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Experience and Background

My husband, Stephen, and I (and our two adorable pups Oscar and Sophie) relocated to Palm Springs from Los Angeles in early 2017. After visiting the desert for 20-plus years and owning a vacation home here for five years, we often dreamed of living and working here full-time. We are thrilled to have been able to make this transition a reality.

In 1986, I got my start in the financial services industry and am excited to now be able to service my clients locally as Palm Springs' newest Edward Jones financial advisor. I am currently excepting new client relationships and am also happy to review your existing account relationships. I have spent my career assisting clients with a variety of products and services. I also have worked closely with many of their estate planning attorneys and CPAs in order to provide my clients with a more complete financial picture. Customer service is my number one priority! My office is in downtown Palm Springs in The 500 Building (formerly known as the Alan Ladd Building). 

I am quite active in the community and have always believed strongly in giving back. In addition to the volunteer work I do with Digicom Learning, where Stephen is the COO, I am also an active member of both the Desert AIDS Project and The LGBT Community Center of the Desert. Born and raised in Long Island, NY, I graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where I studied economics and French.

Please contact me to set up an appointment anytime.



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Thursday, 04 January 2018 23:01

Jim Scheibel

Originally from Canada, Jim Scheibel has over 17 years of experience in healthcare administration, specifically quality improvement and waste reduction, following his degree in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. Together with his husband, Jim owns and operates a State Farm insurance agency in the Coachella Valley. Jim has previous served on the board of The North Central Community Center, a community-based organization for at-risk youth in Regina Saskatchewan. He currently serves on the board of Canmar Grain’s an international food production company, where he has helped build relationships with national brands such as Trader Joe’s and Costco, along with numerous international distributors.

Published in Board of Directors
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 19:59

David Wallace

Continuing our series on The Center’s volunteers, we meet the Creative Writing instructor, David Wallace:  Creative Writing Class Sept 9th Sign Up Now
As my fourth season mentoring the Creative Writing class begins Saturday, I’m suddenly in the embarrassing position of writing my own story. But, as that’s also what I’m presently doing as a memoir on deadline, I’ll tell you why publishers were interested.
I think it’s because A Kid From Missouri has less to do with anything I’ve accomplished than being a vivid demonstration of what unintended consequences can do to mold a life. It’s the story of an ordinary, shy kid who was given amazing opportunities and experiences simply because of a unique chain of events… among them chatting with Pope Pius XII about my sexuality; hanging with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; hobnobbing with heroes (among them the Eisenhowers - mom was in Mamie’s Canasta club), and idols like Maria Callas (I’m the ultimate opera queen).
It all started with a long ago scandal causing my family to withdraw into itself for 50 years, socializing, celebrating, mourning, and, for some (including me), actually living together in my grandmother’s house in Independence, Missouri.  My mom, dad (her son), and I occupied two upstairs bedrooms, and, across the hall, her daughter’s family had their bedrooms.  And her husband – my uncle - was a U.S. Senate rookie named Harry S Truman.  Take it from there… from my earliest days, I’ve lived in a pretty high profile environment, but when FDR died and my uncle became president, everything went into overdrive... White House vacations, Secret Service everywhere, the Independence (the presidential plane) and the Williamsburg (the yacht, among whose military staff was my galley-raider buddy Cpl. Steve McQueen),, assassination attempts, fawning sycophants, etc… the whole magillah.
Turns out that eventually I discovered I could write. Gossip queen Liz Smith (who dubbed me “the maestro of entertainment history”), People (I became its National Correspondent), and The New York Times (which called my work “inspired”), were among those who also noticed. Which led to my developing my own celebrity-filled phonebook, publishing nine books, and, eventually, also led  to teaching the Creative Writing workshop at The Center where, gratifyingly,  I have been able to assist many in putting words to their own  life stories, dreams, and fantasies.  
Thursday, 23 May 2013 23:13

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 she has advocated for neighborhood/developer cooperation, increased use of solar power, the creative use of desert landscaping, renewal of our downtown, sustainable projects that excel – architecturally and economically and the elimination of abandoned buildings and blighted vacant lots.

