Principal Investigator

Dr. Gross is a family physician with a full-time practice at Spectrum Health, where he focuses on HIV and men's health. In collaboration with Richard Johnson, he co-founded the Dudes Club in 2010. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice at University of British Columbia. 



Elder External Liaison

Sandy is a member of the TALLCREE First Nation from Northern Alberta calls Vancouver home. He has many years of volunteering with non-profit organizations and NGOs, attending/planning/organizing HIV/AIDS conferences, and participating in research committees/projects provincially and nationally.  Attribution that have lead to healthy partnerships and supportive allies for the growth of DUDES Clubs off/on reserve, rural and remote. 



Program Director

Frank has more than 20 years experience in managing and evaluating Community Development, Social Impact, and Education Programs, in 22 countries; with leadership capacity building work with over 10,000 people in over 100 rural villages and urban neighborhoods.  Frank also serves as the Executive Director of the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture.

He is also a University Lecturer in Social Work and Public Affairs.


National Coordinator

A member of the Bear Clan from the Mohawk Nation Territory of Kahnawake. Teka brings over 20 years of experience in youth advocacy and engagement, cultural knowledge facilitation; and program planning.

Teka advocates for a strength-based approach to community-capacity building; emphasizing resiliency and the enhancement of cultural knowledge practice as innovations to address environmental, social and governance issues.