Barbara Keller accepts chair’s gavel from Curt Ringness for Desert AIDS Project executive board

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PALM SPRINGS, CA, May 29, 2013 – At its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 28, the board of directors of Desert AIDS Project welcomed Barbara Keller to its executive board.

“I am so pleased that Barbara Keller accepted my nomination to replace me after more than five years as chairman. She has been an absolute delight to work with over these last five years she’s been a board member. She’s also been an outstanding co-chair of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards along with Jim Casey and for Dinner at My Place with Steve Kaufer,” said outgoing D.A.P. board chairman Curtis Ringness, Jr. who joined the D.A.P. board in 2000. “Barbara and her husband, Jerry, are both shining examples of what community leadership and philanthropy are all about. I’m proud to be working with Barbara and the rest of the board, to continue fulfilling the mission of Desert AIDS Project.”

Steve Lachs, Fred Drewette, and Tammy Fox continue as vice chair, treasurer, and secretary, respectively. Ringness remains as a board member, along with Ted Briggs and Steve Kaufer, who were re-elected to new terms. Dr. Lanny Seese and Steve Winters declined to run for their positions again.

In addition, other Desert AIDS Project board members include Kevin Bass, Carolyn Caldwell, Jim Casey, Dr. Bob Karl, Terri Ketover, Garry Kief, Bruce Purdy, and Sheila Williams. This board slate will be effective on July 1, the beginning of D.A.P.’s new fiscal year

“Desert AIDS Project is truly blessed with a great board of directors and we are so grateful to those who have given us so much of their service over the years,” said David Brinkman, CEO of D.A.P. “After almost nine years, we bid a fond but reluctant farewell to Lanny Seese. And while we are also sad to see Steve Winters depart, we heartily support his decision to increase his service to Lambda Legal, where he will join their executive board. We wish Lanny and Steve all the best and are glad to know that we will continue to enjoy their support.”

Desert AIDS Project serves people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.

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