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 at Wellness Networks, Inc., Bill also held positions as Development Director, Director of Community Mobilization and Director of Prevention and Education Services.
During his career, Bill served in positions with the Arizona Department of Health Services, New Arizona Family – Phoenix, AZ, and United Behavioral Health/United Healthcare – San Francisco, CA. In 2009, Bill returned to Michigan and AIDS Partnership Michigan as Development Director and Director of Community Mobilization. In 2013, Bill became Executive Director of AIDS Partnership Michigan. During 2013/2014, AIDS Partnership Michigan held strategic/merger dialogs with HIV AIDS Resource Center. In 2015, Bill became the President/Chief Executive Officer of the newly merged and rebranded organization, UNIFIED – HIV Health and Beyond.
Mr. VanHemert holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Central Michigan University. Bill has been active in the HIV/AIDS, human service, and health care field for 25+ years. His career has extended into non-profit, government, for-profit and independent sectors in Michigan, Arizona, and California. Bill demonstrates a strong commitment for the HIV, LGBTQ, and human services communities.