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Admin, Hugh Van Horn (LCV 11) is now the Branch Manager of Primary Residential Mortgage.
Trish Sisneros, Trish Sisneros (LCV 14) is now working as Food & Beverage Director with Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Carol Pipitone, Carol Pipitone (LCV 11) is now working with Palomar Financial Services and may be contacted at
Admin, Darlene Murphy (LCV 07) and husband Bill Murphy (LCV 08) are now retired and enjoying the relaxed life in Indio, CA.
Admin, Julie Reese (LCV 03) has accepted a new position as Executive Director at The Reserve. She may be reached at (760) 674-2242.
Admin, Brad Donais (LCV 13) has started up a new business - Heptagon Seven Consulting. He may be contacted at 760-895-0044.
Amy Blaisdell, Amy Blaisdell (LCV 10), communications director for the City of Palm Springs and current president of Women Leaders of the Coachella Valley (WLF), was recently named 2013-14 Woman of the Year, 4th District Coachella Valley by the Riverside County Commission for Women and Supervisor John J. Benoit. Amy was honored for her community work promoting the renaissance currently underway in Palm Springs and for her commitment to promoting the WLF mission of empowering and developing women leaders of all ages and backgrounds in our community. Over the past two years, Amy has been instrumental in transforming WLF into one of the most powerful women’s organizations in the desert and has assisted the organization raise more than $250,000 in college scholarship funds for the best and brightest enrolled in WLF’s Young Women Leaders Mentoring Program seeking higher education.
Felice Chiapperini, Felice Chiapperini (LCV 11) has been elected Co-Chairman of the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative for 2014. The Collaborative brings together over 520 service providers from regional organizations that serve people with disabilities and seniors.
Fred Dachenhausen, Fred Dachenhausen (LCV 06) was presented Palm Springs Fire Dept CERT Volunteer of the Year Award at the 17th Annual Peace Officer & Public Safety Awards Luncheon on Nov 26, 2013.
Rich Malacoff, Rich Malacoff (LCV 10), has accepted the position of Senior Planner with the City of Desert Hot Springs.
Amy Blaisdell, Amy Blaisdell, Communications Director for the City of Palm Springs, (LCV 10), is the new president of Women Leaders Forum of the Coachella Valley. In October, she was named Palm Desert High School Alumni of the Year.
Admin, Jennie Rayner (LCV 08) is now Executive Director of Loving All Animals.
David Humphrey, David Humphrey (LCV 12) has been elected president of Coachella Valley Brewing Company, which will open 8.30.13.
Admin, Jim Lewis (LCV 04) is now a development officer with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). He will be based in Long Beach, Calif., and will represent MAF in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii.
Admin, Kerry Hendrix (LCV 10) is Executive Director for Desert Business Association. He may be contacted at 310-266-4915.
Admin, Wade Ellis (LCV 08) is now the Interim Dean of Business Services at Mt. San Jacinto College.
Admin, Mike Murrell (LCV 12) is now working with Desert Empire Insurance. He may be reached at 760-360-4700.
Admin, Lynn Hawks (LCV 09), Circle Take Media, has opened a new office: 74050 Alessandro Ste B, Palm Desert, CA 92260.
Dale Gribow, Patti Gribow (LCV 06) New address: Imprint Media Productions, 385 San Remo, PD 92260: 760 774 1234;
Dale Gribow, Dale Gribow (LCV 05) has moved and opened new offices: Dale Gribow Attorney at Law at: 73-820 El Paseo Suite 1334, PD 92260: 760 837 7500 and new email:
Admin, Beth Allan-Bentley (LCV 05) is back in the valley and now working for Workforce Excellence (part of CVEP).
Admin, Ron Willison (LCV 12) is now working with Desert Aids Project as Major Gifts Manager.
Admin, Sue Knollenberg is now working with CSUSB Palm Desert Campus as Director of Major Gifts.
Admin, Nicole Middleton is now working as Account Manager with Graphtek.
Admin, Vince Downey (LCV 11) is now the Head of School at Calvary Christian School in Pacific Palisades.
Admin, Mark Weber (LCV 05) is now with Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone.
Admin, Jan Harnik (LCV 12) has been appointed Mayor of the City of Palm Desert.
Katrina Lambert, Katrina Lambert (LCV 06) has joined Brighthaus Marketing, offering thought partnership on long term strategies for growth, retention and promotion with a focus on online discoverability. She can be reached at
Dennis Stratton, Dennis Stratton (LCV 11) is now enjoying retirement, working on his autobiography and his Masters.
Kathleen Ahlgren, Kathleen Ahlgren (LCV 08) has started her own company - The Hemmingway Group. She can be reached at 760-801-5141.
Joseph Hahn, Joseph Hahn (LCV 08) has opened his own law office, Law Offices of Joseph Hahn, in Palm Springs. He can be reached at 760-799-6278.
Lisa Karr, Lisa Karr (LCV 10) now works with Pringle Insurance Services.
Elise Colson, Elise Colson (LCV 02) now works as Events Manager at The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.
