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Brian Rix, Board Chair

Brian Rix joined the Board of Directors in 2010. He is a principal with Burke Rix Communications, LLC with offices in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. The firm specializes in government relations, public relations, event and conference management and campaign management and fundraising. Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree…

Mary Sue Allen, Vice Chair

Mary Sue Allen joined The Center Board in 2015. A Vice President of Human Resources for UPS West Region, Allen leads a Human Resources Department that serves over 113,000 employees in 25 states. A native of Hayward, California, Allen received her B.A. degree in Human Resources Management from Brenau University…

Al Jones, Secretary

Al Jones served as the Vice President for Postsecondary Collaboration at Achieve/PARCC, located in Washington, DC. from 2010 to 2014, where he was responsible for advancing the organization's college and career-ready mission through work with the postsecondary community, including leading the higher education engagement strategy for the Partnership for the…

Mary Ann McLaughlin, Treasurer

Mary Ann McLaughlin serves as the Associate Vice President of Patient Care Services at Eisenhower Medical Center. She has worked with the organization for over 25 years. Mary Ann started her professional medical career as a staff nurse upon completion of her nursing diploma from Benedictine Hospital School of Nursing…

Michele McKee, At-Large

Michele L. McKee actually officially started with the board at the end of 2012.   She is a managing partner at O’Kane & McKee, LLP, a Palm Springs-based law firm providing an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the complex needs of business owners and individual clients. McKee received her Bachelor of Science Degree…

Charles Robbins, At-Large

Charles Robbins has been transforming nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years and brings a wealth of experience as one of the Center’s newest board members. Mr. Robbins currently serves as the Vice President of The Village Family Services, a large Southern California family wellness agency specializing in providing safety…

Tom Becktold

Tom Becktold helps companies and organizations build, reposition and strengthen their brands, identify and evaluate acquisition targets and establish innovative marketing programs. Tom joined the Board in November 2015. He previously served as senior vice president of global marketing for Business Wire, a unit of Berkshire Hathaway. A 26-year veteran…

Lucy DeBardelaben

Lucy A. DeBardelaben joined the Board in 2015. She is co-founder of the prestigious Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival.  Lucy and her partner received the 2013 Palm Springs Pride Spirit Award.  She is a former board member of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Lucy has over 40 years of…

Dick Haskamp

Born and raised in suburban Detroit, MI, Dick Haskamp received his BA in Communication and Theatre Arts from Eastern Michigan University in 1976.  Upon graduation, and having served in the US Army, Dick moved to Santa Monica, CA where he lived for fifteen years until moving to the desert in…

Chris Ann Kallgren

Chris Ann Kallgren joined The Center Board in 2015. A real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Palm Springs, she services Morongo Valley, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, Twenty Nine Palms, and the Palms Springs area. Kallgren believes in advocacy for the LGBT community and animal rescue. She regularly volunteers…

Sue Knollenberg

Sue Knollenberg joined The Center as a Board Director in May 2014. She and her partner, Marsha are Minnesota natives and moved to Palm Desert in spring 2008. She is a Certified Fund Raising Professional and has been a development professional for twenty-seven years. In Minnesota, she worked primarily in…

Lisa Middleton

Lisa Middleton is a member of the Palm Springs Planning Commission, Chairwoman of the Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE-PS), a member of the Boards of Directors of the Desert Horticulture Society and the Desert LGBT Center. In 2014, she was the Center’s Interim Executive Director. On the Planning Commission…

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