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.
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.
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