BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hello PDHS Village Community!
My name is Gerry Neighbors and I have been apart of our PDHS community for the past 4 school years and joined our foundation about the same time. It's been my pleasure to be our Foundation President for the past 3 1/2 years and am going into my 4th and final year as president. My husband and I have two sons, one who graduated from PDHS in 2019 and is in college. Our second son is a senior this year and plays on our varsity football team. When I'm not working, I love to help our varsity football team with team meals and taking photos on the side lines at the games. If you get a chance, join one of our Foundation meetings and see how special of a board group we have who work hard raising funds for all our children.
Shelly Bricker grew up in Palm Desert, graduating from Palm Desert High School in 1990. She married Dean Bricker in early 2004, and they welcomed their beautiful daughter, Kylie, later that year. Shelly served as Co-President of the Washington Charter School Parent Club Foundation from 2014 to 2016. She also served as the Co-Chair of the Annual 2020 PDHS Foundation Gala and was elected as Co-Vice President at Palm Desert High School for the 2020/2021 school year. Shelly returned to the workforce in 2016 and currently works as a Community HOA Manager for Desert Resort Management.
Debra Trudeau has been an Aztec mom for 7 years. Her third child, and last, is currently a junior. Debra served as PTO Co-President for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 school years. She now serves as Co-Vice President for the Foundation. Debra works as a full time faculty member and in curriculum development for a private junior college.
Hello Aztec Family! I have been a Palm desert resident for over 20 years and have two daughters (‘20 & ‘22). I grew up in Massachusetts where I graduated from Northeastern University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. When we’re not working or volunteering, my family and I love to play golf and travel!
My name is Kim Safoyan and I have had the privilege of being a part of Palm Desert High School since 2011 when my oldest daughter was an incoming freshman. In 2018 my youngest daughter graduated and I decided to maintain a position with the foundation board. I was active on the PTO Board and have volunteered for several other non profits in the valley including holding the Chair of the Advisory Board position for the Salvation Army, teaching finance at the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission and an active member of Rotary. I am a proud business owner/CEO of Anchor Wealth Management Group LLC managing my clients assets along with financial planning since 2007.
NAOMI YOSHINAGA-PADILLA, PharmD
I have been a member of the Palm Desert High School Community as a parent and a volunteer since 2015. In addition to the Palm Desert High School Foundation, I have been active with the Palm Desert High School PTO as a wish list coordinator for a year and I am currently responsible for the PTO e-blasts since 2017. Outside of my school responsibilities, I deliver meals for Meals On Wheels. I am also a pharmacist but not employed due to my involvement with the school; however, I keep my pharmacist license active by completing my continuing education hours every year. I am honored to serve as the corresponding secretary for the Palm Desert High School Foundation.
Hello Aztecs! I am so pleased to be your Communications Chair for the Foundation this year. Please follow on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter: @pdhsptoandfoundation, and be sure to look through our website! I am a Mom to three Aztec Alums, Nick (‘17), Peter (‘19) and Lucy (‘20). I have been an active member of the PTO, serving as 1st VP of Communications, Grad Committee Chair and President during my 7 years as a parent, and I will always be a Volleyball Mom! Please reach out to me with any ideas on how we can serve you better, how you can help us and to get meeting information: .
Rhonda Drews, originally from Orange County moved to the Coachella Valley in 1985 and entered Palm Desert High School as a Sophomore in 1986. She was part of the first graduating class in 1989 but continued to support PDHS by serving on both the 10 year and 20 year class reunion committees. When called on to help with the 2020 annual Foundation alumni gala, she agreed and served as the Co-Chair. Rhonda thinks it is important to support the community, and its future leaders as well as her alma mater. She has made a career in the Desert in the HOA industry and serves as the Regional Vice President of Operations for RealManage, a professional community management service company and also volunteers for the Desert Cancer Foundation annual “Fashions for the Fight” fashion show.
MARY ANNE BROWER
Member at Large
I was a teacher for forty years, most as a math teacher and the last several as a high school principal. My husband and I have been married 54 years and moved to the desert two years ago to be near our daughter and her family. I am the grandma of a senior and a 2020 graduate of PDHS. I am so honored to be involved with the school as a member of the Foundation. I was on many WASC evaluation teams throughout the state and am proud to be of service to such a fine school.
Member at Large
My name is Mollie Walz. I have two children who will graduate from Palm Desert High, class of 2022 and 2025. I am a retired teacher and still love being involved in our valley's schools. I am active in Girl Scouts, National Charity League, Water Polo & Swim Teams and Guide Dogs of the Desert. We have had a wonderful experience at Palm Desert High School and I look forward to being more involved and supporting our Aztecs!
I'm your PTO co-President, Jackie Fenson. My two children attend PDHS; Camille is a Senior and Andrew is a Freshman. I've been involved with PTO since Carter Elementary, many years ago. I've fundraised and put-on many events with Foundations and PTOs at every level. Not only do I enjoy meeting and working with other incredible moms, I know parent involvement at school helps raise the level of academic success of my children.
GILLIAN VAN GUILDER