Board of Directors
If you are interested in appying for this board position, please contact us at DiversityDHS@roadrunner.com
I grew up in Utah and always have been excited to be involved in the LGBTQ+ Community since the ACLU Lawsuit at my high school to band our Gay Straight Alliance (see movie “Out of the Past”). In Utah, I served on the board of GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) as their Community Organization Outreach Director. In 2002, I moved to Oregon where I became a Co-Organizer for the Gresham, Oregon PFLAG Chapter (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians & Gays). In 2011, my husband and I moved to Maui, Hawaii where we joined their LGBT community outreach group called “Both Sides Now”. We helped spearhead the organization to become “Maui Pride” where I became the Communications Director. I helped service the community by offering social awareness activities, provide food to the community through our community potluck events, and supported youth through toy drives and our scholarship program. I moved back to the mainland, and in 2019 have joined the Board of Directors for DiversityDHS where I want to bring my life experiences to help support and develop the LGBTQ+ community here.
Ken Ayers has always believed in and has been working towards Social Justice in a variety of ways. Ken’s educational background includes: BA, Psychology, MA Psychology and CAGS (Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study) Psychology & Counseling. Ken has held a wide range of positions within the human service field. He has also served on a variety of New England human service boards and committees in leadership and membership roles. Since moving to Cathedral City two years ago, he has joined the boards of DiversityDHS and Prime Timers of the Desert.
I moved to the Coachella Valley in 2008, after many years in the Long Beach/LA area. I’ve never looked back. I’ve always been compelled to “give back” to the communities I am a part of in order to keep those communities vibrant and flourishing. I am a member of the Palm Springs Sisters, part of the larger Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a world-wide organization of activists working to spread joy and end guilt associated with being a member of the LGBTQ+ communities, whether providing financial support or emotional support, we must help and assist each other. DiversityDHS means so much to me because when I first moved to the valley over 10 years ago, DHS had a “reputation”. As “that side of I-10” continues to grow and provide homes and lives to all people, and as we continue to grow the acceptance of our LGBTQ+ lives and involvement, we must be sure to include all members of our community, no matter their reputation. I am proud to serve on the board for DiversityDHS, bringing my years of experience in organizing and activism and fundraising to serve a much needed voice in DHS. We mush have UNITY in our COMMUNITY.
I grew up in Queens County, New York City. My first college degree was in Accounting and I became a CPA. After many years in New York I and my family moved to an area in North East Pennsylvania. As my family grew I started working for UNIVAC as a controller. UNIVAC being a Main Frame Computer Manufacturer I went back to college and received my degree in Computer Science and UNIVAC gave me the opportunity to become a computer programmer and moved me to San Francisco, California. After several years I started my own Computer Systems Company with major clients such as AT&T and PG&E.
The next move was to Las Vegas, NV with PG&E still a client. In Las Vegas I created an HOA for the home community I lived in and was the HOA President & Treasurer for several years. Also became the President of the Social Action Seaton Singles group.
Now living here in Rancho Mirage, California I have been the chair of the Nurture, Hospitality and Community Ministry for Bloom in the Desert Ministries and now I am the chair for the Revenue Development Ministry. I also spend 3 years as the Treasurer of The Colony HOA where I currently live.
Raised in Desert Hot Springs all my life this city has been great to me. I’m currently employed at a non-profit as the digital data assistant. I joined this board in hopes of bringing fresh ideas to the table as well as helping the trans community that I am proud to be a part of as well as the LGBTQ+ community as a whole in my home city. I want to see the Desert Hot Springs Pride grow into something amazing and hopefully I will be able to help where I can with the ideas and knowledge I carry within my heart and mind.
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