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 […]

Desert AIDS Project Chief Financial Officer David Benjamin

David Benjamin

Chief Financial Officer

David Benjamin, Chief Financial Officer, joined Desert AIDS Project in 2015 after spending more than 25 years in executive financial and operational management roles within the healthcare industry.  Starting his career on the East Coast as a Certified Public Accountant, he progressed from financial reporting to financial operations, focusing efforts on revenue cycle, cost accounting, […]

Darrell L. Tucci

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 […]

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.” […]

Bruce Weiss

Director of Community Health

Bruce Weiss joined Desert AIDS Project in April 2016 accepting the newly created position, Director of Community Health. Bruce brings 22 years of experience working in various capacities for AIDS service, health care and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-focused organizations. As the Director of Community Health, he participates in the development of, oversees and manages all […]

Carol Wood

Director of Clinical Administration

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 […]

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 […]

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