Barbara Keller


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.


Steve Kaufer

Vice Co-Chair

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 their many years of involvement as volunteers and donors 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.


Bruce Purdy


Bruce Purdy is an accomplished urban planner and development economist with more than 35 years planning, managing and financing urban infrastructure in more than 45 emerging market countries. His work involved assisting mayors, city councils, legislators and national government officials to design and implement innovative and strategic policies and procedures and help set in motion regulatory and legislative reform. He has served on numerous boards including, the HARC Board and the Foundation for the Palm Springs Unified School District in the Coachella Valley, the Ohio Wesleyan University Board, the South End Settlement House Board in Boston and the Denver Youth Symphony.


Fred Drewette

Finance Committee Chair

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.

Carolyn Caldwell Medical Committee Chair Desert AIDS Project

Carolyn Caldwell

Medical Committee Chair

Joining Desert Regional Medical Center as CEO on October 1, 2012 Carolyn Caldwell oversees strategic, operational, and clinical activities for the 387-bed acute care hospital of the Tenet network. 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 is also serving 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 only seven 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, a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, and a member of the American Hospital Association’s Region 6 Policy Board.


Kevin Bass

Board Member

Kevin Bass owns and manages the largest Home Health Care Registry in the Palm Springs area, Coachella Valley Home Health. In addition to the Palm Springs office, Kevin owns home care registries in Newport Beach and North San Diego County. Though he enjoys his business very much, Kevin’s true passion is his volunteer work. 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 continues to serve today. Kevin has been volunteering with DAP since he first moved to Palm Springs in 1992. He co chaired the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2006. He was honored with the Steve Chase Humanitarian Award for his community service in 2007.

Jim Casey Board Member Desert AIDS Project

Jim Casey

Board Member

Casey serves as President/CEO of Integrated Wealth Management, Inc, a highly regarded investment counseling organization. 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.


Tammy Fox

Board Member

Tammy Fox has over 35 years of banking experience, including trust administration, investment management, estate settlement, and mutual fund sales and is currently a Senior Fiduciary Advisory Specialist with the Wells Fargo Private Bank. She has spent 20 years in the Coachella Valley business community. In addition to sitting on D.A.P.’s Board of Directors, Tammy is a member of the Desert Estate Planning Council. She is also a founding member of The Coachella Valley Fund. Her advisory board memberships include the University of California, Riverside (UCR) Planned Gifts Committee and the Professional Advisors Council of The Community Foundation and The Living Desert.


Patrick Jordan

Board Member

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 Windermere Real Estate. 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.


Terril Ketover

Board Member

With a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Miami, Terril’s varied professional career has included a 9 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 Palm Springs Walk of Stars. 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.


David Perez

Board Member

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 member of leadership teams involved in 43 hospital conversions.

Ann Sheffer Board Member Desert AIDS Project

Ann Sheffer

Board Member

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.

From 1993-2005, Ann was an elected member of the Westport Representative Town meeting – the New England equivalent of City Council. She has served as a board member of the Fairfield County Community Foundation and on numerous boards and commissions in CT and CA. She is currently a trustee of the Palm Springs Art Museum and an appointed member of the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission.

Ann received a BA from Smith College, an MA in Arts Administration from Tufts University, and an MBA from the University of Washington. She is married to William L. Scheffler, a retired attorney and car collector, and has six children and four grandchildren.

Dr. Tom Truhe Desert AIDS Project board member

Dr. Tom Truhe

Board Member

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.

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