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Board of Directors

Leonard Sigdestad, DVM
Chairman of the Board

Leonard Sigdestad, DVM

Dr. Leonard Sigdestad was born in Webster, South Dakota where he grew up on a farm.  He had a love...

Gary Jeandron
Vice Chairman

Gary Jeandron

For more than three decades, Gary Jeandron served professionally with the Palm Springs Police Department. He started as a Records...

Darcy McNaboe

Darcy McNaboe

Darcy McNaboe is Principal and Founder of Village Enterprises, which advises businesses on management issues, as well as development and...

Cynthia Woods

Cynthia Woods

A graduate of Western Michigan University – earning Masters of Arts in Vision Rehabilitation therapy.  Also certified by the Academy...

Patricia Craine, MA, LMFT

Patricia Craine, MA, LMFT

Patti Craine specializes in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in Palm Springs, California.  With over...

Laurie Kettering

Laurie Kettering

Kettering is the owner of Ben & Jerry’s at The River, which is a Global Top 10% Scoop Shop in...

John Lowey

John Lowey

John Lowey is a registered Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Palm Springs, with a Tier 10 ranking with the ...

Ray McLean

Ray McLean

Raymond M. McLean (Ray) is recently retired.  He was the owner/CEO of a very successful Toyota Dealership in Billings, Montana...

Management Team

Sarah Clapp – Executive Director

Sarah joined the Guide Dogs of the Desert staff in August 2013. Her background includes 21 years at Eisenhower Medical Center (in various capacities within the Foundation Department), Major Gift Officer with Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, and Director of Development, The Living Desert.

As Executive Director, Sarah has the responsibility of overseeing the Administration of the mission of Guide Dogs of the Desert, along with establishing and overseeing the Fund Development effort.

Having lived in the Palm Springs area since 1965, Sarah brought with her long-established relationships that could provide philanthropic, as well as volunteer, community support. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Certification in Grant Writing, along with extensive background and facilitation of training related to customer service, through the Disney Institute. She is a Board Member of the Desert Communities Chapter of Association Fundraising Professionals and was bestowed the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award by her peers in 2016.

Operations & Finance Director

Curt Bergeron

Curt comes to Guide Dogs of the Desert, and the desert area, from an extensive management history as a Legal...

Director of Development

Lynne Elwan

Lynne joined Guide Dogs of the Desert with more than 20 years’ experience serving in key directorship positions in both...

Director of Breeding Program

Lori Miller

Lori has expertise and experience that spans over 20 years of training and working with guide dogs.  She is currently...

Director of Training

Nick Terrones

Nick recently joined Guide Dogs of the Desert and is now Director of Training. Nick brought with him 36 years...

Director of Canine Development

Trina Ver Vooren

Trina has expertise and experience that spans over 20 years of training and working with guide dogs.  She is currently...

Training Team

Administrative Team

Kennel Staff



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