Iowa AIDS Director and Outgoing NASTAD Chair Randy Mayer and Texas AIDS Director Ann Robbins Honored for Outstanding Leadership in Response to the Domestic HIV/AIDS Epidemic

By Meico Whitlock June 7, 2013

Contact: Meico Whitlock, 202-434-8094,

Washington, DC – Ann Robbins, Manager of the HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch of the Texas Department of State Health Services and Randy Mayer, Chief of the Bureau of HIV, STD, and Hepatitis at the Iowa Department of Public Health were honored with the 2013 Nicholas A. Rango Leadership Award by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) at its 22nd Annual Meeting of state health department HIV and hepatitis program leaders last month. The meeting takes place every May in Washington, D.C. The award is named for one of NASTAD’s founding members, Nicholas A. Rango, MD, PhD, who was director of the New York State AIDS Institute before his death of AIDS in 1993. NASTAD gives this award to recognize the state AIDS director, state and territorial health department staff member, or NASTAD staff member who best exemplifies Dr. Rango’s qualities of superior intelligence, dedication, activism in government, and impatience in leading the fight against HIV/AIDS and/or viral hepatitis.

“Ann is extremely passionate about the work we do on behalf of people impacted by HIV across the nation and it’s easy to see her commitment is personal and genuine,” noted Murray Penner, Deputy Executive Director of NASTAD. “Over the years, Ann has been an invaluable resource to NASTAD and health departments across the nation having served for many years on NASTAD’s Executive Committee, as well as NASTAD Chair in 2010-11.”

“Randy speaks softly, debates calmly, and articulates his positions with exactness, intelligence, and grace. He has modeled true communicable disease integration efforts in his home state of Iowa, across HIV, STI, and viral hepatitis, and highlights the essential role of the public health authority in a meaningful HIV response that is grounded in a human rights framework and a deep desire to advance both individual and community health,” commented one of his nominators. “He’s also thorough, thoughtful and science-based in approach, always taking the time to ask questions in order to understand the issues regardless of whether they apply to the home state or not, or if they are consistent with their own personal thinking,” noted NASTAD Executive Director Julie Scofield.

In making this award, Julie Scofield, commended Ann and Randy for their longtime support of NASTAD and all of the people across the country working to create a world free of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, “Both of this year’s Rango award recipients share a dedication, tirelessness and impatience in leading the struggle against HIV/AIDS and making sure all our programs have the support they need to get the job done.”


The National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), founded in 1992, is a nonprofit national association of state and territorial health department HIV/AIDS program directors who have programmatic responsibility for administering HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and associated public health programs. NASTAD works to strengthen the role and promote the success of state and territorial public health programs in the U.S. and internationally. For more information, visit