Our Leadership

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Leanne F. Savola,

President

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“I am thrilled to be part of UNIFIED- HIV Health and Beyond. We have a long history of fighting HIV stigma, conducting community research and mobilizing people living with and at risk for HIV. Paired with high quality services these are vital activities as we work to end the HIV epidemic in Southeast Michigan.”

Leanne has worked in the HIV field since 1995. She began her career doing street outreach in Detroit and ran a harm reduction program in NYC before returning to Michigan in 2005. Prior to joining UHHB, Leanne worked at Planned Parenthood of Michigan and served as the HIV/STI Director at the Detroit Health Department. She oversaw the Ryan White Part A Program for the metro Detroit area and HIV prevention programs for the City of Detroit.

Leanne is committed to ending the HIV epidemic and believes that one of the most important parts of reaching that goal is by working with the community to customize HIV services to address their experiences and meet their needs.

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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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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.