Our Staff

Facente Consulting began in 2009 as a single-employee consulting company – Shelley Facente, working off her laptop on a desk in the corner of a room in her house. Thirteen years later, the company has grown to include eleven full-time employees who help us deliver a flexible, well-rounded set of skills and experience to meet any client’s needs.

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Shelley Facente, PhD, MPH
Principal Consultant

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Data supernerd, judicious facilitator, lover of dogs, books, good food, and long-haul plane flights.

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Autumn Albers, MPH
Senior Consultant

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Data viz fanatic and intentional community builder powered by Nespresso and baby giggles.

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William Bland, MPH, MBA
Managing Consultant

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Comedic true crime buff with a Serena Williams backhand and an insatiable thirst for justice.

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Katie Burk, MPH
Managing Consultant

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Bicoastal harm reductionist, master plan maker, program implementer, and closeted jock.

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Sara Durán, MPH
Senior Consultant

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Passionate people and systems developer who appreciates alliteration, acronyms, and popcorn.

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Dara Geckeler, MPH
Operations Manager

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Conceptual framework enthusiast, prone to cynicism and intensely committed to jigsaw puzzles

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Lazara Paz-Gonzalez, MPH
Senior Consultant

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Fierce Latinx, big-picture thinker, lotta’ bit community and family driven and, lil’ bit bruja.

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Perry Rhodes, III, MA
Senior Consultant

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Whole-hearted inamorat* of people, aligning my spirit with intention by telling stories for the voiceless.

*Inamorat is the gender-neutral form of Inamorato/Inamorata meaning lover.

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JT Taylor, MPP/MPH
Talent Manager

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Nature and cheesecake enthusiast, and believer in the healing power of human connection.

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Monique Tula
Portfolio Manager

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Proud Black femme, Chris’ mom/ Malcom’s g-ma, artist, & servant-leader with an awakened heart.

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Elizabeth Yarly, DrPH(c), PMP
Senior Consultant

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Caribbean storyteller, transformative change agent, and big fan of finding people in the data.

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Peanut Ambrocente
Office Dog

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Loud snorer, powerful snuggler, loves zoom calls and educating others about life as an intersex pug.

Shelley Facente, PhD, MPH she/her

Shelley was trained in sociology at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY, and subsequently received her Master of Public Health, with a concentration in Health and Social Behavior and a specialty in multicultural studies, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Immediately following her MPH training she began work for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, assisting community-based organizations to plan and implement rapid HIV testing programs. Since founding Facente Consulting in 2009, Shelley’s content focus has expanded beyond HIV testing and prevention to include hepatitis C, harm reduction, and programs designed to improve the lives of people who use drugs, or are unhoused or unstably housed.

Autumn Albers, MPH she/her

Autumn holds a Master of Public Health degree from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. Prior to working in public health consulting, she served as a researcher in global health and environmental anthropology, spent several years as a science and English educator on four different continents, and directed a non-profit youth leadership organization. Autumn's collective professional experience has prepared her to communicate clearly with a wide range of audiences, adapt to the needs of diverse clients, and understand public health from a holistic, multidisciplinary perspective. As a Senior Consultant at Facente Consulting since 2018, Autumn's primary roles have included evaluation of public health programs, qualitative research, design of public health communications, and technical writing in a wide range of public health domains.

William Bland, MPH, MBA he/him

William has a track record of dynamic leadership in both the private and non-profit sectors. He excels at project management, strategy development, budgeting, management, grants administration, research, program evaluation, community engagement, communications, and facilitation. His collaborative style is effective for working across many different stakeholders – community members, government program managers, community-based organizations, business, funders, researchers, and policy makers. William is passionate about and experienced in addressing HIV health inequities, managing programs and advocating for gay men, people of color, substance users, and trans women in California and across the U.S. William holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Health Education, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a dual MPH/MBA degree from UCLA, with a focus on health services management and marketing.

