Kaufer served as a D.A.P. Board member from 1987-1997, rejoining the Board in 2007. Kaufer has always been active in D.A.P. fundraising. In honor of his many years of involvement as volunteer and donor to D.A.P., Steve Kaufer received the Partners for Life Award at the 2010 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards. It was Kaufer and fellow long-time Board member Andrew Green who met with Steve Chase, already a D.A.P. volunteer, to convince him that he should join them on its Board. Kaufer is a nationally known security consultant and expert on workplace violence. He advises a wide range of government agencies and companies, including those in the Fortune 100. With over 30 years in the security industry, he designs multi-faceted solutions to complex security and violence issues. Kaufer has earned the designation of Certified Protection Professional (CPP) from ASIS International, the largest professional security association in the world. www.howtoprotect.com
Patrick Jordan called the music business home since graduating from the University of Arizona in 1987. He began his career working with the legendary record executive Johnny Barbis at his music and marketing company the same year and began developing his promotional expertise on the competitive L.A. radio scene. Scoring hits for Carole King, Michael Penn and the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack, Mr. Jordan ultimately segued to the PolyGram record label in New York and became the company’s Promotion Coordinator for a staff of 18 in addition to his responsibilities managing the office of the Executive Vice President. Mr. Jordan then served at the National Director of Operations for Island Records reporting to the President and CEO and was intricately involved in the promotion, marketing and sales of such luminary artists as U2, the Cranberries, Melissa Etheridge, Elton John, Salt N Pepa and the Bee Gees. From 2000–2004, Mr. Jordan served as the Head of Operations for DreamWorks Records and was acting liaison to the DreamWorks SKG Film Marketing division. In 2004 Mr. Jordan made Palm Springs his full time residence and began his new career full time in real estate forming Patrick Stewart Properties at Bennion & Deville Homes. Currently an Executive Premier Director a designation given only to 15 agents out of roughly 750 based on sales and leadership. Patrick Jordan has been a long time AIDS activist helping get the first events off the ground with the Elton John AIDS Foundation and having been a supporter of Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York, AIDS Project Los Angeles, Treatment Action Group and of course Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs, CA as well as numerous others. http://www.patrickstewartproperties.com
Mark Hamilton moved to Palm Springs in 2003 from California’s Silicon Valley where he was a marketing executive for enterprise software start-ups. Over his 30-year career, Mark helped grow four companies from start-up stage through to Initial Public Offering (IPO.) As a VP of Marketing, Mark specialized in using targeted messaging and social media to expand market awareness and create market momentum. While in Silicon Valley, Mark also served on Lambda Legal’s national board of directors. Mark retired in 2013 and looks forward to helping Desert AIDS Project increase its presence and impact on our community.
Fred Drewette: Fred Drewette is currently Chief Financial Officer of Corona Regional Medical Center in Corona, CA. He has previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Anaheim Regional Medical Center, San Dimas Community Hospital, John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, and Desert Regional Medical Center. Fred joined Desert AIDS Project in 1993 as a member of the finance committee and in 1996 was elected to the Board of Directors. In 1997 he was elected Treasurer of the Board of Directors, a position he has held continuously since that time. With Bachelors and Masters Degrees from California State University at Fullerton, Fred currently lives with his family in Corona, California.
Joining Desert Regional Medical Center as CEO on October 1, 2012 Carolyn Caldwell oversees strategic, operational, and clinical activities for the 385-bed acute care hospital of the Tenet network. Desert Regional is the only Level II Trauma Center and Level III NICU in the Valley. Prior to joining Tenet, Caldwell served as president and CEO of Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, Missouri. Her successes there included the creation of both a multispecialty group of more than 60 employed physicians in 11 locations and a hospitalists group, as well as helping the hospital achieve Joint Commission accreditation for its stroke center. In addition to serving on D.A.P.’s board of directors, Caldwell also served a three-year term on the American Hospital Association (AHA) Board of Trustees, the policy-making body of the AHA, with ultimate authority for the governance and management of its direction and finances. She is one of a few healthcare leaders nationwide elected to this prestigious position for the nonprofit association of health care provider organizations. Earning a bachelor’s degree in zoology and chemistry from Alabama A&M, Caldwell then completed a master’s degree in health care administration from Texas Woman’s University in Dallas. She is a registered medical technologist through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists and a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.
While living in Los Angeles, Carl Baker worked for many years as an attorney, focusing on motion picture production, finance, and contract negotions for labor relations and vendor supply chain. His long-time, weekend getaway in Palm Springs became his full-time home in 2013 and Carl has begun a new career as a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch. With a BA from the University of Southern California and JD from Villanova University School of Law, this former board member of AIDS Project Los Angeles looks forward to making similar contributions to D.A.P.
Kevin Bass moved to Palm Springs in 1992 and immediately began volunteering at Desert AIDS Project. As a result, Kevin has seen many changes and enormous growth in services over the past many years. Kevin was proud to serve as the Co Chair of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2006. He was honored with a Steve Chase Humanitarian Award in 2007. In addition to DAP, Kevin has been involved with many additional organizations in the Coachella Valley. In 2000, Kevin was elected to the Board of Gay Associated Youth (501C3), a local LGBT youth “drop in” center. Within 9 months, he was elected President of the Board where he served for 6 years. In 2008 he joined the National Board of the Human Rights Campaign where he served until 2012. Kevin is passionate about his professional life as well. He is one of the top real estate agents in Palm Springs and a member of the ASK Team at Bennion Deville Homes. In addition, Kevin owns 2 Home Health Care Agencies in Palm Springs and Newport Beach.
Casey served as President/CEO of Integrated Wealth Management, Inc. Since his involvement with Desert AIDS Project, he and his firm have donated more than $1.5 million to support client services. Jim Casey also served as co-chair of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards galas for seven consecutive years, from 2009 – 2015.
Actively involved in the real estate industry since 1955, Gerald W. Fogelson is the founder and CEO of the Fogelson Group of Companies. He has owned and directed companies in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, California, Minnesota, and Kentucky, developing more than $5 Billion of real estate. Fogelson is the co-founder of the Chicago School of Real Estate at Roosevelt University, with the first endowed Chair for Real Estate in the state of Illinois in his name. In addition to being the author of Central Station: Realizing a Vision, he has served on the boards of numerous philanthropic and community organizations including Roosevelt University, the Auditorium Theater Board, the Near South Planning Board, and the Chicago Board of Real Estate. Fogelson was inducted into the Chicago Real Estate Hall of Fame in 2003.
Barbara sits on the Executive Board of the Palm Springs Art Museum where she served as a docent for 18 years. She is past president of the Museum Associates Council and has acted as chair for key Museum fundraising events. In addition, Barbara is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Family Service of the Desert, where she has served as Honorary Chair of their gala, One Night Only, since its inception. Barbara zealously supports Equality California, Sunshine Circle, the Jewish Federation, and the Human Rights Campaign among other worthy charities, and has also served on the Board of Trustees of the McCallum Theatre. Barbara co-chaired 7 of the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards galas with her inimitable co-chair Jim Casey and team and also co-chairs Dinner At My Place with the fabulous Steve Kaufer. Barbara is co-founder of Book to Screen for the Palm Springs International Film Festival with 100 Women member Susan Rosser. Barbara and her husband, Jerry, own LULU, a California bistro in Palm Springs.
With a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Miami, Terril’s varied professional career has included a nine-year term as the Executive Director of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, and a long association with the City of Miami as a Special Consultant to the Chief of Police and City Manager. She has been officially recognized by the Florida House of Representatives and the White House for founding the “Do the Right Thing” Program, a nonprofit organization with chapters in 53 cities throughout the United States as well as Germany and England. Terril was a member of the Miami Commission on the Status of Women and numerous boards, including the Parent Resource Center for Prevention of Child Abuse, Jewish Federation Women, and Jewish Family Service of the Desert. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater Council, Co-Chair of Michael Childer’s “One Night Only,” and is a board member of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center. She was honored as the desert’s “Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer” at the 2013 National Philanthropy Day, received the “100 Women Award” at the 2014 Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards Gala, and was the recipient of the 2014 “Athena Leadership Award” from the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce.
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Evelin Martinez is area president for the Inland Empire region of Well Fargo’s community bank, overseeing 900 team members and banking operations at 49 retail banking stores in the communities of Apple Valley, Banning, Beaumont, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Fontana, Hesperia, Highland, Indio, Rialto, Riverside, Moreno Valley, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Redlands, San Bernardino, Twentynine Palms, Victorville, Yucaipa, and Yucca Valley.
Martinez assumed her current role in 2014 and began her career at Wells Fargo in 1992 as a teller in San Francisco. Since then, she has held numerous retail banking positions, including personal banker, assistant manager, store manager, sales development consultant and district manager. She also has extensive wealth management experience and holds Series 7 and 24 securities licenses.
Martinez graduated from Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in human resources management. Martinez is actively involved in nonprofit organizations and community events and has served as co-chair for Hispanas Organized for Political Equality’s annual Latina History Day Conference. She currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. with her family.
Kyle Mudd has extensive experience in international affairs, having been recruited for the CIA from The Innovation Group, a think tank owned by Xerox Corporation. In addition to his time with the CIA, Mudd has had experience starting and running several business ventures, before being hired by Mobilecomm/Cellular One as President of the company west of the Mississippi. Kyle has a daughter and two grandchildren, and has been married for 33 years to Louis Smith. He and his husband are long-time supporters of Desert AIDS Project, with particular interest in the new Career Building program.
David Perez has more than 32 years of experience in the healthcare information system industry, currently working as Vice President/Chief Information Office at Eisenhower Medical Center, which has received accreditation for a residency program and is becoming a teaching hospital. As CIO, David is responsible for the informations systems, technology infrastructure and telecommunications of the health system. He has been part of the executive team that transitioned the hospital from a 262-bed community hospital to a 542-bed health system with an extension of urgent cares, primary care, and specialty offices. David has served in a variety of executive roles and been a member of leadership teams involved in 43 hospital conversions.
Ann Sheffer is a volunteer, advocate, and patron from Westport, CT and Palm Springs, CA. She is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Betty R. and Ralph Sheffer Foundation, a small family foundation devoted to the arts, education, and community care, now involving a third generation in thoughtful, targeted philanthropy. In addition, Ann has been deeply involved in private, foundation, and government funding for the arts, on national, state, and local levels. She is currently a trustee of the Palm Springs Art Museum and Chair of the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission.
Dr. Tom Truhe moved to Palm Springs in 2000 from New York City and quickly became active in community activities and volunteering. After co-producing the first “One Night Only” with Michael Childers in 2002 – as a benefit for D.A.P. – he has been involved with the event every year since. Tom was a board member of the American Cancer Society of the Desert from 2006-2009 and the Opera Showcase of the Desert from 2007-2010. In 2015, he began his tenth year on the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Annenberg Theater Council Board, where he has served as its chair since 2008. In addition, he serves the Palm Springs Art Museum as a trustee and member of its Development Committee.
As a retired dental surgeon, Tom received a BS in Biology/Chemistry from the University of South Dakota and his DDS from Creighton University in Omaha before entering the U.S. Army where he served for eight years with an emphasis on oral surgery, rising to the rank of Major. Following this service, Tom entered briefly into private dental practice in Glen Burnie, MD. In 1996, he was named as the Director of the National Center for Dental Information for a term of 10 years, writing and lecturing extensively on new dental technologies to dentists and hygienists throughout the U.S. and Europe. Tom has also served on many dental-related boards and as a consultant to dental-oriented companies from 1996-2005.