ABOUT US

Board Members

Transgender Health & Wellness Center Board of Directors

 
SIR ROB MORRISON GBE, GCMG, RSSG, KGCOK/DC
BOARD PRESIDENT
Strategic Planning, Community Outreach, Fundraising 

My name is Sir Rob Morrison. I worked in the White House from 1988 to 2004. As a senior advisor to three presidents. I work from 2004 to 2020 for Beverly Hills luxury interiors as a logistics manager.  In 2010 I received a knighthood. These are some of my involvement in charities.  I was the president of the United Nations Association of the United States of America for Coachella Valley. I was co-chair for the HRC garden party. I was also the ambassador for the L-Fund. I was a board member for the Transgender Health Wellness & Wellness Center. I’m now the president of the Transgender Health Wellness & Wellness Center.

ASHLEY A. 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 in 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
TREASURE 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 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’s portfolio.

HARRY REDLICH

BOARD MEMBER

Fundraising Committee Member, Art Director, Advertising

Harry Redlich was raised in Western Pennsylvania, studied English at Boston University, and lived in Los Angeles for twenty-five years, where he worked as an award-winning advertising copywriter and creative director for clients such as Honda, DIRECTV, eHarmony, Bank of America, and many more. Besides writing and producing TV commercials, Harry has written short films, shown at festivals including AFI and the Miami Short Film Festival. In the last couple of years, Harry has acted in a dozen plays, at various theaters in South Florida, where he now lives. His personal essays have been published in OUT Magazine, Temenos, a literary magazine from Central Michigan University, Bluntly, an online magazine out of Chicago, and Soliloquies Anthology, a literary publication from Concordia University in Montreal. Harry currently lives between Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta, where he is pursuing acting gigs in film and TV

SUE BURNSIDE
BOARD MEMBER
Strategic Planning, Community Outreach, Fundraising 

Sue is a Palm Springs native and a national grassroots political consultant She is on the EQCA Board and is Co-chair of the Victory Fund campaign board. Her focus has been electing LGBTQ candidates to office.  During COVID Sue realized the need in the Valley, making and delivering soup to senior and sick people, donating weekly to The Center food bank, and volunteering at Martha's Village and Kitchen. Locally Sue is a donor to DAP Health Partners for life, The Center's Ocotillo Club, Sanctuary PS, The L-Fund and Transgender Health and Wellness Center, and HER HRC.

JOHN ALLEN STROZIER

BOARD MEMBER

Fundraising Committee Chairman, Project Manager, Marketing

John A Strozier is a songwriter, fine artist, filmmaker, and storyteller. He painted backgrounds for American photographer David LaChapelle and has worked as a scenic artist on films, TV shows, and commercial projects. He co-created a short film that won awards at the Telluride Film Festival. He also performed as the lead with L.A.'s Zoo District theater company, "Uppa Creek." His band "Idiot Box" was asked to be the house band of Legendary NYC nightclub CBGB and was a warm-up act for the Dead Kennedys. Currently, John is currently developing a TV series, Podcast, and young adult book series project with Emmy Award-winning producer Joey Soloway.

In addition, John is a business consultant, working in the digital marketing world for more than 16 years. He works with local businesses as well as national corporations' marketing teams and UX developers. He partners with companies solidifying their branding, online message, and user experience. He's optimized many businesses' digital footprint, creating a structure and online architecture. He has made a long-term commitment to making a difference in the underserved transgender community. John grew up on Long Island, NY, and studied art history under Irving Slander at Purchase SUNY NY.

LORI OSHINS
BOARD MEMBER
CFO

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. 

Transgender Health & Wellness Center Executive Team

THOMI CLINTON
CEO

Thomi Clinton began working in 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 include the 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.