Louise C. Cummings

Louise C. Cummings has been in nonprofit management since 1968, working as the Executive Director for the Orange County Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; General Manager, Seattle’s A Contemporary Theatre; Executive Director, Old Town Artisan Studio; Development Director, Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County; Development Director, AIDS Services Foundation Orange County; Development Director, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Orange County; and Development Director of Forest Ridge School, Bellevue, WA. Louise is a Past President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and holds a degree in Journalism from the University of California Berkeley, and B.A. and Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) degrees from San Francisco State University.

Louise is a member of the Fund Development Committee.

Linda Hodson Director

Linda Hodsdon

Linda Hodsdon has been a volunteer with CVVIM since 2018 helping to take patient vital signs and working with the medical providers in direct patient care. Linda first learned about CVVIM as a member of The Springs Woman, a fundraising and social club for residents of The Springs Country Club, Rancho Mirage, that has adopted CVVIM as their benefiting charity since 2015. To date, The Springs Woman has donated more than $35,000 in support of our mission.

Linda was a high school teacher in Spokane, Washington, raised her family, and later became the Director of Volunteers at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, WA. She worked in marketing and advertising before opening her own business and later, retiring with her husband, Geoff, in Rancho Mirage.

Linda is a member of the PR & Communications Committee.

Stewart Fleishman, MD

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.

Les Zendle, MD

Dr. Zendle is a retired Kaiser Permanente physician where he specialized in internal medicine and geriatrics. He did his undergraduate degree at Occidental College in LA, and his medical degree and post-graduate training at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was a partner physician in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) – Kaiser Permanente from 1980 – 2006, serving as the Southern California Region Associate Medical Director for Clinical Services from 1993 – 2003.

Since becoming a volunteer in 2011, Dr. Zendle has given more than 700 volunteer hours to care for our patients. Dr. Zendle was our volunteer Medical Director from 2012 through 2017 and the Chair of our Clinical Care Committee. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the Desert Healthcare District in 2016, and he resigned his position as CVVIM Medical Director in 2017 when he assumed the role of President. Dr. Zendle remains on our Board of Directors and an active medical provider.

Chauncey Thompson

Chauncey has a distinguished career in managing people with several positions at Bank of America, and most recently as the Relationship Center Manager – Vice President for One West Bank in La Quinta. Currently, Chauncey is the Firm Manager at Barton CPA with several offices in the high and low desert. When not working, volunteering at VIM or tending a grill, Chauncey enjoys time with his wife and three children.

Chauncey is the organization’s Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee, and an active member of the Fund Development Committee.

Sandy Powell

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.

Janet Kerrigan, DO

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.

Rosa Lucas, RN

“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.”

Ross Hollenkamp, ESQ

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.

Benjamin Guitron

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.