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    Creating Vibrant Community
    by helping LGBTQ people along their way


     

     
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    THE LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
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CENTER STAFF

Mike Thompson, Chief Executive Officer

Mike Thompson joined the staff as Chief Executive Officer in June 2014 with more than 18 years of nonprofit leadership experience. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma in Business Administration, he previously served as the COO and Acting President of GLAAD and the Executive Director of Equality Utah.  In…

Jill Gover, Ph.D., Director of Mental Health Services

Dr. Gover is a clinical psychologist, specializing in addiction and co-dependency, anxiety and depression, behavioral health, stress management, aging, and LGBTQ issues. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Center for Psychological Studies in Berkeley and obtained her B.A. in Psychology and Masters in Counseling at Sonoma State…

Candice Nichols, Director of Programs

Candice Nichols proudly served as the Executive Director for The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) from December 2004 to 2013.  Under her leadership, The Center expanded programs to serve the youth, senior citizen and mainstream LGBT community.  Nichols forged partnerships with local organizations and agencies…

Kerry Deal, Director of Operations

Kerry Deal joined The Center staff as Operations Manager on July 1, 2015, having recently served as the CFO for Northern Nevada HOPES, a nonprofit community health center in Reno, NV.  Kerry is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a degree in Business Administration, and has been…

Sue Knollenberg, Director of Development

Sue Knollenberg has twenty-eight years of experience in non-profit organizations and health care foundations directing development programs, cultivating relationships with major donors, directing a capital campaign, and writing grants. Her experience in the Coachella Valley includes acting as the Director of Development at Desert AIDS Project and Director of Major…

Alexis Ortega, Donor Engagement Manager

Alexis Ortega was born and raised in Palm Springs, CA. As the first in her family to attend college, she was heavily involved in campus LGBT groups at Stanford University, and during her senior year she volunteered for the Obama campaign and the No on Prop 8 campaign. Shortly after…

Kim Kieler, Programs & IT Manager

Kim Kieler joined the center in Oct 2012 as a volunteer and then as the membership coordinator in May 2014. Kim grew up in northern British Columbia and then graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in zoology and later completed a degree in Computer Systems at…

Steve Edminster - Program Coordinator

Steve Edminster joined The Center in January 2015 as a front desk volunteer and then as program coordinator in December 2015. Steve grew up in Upstate New York where he lived for his first 45 years. While in NY Steve worked at Cornell University teaching computer software applications. Leaving NY…

Miguel Navarro, Executive Assistant

Miguel Navarro joined The Center in October 2013. He first volunteered as a facilitator for The Anti-Bullying/Suicide Prevention workshops taught to ninth grade students in The Palm Springs Unified School District. He then became The Executive Assistant to the CEO of The Center in August 2016. Miguel grew up in…

Chris Wienke, Food Bank Coordinator

Chris Wienke  has been volunteering for The Center since 2015, which made it an easy transition into his current role as Assistant Food Bank Coordinator. Chris is a Southern California Native and before moving to the desert in 2013, Chris was working for one of the largest land owners in…

Jill Hingston, LMFT, Clinical Supervisor

Jill Hingston is a Ph.D. trainee and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is working toward a doctorate in health psychology and is focusing her research on issues related to transgender youth. Jill has experience working with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. She has served as the Program Director…

Marie Hamrick, MFT Registered Intern

Marie, holds a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University and a B.S. in Human Development from Hope International University, and is a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. She has experience working in addiction treatment-recovery, anger management, and parenting training.  Marie’s theoretical foundations are rooted in Rational Emotive Behavior…

David Sepulveda, MFT Registered Intern

David joined The Center in June 2015 as a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. He has a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology with a concentration in Social Work from California Baptist University and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. He has experience working in Addiction, Domestic Violence, Trauma…

Greg Gomez, MFT Registered Intern

Gregory Gomez holds a BA in Psychology from Cal State Dominguez Hills and graduated with an M.A. in Psychology from Brandman University in December 2015.  He is now a Registered MFT and PCC Intern who has specialized for the past four years in chemical dependency with comorbid disorders, and has…

Michael Martin, Mental Health Clinic Administrative Assistant

Mike joins the staff after a long career in the entertainment industry in LA, working primarily for 20th Century Fox. He has a BA from the University of Michigan, and an extensive background in administration and film development. He’s excited to be part of such a dynamic organization serving the…

Clay Sterzik, M.B.A. Psychology

Clay Sterzik holds an M.B.A. from the University of California Riverside and will soon complete a Masters in Psychology with a combined Marriage and Family Therapy/Professional Clinical Counseling emphasis.  After retiring from a career in custom software development, Clay decided to pursue an advanced degree in Psychology.  Beginning in January…

Larry Naishtut, BA Psychology

Larry earned his BA in Psychology from Brandeis University and recently completed his Masters in Psychology for Marriage and Family Therapy at Brandman University. Larry had a successful twenty year career in human resources for Macy’s and Warner Bros. and is eager to support the LGBTQ community as an MFT…

Alpha Betta (Al) - Programming Department Fish

Al's story is the American story. Al's ancestors lived in the rice paddies of Vietnam and Thailand but the call of America, Disneyland and frozen yogurt was strong. He arrived on the Center's door stop in February 2017 and with his bubbly personality, quickly made friends with the center staff…

  • The LGBT Community Center of The Desert

    The McDonald/Wright Building

    1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor
    Palm Springs, CA 92262

    760.416.7790 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

    The Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity
    EIN # 33-0937301

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