David Brinkman

Chief Executive Officer, MBA

David Brinkman, M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer & President, joined Desert AIDS Project in 2006. David has led the organization through a period of unprecedented expansion, increasing the number of clients and volunteers, diversity and volume of services, number of staff, and size of the budget by 100%. Under his leadership, Desert AIDS Project established a dental […]

Darrell L. Tucci, CFRE

Chief Development Officer

Darrell joined Desert AIDS Project in February 2013.  Prior, he was formerly Chief Development Officer and Director of Donor Services at Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles, a nonprofit that seeks to forge a common agenda for equality and opportunity by investing in community leaders who are on the frontlines of change. Before moving to […]

Chris Brown

Chief Operating Officer

With over 27 years of experience in administration of health and public health programs, including HIV, STI, and Hepatitis programs, Christopher Brown has had a direct and immediate impact on Desert AIDS Project. He joined the team in 2017 as Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Desert AIDS Project, Christopher managed the Health and Mental Health Services […]

Tom Tarr

Director of Client Development

Tom Tarr, Director of Client Development, moved to the desert in early 2017 to accept this newly developed position at Desert AIDS Project. Tom’s role is to lead efforts that will support retention and acquisition of clients as the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) continues to grow and change in meeting the needs of Palm […]

Sheri Saenz

Director of Administration & Human Resources, PHR

A native of Palm Springs, Sheri Saenz joined Desert AIDS Project in 1998, in the early years of HIV. “I came to Desert AIDS Project at a time when there was a lot of loss. I saw how people with HIV were treated; what they had to endure, and I wanted to help our community.” […]

Judy Stith

Chief Financial Officer

Carol Wood

Director of Clinical Operations

Carol Wood joined the Desert AIDS Project in July 2017, accepting the newly created position, Director of Clinical Administration. Carol brings over 40 years of healthcare experience having served in various executive leadership including acute care, skilled nursing, home health, hospice, and graduate medical education. Prior to starting with D.A.P., Carol served as Director of […]

Brande Kiel Orr, MBA

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Brande Kiel Orr moved to the desert in Summer 2010 specifically to join Desert AIDS Project.  As a member of the Leadership Team, her scope of work as Director of Grants adjusted over the years at times including oversight of Quality Assurance activities and the role of Interim Director of Programs.  She shifted focus to […]

Zayda Welden

Director of Social Services

Zayda Welden started her career at Desert AIDS Project as a Case Manager 21 years ago. She is a native of Quito-Ecuador where she completed her studies in Clinical Psychology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. She’s also bilingual (Spanish) and multicultural, an asset at Desert AIDS Project. Zayda has had the opportunity of […]

Carl Baker, Desert AIDS Project Board Member

Carl Baker

Director of Legal and Legislative Affairs

While living in Los Angeles, Carl Baker worked for many years as an attorney, focusing on motion picture production, finance, and contract negotions for labor relations and vendor supply chain. His long-time, weekend getaway in Palm Springs became his full-time home in 2013 and Carl has begun a new career as a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch. With a BA from the University of Southern California and JD from Villanova University School of Law, this former board member of AIDS Project Los Angeles looks forward to making similar contributions to D.A.P.

Chris Ruetz

Director of Major and Planned Giving

Chris joined Desert AIDS Project in July 2016 after a long career in the San Francisco Bay Area in positions ranging from Chief Development Officer to Executive Director for organizations including San Francisco Opera, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the University of California. He holds a Master’s Degree in Philanthropy and Strategic Fundraising and is a […]

Steven Henke

Director of Community Development

Steven Henke joined Desert AIDS Project in 2017 as Director of Community Development. In this role he leads the communications, marketing and partnership efforts for D.A.P. Resource Development events, annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and capital campaign, as well as all marketing and communications efforts for D.A.P. owned Revivals Stores. Henke spent his first five years in the Coachella […]

Dane Koch

Director of Retail

Dane Koch joined Desert AIDS Project in 2012, assuming the role of Director of Retail in 2014. Dane brings over 35 years of retail experience, having held senior positions with companies such as Montgomery Ward and Michaels Stores Inc. In addition to his responsibilities of managing the REVIVALS organization, Dane supports the D.A.P. as a […]

William D. VanHemert, MSW

Director of Grants

William (Bill) VanHemert is the Director of Grants at Desert AIDS Project.  Bill started at Desert AIDS Project in November 2017, moving to California from Michigan. Prior to Desert AIDS Project, Mr. VanHemert was President/Chief Executive Officer at Wellness Networks, Inc. d/b/a UNIFIED – HIV Health and Beyond d/b/a AIDS Partnership Michigan. During his tenure […]

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