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Kim Kieler

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With SMART, community mentors meet one-on-one and help coach students through the application and financialaid process. Applying to college, and seeking financial aid, may be the some of the most daunting tasks of adolescence. Add inequality, income disparity, and cultural and learning differences to the mix and daunting can become overwhelming.

Come and find out more about this valuable program sponsored by the Palm Springs Unified School District (PSUSD). For more information about The Foundation and SMART, please click HERE

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Dr. Stoltz has been a national certified counselor and certified alcohol and drug counselor for over 25 years, and is now pursuing licensure hours to become a clinical psychologist. Certified in recovery/addictions, dual disorders, CBT for Late Life Depression, and trained in EMDR, Dr. Stoltz continues to stay current with new treatment innovations. As a former US Marine, she provides a unique insight and understanding of trauma.  Dr. Stoltz is pleased to offer her services to the LGBT community in Coachella Valley.

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With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a masters and doctorate in education from the University of North Florida, author, LGBT historian, and playwright Dr. Ronni Sanlo is the Director Emeritus of the UCLA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center, having previously been the director of the LGBT Center at the University of Michigan. Ronni writes with a focus on LGBT history and has over 100 academic publications to her credit including her memoir The Purple Golf Cart: The Misadventures of a Lesbian Grandmother, and the play Dear Anita Bryant. She and her wife, Dr. Kelly Watson, live in Palm Springs and are working on a lesbian history project. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Sanlo originated the award-winning Lavender Graduation, a commencement event that celebrates the lives and achievements of graduating LGBT college students.


A native of Los Angeles, Renae graduated Loyola Marymount University in 1975 and received her Juris Doctoris from Washington University in St. Louis in 1978. Working as a Deputy District Attorney in Stanislaus County for over 4 years, she became a Deputy Public Defender for San Bernardino county in 1985, where she worked for 29 years. Renae and her wife Barbara moved to Palm Springs over 8 years ago. Since her retirement she has been involved in several community organizations, currently serving as a member of the L-Fund advisory board, the board of directors for the Palm Springs Women's Jazz festival, and has also worked on the Ethics Committee for the City of Palm Springs. Presently Renae is a member of the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Committee and is in training to volunteer as an advocate for developmentally disabled adults.


Local man Albert grew up and was educated here in the Coachella Valley. Working as a Peer Group Counselor during his Coachella Valley High School Junior and Senior years developed Albert’s interest in helping others. Volunteering at Revivals and Animal Samaritans keeps him engaged with his passion for people and animals, while his work with Coachella Valley Repertory, Dez Art Theater and Palm Canyon Theater feeds his interest in the arts.  As Co-Owner and Pastry Chef at 849 Restaurant, Albert is a local businessman and literally helps feed many people some of the best food in town. With husband, Willie Rhine, the men are passionate Ocotillo members for the Center, while Albert has a particular interest in supporting Center Outreach for the East Coachella Valley

With a B.A. in English Literature, an M.A. and Ph.D in Psychology, and as a Graduate Psychoanalyst of the Psychoanalytic Center of California , Joseph Burgo, Ph.D has practiced psychotherapy for more than 35 years. He is also a noted writer having published several works on narcissism, shame, and other mental health issues. As a media commentator, Dr. Burgo has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic among others. When living in Los Angeles, Dr. Burgo taught graduate students in psychology, and sat as director of the board of his psychoanalytic training institute. He lives in Palm Springs with husband, Michael Eha.

OWN YOUR FUTURE!A series of workshops to create the documents needed to control your health care decisions and safeguard your assets.

Saturday, June 8 -  9:30 to 11:30 am: Health Care Directive: A legal document that (1) helps you make some proactive health care decisions about yourself and, (2) names a decision-maker who will advocate for you. If you can, come to this workshop with at least one potential advocate in mind.

Saturday, June 22 - 9:30 to 11:30 am: The Durable Power of Attorney - A legal document that enables a person you trust to handle your financial and day-to-day affairs if you become incapable of doing so for yourself. If you can, come to this workshop with at least one trusted person in mind.

Saturday, July 20 - 9:30 - 11:30 am: The Will - A legal document that distributes your assets after you are gone. If you can, come to the workshop with the name of a trusted person to execute your will.

Please call The Center at 760.416.7790 to sign up | QUESTIONS? Contact Marc Champion at 720.635.3710

 Workshops presented by PALS - Planing Ahead for LGBTQ Seniors. Visit their website HERE


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  • 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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