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 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, in this month she began a medical fellowship with American Doctors to provide Transgneder 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.
Bruce Weiss brings a wealth of experience in the areas of nonprofit management, health care management and HIV/STD prevention and care management. For many years his work has focused on diagnosis, linkage retention in healthcare and treatment adherence as strategies to end the epidemics of HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Hepatitis C Virus. His work has also focused on provision of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender health care including building the first transgender-focused healthcare at two institutions. He has held numerous positions throughout the United States. He most recently served as Director of Community Health at Desert AIDS Project in Palm Springs California. Previously Bruce served as the Director of the Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion at ETR in Oakland California, where he was responsible for leadership of all sexual and reproductive health programs, including HIV and Sexually Transmitted Disease prevention, teen and unintended pregnancy prevention and sexuality education. Bruce held multiple positions at Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS in Phoenix Arizona including Deputy Director. There he led the development and launch of their first medical care services and implemented the first insurance contracts for their existing behavioral health practice. He also served as Director of Community Health at Whitman-Walker Health in Washington D.C.; Director of the Whitman-Walker Health - Northern Virginia Health Clinic, Washington, D.C.; CEO of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League in Washington, D.C.; and CEO at Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) in Chicago. Mr. Weiss holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. He has also completed an executive graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University and an executive graduate certificate in health care management from the University of California, Los Angeles - Anderson School.
Andee spent her entire career in management and consulting in several segments of the healthcare and insurance industries. Until she retired in 2001, Andee was a principle with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC). Before joining PWC, she was the CEO of Information Engineering LLC (IE), a Regional Vice President of Amherst Associates, and a manager of healthcare modeling for Ernst & Young (E&Y). Prior to entering the consulting business, she was the CEO of a hospital in upstate New York. The majority of her career has been spent on healthcare and insurance software systems. She was the National Director of Workers Compensation and healthcare systems development and implementation for PWC. During her career she has been involved with assisting healthcare and insurance organizations with developing cost accounting systems, financial modeling, community health networks, feasibility studies, strategic planning and operational assessments. As a result of this involvement, she helped design, develop, market and implement healthcare and insurance software for PWC, IE and E&Y. Overlapping her career, Andee has served on several not-for-profit boards directly focusing on serving the needs of disenfranchised groups. Andee has a BS in Management and Economics from Indiana University, a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Ohio State University and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Southern California. She has been a resident of Palm Springs and Cathedral City since 2005 and has always been drawn to help support the critical issues of the LQBTQ+ community.
Norman Luke is currently retired and lives with his husband, Dan McIntyre, in Palm Springs. Norman has extensive accounting education and experience. He graduated with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting. He continued his education at UT and was awarded a Master in Professional Accounting with a specialization in financial reporting and auditing.
Upon graduation in 1977, Norman began a professional accounting career at Arthur Andersen & Co. in the Houston office. He became licensed as a CPA in Texas in 1978, although his license is no longer active. He left public accounting in 1985 to become Vice President & Controller of a privately held oil production company in the Dallas, TX area. He was responsible for implementing the company’s internal accounting systems and managing the accounting and administration functions for the firm.
In 1988 he returned to public accounting as an Audit Manager with Laventhol & Horwath, a national CPA firm, in Washington, DC.
In 1991 Norman returned to private industry as Controller for a computer software development company where he supervised the accounting, human resources, payroll and administrative staff. After three years in that position, he joined another privately-held software development company in Virginia in the position of Controller.
Norman returned to Texas in 1996 to build on his experience with Microsoft Dynamics SL (formerly Solomon) software by joining a growing software consulting firm. He was a senior consultant responsible for assisting clients with implementing new business solutions, including training and custom report writing, throughout the US, the UK and Australia.
In 1999, Norman and a business partner founded Click Information Technologies, LLC (Click), based in Texas. Click provides accounting software solutions from Microsoft to the small and mid-sized business market. He also worked with human resources, fixed assets and payroll software products during his time with Click until he retired in 2018.
He moved to Palm Springs in 2014 and has been active in the community as a member of the Desert AIDS Project's Partners for Life, the Ocotillo Club of the LGBT Community Center of the Desert, the Human Rights Campaign Federal Club, Equality California and Desert Stonewall Democrats. He became Treasurer of The Transgender Health and Wellness Center in August 2020.
Adam Cafege has practiced clinical pharmacy for more than thirty years in a number of international locations, such as North America, Hawaii, the Middle East and the Northern Mariana Islands. He was the President and founder of ADCAF Pharmacy Services, Inc., a San Francisco based pharmacy management and consulting firm. Through his company, he developed pediatric drug-dosing guidelines for the Sutter Health Care network formulary, an on-line formulary for the Maui Memorial Medical Center, as well as management training for its senior pharmacy staff. ADCAF also provided pharmacy staffing to a number of hospitals and developed numerous policy and procedure manuals for hospital pharmacies in California, Hawaii and the Middle East.
Adam’s clinical specializations include drug information, formulary management, pediatric and geriatric medicine and infectious disease. He has several publications in pharmacy and medical journals and has developed handbooks for antibiotic use and poison management.
He currently resides in Palm Springs, California with his spouse, Marconi, a well-known local artist. Together they co-own an art gallery called Galleria Marconi of Palm Springs. They also co-wrote a children’s book on bullying entitled Of Petals and Hope: Sonny Sunflower Triumphs Over Bullying. Through the book, they wanted to raise public awareness on the sad plight of teen bullying and engender tolerance for individual differences and diversity. Adam is fluent in four languages including English, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic.