Katrina Lambert, Katrina Lambert (Class of 2006) graduated in June (2012) from the University of California Riverside (Palm Desert Campus) with an Executive Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
Javier Lopez, Javier Lopez (LCV01) has been appointed Dean of Education for Milan Institute Palm Desert Campus.
Rubin Diaz, LCV 12, Rubin Diaz (LCV12) recently joined a multiagency task force with State of California, Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery-Waste Tire Enforcement Agency (CalRecycle) and County of Riverside, Code Enforcement. Also, was appointed as a Public Information Officer with the Coachella Valley Latino Police Officer Association (, whose our main purpose is Honoring Family, Education, and Community Through Service and Mentorship. Has also joined Security Training Experts located in Palm Desert, as a Training Instructor specializing in Homeland Security issues, Vulnerability-Critical Infrastructure Protection and Threat-Risk Assessments, Defensive Tactics and Firearms Training.
Admin, Peggy Sue Lane (LCV08) has joined First American Title as VP Business Development. She can be reached at
Ezekiel Bonillas, LCV 07, Has joined the team at the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. He heads the Small Business Development Center and is responsible in assisting companies grow, create jobs and obtain financing.
Alana Townsend, I am retiring, my official last day at the City of Palm Desert is June 15th. After 33 years with this wonderful organization I look forward to the next phase of my life!
Dale Gribow, Dale Gribow (class of 2005) is a legal columnist for the new Coachella Valley Weekly newspaper. Dale, the first guest society reporter for the Desert Sun Society Section, continues to cover society events for the paper. On May 6, 2012 Dale reported on the Trojan Club of the Desert’s Annual Marv Goux Golf Tournament. Dale is Past President of the Trojan Club of the Desert. Dale was listed as a TOP LAWYER for Palm Springs Life in June 2012 issue.
Dale Gribow, Patti Gribow (class of 2006) MC’d the 2012 Palm Springs Women in Film’s Broken Glass Awards and was just elected the new President of Palm Spring Women in Film. Patti continues to host and produce the Patti Gribow Show.
David Peet, LCV 11, Recently named, Director of Development for KVCR PBS (Ch 24. Inland Empire/Los Angeles/Ch. 18 in Palm Springs/Ch. 9 in Rancho Mirage) and KVCR NPR 91.9 FM
SteveThetford, LCV 06, Thetford named Assistant Sheriff. Chief Deputy Steve Thetford of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department has been promoted to Assistant Sheriff. This places him in charge of administration and the corrections, courts and coroners divisions.
Kari Middleton, LCV 09, Recently relocated her office to Palm Desert. Kari recently married and is expecting her 2nd child in late March 2012.
Dale Gribow, LCV 05, Dale was honored to receive an AVVO rating of 9.7 out of 10 and then profiled in Palm Springs Life Magazine June 2011 as a TOP LAWYER and selected one of the TOP 3 ACCIDENT LAWYERS.
Alison Elsner, LCV 07, is leaving her position at the Family YMCA of the Desert to become the CEO of United Way of the Desert. Congratulations Alison!
Stacy Thetford, LCV 05, was recently honored with the Business Person of the Year Award by the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce.
Lynda Kerney, LCV 04, has joined the staff of Mission Springs Water District, serving the City of Desert Hot Springs, a part of Palm Springs, and the surrounding unincorporated communities. She serves as Executive Assistant to the General Manager and Deputy Secretary of the Board (five elected directors).
Felice Chiapperini, LCV 11, is the new Community Outreach Coordinator at the Braille Institute in Rancho Mirage.
Revae Reynolds, LCV 10, is now on the Board of the California Desert Chorale. The CDC is a 501(c)3 vocal music ensemble comprised of auditioned professional and amateur singers and has been performing in the Coachella Valley for 18 years. In addition to the 60-member chorale, theyhave a children's choir to provide vocal music experiences for school-age children. They also sponsor interns from College of the Desert who are pursuing degrees in music or musical theater. They perform two concert series each year, one in December and another in April.
Steve Hill, LCV 04, now has a gold leaf on the Tree of Life at the Community Blood Bank, after donating 5 gallons of blood.
Kristal Granados, LCV 02, Kristal Granados, LCV class 02, accepted the position of Assistant Vice President/Business Development Officer with Desert Commercial Bank in Palm Desert. Her new email address is:
Kimberly Bowers, LCV 09, has accepted the position of Communications Director with the Mojave Desert Land Trust. Her new email address is
Steve Hill, LCV 04, has written a book of harp arrangements. Titled Easy Classical Pieces arranged for Lever Harp and published by Afghan Press. Also, El Paseo Bank acquired 6 of Steve's beautiful giclee art prints. They decorate the El Paseo Bank branch in the Albertson shopping center in Rancho Mirage.
Shelley Daily, LCV 09, has just accepted the position of Development Director with Joslyn Center.
Paul McKey, LCV 11,, & Julie Rosser, LCV 04, entertained a full house at Fantasy Springs singing Broadway Love Songs to benefit Well in the Desert. A 'bravo" performance!
Elizabeth Romero Toledo, LCV 07, was re-elected to the Coachella Valley Unified School District Board. Within a week however, she was appointed to the Riverside County Board of Education representing both Coachella Valley and Desert Sands Unified school districts.
