Michael B. Mizwa
Michael B. Mizwa is chief operating officer and senior vice president for the Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) at Texas Children’s Hospital. He has over 26 years of experience in non-profit HIV/AIDS prevention and social services and extensive experience globally in pediatric HIV/AIDS program development, administration and management, human resources development and government relations. Mizwa is the Board of Directors chairman of BIPAI NGOs in Swaziland, Malawi and Uganda and Board vice chairman of BIPAI NGOs in Romania, Botswana, Lesotho and Tanzania. As chief operating officer, he oversees BIPAI Network operations, which has an aggregate annual budget of $42 million. Mizwa has received numerous local, state, and national awards in HIV prevention and leadership, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's Price Fellowship in HIV Prevention Leadership for developing the first HIV/AIDS offender education training-of-trainers program throughout the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Prior to joining BIPAI in 2004, Mizwa spent over 17 years with AIDS Foundation Houston, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, where he served as outreach coordinator, director of education, vice president-community affairs and ultimately chief executive officer. In partnership with AIDS Foundation Houston, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, he and Dr. Mark Kline founded Camp Hope in 1996, one of the country’s first and largest recreational summer camps for children living with HIV/AIDS and the camp still thrives to this day in Texas, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Uganda, Tanzania and Romania. Additionally, AIDS Foundation Houston and BIPAI, under Kline and Mizwa’s leadership, teamed up to raise funds and build two Habitat for Humanity Houston homes specifically designated for families living with HIV/AIDS, at the time (2000), the first of their kind in the world.
Nancy R. Calles, R.N., P.N.P., M.S.N., A.C.R.N., M.PH.
Nancy R. Calles, co-founder of BIPAI, serves as BIPAI's senior vice president for research and assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She is experienced in pediatric AIDS clinical care, education and research. She is an experienced clinical research coordinator having coordinated several Phase I, II, III, and IV investigator initiated, pharmaceutical, and NIH sponsored trials.
She has been essential in the development and building of the BIPAI centers of excellence, beginning with the establishment of BIPAI's first clinic in Romania in April 2001. She has coordinated and participated in local and international training programs in several countries including Botswana, China, Colombia, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ukraine and the U.S.
She is a recipient of the National Nursing Excellence Award for Teaching and was named one of the Top 25 Women of Houston. Calles is an active member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and has served as the bylaws committee chair of the HIV/AIDS nursing certification board of directors. Calles holds master degrees in nursing and public health, and a pediatric nurse practitioner degree from the University of Texas. She is also an AIDS-certified Registered Nurse.
Gordon E. Schutze, M.D.
Dr. Gordon E. Schutze is a professor of pediatrics and executive vice chairman of the department of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. In addition, he is the holder of the Martin I. Lorin, M.D. endowed chair in medical education and serves as BIPAI's vice president for international medical services.
Previously, Schutze was professor of pediatrics and pathology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital. A graduate of St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas, Schutze earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas and completed his pediatric residency and infectious diseases fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital.
He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Infectious Disease Society of America, Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, Texas Pediatrics Society, Society for Pediatric Research and the American Pediatric Society. His special interests in medicine have been bacterial and tick associated diseases, pediatric global health and the teaching of pediatrics.
Bridgette C. Naik, CPA
Bridgette Naik serves as BIPAI chief financial officer, as well as the business planning manager for the retrovirology section at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine. She earned her master in professional accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, Bridgette served as an auditor at Ernst & Young, LLP. Her clients included several health care providers.
Diane Nguyen, Pharm.D.
Dr. Diane Nguyen serves as Global Health Coordinator for BIPAI and assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She received her Doctorate of pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her pharmacy practice residency in ambulatory care at Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center and a public health residency at The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers and Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. Her global health work has included underserved communities across the United States and in communities in Slovakia, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland.