Board of Directors


Roy M. Pitkin, MD

Roy M. Pitkin, MD

Chair

Currently Professor Emeritus in the UCLA School of Medicine, he served earlier as Chair of the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and before that in a similar position at the University of Iowa. Roy was the editor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 1985- 2001, and wrote a history of the journal in 2003, The Green Journal: 50 Years On. The author of more than 200 original scientific reports, he recently published a popular book about medical history, Whom the Gods Love Die Young: A Modern Medical Perspective on Illnesses that Caused Early Death of Famous People.

Dr. Pitkin was a provider at the Clinic prior to becoming Chair, Board of Directors, and also chairs the Executive Committee. He regularly attends and participates in all Board Committees and is the Co-Chair of the WineLover’s Auction, our signature fundraising event.

Glen Grayman, M.D

Glen Grayman, M.D

MBA, CPE, FACEP | Director

Glen is a retired emergency physician and the former Medical Director of the Richards Emergency / Trauma Center at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, California as well as the former Chief Population Health Officer of Borrego Community Health Foundation. Dr. Grayman is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and is Board Certified by the American Boards of Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Medical Management, and Medical Quality. He now serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UC Riverside School of Medicine.

Dr. Grayman is Chair, PR & Communications Committee. He also serves as a Trustee of the UC Riverside Foundation and Executive-in-Residence at the Palm Desert Campus of California State University, San Bernardino. He is certified by the State of California in mediation and dispute resolution and previously mediated in the Riverside County Superior Court.

Rosa Lucas, FNP-C

Rosa Lucas, FNP-C

Director

“Think globally – Act locally” has been Rosa’s guiding mantra since she moved to the Coachella Valley in 1985. “My heart is with the farm workers and other medically underserved community members, especially in the east valley, working toward health care access for them.” A Spanish-speaking family nurse practitioner, she has dedicated herself to successfully join with like­ minded professionals and community members to accomplish this goal.

Rosa is proud of being a founding board member of Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine, and the driving force of our Homeless Medical Outreach project which she initiated in the spring of 2016 and remains active with as a team leader. Rosa is also a member of the Clinical Care committee.

“My dream will come true when each and every person has access to high quality health care.”

R. Ronald Hare, MD

R. Ronald Hare, MD

Founder | Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Hare is credited as the Founder of CVVIM and remains an active member today.

He is a member of the Executive Committee and the Fund Development Committee. He is also on the WineLover’s Auction Steering Committee.

Les Zendle, MD

Les Zendle, MD

Medical Director | Chair, Clinical Care Committee

A retired physician with Kaiser Permanente in the Los Angeles area, he is currently an elected Board Director to the Desert Healthcare District.

Dr. Zendle is the Clinic’s Medical Director and Chair of the Clinical Care Committee. He remains an active provider in the clinic as well.

John Mich

John Mich

Director

John is the Sr. Government and Community Representative with Kaiser Permanente in the Coachella and Moreno Valleys where he is responsible for the development and maintenance of all business, community, government and media relations. Previously, he held positions with the Palm Springs Desert Museum as the Director of Communications (2003-2004) and Harvard University as the Assistant Director, Office of News and Public Affairs (1994-2003).

John is a member of the PR & Communications Committee.

Chauncey Thompson

Chauncey Thompson

Director

Chauncey has a distinguished career in the banking industry and is currently the Relationship Center Manager – Vice President for One West Bank in La Quinta. Prior to joining One West, he held several positions in the southern California market with Bank Of America.

Chauncey is an active member of the Fund Development Committee.

Richard M. Soderstrom, MD

Richard M. Soderstrom, MD

Chair Elect

A board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Dick practiced in Seattle for 40 years and has been involved as a volunteer in numerous charity health clinics on a local and national level. He served as President of five national medical societies and held a 20 year position with the FDA as a medical device advisor. From 1978 to 1980, he represented the USA Department of Health & Human Services serving in the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2004, Dick became the Board President of the Seven Lakes Homeowner’s Association in Palm Springs, and, during his 10 year tenure as President, he oversaw the successful purchase of the HOA’s property from the Native American lessors. He continues as the HOA’s President Emeritus.

