AHEC Welcomes Two New Regional Directors

Wisconsin AHEC statewide staff gather the evening prior to the strategic planning kickoff session in Madison.

Annie Short

Annie Short, Northeastern AHEC Director
Annie Short, Northeastern AHEC Director

MANITOWOC – Annie Short became Northeastern Wisconsin AHEC’s (NEWAHEC) executive director. Short brings 10 years of experience working with community organization and the prevention of substance abuse and mental health.

Short graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and is currently attending Concordia University to earn her Master of Business Administration.

Prior to this new role, Short worked for two years as the Behavioral Health Prevention Coordinator for Milwaukee County and previous stints as the Manager for NEWAHEC over eight years.

In her free time you might find Short taking her two dogs, a Jack Russell and Rat Terrier, for long walks.

Short says she is looking forward to learning more about the AHEC system in her new role as well as “working to bring partners together to implement the many strategies to connect with students [in] the interprofessional framework.”

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Azure’De Williams (DeDe)

Azure'De Williams (DeDe), Milwaukee AHEC Director
Azure’De Williams (DeDe), Milwaukee AHEC Director

MILWAUKEE – Azure’De Williams (DeDe) comes to Milwaukee Wisconsin AHEC with 20 years of health and education experience. She previously worked at the American Heart Association.

Williams’ ambition led her to the University of Wisconsin-Madison pre-law program, where she studied Behavioral Science and Law with minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice.

Throughout her early career, Williams has helped college students navigate their academic careers and engaged with youth through the YMCA of Greater Milwaukee and various academic institutions. Williams follows Dr. Brenda C. Gray, who earlier this year was appointed WI AHEC System Director.

Williams said about her new position at Milwaukee AHEC: “I look forward to AHEC preparing the next generation of authentic healthcare professionals…healthcare professionals with conviction of the heart, fearless of navigating crucial conversations, and overflowing with a spirit of joy.”