About Professor McClave
Michele McClave is an Adjunct Professor in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY.
Michele has thirty years of progressively responsible experience in human services characterized by strong organizational leadership, program development, effective communication, grant writing and fund development. For the past twelve years, Michele has served as Executive Director of the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York, a Community Service Provider created to respond to the needs of HIV infected persons and those at risk for HIV in the 15 counties of Northeastern New York. Michele became the AIDS Council's first Director of Consumer Services in 1993. She created systems to provide advocacy and compassionate care to the diverse clients impacted by HIV/AIDS in a large geographic region. She became Program Director, a position which expanded to Deputy Executive Director as the scope and impact of the AIDS Council changed. She is now at the helm of a staff of 92 with five offices and a broad continuum of programs and services to address the needs of the AIDS Council's constituencies. She strives to create a professional and supportive work environment where employees learn and grow as well as excellence in service delivery, program management, leadership development and positive community relations; her focus is to assure that services are delivered in a professional and welcoming manner to all who walk through the doors, that services respond to the holistic needs of clients and that the agency's prevention efforts reflect leading trends and target those most vulnerable to infection. She is in the process of expanding the agency's services to those living with other chronic conditions.
Michele also held several positions at the Health Systems Agency of Northeastern New York, a health planning organization. She created and staffed a coalition of health and social service providers and consumers that developed the first plan for HIV-related services in Northeastern New York. She staffed a six county Rural Health Care Advisory Board that reviewed Certificate of Need proposals for health care system expansion and monitored the delivery of health related services. She worked for the Men's' Project during graduate school, one of the first research projects which surveyed gay men on their risk for HIV and conducted HIV testing to assess infection rates in the Capital Region. Michele also worked with other vulnerable populations including the institutionalized elderly and mentally ill at the Ombudsman Program of the Atlanta Legal Aid Society and was a VISTA volunteer at the Georgia Civil Liberties Union.
Michele earned a Masters in Social Work from the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, SUNY (1988) and a Bachelor's Degree in Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University (1979).