Board of Directors

Meet our Leadership Team

Richard Clapp

Richard Clapp

Board Chairman

Richard spent 37 years working as a teacher, counselor and administrator for the Palm Spring Unified School District, and spent 12 years as an elected official on the District’s Board. …(read more)

John Schooler

John Schooler

Treasurer

John Schooler, a member of the California State Bar for over 40 years, has an extensive background in tax, probate and trust administration, administrative law, and fundraising. He has raised over $50,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, ASCPA, and AIDS/LifeCycle benefits. ..(read more)

Judy Northrup

Judy Northrup

Vice Chair

Judy is a long-time supporter of GDD and its mission. She has spent several years engaged with our Canine Development Department and along the way she and her husband Jim have raised 10 of our poodles – are currently raising the 11th!…(read more)

Tricia Gehrlein

Tricia Gehrlein

Secretary

Tricia is a health professional with 30+ years’ experience working within the hospital, clinic and public settings.(read more)

Shellie Reade

Shellie Reade

Board Member

Before moving to the Desert 20 years ago, Shellie lived on the Monterey Peninsula, where she and her brother own commercial property. Guide Dogs of the Desert is a very important organization in the desert and deserves accolades and support!…(read more)

 

Guido Portante

Guido Portante

Board Member

Born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Guido went on to a distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Army and California Army National Guard before he retired. He began his career as a private and retired as a Brigadier General..(read more)

 

Gary Jeandron

Gary Jeandron

Board Member

For more than three decades, Gary Jeandron served professionally with the Palm Springs Police Department. He started as a Records Clerk and became Chief of Police 29 years later in 2002.  Chief Jeandron retired at the end of 2007.  He is a graduate of the FBI Academy…(read more)

Cynthia Woods

Cynthia Woods

Board Member

A graduate of Western Michigan University – earning Masters of Arts in Vision Rehabilitation therapy. Also certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education professionals. (read more)

 

Board Members Emeritus

Laurie Kettering

Patti Craine

Leonard Sigdestad, DVM

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