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NVHR 10 Year Anniversary Event Honoree Bios
Daniel Riedford, Champion Award
Daniel G. (Dan) Riedford is the Associate Director for Policy, Planning, and External Relations for the Division of Viral Hepatitis (DVH) in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He began his Federal career with the Social Security Administration in 1983 and has been with CDC since 1993. Prior to joining DVH in 2001, Dan held several other positions at CDC, including Senior Policy Advisor for the National Vaccine Program Office and Chief of the Office of Labor and Employee Relations. He holds a J.D. from Emory University and a B.A. from Indiana University. Dan was a co-founder of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) and serves as an advisor and friend.
Jane Pan, NVHR Community Advocate Award
Jane Pan brings her passion for achieving health equity to the Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, DC, where she serves as the Executive Director.
The Hepatitis B Initiative of Washington, DC (HBI-DC), is the only organization in the Washington, DC metro area exclusively devoted to the eradication of hepatitis B. Since 2008, Jane has led HBI-DC in providing hepatitis B education, vaccinations, and treatment referrals to thousands, who would not otherwise receive services. Last year, HBI-DC began incorporating hepatitis C screenings in community outreach, addressing two major causes of liver disease in at-risk populations.
Specifically, HBI-DC focuses on Asian American, Pacific Islander, and African newcomers. To reach these communities, Jane coordinates events at worship, community centers, and government health fairs. She coordinates bilingual volunteers and physicians to ensure a culturally- and linguistically-appropriate spectrum of care.
Jane holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology. Previously, she worked at St. Vincent hospital in New York and Arlington Hospital in Virginia. Jane is also active with the Virginia Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Women, previously serving as vice-president and president. She is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghai Chinese.
Lorren Sandt, Michael Carden Award
Lorren Sandt is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Caring Ambassadors Program, and organization that advocates for hepatitis C patients and lung cancer patients. She has managed the Hepatitis C Program of the Caring Ambassadors Program since its inception in 1999. Lorren is a co-editor and a contributing author, to Hepatitis C Choices, 4th Edition, a one-of-a-kind, patient-centered book authored by a team of more than 25 multi-disciplined experts in hepatitis C. She has worked on policy changes at both the state and federal level since 2001.
In 2001, The Hepatitis C Global Foundation honored Lorren with the Ronald Eugene Duffy Memorial Award for Patient Activism: for leadership and mentoring of patients, making them advocates for their own health.
Sue Simon, Community Advocate Award
Sue Simon is founder and President of the Hepatitis C Association. Her primary responsibilities are program operations, the development of educational materials and website content. Since her diagnosis in 1991, she has been an active hepatitis C advocate for education and awareness. Sue has participated in CME and CEU programs for physicians, nurses, case managers and counselors who work in substance abuse settings. She has also done many media interviews and established and managed a hep C toll-free support line. She is also a member of the A.F.I.R.M. advisory board and Methadone Support Organization for opioid treatment patients.
The Hepatitis C Association has been a member of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable since its inception. Sue was the Secretary and Membership Chairperson of the National Hepatitis C Advocacy Council and sits on the Hepatitis C Advisory Board of the State of New Jersey Department of Health.
Sue holds a degree in education from Kean University with certification in Elementary Education and Teacher of the Handicapped. Her interest in teaching, especially her love of developing curricula, led her to make education the focus of the Hepatitis C Association.
Thelma Thiel, Exceptional Service Award
Thelma King Thiel’s crusade against liver disease began 43 years ago when she lost her young son Dean to a rare and fatal liver disease. Recognized as "The Liver Lady", she has promoted liver health education and ways to avoid liver damage in collaboration with numerous federal, state and local agencies for decades. Thelma has trained thousands of health care providers, teachers, social workers, counselors and legislators through a broadly acclaimed program called Foundation for Decision Making promoting liver health and healthy lifestyles. She has produced a series of 15 videos on liver wellness and prevention of blood borne pathogens and substance abuse providing easily replicated commonsensical messages and teaching tools for all ages. The founder and CEO of the Hepatitis Foundation International, Thelma also is the founder of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable. Her contributions to the health of the country was recognized by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation presenting her with the Above and Beyond Citizens Award*.