Transgender Health & Wellness Center

TRANSGENDER HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

SIR ROB MORRISON GBE, GCMG, RSSG, KGCOK/DC

BOARD PRESIDENT

Strategic Planning, Community Outreach, Fundraising

A long-time board member and current president of the Transgender Health & Wellness Center, Sir Rob Morrison has devoted much of his professional and personal life to affecting social justice. From his years serving in the White House as senior advisor to three Presidents, to logistics management and strategic planning for multi-million-dollar corporations, to chairing many successful philanthropic programs and initiatives at the local, state, and national levels, he is known for leading highly successful philanthropic projects with heart—and always an element of fun!
Sir Rob, as he is affectionately known here in The Valley, is particularly grateful for the opportunity to work in support of the transgender community, increasing awareness and understanding around the needs and the strengths of this resilient community.

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 Center where he can.

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.

HRH P VIVIANE PETRECA TREASURE OF THE BOARD

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.

SUE BURNSIDE BOARD MEMBER Strategic Planning, Community Outreach, Fundraising

JOHN ALLEN STROZIER

BOARD MEMBER

Fundraising Committee Chairman, Project Manager, Marketing

After studying Art History under Irving Slander at Purchase SUNY, New York, John went on to become a digital marketing consultant, where he has thrived for more than 16 years. He has worked with several national corporate marketing teams and UX developers as well as small businesses. John has a record of strategic planning and innovation that has transformed these companies and, in turn, changed lives. He is known for optimizing corporate digital footprints, creating winning online information architecture, and implementing innovative business solutions. In addition to all this, John is also a songwriter, actor, fine artist, filmmaker, and storyteller. In this creative mode, he has painted backgrounds for American photographer David LaChapelle, has worked on many films, TV shows, and commercial projects, and is currently developing a TV series, Podcast, and young adult book series with Emmy Award-winning producer, Joey Soloway. John has a heartfelt, long-term commitment to supporting the underserved and underrepresented transgender community here in the Coachella Valley.

John A Strozier BOARD MEMBER Fundraising Committee Chairman, Project Manager, Marketing

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.

John A Strozier BOARD MEMBER Fundraising Committee Chairman, Project Manager, Marketing

BRUCE T. BAUER

BOARD MEMBER 

COUNSEL

Bruce T. Bauer is Of Counsel with Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP, practicing in the areas of civil and business litigation, governmental relations, municipal and public agency law. Mr. Bauer lives and works from the firm’s office in Palm Springs and also from its Costa Mesa Office.

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.

Mr. Bauer has been active in a number of prominent land use projects in the Coachella Valley representing both applicants for, and opponents of, those projects.

    John A Strozier BOARD MEMBER Fundraising Committee Chairman, Project Manager, Marketing

    Transgender Health & Wellness Center Executive Team

     

    THOMI CLINTON

    CEO

     

    Thomi Clinton began working on human rights issues in 1988 and has advocated for full LGBT equality since that time. She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Transgender Health and Wellness Center in Cathedral City, CA which opened in May 2018 to provide services for the Inland Empire Transgender, Intersex, and Gender Diverse Community. She serves on the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Committee raising funds for safe schools. She also serves on the Cathedral City LGBT Days Committee, the Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil Committee, and the Trans Pride Committee.

    Thomi also sits on Congressman Ruiz’s LGBT Outreach Committee and as an adviser for the Inland Empire Health Plan Transgender Division. Thomi collaborates and works with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Transforming California, Equality California, Riverside County Public Health, TruEvolution, Desert AIDS Project, and the Transgender Law Center. She is the founder of the Raina Chessman Fund to assist the Coachella Valley Transgender Community with funds during life emergencies. She facilitated transgender sensitivity training for Coachella Valley Police and Sheriffs with Mattie Lynden. She has served on the National Corrections Committee to create the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards to protect LGBT inmates from sexual assault and has worked on numerous reports before Congress on a wide variety of LGBT issues.

    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 Friends 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.

    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.

    In addition to GLMA, he participates in various leadership roles including the American Medical Association Foundation LGBTQ Fellowship Commission, the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Federal and State Policy, and the California Academy of Family Physicians Committee on Public Health and Health Equity.

    Born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in northeastern Kentucky, he ventured off to become well-rounded by obtaining undergraduate degrees in psychology and English from Bradley University, as well as a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington. After working for not-for-profit organizations in center city Chicago and Los Angeles, he recognized an opportunity to combine his love for policy and advocacy with a career in medicine, and then proceeded to earn his medical degree jointly from Charles R. Drew University and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

    He completed Family Medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center, followed by fellowships in faculty development at Ventura and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. After residency, he worked full time as a hospitalist before discovering his love of teaching, making his way to Eisenhower Health where he served as Program Director for the Family Medicine Residency Program. Currently, he is Regional Medical Director for MedZed, where he partners through telemedicine with patients living medically and socially complex lives.

    Dr. Nass is board certified in Family Medicine and is credentialed as an HIV Specialist™ by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He holds academic appointments at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and Western University of Health Sciences. He has served as Chief Medical Officer for the Transgender Health and Wellness Center since 2019.

     

    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 training from Oklahoma Baptist University, Touro University, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School that include healthcare 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 therapist 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.

    With 20+ years of training, Dr. Moriel strives to support, encourage, and assist individuals to become their most fully realized Self.

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