Rev. Frank S. Julian, RN, BSN
President & Founder
Rev. Frank Julian is a BSN prepared RN with over 35 years of experience. His passion to help AIDS patients began when he stuck his finger with a “dirty needle” in 1988 at the height of the AIDS scare in America while performing screening tests. His patient had hepatitis and was an IV drug abuser, which is associated with AIDS carriers. The fear of infecting his wife and leaving his children orphaned tormented him. Fortunately he wasn’t infected, but his identification with the disease would haunt him on his first trip to Africa when he was confronted firsthand with the AIDS epidemic. While on the trip Frank was asked to send Ensure, liquid nutrition to help AIDS victims battle the disease. As a result, he started Ensure for Africa in 2001, which later became FAWN: Fighting AIDS With Nutrition. Frank has taken 5 trips to Africa, caring for those suffering and dying of the disease. He believes that his latest fictional novel, “AIDS, Love’s Fight” is a vehicle to make the plight of the African infected and his organization known. The profits from the book go to fund the growth of FAWN. You may purchase his novel on Amazon by clicking here.
Frank Julian has been covered by the local media in television features, radio interviews and many local newspaper articles. He has spoken in countless schools, churches and community organizations in the Southeastern Michigan and Northern Ohio areas on the subject of AIDS in Africa and FAWN. He is the recipient of a humanitarian award from the organization FAWM, and has also been awarded the Gorden Gayette Humanitarian Award from the Wayne County Pharmacists Association. He has been featured in the Grand Valley State University Nursing Magazine, where he graduated from in 1977. He was nurse of the year in 2002 at Health Care Partners Home Care of Southfield, Michigan.
His most identifying feature is his smile. His claim to fame is winning the McDonald’s Smiling Contest Award in 2000. He smiled for 7 hours and 43 minutes winning $10,000. Ronald McDonald awarded him the check at his church, Faith Christian Assembly in Melvindale, Michigan, where he serves as the senior pastor.
Geralynn B. Smith, M.S.
Geralynn B. Smith, a pharmacist by profession, spent the last 20 years of her career at Wayne State University (WSU) as a faculty member in the Pharmacy program at Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS). She obtained her baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy from Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey and her Master’s degree from St. John’s University in New York. Geri practiced in hospital, community, and ambulatory care pharmacy settings prior to assuming her position at WSU. Her clinical interests were in primary care, practicing in the areas of diabetes, hypertension, and women’s health. She has presented to local and national pharmacy organizations as well as nursing organizations on these topics.
At WSU, Geri served as the Director of Experiential Education and maintained her academic role in teaching. As Director of Experiential Education, she was responsible for the scheduling of student pharmacists on their practical rotations. As the pharmacy program transitioned from the baccalaureate degree to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, she developed and implemented the practical, clinical experiences that were required for the PharmD program. Geri was recognized nationally as leader in the development of faculty as preceptors for the PharmD rotations. In 2005, she put into the curriculum a 3-semester course sequence for second-year student pharmacists to promote their professional growth and develop their understanding of the value of community engagement.
Geri has been recognized by several organizations for her dedication to student development and service to the community. She was the first recipient the EACPHS Prism Prize in 2008. This award was established to recognize members of the college faculty who exemplify the principles of service learning and its impact on faculty, students, and community.
As a member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Pharmacists Association, and Michigan Pharmacists Association, she has held offices and served on many committees for these organizations during her career.
Geri has recently retired from WSU but continues to be involved professionally by serving as a board member for the Oakland County Pharmacists Associations (OCPA), Fighting AIDS with Nutrition (FAWN), a consultant to various under served clinics in southeast Michigan; and she is also a reviewer for Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning.
Personally, Geri enjoys going to the theater, participating in water aerobics, reading, gardening, and spending her winters in Florida with her husband, Alan.
Greg Baise, RPh
Greg Baise was appointed to the FAWN Board of Directors in January, 2013. He has lifelong experience in serving his community, including acting as a volunteer pharmacist at Cabrini Clinic since 2005. Greg currently works as a community pharmacist and as a pharmacist consultant. Along the way he has also worked as a consultant for the State of Michigan Department of Community Health HIV/AIDS Drug Assistance Program, as well as Salvation Army Harbor Light.
Greg received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Wayne State University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and later a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacy also from Wayne State University.
Professionally he received the Wayne County Pharmacists Association (WCPA) Roland T. Lakey Award for outstanding contribution to the Association and the WCPA Gordon Goyette Humanitarian Award for outstanding involvement in community services. He has been a WCPA Board Member and a Michigan Pharmacists Association House of Delegates representative for the local association since 2005. Last year, Greg was the 2012 Recipient of the Michigan Pharmacists Association Bowl of Hygeia Award, a national award given by the State, for Outstanding Community Service.
Greg Baise is an active member of St John Armenian Orthodox Church of Greater Detroit located in Southfield Michigan where he is a member of the church Usher Corps, Nominating Committee, member of their Men’s Society, Chairman of the Church Habitat for Humanity Partnership, and Chairman of the annual Free Health Fair held at the church that targets the entire surrounding community as well as its parishioners.
Greg and his wife of 43 years, Edith, have three wonderful children and five terrific grandchildren. Greg feels that he has also been blessed with a “second family”, that of belonging to the family that he feels he joined through his volunteer work and being part of the Most Holy Trinity-Cabrini Clinic Family.
Ana Ferguson – Masters prepared Educator