BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Thomas Burns
Thomas BurnsExecutive Director
Thomas was the founder and director of the annual Carmel International Film Festival for 9 years – a five-day festival spotlighting independent film, contemporary photography,
fine art and music. He is also the publisher of ARTWORKS Magazine.
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Victory Grund
Victory GrundFounder and President of the Board National and local youth leadership
After the loss of her parents, Victory became very dispirited until a friend introduced her to the therapeutic power of clay.
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Richard Grund
Richard GrundChairman of the Board National Industry Leader and Construction Industry Owner
For over 30 years, Richard served in all management positions, retiring in 1998 as Chairman
and CEO of the Quixote Corporation, a holding company for three other firms.
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Jeff Geldermann
Jeff GeldermannVice President of the Board Data Technology and Firm Owner
Jeff co-founded Credentials Solutions in Northfield, Illinois, in 1997 and is currently President and Chief Technology Officer.
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Betty Saidel
Betty SaidelBoard Secretary Insurance Consultant and Business Owner
Betty retired from two distinctly different, yet successful careers. The first as owner of a business insurance agency at which she was the Key Agency for
one of her carriers.
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Fran Davidson
Fran DavidsonFamily Enterprise Owner and Philanthropist
Fran joined the OTAS Board in late Spring of 2015. She and her husband, Bob call Seattle their primary home and spend five months of the season here at their home in
La Quinta.
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Matt Johnson
Matt JohnsonCommercial Real Estate, Property Management and Business Owner
Matt is the President of Johnson Commercial Real Estate, Inc. in Rancho Mirage. Mr. Johnson specializes in the sale, leasing and development of new and
existing facilities for growing companies here in the Coachella Valley.
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Bob Wright
Bob WrightCounty Economic Development and Business Owner
Bob was appointed to the East Valley Coalition Manager’s position in March of 2016 by Supervisor John J. Benoit. He comes from a forty-five-year career in the
nursery industry and served as CEO of DTF INC.
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Marc Glassman
Marc GlassmanProfessional Photography and Business Owner
Marc moved to the Desert in 1979 to work for the Desert Sun and in 1980, was hired by Palm Springs Life magazine as a staff photographer. In 1982, he founded Marc Glassman
Photography.
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David Turner
David TurnerCivil Engineer, Real Estate and Business Owner
David is President of Coachella Valley Engineers (CVE), a local Civil Engineering and Land Surveying Company. He is also the President of companies concentrated in
the Real Estate, Farming, and Cattle industries.
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Sean Webb
Sean WebbDesert Sands Unified School District Foundation Executive Director and District Experience
Sean moved to the Coachella Valley in August 2001 from Buffalo, NY. He holds a master’s degree and has worked in education his
entire time in the Coachella Valley; as a teacher, assistant principal, and now as Director of Community Engagement and Education Foundation for Desert Sands Unified School District.
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Paulina Larson
Paulina LarsonMarketing Director for Palm Springs Life Magazine
Paulina is Marketing Director for Palm Springs Life Magazine. She has had a strong background in Public Speaking, Online Advertising and Social Media.
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Millie Pearson
Millie PearsonDevelopment Techniques and Business Owner
Growing up in a family of artists, Millie has been drawing and painting since childhood, selling her first
painting at age 13 and commissioned at age 14 to do her first public piece: a hand painted 14’x 48’ billboard in downtown Omaha, Nebraska.
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Herb McAbee
Herb McAbeeConstruction Company Owner and Family Corporate Officer
Mr. McAbee is retired as president of McAbee Construction, a regional
general contracting firm, and currently is the senior member of the F.R. McAbee Corporation, a family asset holding company.
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Patrick Evans
Patrick EvansKESQ Newscaster / Advisory Board Member
Patrick has been the Chief Meteorologist for CBS Local 2 for nearly 14 years. He also hosts “Eye on the Desert”.
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Leslie Locken
Leslie LockenReal Estate Manager
Leslie Locken is the Real Estate Lease Manager for Lamar Outdoor Advertising and is responsible for negotiating new real estate
Leases for billboard structures as a revenue stream for landowners.
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