ONE-PS is a coalition of 40 neighborhoods. Under Lisa’s leadership, ONE-PS has taken the lead on street repairs, vacation rental compliance, pedestrian, cyclist and traffic safety and the inclusive involvement growth of every community within Palm Springs.

Lisa Middleton retired after serving 36 years with the State Compensation Insurance Fund of the State of California. At her retirement she was the Senior Vice President of Internal Affairs with executive responsibility for Internal Audit, Fraud Investigation, Public Records and Governance. She was a member of California’s Fraud Assessment Commission.

In 2010, she chaired the Commission. Lisa is a graduate of UCLA and USC, receiving her Masters in Public Administration from USC.

She has also completed the UCLA LGBT Leadership Institute.

After 13 years together, Lisa and Cheryl were married in July 2013. Lisa is transgender having completed a change in gender roles in the mid-1990s. She is the proud parent of two adult children.

Published in Board of Directors
Friday, 12 April 2013 21:23

Resource Links

Indio Senior Center


Desert LGBT Organizations
AIDS Assistance Program (AAP)
Coachella Valley Couples Club
Desert AIDS Project
Desert Business Association
Desert Dyners
Desert Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Desert Gay Tourism Guild
Desert Outreach Foundation
Desert Winds Freedom Band
Get Tested Coachella Valley
Greater Palm Springs Pride
Jewish Federation of Palm Springs & the Desert Area
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)
Palm Springs Bears
Palm Springs/Desert Communities Chapter of PFLAG
Palm Springs Frontrunners & Walkers
Palm Springs Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
PS Pozabilities
Prime Timers of the Desert
Stonewall Golfers

Other Resources

Advocate Money Minute
American Veterans for Equal Rights
Al-Anon in the Desert
California Smokers Helpline
Equality California
Focus on Cancer
Freedom to Marry
Home Safety for Seniors
Human Rights Campaign
Legal Aid Association of California
Gay Gull National Gay News
Desert Mediation Group
The Jewish Family Services of the Desert
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Senior Services & Organizations
California DMV Senior Driver Info
Coachella Valley Affordable Housing
Desert Hot Springs Senior Center
Elder Abuse
Indio Senior Center
Inland Counties Legal Services
Joslyn Senior Center
La Quinta Senior Center
Lavender Seniors of the East Bay
Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network
L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center - Senior Program
Mizell Senior Center
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC)
Riverside County Office on Aging
Social Security Administration
Tai Chi for Health and Vitality
US Government Senior Resources
White House Conference on Aging
Guide to Home Remodeling for Disability
and Special Needs
Lucy and Gail
Meth Addiction Treatment
National Association of LGBT Community Centers
Spectrum LGBT Center
Voice Modification for People in the Transgender Community
Published in About
Friday, 12 April 2013 20:41


While all programs at The Center are built for our entire community, sometimes it's nice to find and create space for ourselves. These programs were created with a focus on LGBTQ women. Plus, get access to our weekly Women's Newsletter, which highlights events created by and for LGBTQ women across the Coachella Valley.
Sign Up Now for Women's Newsletter

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Center Mixer Tonight Wed the 21st

