Our Board of Directors

To receive a copy of board minutes, please contact Executive Assistant to the C.E.O. & Manager of Executive Affairs:
Nick Valenziano – nick@desertaidsproject.org

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 […]

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 […]

David Morris, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Before coming to D.A.P., in January 2016, Dr. Morris was Medical Director and Attending Physician at Pride Medical, an LGBT-oriented clinic in Atlanta, from 1999 to 2015. He is a certified HIV Specialist and Board-Certified Family Medicine Physician, with a proven commitment to medical excellence spanning 28 years of hospital and outpatient clinical […]

Phyllis Ritchie, MD

Senior Physician Specialist

Dr. Phyllis Ritchie is a board certified Infectious Disease specialist.  Originally from San Francisco, she received her undergraduate BA degree from San Francisco State University, majoring in Italian. Dr. Ritchie went to medical school at Chicago Medical School and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Loyola University Medical Center.  Dr. Ritchie received specialty training in […]

Chris Brown

Chief Operation Officer

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

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 […]

Howard A. Aronow, MD

Howard Aaron Aronow, MD, or Aaron as everyone including his patients call him, is currently Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology and Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine where he has been on faculty since 1990. At present, he directs the HIV Neurology program part-time, but is happy to also join us part-time at Desert AIDS […]

Timothy Carroll, PhD

Clinical Psychologist Mental Health

Timothy Carroll, Ph.D., joined Desert AIDS Project in 2016, the same year he moved to Palm Springs. He formerly worked for Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa in the Department of Psychiatry for 17 years. Dr. Carroll specializes in working with mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. He is originally from a small town […]

David L. Scott, MD

Psychiatrist

David Scott, MD is a psychiatrist who previously had a career in Adolescent Medicine. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric training at University Hospital Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He has more than 10 years experience helping transgender individuals transition using the standards of care recommended […]

Jim Cox, DC

Chiropractor

After touring D.A.P. and learning that chiropractic was not currently available, Dr. Jim Cox agreed to begin offering his services in The DOCK on Fridays from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, beginning August 5th. Additional hours and days of chiropractic service will be […]

Daniel Jo, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Daniel Jo was born and raised in Orange County, California and has lived in Southern California his entire life. He began working at D.A.P.’s Dental Clinic in August 2015 and finds it fulfilling to work at a nonprofit organization providing dental care to our underserved clientele. His hobbies include going to the gym, video […]

Shubha Kerkar, MD

Physician, MACP

Dr. Shubha Kerkar has the distinction of serving at the Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.) for over 2 decades – longer than any current staff members! Dr. Kerkar is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases and for 12 years has maintained certification and credentialing by the American Academy of HIV Medicine-AAHIVS. She has been nominated as the Top Doctor in Infectious Diseases by […]

Victoria Landry

Nurse Practitioner, DNP, MSN, BSN, ANP-BC, RN

Before D.A.P., Victoria Landry worked in a variety of environments including hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and nursing homes. Her extensive training – including her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree – was put to good use providing in-home health services, including assessments, diagnostics, and treatment of […]

Matt Moran, Senior Nurse Practitioner Specialist

MSN, NP, PHN, ANP-BC, AAHIVS

Mr. Moran is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APNP). He has specialized, post-graduate education and training in the treatment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection, and he has completed a Fellowship in HIV Medicine. Additionally, Mr. Moran has received the advanced education and training required to perform high-resolution anoscopies, used in the diagnosis and treatment […]

Tulika Singh, MD, MS AAHIVS

HIV Primary Care Physician, ID Specialist

Dr. Singh is a Board Certified HIV Specialist, and an Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine Physician, working in HIV care since 2009. Prior to joining the Desert AIDS Project, she worked as a Primary Care and Infectious Disease Specialist at North Ottawa Community Hospital in Grand Haven, Michigan, and an HIV Specialist at Mercy Health […]

Daniel Parker, PhD

Director of Behavioral Health

Dr. Daniel Parker is a clinical psychologist with the Behavioral Health Services Department at Desert AIDS Project. Dr. Parker has over 20 years of experience providing mental health services […]

Anthony Velasco

MS, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, CNS, CMSRN, ACRN

Anthony Velasco is an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and has been working in HIV care since 2010. Prior to joining the Desert AIDS Project, he worked as a clinical nurse supervisor at UC San Diego Health in an acute medicine unit specializing in HIV, tuberculosis, hepatitis, opportunistic infections, and AIDS-related cancers. Mr. Velasco earned […]