Katie Burk, MPH she/her

Katie Burk has over twenty years of experience in program development and capacity building with an emphasis on the health and wellness of people who use drugs. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s studies from Wesleyan University. Prior to her role at Facente Consulting, Katie worked as the Viral Hepatitis Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) for seven years. In this role she developed a new portfolio of hepatitis C-related testing and treatment services and co-founded End Hep C SF, the USA’s first citywide hepatitis C elimination initiative. She was recognized for this work with a Government Champion Award from the California Hepatitis Alliance (CalHEP) and a Public Health Hero Award from the San Francisco Department of Public Health. Prior to her employment at SFDPH, Katie worked as a Capacity-Building Program Manager at the Harm Reduction Coalition, where she worked nationally to expand syringe access service provision, and as a Program Evaluator at Public Health Seattle and King County's Health Care for the Homeless team. Katie started her career in direct service to people experiencing homelessness and living with HIV in San Francisco.

Sara Durán, MPH she/her

Sara has over 13 years of experience in public health, including 4 years as a Health Planner for the San Diego LGBT Center, coordinating logistical support and managing administrative functions for the County HIV Health Services Planning Council (now the San Diego HIV Planning Group). She also worked for 7 years as a Program Manager at Christie’s Place, a nonprofit that provides HIV education, support, and advocacy, supervising program staff, coordinating programs, and performing quantitative and qualitative data analysis for quality assurance and evaluation. During her time at Christie's Place, Sara helped develop the TIA/CHANGE model of trauma-informed service provision and has provided technical and capacity building assistance on implementing models of trauma-informed approaches. Most recently, Sara was the Associate Director of Special Populations at Family Health Centers of San Diego, overseeing and supporting HIV-focused organizational development, research, clinical practice, education, and training. She has a Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis in biostatistics and epidemiology from the University of Southern California, and certification from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist. Sara is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Dara Geckeler, MPH she/her

Dara joined the Facente Consulting team in January 2019 to help manage our work portfolio and strategically grow the business. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology at UC Santa Barbara, and a Master of Public Health in community health from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Upon graduation Dara worked for 7 years as a public health consultant, managing program evaluation, strategic planning, and technical assistance projects for Harder+Company Community Research and later as a freelancer. In 2006 she joined the San Francisco Department of Public Health as a health educator, steadily rising through the ranks and ultimately overseeing two large federal HIV-related grants for the Community Health Equity and Promotion Branch, managing a team of 6 HIV prevention staff.

Lazara Paz-Gonzalez, MPH she/her/ella

Lazara was born and raised in northern New Jersey and is passionate about working on social, health and community justice issues that impact marginalized communities. She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education with a minor in Biology from William Paterson University. Lazara is a native Spanish speaker, and has over 20 years of experience in public health program development and implementation focused on policy advocacy, community mobilization, creating sustainable partnerships, organizational development and data analysis, predominantly among communities of color, LGBTQIA+ identified communities, and youth. Most recently, she worked within the largest healthcare system in New Jersey to help shape and improve the patient-centered experience, satisfaction, and quality of care. Lazara is also an Adjunct Professor in Public Health at Monmouth University.

Perry Rhodes, III, MA he/him

Perry Rhodes III started his career in public health with an emphasis on HIV prevention with the Minority Men's Program at AIDS Services of Austin in 1996. He has extensive experience developing culturally competent HIV prevention programs and outreach to African American gay and bisexual men at risk of infection and living with HIV. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2000, Perry has worked with Cal-PEP in Oakland, Black Coalition on AIDS, and UCSF Alliance Health Project in San Francisco, managing HIV interventions including mobile and on-site HIV/HCV/STD testing and PrEP Navigation services. In addition to those roles, he has facilitated CDC-funded capacity-building assistance PrEP Institutes in the U.S. Southern region, served on the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS) and the San Francisco Prevention Planning Council as Community Co-Chair from 2006 to 2009, and was a leader in End Hep C SF from 2016-2021, serving on their Coordinating Committee and co-chairing the Prevention, Testing, and Linkage workgroup. Perry has a Bachelor's degree in urban studies, a Master's in political science, and is currently a Ph.D. student at California Institute of Integral Studies interrogating the intersection of race, space, sexuality, and power.

JT Taylor, MPP/MPH they/them

JT’s work in the public health field began in the mid-1990s as an HIV testing counselor in San Francisco, and expanded over the next decade to include health policy and advocacy through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. After completing joint Masters degrees in Public Health and Public Policy, JT spent 15 years as a consultant to public health agencies, nonprofits, and foundations, focusing on LGBTQ health and wellness, behavioral health, and trauma-informed care. They worked 13 of those years at Learning for Action, where they served as a longtime organizational leader in addition to consultant, and then became the Managing Director of Gender Spectrum, a national nonprofit committed to creating a gender-inclusive world. JT brings expertise in organizational development, a dedication to cultivating a positive organizational culture that welcomes each member’s whole self, and an anti-racist, anti-oppression lens to the Talent Manager role at Facente Consulting. JT holds Masters degrees in Public Health and Public Policy from UC Berkeley, where they also completed their undergraduate work in Social Welfare.

