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DEMOCRATS OF THE DESERT

 

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DEMOCRATS OF THE DESERT 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

2019

 

(alphabetical order)

 Siv ADAMS, Hospitality 

Birthplace:  Malå, Lapland, Sweden 

Education/Career:  BA Language. Interior Design /  Flight Attendant, Purser, In-Flight Director


 

Steve BROOKS, Citizen Lobby Days Chair

Sun City Palm Desert

Birthplace:  Los Angeles

Education/Career: BA Psychology – CSU Northridge

Career with Los Angeles City Dept. of Water & Power 


 

Fergus CURRIE, Fund-raising Chair

Cathedral City

Education/career: Retired from university education

 

 Michael FINLAND, Candidate Development Chair

Palm Springs

Birthplace:  Teaneck, NJ

Education/Career:  BA English Literature, St. Joseph’s College; Real estate/security

 

Laura GREENLEE, Community Engagement Chair 

La Quinta

Birthplace:  Los Angeles

Education:  BA Loyola Marymount University & College Counseling Certificate, UCLA Extension.  

 

Career 1: Free-lance Line Producer and Production Manager, the Film Industry

Career 2:  College and Career Counselor 

 

Susan MOELLER, Hospitality 

Cathedral City

Birthplace: Superior, Wisconsin 

BA, English/Drama, Cal State, Long Beach


 

Jan SEIDEN, Hospitality 

Palm Desert

Birthplace: Van Nuys, California

Education/Career: Pasadena City College and Cal State; RN, Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena

 

Bill SIMPKINS, Vice President and Associate Member, 

Riverside County Democratic Party

Indio 

Birthplace: Long Beach, California

Education: Career: AA, Public Fire Service, Rancho Santiago College

 

Dori SMITH, President

Palm Desert

Birthplace:  Madera, California

BA, Journalism, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Career:  Communications/public relations at large & small companies

 

Cathie SNYDER, Membership Chair

La Quinta

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Education: AA, Glendale Community College

 

Megan STROSNIDER, Treasurer

La Quinta

Hometown: Tucson

Education: Civil Engineer Degree, University of Arizona

 

Jimmi THOMAS, Communications & Social Media Chair

Palm Springs

Birthplace: Appleton, Wisconsin

BS Microbiology and Public Health. University of Wisconsin



 

Neddy THOMPSON, Programs/Political Action Chair 

Palm Desert

Birthplace:  Oconomowoc, Wisconsin


Career:  Mental Health Clinic owner, administrator and clinician specializing in sex therapy and family therapy.

 

Robert WESTWOOD, President Emeritus

Rancho Mirage

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky

Education: BA, Journalism, The Ohio State University; MS, Counseling, San Francisco State University