Board of Directors
Thomi Clinton, CEO
Thomi Clinton was nationally recognized by LAMBDA as one of 2015’s Trans 100 because of her work within the Inland Empire. She volunteered as a consultant for the Desert AIDS Project, Desert Regional Medical Center, Roy’s Desert Resource Center, Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, The Sanctuary of the Desert, Borrego Health Care Foundation, Palm Springs Greater Pride, Desert Best Friend’s Closet, Palm Springs Diversity Film Festival, and Eisenhower Medical Center. On her birthday in 2015, she was given the key to the city of Palm Springs to recognize her service to the Valley’s residents. In 2016, she received the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission Service of Excellence Award and was named one of 2016’s most influential women in the Coachella Valley by the Desert Sun. In October of 2018, she was requested by Israel to speak on transgender issues to improve their quality of life. Also, this month she began a medical fellowship with American Doctors to provide Transgender Health Education to Pakistani Doctors to improve the quality of life of the Pakistani Transgender Community. In October of 2018, the Transgender Health and Wellness Center was given the Visibility Award by the Los Angeles Blade. She also was invited by the Wider Bridge program to learn and assist the Transgender Diverse community in Israel in October of 2018. She was awarded the 2019 POZ National Leadership Award and is a graduate of the 2020 Victory Fund Institute Leadership Forum.
SIR ROB MORRISON GBE, GCMG, RSSG, KGCOK/DC, BOARD PRESIDENT
ASHLEY DONDE BOARD SECRETARY Fundraising Committee Member, Location Manager
Ashley Donde is Senior Regional Manager for the Coachella Valley and High Desert for USA Shade and Fabric Structures, a specialty construction company. Ashley has 30 years of experience in the industry and has been fortunate enough to work in many different departments with the same company throughout his career from installations, manufacturing, and operations to design, sales, and marketing as well as senior management. Over the past two years, his sibling came out as transgender and identifies as non-binary. They have gone through so much and we are grateful that they have a loving and accepting support system. There are so many transgender people out there that are not as lucky to have the support they need. He is passionate about supporting the transgender community as a whole and looks forward to serving the Transgender Health and Wellness where he can.
Angela Soto, Board, Secretary
Angela Soto is a transgender woman who was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated with Honors in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2003. Along with being a member of the Transgender Health and Wellness Center Board, Angela serves as the Center’s Outreach Coordinator and as Board Secretary.
As a trans girl and youth, Angela faced tremendous gender-based bullying. Because of this and other obstacles, it wasn’t until young adulthood that she was able to pursue the goal of transitioning and finally expressing her gender identity openly and authentically. These experiences gave Angela tremendous personal determination and they have become the driving force behind her commitment to the trans community.
For Angela, supporting the TH&WC is personal, she has been a client of the TH&WC herself and has benefitted both directly and indirectly from the Center’s advocacy and activism. She is passionate about serving the TH&WC and supporting her trans community, along with educating the larger public about trans experiences.
HRH P VIVIANE PETRECA TREASURER OF THE BOARD
Born in Brazil and after a successful career as a professional ballerina, dance instructor and choreographer, she decided to use her leadership skills and attention to detail at the corporate world.
She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Pontificia Catholic University of Parana in 2001 and her Bachelor’s in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of The Santa Catarina State in 2003.
She is fluent in English and Portuguese. Viviane Petreca, Chief Operating Officer of Beverly Hills Luxury Interiors. An Ultra-Luxury InteriorDesign Company, with branches in the United States of America and the Middle East. In this capacity, she is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organization, business development, negotiations, global operations strategies, and their successful implementation, delivering profitable growth and improving the overall performance of BHLI. Under her leadership, the company’s portfolio has expanded tremendously, she has been instrumental in growing the company portfolio.
LORI OSHINS BOARD MEMBER Chief Financial Officer
Lori Oshins, formerly from New York, has been a proud member of the Coachella Valley for over 10 years. She is currently the Controller for Hot Purple Energy, a leader in the valley’s energy industry. Her position allows for workplace effective strategic management and utilizing her strong interpersonal skills. Her true enjoyment comes from the extensive number of charities that her company actively participates in. Previously, Lori was employed by Gucci, one of the known leaders in the fashion industry internationally. There she also was able to immerse herself in the philanthropic environment where she is most effective. The passion she has for the community and helping others remains consistent wherever she goes. She is thrilled to be part of this organization as it will allow her to put her passion and drive to make an impactful difference. In her downtime, Lori can be found at one of the premier country clubs in the Coachella Valley. She truly enjoys the social aspect of the club and is always the first to be most involved in any charities that the club supports.
