populations, she participates in developing and implementing plans to improve HIV services in underserved populations and conduct needs assessments to identify gaps and determine funding priorities for HIV services.  She has had the opportunity to be involved in HIV prevention and testing initiatives with at-risk adolescents, gang members, injection drug users, men who have sex with men, migrant workers, Latinas, club drug users, and most recently, street-based sex workers. Additionally, she worked on longitudinal projects examining coping behaviors of low-income breast cancer patients and access to care and treatment among Caribbeans living with HIV/AIDS. Having served as a recruiter, field coordinator, assessor, interventionist, and project director on these various projects solidified her capability and commitment to all aspects of the research process. This exposure also has influenced her interest in the role race/ethnicity, discrimination, socioeconomic status, and structural issues have on health and the experience of health.

Secretary

Robert Sandrock, LCSW

Robert Sandrock is a true community advocate and networker, working as a LCSW to help those who are most vulnerable in South Florida.  His knowledge of local service providers within the healthcare industry and his ability to communicate with community members make him an ideal candidate to marry BSRI’s passion for research and desire to remain close to the community. Furthermore, his extensive background in HIV/AIDS within the South Florida community is a true asset to BSRI’s Board, as he can provide valuable insight regarding grants and collaborative networks.

Treasurer

Terrance Murphy, CFA

Terry Murphy has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is currently serving as VP of relationship management in NYC within the healthcare division of Wells Fargo. He brings an exemplary knowledge of the healthcare sector on both private and public sides and has social networking skills that can assist BSRI in making relationships with hospitals for policy-based research. Mr. Murphy also received many awards and recognition as a true leader in his field with an acumen for strategic planning and development.