Hector Paul Vizoso

RN-BC, MSN, NE-BC, ACRN, CCRC

Helping to keep our operations running smoothly in the health center is Hector Vizoso as D.A.P.’s Clinical Quality Improvement Coordinator/Nurse Manager. Fluent in Spanish, he prides himself on being a creative problem solver and leader, adept at managing projects and people while providing support and promoting a cohesive […]

Ryan Yamashiro, DDS

Dentist

Dr. Ryan Yamashiro graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and has been working at D.A.P.’s dental clinic for a little over 2 years. He is originally from Hawaii but now lives in Southern California. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, surfing, and traveling.

Steve Kaufer

Chair

Kaufer served as a D.A.P. Board member from 1987-1997, rejoining the Board in 2007. Kaufer has always been active in D.A.P. fundraising. In honor of his many years of involvement as volunteer and donor to D.A.P., Steve Kaufer received the Partners for Life Award at the 2010 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards. It was Kaufer and fellow long-time Board member Andrew Green who met with Steve Chase, already a D.A.P. volunteer, to convince him that he should join them on its Board. Kaufer is a nationally known security consultant and expert on workplace violence. He advises a wide range of government agencies and companies, including those in the Fortune 100. With over 30 years in the security industry, he designs multi-faceted solutions to complex security and violence issues. Kaufer has earned the designation of Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS International, the largest professional security association in the world.  http://www.interactionassociatesinc.com

Patrick Jordan

Vice Chair

Patrick Jordan called the music business home since graduating from the University of Arizona in 1987. He began his career working with the legendary record executive Johnny Barbis at his music and marketing company the same year and began developing his promotional expertise on the competitive L.A. radio scene. Scoring hits for Carole King, Michael Penn and the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack, Mr. Jordan ultimately segued to the PolyGram record label in New York and became the company’s Promotion Coordinator for a staff of 18 in addition to his responsibilities managing the office of the Executive Vice President. Mr. Jordan then served at the National Director of Operations for Island Records reporting to the President and CEO and was intricately involved in the promotion, marketing and sales of such luminary artists as U2, the Cranberries, Melissa Etheridge, Elton John, Salt N Pepa and the Bee Gees. From 2000–2004, Mr. Jordan served as the Head of Operations for DreamWorks Records and was acting liaison to the DreamWorks SKG Film Marketing division. In 2004 Mr. Jordan made Palm Springs his full time residence and began his new career full time in real estate forming Patrick Stewart Properties at Bennion & Deville Homes. Currently an Executive Premier Director a designation given only to 15 agents out of roughly 750 based on sales and leadership. Patrick Jordan has been a long time AIDS activist helping get the first events off the ground with the Elton John AIDS Foundation and having been a supporter of Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Treatment Action Group and of course Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs, CA as well as numerous others. http://www.patrickstewartproperties.com

Mark Hamilton, Board Member at Desert AIDS Project

Mark Hamilton

Board Secretary

Mark Hamilton moved to Palm Springs in 2003 from California’s Silicon Valley where he was a marketing executive for enterprise software start-ups. Over his 30-year career, Mark helped grow four companies from start-up stage through to Initial Public Offering (IPO.) As a VP of Marketing, Mark specialized in using targeted messaging and social media to expand market awareness and create market momentum. While in Silicon Valley, Mark also served on Lambda Legal’s national board of directors. Mark retired in 2013 and looks forward to helping Desert AIDS Project increase its presence and impact on our community.

Fred Drewette

Treasurer

Fred Drewette: Fred Drewette is currently Chief Financial Officer of Corona Regional Medical Center in Corona, CA. He has previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Anaheim Regional Medical Center, San Dimas Community Hospital, John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, and Desert Regional Medical Center. Fred joined Desert AIDS Project in 1993 as a member of the finance committee and in 1996 was elected to the Board of Directors. In 1997 he was elected Treasurer of the Board of Directors, a position he has held continuously since that time. With Bachelors and Masters Degrees from California State University at Fullerton, Fred currently lives with his family in Corona, California.

