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. Five years later, the company has grown to include eight regular employees who help us deliver a flexible, well-rounded set of skills and experience to meet any client’s needs.

Shelley Facente (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.

Lillian Agyei (she/her)


Lillian has nearly 10 years of experience in managing complex health projects, monitoring program indicators, and evaluating health outcomes in the field of HIV and STIs. Prior to Facente Consulting, she worked as a program and department coordinator for the African Services Committee, providing HIV, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis testing to refugees, asylees, and undocumented immigrants in New York City, and was a strategic planning consultant based in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked for the World Health Organization on HIV prevalence trends and ART coverage across countries in the AFRO region. Lillian also served as an epidemiologist for the Rhode Island Department of Health, where she was responsible for the development of the Jurisdictional HIV prevention plan for Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Vermont, and an MPH from the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Autumn Albers (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 (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.

LeRoy Blea (he/him)


LeRoy is a health educator and public health practice consultant with over 20 years of experience helping organizations improve healthcare delivery and health policy. He received his BA in 1993 in cultural anthropology, focusing on the cross-cultural study of social inequality and healthcare outcomes. He has worked in numerous HIV-related settings and capacities, including the Berkeley Free Clinic, the Women’s Clinic of the University Health Services at Berkeley, and as a coordinator of a Tri-City Health Center HIV prevention program for young gay men of color. He earned his MPH at UC Berkeley in community health education in 1998 while working for Marin AIDS Project; his master’s thesis examined case studies of HIV-positive men exiting from prison and the broader social and environmental correlates of recidivism. After graduation LeRoy became the AIDS Director and STI Controller for the Berkeley Public Health Department. LeRoy joined Facente Consulting in 2019 to support the Ending the HIV Epidemic planning efforts in California. He also serves as Board President and volunteer of the non-profit Berkeley homeless services organization Dorothy Day House, teaches sexual medicine with the health education consulting firm Project Prepare, and is a registered substance use disorder counselor with experience working with those affected by methamphetamine and opioids.

Dara Geckeler (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.

Monique Harris (she/her)


Monique is a social worker licensed in the State of Ohio, with a Master of Social Work from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Capital University. Before Facente Consulting she served as the Director of the Office of Minority Health for the Summit County Public Health Department in Ohio where she worked to reduce health inequities and reduce the Social Determinants of Health. She was also the Director of Social Services and Outreach for AxessPointe Community Health Centers in Akron, where she led the integration of behavioral health services throughout the agency. Monique plays a key role in Facente Consulting’s Ending the HIV Epidemic work throughout California, as well as supporting the start-up of a new workforce development initiative for communities heavily impacted by HIV, hepatitis C, and STIs in San Francisco.

Meghan Hynes (she/her)


Meghan is an experienced harm reductionist, having managed the syringe services programs at Fenway Community Health Center/AIDS Action (Boston/Cambridge), where she was later promoted to the Director of the Drug User Health Program. In her time at Fenway, she provided numerous overdose prevention trainings, helped remove barriers to accessing hepatitis C treatment, and was instrumental in increasing syringe access in the city through her advocacy with the Mayor, City Council, Police Department, and other key officials. Meghan brings to Facente Consulting a deeply-held belief that as harm reductionists, it is imperative that we address the disproportionate impact that the war on drugs and US health policy have had on communities of color. She has an MPH in Global Health from Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Global Development from American University.

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Testimonials

  • "We have loved working with the Facente Consulting team so much that we keep finding ways to continue our engagements with them! They have been an invaluable partner in our work and truly excelled in delivering high quality research, products, and presentations to our team. We highly recommend leveraging this phenomenal team!"

    —Pedro Arista, Director at Hirsch Philanthropy Partners

  • "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)

  • "Cindy's project management skills were excellent and the deliverables that she provided were outstanding. She was committed and capable. We are very happy to have worked with her."

    —Naveena Bobba, Director of the Public Health Emergency Planning and Response Section of the San Francisco Department of Public Health

  • "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

  • "Shelley Facente is a miracle worker! She can take your ideas and turn them into winning grant proposals. I highly recommend Facente Consulting for all your research and grantwriting needs."

    —Deb Levine, Former President and Founder, YTH and ISIS Ventures Inc.

  • "It was so great to work with Shelley — her guidance, her great writing skills and willingness to work with tight timelines — all very much appreciated. I have never had the opportunity to have grant-writing assistance, but this experience makes me wonder why I haven’t!"

    —Norah Terrault, Professor of Medicine / Hepatologist, UCSF Liver Center

Photography by: Deb Westergaard Photography