Dick is a member of the Executive Committee and Chair, Fund Development Committee. He is also actively involved in the WineLover’s Auction and has been the Chair and Organizer of two Pro-Am Golf Tournaments (2016 and 2017) at the Seven Lakes Country Club (Palm Springs) benefitting CVVIM.

Ross Hollenkamp, ESQ

Ross Hollenkamp, ESQ

Director

A staff attorney with Desert Legal Aid, providing access to justice for low-income residents of the Coachella Valley, Ross also has his own legal practice providing services in civil litigation, personal injury, business matters and criminal defense.

Ross is a member of the Fund Development Committee and Chair, CVVIM Legacy Society.

Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell

Director

With a career background in banking and investments, Sandy is an active member of The Springs Country Club, Sandy serves on the Board of the Ladies’ Golf Association and the Palm Springs Woman, a charitable organization. A community activist and advocate, other interests include the Coachella Valley Boys and Girls Club, Mama’s House and The Monarch School of Homeless Children.

Sandy is a member of the Fund Development Committee and Board liaison to The Springs Woman who offer generous and ongoing financial support to CVVIM.

Stewart Fleishman, MD

Stewart Fleishman, MD

Director

Stewart B Fleishman MD gained much of his primary care experience in the development of what is thought to be the first organized program for adult survivors of adult cancer. Board Certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, he worked with an interdisciplinary team applying principles of active symptom management to care throughout the trajectory of cancer illness focusing on the period of treatment and beyond. He currently surveys cancer centers around the country for accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

He is the Founding Director of Cancer Supportive Services at Continuum Cancer Centers of New York: Beth Israel and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt. He also served as the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Continuum Hospice Care, and the Chair of its Ethics Committee. Dr. Fleishman has been an investigator at the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (now the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology) since 1986, and was the Vice Chair of its Quality of Life Sub-Committee. He is the author of LEARN to Live Through Cancer: What You Need to Know and Do and the accompanying provider’s textbook Manual of Cancer Treatment Recovery: What the Practitioner Needs to Know and Do. He has authored numerous peer reviewed journal articles as well.

Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Fleishman taught in the New York City public schools.

Lorna Curtis, MBA

Lorna Curtis, MBA

Secretary | Treasurer

Lorna joined JFK Memorial Hospital as the Chief Financial Officer in May 2014. Her most recent healthcare experience includes 23 years at Kaiser Permanente in the San Diego and Riverside areas where she served as the Area CFO. During her tenure, she oversaw financial operations along with strategic and business planning, operational analysis, and health plan oversight. Lorna holds a green belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Lorna is a member of the Executive Committee and is the Chair, Finance Committee.

Janet Kerrigan, DO

Janet Kerrigan, DO

Director

A practicing physician for more than 35 years, Janet enjoys the opportunity to do volunteer medicine now, caring for patients who otherwise would receive no medical care, including low-income and homeless patients. She was an owner of the Kerrigan Family Medical Group (1990 – 2012) and member of the military until her military retirement in 1989 as Lieutenant Commander.

Dr. Kerrigan is an active provider at the clinic and also serves on our Clinical Care Committee. She is also a regular volunteer with our Homeless Medical Outreach program.

Benjamin Guitron

Benjamin Guitron

Director

Benjamin Guitron IV was born in the City of Indio and raised in the City of Coachella on the family farm that was very active in the east valley farming community. He is an Indio High School Grad, attended College of the Desert to earn his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and is continuing his education in business management. Benjamin is a proud 33-year member of the Indio Police Department where he started as a volunteer in the Indio Police Cadet program in 1980. He is currently the Police Administrative Officer responsible for the Office of Community Safety and Volunteer Services. He is also a certified training instructor in community policing and community relations. The police department has recognized him with several awards and is a recipient of the department’s Medal of Bravery.

Benjamin, a founding CVVIM board member, is a member of the PR & Communications Committee and the Finance Committee. Additionally, he is active in the community, serving on boards of directors with the Coachella Valley History Museum, the Coachella Valley Community Trust and the Desert Recreation District Foundation. He is also a forty-year member of the Boy Scouts of America, Past-President and current member of the Indio Rotary Club and a member of the Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers organization.