Carolyn Caldwell Medical Committee Chair Desert AIDS Project

Carolyn Caldwell

Medical Committee Chair

Carolyn Caldwell is the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach, California. Prior to joining St. Mary Medical Center, Caldwell served as CEO of Desert Regional Medical Center and as President and CEO of Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri. Her successes there included the creation of both a multispecialty group of more than 60 employed physicians in 11 locations and a hospitalists group, as well as helping the hospital achieve Joint Commission accreditation for its stroke center.

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.

Christopher Foltz, MD

Internal Medicine

Prior to joining Desert AIDS Project, Dr. Foltz was located in Los Angeles where he completed his training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. He is currently Board certified in Internal Medicine. Originally from the Midwest, Dr. Foltz was born and raised in a suburb of Kansas City, KS. He completed his undergraduate education, majoring […]

Kevin Bass

Board Member

Kevin Bass moved to Palm Springs in 1992 and immediately began volunteering at Desert AIDS Project. As a result, Kevin has seen many changes and enormous growth in services over the past many years. Kevin was proud to serve as the Co Chair of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2006. He was honored with a Steve Chase Humanitarian Award in 2007. In addition to DAP, Kevin has been involved with many additional organizations in the Coachella Valley. In 2000, Kevin was elected to the Board of Gay Associated Youth (501C3), a local LGBT youth “drop in” center. Within 9 months, he was elected President of the Board where he served for 6 years. In 2008 he joined the National Board of the Human Rights Campaign where he served until 2012. Kevin is passionate about his professional life as well. He is one of the top real estate agents in Palm Springs and a member of the ASK Team at Bennion Deville Homes. In addition, Kevin owns 2 Home Health Care Agencies in Palm Springs and Newport Beach.
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Jerry Fogelson Desert AIDS Project Board Member

Jerry Fogelson

Board Member

Actively involved in the real estate industry since 1955, Gerald W. Fogelson is the founder and CEO of the Fogelson Group of Companies. He has owned and directed companies in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, California, Minnesota, and Kentucky, developing more than $5 Billion of real estate. Fogelson is the co-founder of the Chicago School of Real Estate at Roosevelt University, with the first endowed Chair for Real Estate in the state of Illinois in his name. In addition to being the author of Central Station: Realizing a Vision, he has served on the boards of numerous philanthropic and community organizations including Roosevelt University, the Auditorium Theater Board, the Near South Planning Board, and the Chicago Board of Real Estate. Fogelson was inducted into the Chicago Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2003.

Barbara Keller

Board Member

Barbara sits on the Executive Board of the Palm Springs Art Museum where she served as a docent for 18 years. She is past president of the Museum Associates Council and has acted as chair for key Museum fundraising events. In addition, Barbara is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Family Service of the Desert, where she has served as Honorary Chair of their gala, One Night Only, since its inception. Barbara zealously supports Equality California, Sunshine Circle, the Jewish Federation, and the Human Rights Campaign among other worthy charities, and has also served on the Board of Trustees of the McCallum Theatre. Barbara co-chaired 7 of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards galas with her inimitable co-chair Jim Casey and team and also co-chairs Dinner At My Place with the fabulous Steve Kaufer. Barbara is co-founder of Book to Screen for the Palm Springs International Film Festival with 100 Women member Susan Rosser. Barbara and her husband, Jerry, own LULU, a California bistro in Palm Springs.

Terril Ketover, Board Member, Desert AIDS Project

Terril Ketover

Board Member

With a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Miami, Terril’s varied professional career has included a nine-year term as the Executive Director of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and a long association with the City of Miami as a Special Consultant to the Chief of Police and City Manager. She has been officially recognized by the Florida House of Representatives and the White House for founding the “Do the Right Thing” Program, a nonprofit organization with chapters in 53 cities throughout the United States as well as Germany and England. Terril was a member of the Miami Commission on the Status of Women and numerous boards, including the Parent Resource Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, Jewish Federation Women, and Jewish Family Service of the Desert. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater Council, Co-Chair of Michael Childer’s “One Night Only,” and is a board member of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center. She was honored as the desert’s “Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer” at the 2013 National Philanthropy Day, received the “100 Women Award” at the 2014 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala, and was the recipient of the 2014 “Athena Leadership Award” from the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Photo by Stacy Jacob

Evelin Martinez, Desert AIDS Project Board Member

Evelin Martinez

Board Member

Evelin Martinez is area president for the Inland Empire region of Well Fargo’s community bank, overseeing 900 team members and banking operations at 49 retail banking stores in the communities of Apple Valley, Banning, Beaumont, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Indio, Rialto, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, Yucaipa, and Yucca Valley.

