President, Board of Directors

David Frederick began his career in healthcare in 1990 with Huntsville Hospital System in Hunstville, AL. His tenure there spanned 17 years where he served in various roles culminating in his six years as the system’s Chief Financial Officer. Frederick relocated to Nashville in 2007, working as a freelance healthcare consultant until assuming his current position as National Senior Director for Certification and Credentialing with DaVita Healthcare Partners.

David’s involvement with AIDS Service Organizations (ASO) dates back to 1990 when he served as the hospital’s representative on a task force which helped the AIDS Action Coalition (AAC) develop and open a HIV primary care clinic. Frederick later served in many capacities with the agency including Treasurer and Chairman of the AAC board of directors during which time the agency blossomed into a full service ASO. His continued passion for the cause of HIV awareness, prevention and treatment led him to join the Nashville CARES board in 2011.

Frederick and his partner, Gary Jaeger, live in the Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood with their two canine children. A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in economics and later earned a Master’s of Healthcare Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Interrante has been Chief Executive Officer of Nashville CARES since 1994. Under his leadership, Nashville CARES has grown to serve 55,000 Middle Tennesseans annually. It is the largest and leading HIV/AIDS organization in Tennessee.  He has been living with HIV for 30+ years.

Interrante received his B.A. from Brown University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1983, and has taught at Harvard University and Oberlin College. He made AIDS his life work after his first life partner’s illness and death from AIDS in Boston in 1983.  He coordinated community education for AIDS Action in Boston MA and the AIDS Taskforce in Cleveland OH before joining the Taskforce as Education Director in 1988 and Executive Director in 1989.  During his time in Ohio he also served as an HIV prevention advisor to the American Foundation for AIDS Research and a member of the Greater Cleveland Citizen’s Committee on HIV/AIDS.

Interrante has served on the Boards of Directors for the AIDS Action Council, the Center for Nonprofit Management and the National Association of People With AIDS.  He was also a member of the Greater Nashville HIV Planning Council and the National HIV Quality Center Consumer Advisory Committee. Interrante currently serves as Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee for AIDS United, Board Chair for the Southern AIDS Coalition, and Steering Committee member for the Southern AIDS Strategy Initiative.

Interrante was recognized in 2005 as CEO of the Year by the Middle Tennessee Association of Nonprofit Executives and as Public Citizen of the Year in 2006 by the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. In 2014 he received the Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign Nashville, and was named by the Nashville Scene as one of 25 Nashvillians who have shaped the city for the better since 1989.

Board of Directors 


Joe Burchfield, President
Christopher Ott, M.D., Vice President
Katrina Robertson, Secretary
Hunter Rost, Treasurer
David Frederick, Immediate Past President


Betsy Bahn
Ron Balcarras
Michelle Gaskin Brown
Charlee Caroland
Adam W. Holdren
Eric Holt
Elizabeth Saxton Inman
Anne C. Martin
Susan McDonald
Wyatt McDonnell
Gilbert Ramirez
Adam Rothberg
Ty Rushing
Rob Sikorski
Gerran Thomas
Damon Whiteside
Kevin Wilson
LaCosta Wix
Claire Wisely, Intern

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