Monique Tula she/her

Since the mid-nineties, Monique has devoted her career to public health advocacy and infrastructure development of community-based organizations. As the former Executive Director of the National Harm Reduction Coalition (NHRC), Monique fought for the health and dignity of people affected by drug use and helped redirect millions of dollars to organizations serving people who use drugs throughout the US. Before joining NHRC, she was Vice President of Programs with AIDS United, overseeing the organization’s grantmaking and capacity-building portfolios. Monique is a skilled trainer, having taught program evaluation courses at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, facilitated numerous organizational development trainings for community-based organizations, and recently joined the National Conflict Resolution Center as a trainer. An alum of the CDC’s Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership, Monique was nominated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership award. She holds a degree in Community Planning with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership and Management from Boston University’s School of Management.

Elizabeth Yarly, DrPH(c), PMP she/her

Elizabeth is completing her Doctor of Public Health degree at Rutgers University. She holds a Master of Public Health from Drexel University with a concentration in Global Health. As a first-generation Haitian-American who spent over a decade living in Haiti, her experiences fuel her passion for this work. She is rooted in more than 13 years of experience in the global health, education, and nonprofit sectors and has facilitated the success of initiatives in over 17 countries. As a consultant, she has worked directly with internationally-based teams to strengthen, develop, and implement innovative, in-context solutions that address social and health systems issues. Driven by research, storytelling, and a compelling personal narrative, Elizabeth’s most recent work embodies her mission to address systemic disparities and improve health outcomes for people by using creative arts as a tool to convey and impact public health narrative.

Peanut Ambrocente they/them

Peanut is a snuggly, snorty little pug! They live with Shelley and occasionally like to pretend they can read the MMWR. (They can't really read.) They really are intersex, though. Shelley's family rescued Peanut from Umbrella of Hope after a breeder had cast them off for being unsellable due to the appearance of their genitalia. They came with a whole packet of documentation about their health history, and a request from the Rescue to work with them to help educate and advocate for others about being intersex. Shelley's son said that since - unlike an intersex human - Peanut can't tell us which gender they identify with, we needed to use they/them pronouns for Peanut. And so it is! You can follow them on Instagram as @peanutpugnut to learn more. #adoptdontshop

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Testimonials

  • "We sincerely appreciate your efficient, gracious customer service and the level of detail and accountability you have demonstrated during this project. We will most definitely recommend your services to other agencies and contacts. Our team could not be more satisfied with your work, and we look forward to working with you again in the future."

    —Jessica L. Fleming, MPH, Cities Readiness Initiative Program Manager, Marion County Public Health Department, Indiana

  • "I had such a good time working with Facente Consulting and am so appreciative of the theory of change and the report from our retreat. The theory of change has created such simple language for me to use when discussing the program - within 3 months I have already incorporated it into a report and a proposal."

    —Zach Ford, Senior Program Manager, AIDS United

  • "Autumn delivered exceptional work! She was extraordinarily communicative and professional."

    —Ryan Anson, NP, East Bay AIDS Center (EBAC)

  • "Thank you so much for your expansive and grounded thinking as you guided us through this process. At that early meeting, where we were just writing all kinds of ideas and visions down, everything seemed incredibly scattered and chaotic - it made my brain hurt. You took your time to carefully assemble all these seemingly random thoughts and dreams into actual categories and suddenly I could see what was happening. It's almost like you tricked us into creating a strategic plan! I learned a great deal from this process."

    —Esther Landau, The Arc San Francisco

  • "Your revised Ending the Epidemics draft is just brilliant. You set the bar high and always exceed it."

    —Mike Shriver, Co-Chair of the San Francisco HIV Community Planning Council

  • "Shelley — You are a marvelous writer. This project makes me want to get you to evaluate everything we do!"

    —Kate Monico Klein, Director, Forensic AIDS Project / San Francisco Department of Public Health, Jail Health Services

Photography by: Deb Westergaard Photography