Martinez assumed her current role in 2014 and began her career at Wells Fargo in 1992 as a teller in San Francisco. Since then, she has held numerous retail banking positions, including personal banker, assistant manager, store manager, sales development consultant and district manager. She also has extensive wealth management experience and holds Series 7 and 24 securities licenses.

Martinez graduated from Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in human resources management. Martinez is actively involved in nonprofit organizations and community events and has served as co-chair for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality’s annual Latina History Day Conference. She currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. with her family.

Kyle Mudd, Board Member, Desert AIDS Project

Kyle Mudd

Board Member

Kyle Mudd has extensive experience in international affairs, having been recruited for the CIA from The Innovation Group, a think tank owned by Xerox Corporation. In addition to his time with the CIA, Mudd has had experience starting and running several business ventures, before being hired by Mobilecomm/Cellular One as President of the company west of the Mississippi. Kyle has a daughter and two grandchildren, and has been married for 33 years to Louis Smith. He and his husband are long-time supporters of Desert AIDS Project, with particular interest in the new Career Building program.

David Perez

Board Member

David Perez has more than 32 years of experience in the healthcare information system industry, currently working as Vice President/Chief Information Office at Eisenhower Medical Center, which has received accreditation for a residency program and is becoming a teaching hospital. As CIO, David is responsible for the informations systems, technology infrastructure and telecommunications of the health system. He has been part of the executive team that transitioned the hospital from a 262-bed community hospital to a 542-bed health system with an extension of urgent cares, primary care, and specialty offices. David has served in a variety of executive roles and been member of leadership teams involved in 43 hospital conversions.

Ann Sheffer Board Member Desert AIDS Project

Ann Sheffer

Board Member

Ann Sheffer is a volunteer, advocate, and patron from Westport, CT and Palm Springs, CA. She is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Betty R. and Ralph Sheffer Foundation, a small family foundation devoted to the arts, education, and community care, now involving a third generation in thoughtful, targeted philanthropy. In addition, Ann has been deeply involved in private, foundation, and government funding for the arts, on national, state, and local levels. She is currently a trustee of the Palm Springs Art Museum and Chair of the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission.

Dr. Tom Truhe Desert AIDS Project board member

Tom Truhe

Board Member

Dr. Tom Truhe moved to Palm Springs in 2000 from New York City and quickly became active in community activities and volunteering. After co-producing the first “One Night Only” with Michael Childers in 2002 – as a benefit for D.A.P. – he has been involved with the event every year since. Tom was a board member of the American Cancer Society of the Desert from 2006-2009 and the Opera Showcase of the Desert from 2007-2010. In 2015, he began his tenth year on the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater Council Board, where he has served as its chair since 2008. In addition, he serves the Palm Springs Art Museum as a trustee and member of its Development Committee.

As a retired dental surgeon, Tom received a BS in Biology/Chemistry from the University of South Dakota and his DDS from Creighton University in Omaha before entering the U.S. Army where he served for eight years with an emphasis on oral surgery, rising to the rank of Major. Following this service, Tom entered briefly into private dental practice in Glen Burnie, MD. In 1996, he was named as the Director of the National Center for Dental Information for a term of 10 years, writing and lecturing extensively on new dental technologies to dentists and hygienists throughout the U.S. and Europe. Tom has also served on many dental-related boards and as a consultant to dental-oriented companies from 1996-2005.

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 […]

Rodney Fox

Nurse Practitioner

Rodney Fox is a Nurse Practitioner, from a small Appalachian town in rural Tennessee, graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, in 1997. Upon graduation, he moved to Atlanta, GA where he worked as a Registered Nurse in General Medicine, followed by Emergency and Trauma, and then eventually moving […]

Trent Broadus

Nurse Practitioner

Trent Broadus has been providing both HIV/AIDS care and Hepatitis treatment since 2013. Originally from Mississippi, he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to 2013, Trent practiced internal medicine utilizing his critical care background. He worked for many years at Sharp Healthcare in San Diego as a […]

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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