Kathi Jacobs, LCV 04 & David Peat, LCV 04, have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership. Kathi is director of public affairs for Time Warner Cable. David is vice president and regional manager of the desert region for Pacific Western Bank.
Elaine Holmes, LCV 09, won a seat on the Indio City Council in the recent citywide election.
Kathy DeRosa, LCV 07, was recently re-elected to the position of Mayor for the City of Cathedral City.
Mark Weber, LCV 05, is the new Manager of the Coachella Valley Enterprise Zone.
Susan Francis, LCV 09, was recently awarded the Corporate Athena Award by the City of Palm Desert. She was recognized for her work with the Healthy Family Foundation, an organization that provides outreach programs assisting families in underserved areas as well as the Ophelia Project, a mentoring program for high school girls. Other LCV alumnae who have been so honored include Kathi Jacobs, LCV 04; and Patti Gribow, LCV 06.
Rich Ramhoff, LCV 09, has recently accepted the position of Director of Marketing at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
Krisann Bacon, LCV 10, was just selected by Palm Springs Life as one of the "40 Under 40." Other LCV alumni and students selected for this prestigious group include Andrea Carter, LCV 07; Brandt Kuhn, LCV 11; Christy Majors, LCV 10; Gloria Margarita, LCV 11; Pedro Rincon, LCV 01; Katie Slimko, LCV 01; Meegan Sullivan, LCV 11; and Hugh Van Horn, LCV 11. Congratulations all!
Sandy Seddon, LCV 05, has been appointed General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at The Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert. She was formerly General Manager of Sun City Palm Desert.
Kari Middleton, LCV 09, Joined the Board of DesertArc and in July moved to Integrated Wealth Management's Palm Desert office.
Martin Lax, LCV 04, In December 2009, I, along with about 30,000 others, submitted initial applications to become a Commissioner of the Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Citizens Redistricting Commission will redraw the legislative and Board of Equalization district lines for California. I am honored to say that on June 30, 2010, the Panel narrowed the list down to 314, of which I remain in the applicant pool. If you are inclined, I ask you to submit your supportive comments regarding my application. Here is the link to the Citizens Redistricting Commission: Thank you.
Andrea Carter, LCV 07, was recently installed on the Women Leaders Forum Board of Directors. Also installed were Kate Spates, LCV 06; Robin Costello, LCV 09; Paula Tapia, LCV 09; and Connie Golds, LCV 09. Congratulations all!
Allan Hurst, leadership trainer for the first several years of the program and a member of the Advisory Board, has been serving as a member of the California Senior Legislature since 2006 and was just re-elected to servce until 2014.
Scott Hines, LCV 09, was recently elected to the Rancho Mirage City Council. Congratulations Scott.
Lynda Kerney, LCV 04, informs us that First 5 Riverside is now offering New Capacity for High Need Areas Grants to fund community-based projects that support children from birth through age 5 in Riverside County. Visit for further details on this request for proposals and to download required documents. All questions regarding this RFP should be sent to
Kari Middleton, LCV 09, recently joined Integrated Wealth Management in the Palm Springs office as a vice president and senior financial advisor.
Peggy Sue Lane, LCV 08, is pleased to announce that she has joined Fidelity National Title as Vice President of Major Accounts. You can reach her at
Stacy Thetford, LCV 05, Stacy is now serving as an Advisory Board Member for Desert Commercial Bank.
Roman Whittaker, LCV 03, has started a new law practice with fellow attorney John Anderholt III. Anderholt Whittaker LLP will be located on the upper level of The Gardens on El Paseo across from Sullivan's Steakhouse. The new office should be open by mid-April. You can contact Roman at 760-851-8820 or
Adam Ochoa, LCV 02 and Elisa Schwartz, LCV 07, have opened a new accountancy firm - The Practice CPAs. You can contact them at 760-777-7377 or New address is 78-370 Highway 111, Ste. 215, La Quinta.
Jennifer James, LCV 10, regretted missing the January session. She delivered baby daughter Sierra at 7:37 am on session day, January 15. Mother and baby are doing well. Congratulations!
Mary Hansen-Faris, LCV 08; Wes Faris, LCV 09; and Ben Papinaw, LCV 10, are now with Wells Fargo Advisors in Rancho Mirage.
Leisa Lukes, LCV 08, has been elected to the position of Director-Elect of the American Planning Association’s California Chapter, Inland Empire Section for 2010 and as Section Director for 2011 and 2012.
Mike Chedester, LCV 10, was recently elected Vice President of Cabot's Museum Foundation.
Jim Turney, LCV 07, recently opened his own private law practice in La Quinta, Law Offices of James C. Turney. The thrust of his prior experience was in the budding field of renewable energy. His new law practice will continue in that vein, building on his foundation of business and real estate transactional work. You can reach Jim at
Mitch Blumberg, LCV 09, has been recently named the Deputy Executive Director of DesertArc. DesertArc, based in Palm Desert, has been enhancing the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities in the Coachella Valley since 1959.
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