Our Team

Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH (any pronouns)

Alex S. Keuroghlian is Director of the Division of Education and Training at The Fenway Institute; Michele and Howard J Kessler Chair and Director, Division of Public and Community Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); Associate Chief, Public and Community Psychiatry, MGH Department of Psychiatry; and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS).

They are principal investigator of the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center, a HRSA-funded cooperative agreement to improve health care for LGBTQIA+ people at health centers. Dr. Keuroghlian is concurrently principal investigator of the 2iS Coordinating Center for Technical Assistance, also funded by HRSA, to implement innovative intervention strategies nationally for people with HIV in four priority areas: substance use disorders, LGBTQIA+ youth, incarceration and telehealth. They were previously principal investigator of the HRSA-funded E2i Coordinator Center for Technical Assistance, which implemented evidence-informed and culturally tailored interventions nationally for people with HIV in four focus areas: transgender women, Black men who have sex with men, behavioral health integration into primary medical care, and identifying and addressing trauma.

Dr. Keuroghlian is director of the MGH Psychiatry Gender Identity Program, co-director of the HMS Sexual and Gender Minority Health Equity Initiative, clerkship director for the fourth-year HMS medical student elective in sexually and gender diverse health, and co-director of the HMS Advanced Integrated Science Course in Sex- and Gender-Informed Medicine.

They received their medical degree and Masters in Neurosciences from the Stanford University School of Medicine. They completed their psychiatry residency at the MGH/McLean Hospital training program, where they served as Chief Resident in Public and Community Psychiatry, and a Master of Public Health (Health Policy and Management) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Keuroghlian was awarded the MGH Primary Clinical Experience Teaching Award by Harvard medical students, the Jonathan F. Borus Outstanding Educator Award by the HMS Department of Psychiatry, the HMS Excellence in Clinical Instruction in Psychiatry Award, the HMS Young Mentor Award, the HMS Scholarly Engagement Excellence in Student Mentoring Award, and the HMS Charles McCabe Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

At Fenway, Dr. Keuroghlian works as a clinical psychiatrist within the Behavioral Health Department and undertakes research at The Fenway Institute. They have authored over 100 research articles, review articles, and book chapters on topics that include gender-affirming hormone therapy and surgery, HIV medication adherence, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders among transgender adults, sexual orientation and gender identity data collection, caring for LGBTQIA+ immigrants, and homelessness among LGBTQIA+ youth. They are co-editor of the textbooks, Transgender and Gender Diverse Health Care: The Fenway Guide, published by McGraw Hill, and Gender-Affirming Psychiatric Care, published by the American Psychiatric Association.

Kevin Ard, MD, MPH (he/him)

Dr. Kevin Ard is the Medical Director of the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute and the Director of the Sexual Health Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he is a practicing clinician and faculty member in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ard’s interests include LGBTQIA+ health and the prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and HIV.

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Dennis Adey (he/him)

Dennis Adey (he/him/his) is a Project Manager for the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) 096 study which focuses on health equity for Black MSM in the South and Project Coordinator for the National LGBTQIA+ Health Care Center with a primary focus on HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Testing. With his roots in Buffalo, NY, Dennis has a background in non-profit healthcare management and sexual health advocacy. Prior to joining the Fenway team, Dennis managed a Sexual Health Clinic which worked closely with the New York State Department of Health and has experience with grant and project management, program implementation, and staff supervision. His passion for LGBTQIA+ health equity has been his driving force over the course of his career, and he joins the team with a BA in Spanish. 

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Ayanna Besson, DrPH(c), MPH (she/her)

Born and raised in New York, Ayanna Besson, DrPH(c), MPH, has served as a public health professional for over 7 years. She is a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at SUNY Downstate's School of Public Health with expertise in plant-based nutrition, Type 2 diabetes prevention, community-based participatory research, and community health promotion. She has previously worked in program management to address the disparities in patients with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) through clinician training and has also worked to link underserved intellectually and developmentally disabled (ID/DD) children and adults to care.  

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Milo Dorfman (he/him)

Milo Dorfman, MS, is the 2iS Project Director in the Division of Education and Training at The Fenway Institute. In his role, Milo manages the Innovative Intervention Strategies Coordinating Center for Technical Assistance, including providing technical assistance to funded sites, building relationships, facilitating communications, and developing and implementing project plans. Milo earned a Master’s of Science in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University, and he has spent the last five years managing implementation and evaluation projects in non-profit healthcare settings.

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Michele Hatchell (she/her) 

Michele has worked for over 20 years as a social justice educator and professional artist in PK-12 schools and communities throughout the US. During the last 7 years, she authored curriculum and professional development trainings for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program. These trainings, lesson plans and resources have been delivered in 50 states to over 135,000 educators to increase their capacity to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and nonbinary students using an intersectional approach. In both her community art and social justice work, she enjoys being a co-collaborator who works with communities to help create intentional spaces that reflect our shared experiences and celebrate our differences. 

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Sarah Mitnick, MBA (she/her)

Sarah Mitnick is the Director of Program Operations for the Division of Education and Training at The Fenway Institute. In her role she runs the day-to-day operations of the division including staff supervision, project oversight, budget management and operational support. Prior to coming to Fenway, Sarah worked in non-profit advocacy. She has years of experience supervising staff, managing projects and budgets, fundraising, grant-seeking and providing administrative support. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Environmental Science from Colorado College and an MBA, with concentration in Leadership and Organizational Transformation, from Boston University.

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Elijah Oyenuga (he/him)

Elijah Oyenuga is the Program Coordinator for the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center. Elijah began his career working as a peer leader for Boston Gay Lesbian Adolescent Social Services (GLASS), where he learned to facilitate workshops focused on creating understanding, awareness, and respect to eliminate bullying and exclusion faced by LGBT youth. He has since worked for the Department of Education's Safe Schools program, guiding administrators on the path to offering LGBT students a secure and supportive environment. As the program coordinator for the National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center, he continues to advocate by coordinating online provider educational opportunities, ​developing and delivering training and technical assistance initiatives, and evaluating ongoing programming to help Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) across the nation improve health services for LGBTQIA+ people. 

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Liza Rice (she/her)

Liza Rice is the Administrative Coordinator for the Division of Education and Training at The Fenway Institute. Liza has her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Connecticut. Liza has a background in case management and found a passion for working with LGBTQIA+ folks in healthcare settings. Having a background in non-profit healthcare work opened the path to the behind-the-scenes work that this administrative position offers. She found her way to Fenway Health after attending a training titled "How to Best Support Trans Clients"; the way that Fenway approaches healthcare, specifically for LGBTQIA+ folks, was inspiring. Liza joins this team with the intent of furthering the progress Fenway Health has made for marginalized communities while making healthcare a more inclusive, safe, and accessible space.

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