President, Board of Directors

Joe Burchfield is senior vice president of government affairs and communications at Tennessee Hospital Association. In this role, he leads the organization’s advocacy and policy efforts, and also oversees communications and public relations activity. Since joining THA in 2011, Joe has held various positions focused on government affairs, communications and member services.

Prior to joining THA, Joe served in the administration of former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen where he led grassroots and communications efforts for the Cover Tennessee programs and later worked on the redesign of the state’s employee health plan. Joe worked previously for the Nashville-based public relations firm of McNeely Pigott & Fox and is a veteran of numerous public awareness and political campaigns.

“Nashville CARES is a critical source of support and services for people in the greater-Nashville area living with HIV/AIDS. This work, in addition to CARES’ education, outreach and prevention efforts, keeps our community strong and whole,” said Burchfield.

Joe earned his master’s degree at Belmont University where his thesis research focused on hospital-based cultural competency training programs for the care of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Chief Executive Officer

Joseph Interrante has been Chief Executive Officer of Nashville CARES since 1994. Under his leadership, Nashville CARES has grown to serve 70,000 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
Charlee Caroland
Adam W. Holdren
Elizabeth Saxton Inman
Anne C. Martin
Susan McDonald
Gilbert Ramirez
Ty Rushing
Rob Sikorski
Gerran Thomas
Damon Whiteside
Kevin Wilson
Claire Wisely
LaCosta Wix

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