Who We Are: Team

The Graying of AIDS is an independent collaborative documentary project and educational campaign created by Katja Heinemann, a visual journalist, and Naomi Schegloff, a health educator.

Katja Heinemann (Project Co-Director, Visual Journalist) regularly produces portraiture, photo essays, and multi-media stories incorporating photography, audio and video, for editorial, commercial and institutional distribution in the U.S. and abroad. Represented by Novus Select photo agency in New York City, her clients have included Time Magazine, People, Parade, US News and World Report, Stern, Der Spiegel, HBO, Discovery Communications, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, and the AARP. Her photographs have been included in the anthologies Here is New York (Scalo 2002), Pandemic – Facing AIDS (Umbrage Editions 2003), and CITY (University of Illinois Press 2006). Katja’s new media documentaries on HIV in the U.S., On Borrowed Time, about the lives of children and teenagers, and The Graying of AIDS on the aging of the epidemic, illustrate how a personal body of work can grow from an editorial concept into an advocacy and educational tool, utilizing various platforms and media to have maximum impact in reaching diverse audiences.

Naomi Schegloff, MPH (Project Co-Director, Health Educator/Writer)
earned her BA in Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley and her MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where her work in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education focused largely on “photovoice” and other creative approaches to engaging diverse voices in public health discourse. She has worked extensively in the women’s health, HIV/AIDS, and creative communities, with university-affiliated organizations like The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and UCSF’s Center for AIDS Prevention Studies as well as independent non-profits like The Women’s AIDS Network, Health Initiatives for Youth, The San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Brooklyn Academy of Music, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and Film Biz Recycling.  She is committed to exploring how interdisciplinary collaborations can contribute to healthier, more engaged communities.

Cliff Questel (Graphic Designer) has run his own design studio in Chicago for over twenty years. His work developing branding and outreach strategies for a variety of not-for-profit organizations has included the concept and design of the annual report and promotional materials for The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law; corporate brochures, environmental graphics and event materials for Cabrini Green Legal Aid, and several poster campaigns for Project VIDA’s HIV/AIDS outreach to Chicago’s Latino community.  Together with Katja Heinemann, he designed the Journey of Hope book for Camp Heartland, a national pediatric AIDS charity, for distribution to high school students around the country as part of Camp Heartland’s national peer outreach tour.

Viviana Peretti (Project Assistant) is a multilingual freelance photographer whose projects have taken her from Colombian cemeteries to the culturally diverse neighborhoods of New York City.  She has received fellowships and awards from the International Center for Photography, the Joannie M. Chen Fund, the University of Salamanca, the Spanish Embassy in Colombia, the Photo Museum in Bogotá, and the Colombian Ministry of Culture. She has been published in a number of international newspapers and magazines including The New York Times. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Anthropology from University of Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy), and has studied documentary photography and photojournalism at the International Center of Photography in NYC and Universidad Externado de Colombia, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

Samantha Beech (Web Developer) is a graphic designer with an interest in design for social influence. She earned her BFA in Communications Design at Pratt Institute, and has provided design services for socially-conscious companies and non-profit organizations in New York and Hawaii, including Gallop NYC, a therapeutic horseback riding program that teaches differently-abled people to learn and communicate by working with horses.

Sarah Bernstein (Music) is a composer, violinist and vocalist. Her original work includes film scores, chamber music, solo electronic pieces, avant-jazz compositions, sound design, and text/spoken word. She performs frequently in New York and beyond as a violinist and improviser, both leading her own groups and in collaborative projects. She holds a BFA in Violin Performance from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Jazz Studies from CUNY Queens College.

Bob Sacha (Video Editing Consultant)
is an award-winning multimedia producer, photographer, documentary filmmaker, editor and teacher. As staff producer at MediaStorm his work won awards from organizations including the Online News Association, The White House News Photographers Association, and The Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and was nominated for three National News Emmys. Times of Crisis, produced and edited in collaboration with Reuters, won the Documentary Project of the Year in the 67th Picture of the Year International competition. He has worked as a contributing photographer at National Geographic, Life, and Fortune Magazine and on assignment for many other publications. A graduate of Syracuse University, he currently teaches video at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and at The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and workshops at the International Center of Photography in New York City.

Eugene Jho (Co-Editor) is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated with a BA in Art History and a minor in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and went on to earn his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art. In addition to maintaining his studio practice, Eugene works within the architecture, design, and creative industries as a freelance writer and editor.

Broadway House for Continuing Care  (Community-Based Organizational Partner) is a Newark, New Jersey-based temporary residence and care-giving facility for people living with HIV/AIDS and an affiliate of University Hospital/UMDNJ. Its executive director, Jeanine Reilly, RNC, LNHA (Project Advisor) has a longstanding history of educating and networking around HIV/AIDS and aging issues in the nursing profession.  She has served as a member of NAHOF, the National Association of HIV Over Fifty.