Our Leadership

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Akilah Benton, MPH,

Vice President of Community Engagement

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Akilah is a public health professional with extensive experience in practical and research-based work with persons living with HIV, both domestically and abroad. Particularly interested in the way HIV/AIDS affects marginalized populations, she has dedicated her career to the advancement of those communities. Akilah early on, developed a passion for understanding cultural differences in the context of health care. She has close to a decade of experience working with marginalized populations of color.

With a bachelors in Anthropology and a Masters of Public Health degree, Akilah has robust knowledge in understating and implementing evidence-based programming.  Akilah currently serves as the Vice President of Community Research and Advocacy where she oversees the newly formed Community Research and Advocacy Department. This department manages the organizations community-based research endeavors, statewide HIV/STD hotline and mobilization project Status Sexy.

While acknowledging how far health care has come, she also understands how far it has to go. She believes there is no rigid formula for delivering health care; rather, each situation must be examined through an individualized holistic lens and considered in the context of our many diverse differences. Akilah looks forward to continuing to utilize her knowledge to implement community-lead best practices to improve the quality of care for people living with HIV and affected by HIV.

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William Hamilton, BA, MPA, PhD,

Vice President of Development

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William Hamilton is an experienced fundraiser, with a demonstrated history of dynamic and impactful fundraising within the nonprofit sector. Having positively impacted the Metro-Detroit area through his passion for nonprofit work, William continues to be a leader for making profound change in community through his work here at UHHB.

Creating robust and comprehensive fundraising plans in concert with direct care services and mission alignment, William is able to bridge the gap in developing organizational dollars. Throughout William’s education and career, and still today - he has a dedication for serving marginalized peoples and giving voice to the voiceless.

William obtained his undergraduate degree from Oakland University in Communications in Rochester Hills, a master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, and his doctorate in Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Nonprofit leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

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Aneshia Solomon, MA,

Vice President of Care Services

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Aneshia is an experienced community service program provider with extensive experience in dealing with women and adolescent girls of color, Sexual Health, and PLWH. What she is most passionate about is advocating for marginalized populations, creating and cultivating programs to assist individuals with overcoming systemic barriers to access care. This passion has fueled her career to serve these communities for the past decade.

Utilizing her BA in the studies of Psychology, Women and Gender Studies as well as her MA in Women and Gender Studies with concentrations in Counseling and Sexuality, Aneshia has been able to build and expand various programs to meet the needs of marginalized populations in her community. She has utilized this experience and knowledge not only in various aspects within the agency’s Care Team, but as well as in her community.

Aneshia has dedicated her career to improving her community around sexual health and advocating for access to essential services for marginalized communities. She is committed to continue her work building and expanding programs to assist the needs of marginalized individuals specifically PLWH and their supportive networks.