SUE BURNSIDE BOARD MEMBER Strategic Planning, Community Outreach, Fundraising
As an influential and much-respected national grassroots political consultant, key strategist, and leader in the successful elections of many LGBTQIA+ candidates, Sue is excited to bring her talents back to the Coachella Valley area. A Palm Spring native, she has a unique understanding of the valley and is committed to strengthening connections among its diverse LGBTQIA+ communities. Her work in this direction includes support of The Center Food Bank, Martha’s Village and Kitchen, DAP Health Partners for Life, The Center’s Ocotillo Club, Sanctuary PS, The L-Fund, and HER HRC. Sue believes that the Transgender Wellness Center has a unique role to play in strengthening the fabric of diverse communities in the valley and is committed to spreading awareness of the role, challenges, and many talents of the valley’s transgender communities.
BRUCE T. BAUER BOARD MEMBER COUNSEL
Mr. Bauer achieved an AV-Preeminent (peer) rating since the year 2000. He has substantial civil litigation and transactional experience including in the areas of banking, employment, real estate, tort and business law. He has successfully conducted numerous federal and state bench and jury trials. He also served as a trainer and panelist for the Bankers’ Compliance Group in which he delivered statewide seminar presentations on topics such as negotiable instruments, employment, collections, and banking related operational issues.
Mr. Bauer handles all aspects of litigation including appeals. He has numerous published decisions in state and federal courts: Malkoskie v. Option One Mtg. Corp., 188 Cal. App. 4th 968 (Cal. Ct. App. 2010); Aceves v. U.S. Bank N.A., 192 Cal. App. 4th 218 (Cal. Ct. App. 2011); Keen v. American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc., 664 F. Supp. 2d 1086 (E.D. Cal. 2009); Blanco v. Am. Home Mortg. Servicing, Inc., 2009 WL 4674904 (E.D. Cal. 2009); and Gardner v. American Home Mortg. Servicing, Inc., 691 F. Supp. 2d 1192 (E.D. Cal. 2010), among others.
SCOTT NASS, MD MPA FAAFP AAHIVS Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Nass is the immediate past President of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, the largest national association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) healthcare professionals and their allies whose mission is to ensure health equity for LGBTQ and all sexual and gender minority (SGM) individuals and equality for LGBTQ healthcare professionals. He has served on the Board of Directors for GLMA since 2014, previously in the roles of Secretary, President-Elect, and President. He is an active advocate for health equity and in 2017 was selected for the inaugural class of Leaders for Health Equity fellows at George Washington University, and he is now a Senior Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity.
MARIE P. SIMARD, PharmD Pharmacist
Marie attended the University of California School of Pharmacy in San Francisco where she received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree. During her years in San Francisco, she worked in hospitals and community pharmacies.
She relocated to Palm Springs in 2008 and has been employed at Eisenhower Health as the Manager of Operations, Pharmacy Services which includesthe hospital and clinics, and also oversees the Lucy Curci Cancer Center pharmacy.
Dr. Moriel Psychotherapist
Dr. Moriel was born in El Paso, Texas, and earned his undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University. His professional degrees are from Pepperdine University (LMFT) and California Southern University (Psy.D) as well as other post-graduate University of Massachusetts Medical School that include health care subspecialties.
Dr. Moriel is a psychotherapist who is a fully recognized member of the U.S. and World Professional Association for Transgender Healthcare and continues to be involved with other LBGTQI+ issues and causes. He has a 17-year history of supporting the transgender community as an advocate, case manager, and behavioral health the
With 20+ years of training, Dr. Moriel strives to support, encourage, and assist individuals to become their most fully realized Self.raining from Oklahoma Baptist University, Touro University, and the Univerapist with additional work in Health Psychology and Medical Family Therapy pertaining to Transgender healthcare — and trained in eye-movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) therapy working with the transgender population affected by trauma.