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ABOUT US

Leadership

Susie Harvey, President

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Growing up in the San Diego area, Susie earned her bachelors and masters degrees from Whittier College.

She has been involved with non-profit organizations her entire life and was employed as a professional non-profit manager from 1981 until her retirement in 2006. She has served as the top paid executive of the Whittier College Alumni Association, the West Covina Chamber of Commerce, and most recently, the Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce. She is a founder of Leadership Coachella Valley.  Read more . . .

Robin Stone, Vice-President

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Robin Stone has lived and worked in the Coachella Valley for over 30 years and absolutely loves the desert! Originally from Ohio, Robin appreciates the growth and development she has experienced firsthand and has enjoyed working for two multi-million dollar companies in the desert that have helped foster her professional career; she credits her success to the Hyatt Hotel Corporation and presently, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

 As the Executive Director of Human Resources for Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage and Spa Resort Casino in Downtown Palm Springs, Read more . . . 

George Puddephatt, Treasurer

George_PuddephattGeorge Puddephatt is a Special Projects Coordinator for the Riverside County Economic Development Agency in the Workforce Division. He has been a resident of the Coachella Valley for 18 years and has been a professional Manager with over 30 years of experience in human services and independent business development. He was formerly the Director of Social Services for one of the Desert’s largest non-profits and the Special Needs Housing Coordinator for Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. He has extensive management experience in non-profit administration and program development. Read More . . .

Judy Hughes,  Secretary

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Judy Hughes relocated from the East Coast to the West Coast in 2013. She graduated from Radford University in Virginia in 1989. Judy has volunteered in leadership positions for Delaware Hospice Festival of Trees and LifeSail a nonprofit benefiting underprivileged children located in Marina Del Rey. Read more . . .

Stacy Thetford, Director


Stacy is the President & Founder of Thetford Web Development.  She holds her team to the highest standards of excellence and customer service.

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  She has been in the web development business since 1999 and draws heavily from her more than eleven years of senior management experience while working for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Stacy has also been very involved with her community,  donating her time to various organizations and non-profits.She has served on several boards including, Read more . .

David Mulé, Director


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David Mulé is a partner in the law firm of FitzGerald & Mulé, LLP, where he practices exclusively in the field of labor and employment law. Mr. Mulé received his undergraduate degrees in English and Philosophy from the University of San Diego.  He received his J.D. degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Read more . .

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