Your resource for what's happening in the valley for LGBT women.
Women's Chat - Every Thursday …connecting women….inspiring friendships. Talk, listen, laugh, connect. Join us as we share our stories, our failures & our successes. We are on all the path of living, loving and learning. Great way to make new friends. Thursdays 10:30 to noon at The Center 1301 North Palm Canyon, 3rd Floor
Entertainment - Ongoing
KEISHA D is at Wangs in the Desert. 1st and 3rd Sunday's on the patio. 5pm to 8pm, no cover
KATHERINE WHITE - The sultry sounds of Kathryn White, every THURSDAY, 6:30pm-9:30pm,
Three Sixty North Bar and Grill. . 360 N Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs CA 92262 (760) 327-1773.
Wyld Womxn August Full Moon gathering August 26th
Wyld Womxn will be hosting their August Full Moon gathering on Sunday, August 26th at 5:30 PM-7:30 PM at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club! We will be meeting on the 1st floor of the Clubhouse. This month's activities include full moon affirmations & a "Smash the Patriarchy" piñata release! 
Our monthly gatherings are open to new and interested women creatives, and persons who identify as women. The meeting is a great way to meet the current collective and learn about member programming and how to join Wyld Women.
Instead of filling our piñata with candy, we are asking attendees to donate one good-vibe or self-care item, art supplies, or small trinkets. 
Examples of what to bring:
a box of incense ,a sage bundle, art supplies ,small books, random dollar store trinkets, tea
Please confirm your RSVP here
Feel free to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message us through our FB page. 
Learn More: 
Women's Country Western Dance Lessons
Let's get dancing. Learn a variety of country western dances. Women's beginning class will resume Friday, September 7 at step by step dance studio 316 N Palm Canyon Dr.  More information to follow.
Country Dance Lessons
Country dance lessons with Rob Ollander-Krane at Trunks on Saturdays (September 1 two-step, October 13 shadow, November 24 15-minute tune up one on one, December 22 two-step) at 7pm.  No cover.
Crave Dance Party Sept 15th
Saturday, September 15 at 7 PM - 10 PM
424 S Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, California 92262
CRAVE Dance Party LGBT
Benefitting "The Well in the Desert" $10 Door
Donations of food, clothes & basic toiletries appreciated.
The Well in the Desert is a grassroots 501c3 organization that works to make life easier for those who face poverty and homelessness by offering meals daily, food distribution among with a plethora of other services. They make sure people have a cooling center where people can relax, shower, get clean clothes, have snacks and water. Their goal is to help folks find the dignity they lose being homeless, and to offer hope and life no matter who they are & what they might be facing. 
L-fund presents the inaugural women's golf scramble tourney on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the LPGA Dinah Shore course Mission Hills. Register at L-fund.org
LCLC presents Dorothy Allison Oct 13, 2018
Keynote Speaker, Legendary Pioneering Author Dorothy Allison, at Palm Springs Library, 4pm, Oct. 13, 2018. Free and open to the public. Details are at  https://www.lclcpalmsprings.com/
Lesbians and their Allies. Pride Weekend Nov 3rd and 4th.
SATURDAY NOV. 3RD – Picnic/Rally/March
$5 Catered Picnic
MC Shann Carr, DJ Ginger,Dancing,Drum Circle,Kids Area
Raffle and Outdoor games
Shade and seating provided
March to Pride steps off at 4pm
SUNDAY NOV. 4TH – Lesbo Expo 2019 Launch Party
$30 Tickets • Fun Buffet • Free Keg of Beer while it lasts
MC – Comedian Marga Gomez
MUSIC – Sweet Baby J’ai and her All Star Women’s Jazz Band
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Think about becoming a Member @ The Center.
Memberships @ The Center start at $25.00 a year
Your membership fees make a wonderful difference for many women's lives in our LGBT community. Your contributions allow us to distribute groceries to over 250 households each week through our Community Food Bank @ The Center. Membership assists in providing no cost/low cost counseling services to over 50 LGBT clients each week and keeps our classes like 50+Fit, yoga, drawing, bridge and dancing at a low cost. In addition, your fees and donations support our youth suicide-prevention and anti-bullying program in the Palm Springs Unified School District. And remember, your membership entitles you to receive discounts on all classes and workshops at The Center. 


Published in Programs
Thursday, 10 April 2014 21:43

Desert Winds Freedom Band

The Desert Winds Freedom Band was founded by Gary Moline in the Fall of 2001.
The Band is a diverse group open to all gay and gay-friendly people who like to play concert band music. It serves the greater Palm Springs, California area located in the beautiful Coachella Valley.  The Band has a core of dedicated musicians who love to make music together. Some are professionals and others haven't played since they graduated from high school many years ago.

Rehearsals are usually onThursday Nights
6:45 - Tuning & Warm-up
7 - 9:30 - PM Rehearsal

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    The McDonald/Wright Building

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

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    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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