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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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Alexis Ortega, Director of Community Engagement

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Ro Soltani

Ro Soltani, is a registered Psychological Assistant completing her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology at Chicago School of Professional Psychology and will be sitting for her MFT licensure by early 2018.  Ro…

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…

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…

Clay Sterzik, MFT Registered Intern

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…

Robbins McTeer, Facilities Maintenance

Robbins is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. He recently moved to Palm Springs in April 2018. For most of his life he’s lived in the south eastern part of the…

Larry Naishtut, MFT Registered Intern

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…

Heather Beeson

Heather is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern who completed a BA in Psychology at CSU San Marcos and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. She…

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…