Bruce Bauer is Of Counsel with Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP, practicing in the areas of civil and business litigation, governmental relations, municipal and public agency law. Mr. Bauer works from the firm’s offices in Palm Springs and Costa Mesa.
Mr. Bauer achieved an AV-Preeminent (peer) rating since the year 2000. He has substantial civil litigation and transactional experience including in the areas of banking, employment, real estate, tort and business law. He has successfully conducted numerous federal and state bench and jury trials. He also served as a panelist for the Bankers’ Compliance Group in which he delivered statewide seminar presentations on topics such as negotiable instruments, employment, collections, and banking related operational issues.
Mr. Bauer handles all aspects of litigation including appeals. He has numerous published decisions in state and federal courts: Malkoskie v. Option One Mtg. Corp., 188 Cal. App. 4th 968 (Cal. Ct. App. 2010); Aceves v. U.S. Bank N.A., 192 Cal. App. 4th 218 (Cal. Ct. App. 2011); Keen v. American Home Mortgage Servicing, Inc., 664 F. Supp. 2d 1086 (E.D. Cal. 2009); Blanco v. Am. Home Mortg. Servicing, Inc., 2009 WL 4674904 (E.D. Cal. 2009); and Gardner v. American Home Mortg. Servicing, Inc., 691 F. Supp. 2d 1192 (E.D. Cal. 2010), among others.
He is active in LGBTQ issues and is a member of Lambda Legal Defense Fund, an ADEM Delegate to State Democratic Convention and is a recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Service.
J. MICHAEL LEE, MD, FAAFP, AAHIVM (retired)
Having retired, this year, from state service in the California Correctional Care Services Department of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Dr. Lee eagerly awaits the opportunity to serve as a Board Member of the Transgender Health and Wellness Center.
Dr. Lee began his career in medicine in 1980, having graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He completed his Family Medicine Residency Program in June of 1983 and opened a small group practice with two partners in August of 1983. In 1989, he was recruited to start a new practice in Rancho Cucamonga, California, by San Antonio Community Hospital, which opened in July of 1990. During his 20 years of practice at that location he provided care for patients with HIV/AIDS and became certified as an HIV Specialist by the AAHIVM, as well as a reputation for providing the full spectrum of high quality primary care services, excluding Obstetrics. In 1999, he was approached by a patient to consider providing Transgender Health Care, including hormone treatment. In partnership with Arlin Ring, PhD. of the Gender Identity Center in West Hollywood, he began treating Transgender patients with Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy, following the Harry Benjamin Protocols. He continued that service until he retired from private practice in 2009, when he began his career with the Correctional Health Care Services. In that encore career, he served as the Chief Medical Executive for both Ironwood State Prison and Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, managing the healthcare needs of approximately 6,000 inmates. During his tenure with the Correctional Health Care Services Department, he was selected to be a voting member of the Statewide Gender Affirming Surgery Committee, reviewed and help develop the Transgender Care Guide and participated in the Workgroup for Transgender Housing for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, among other statewide roles and responsibilities.
With his experience in Transgender Health Care and administrative roles for large and small healthcare institutions, Dr. Lee brings significant resources to the Transgender Health and Wellness Center.
Sir Laura Meeks is a leader, business owner, author, radio host, life coach, spouse, grandparent and a transgender woman. Currently she is working on a new book Major Transformation, outlining her transition from Laurence to Laura while thriving as a marital partner with her wife, Annie, for the last 35 years.
As Laurence, she was a B-52 pilot and a Major in the USAF for twenty years. After retirement she spent almost 20 more years making her transition. In 2005, Laurence began living full-time as Laura. That was the year Annie and Laura moved to Ranch Mirage.
After retirement, Laura started two separate businesses before joining with her wife to start a very successful consulting corporation, ThinkQ Inc, supporting quality assurance for the federal government. As vice president of the company, she has solid experience in leadership and management. Her work includes management of multiple projects including administration, contracting, finance and budgeting, HR, legal, IT, training, sales and marketing.
In 2015, Laura changed careers and the business model of ThinkQ Inc. Her new work concentrated on personal development services. She was trained as a life coach and teaches seminars helping her clients build dreams and reach them. She is a member of Toastmasters and is a keynote speaker on transgender issues and making life changes.
Laura is active in community leadership and social change. She has worked with local politicians and organizations to improve social policies. As a member of the LGBTQ community she is a member of Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA), HRC, PFLAG, and speaks at the Transgender Leadership Council in Los Angeles. She was third vice president of her local American Veteran’s Association (AMVETS) and was featured in the local Veterans Parade in 2019 as a transgender veteran. She was the guest host and speaker at the 2019 AMVET celebration of the first LGBTQ Veteran Memorial ever erected in the US. She has taught seminars and support groups at the Transgender Health and Wellness Center and has joined the Transgender Day of Remembrance programs since they began in Palm Springs.
SIR ROB MORRISON
Sir Rob Morrison was an international model from 1980-1988 for Calvin Kline and Run Way. He served for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton as their senior advisor of protocol. He is senior protocol officer for the chairman for the Royal Society of St. George and one of the founders of the United Nations of the Coachella Valley. He volunteered with the National Institute of Health to improve the quality of health for HIV positive children and cancer. He was a volunteer and fundraiser for Grandma's House, which provided services to abused mothers and children living with HIV. in 2010 he was knighted as Sir Rob Morrison GCMG, RSSG, KGC. He is also a former member of the Palm Springs Human Rights Fundraising Committee and presently on the advisory board for The L-Fund. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Transgender Health and Wellness Center.