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The GFWC Woman's Club of Indio is delighted to welcome every new member.  We appreciate every member's desire to join a club, make friends and give back to the community. 


Check out our spectacular new members!

 

 
 

 

Allyson Jeffredo - Joined October, 2021

Allyson Jeffredo is a writer, educator, and community worker born and raised in the Coachella Valley.  Her passion is providing access to educational services and other resources.  Beyond this, she also loves animals and hiking. You are an exciting and welcome addition to our club!

 
 

 

 Carol Pawluk Joined October, 2021

Carol Pawluk has lived in La Quinta for 4 years, arriving here from Chesterfield, Virginia, where she grew up. She worked in the medical field for years and now assists her husband, Doug, with their income tax business. Carol enjoys swimming, singing, walking and playing with her German Shepherd, Jake. She looks forward to meeting you all and participating in the group activities.

Welcome Carol!
 

 

 Souad Elkhantouri - Joined October, 2021

Souad Elkhantouri has been a wife for 42 years, a mother and grandmother. She was a high school teacher in Morocco for 20 years (philosophy).

Fourteen years ago she came to the USA and acquired certifications in NLP, TLT, hypnosis and Kundalini yoga. She is a certified coach, helping people to master feeling peaceful and calm, no matter what challenges they face in life. As an American citizen, she loves to give back to the community and also loves to help couples and partners who are in committed relationships that lost their spark. Souad believes that a good society starts from loving and caring households.

She speaks English, Arabic and French!
 

 

Yesenia Olmeda-Fregoso - Joined October, 2021

Yesenia has 26 years of teaching experience.  She enjoys swimming and reading.  She has been blessed with two amazing sons and two wonderful daughters.  You are an exciting and welcome addition to our club!

 
 

 

 Lauren Yamaoka - Joined October, 2021

Lauren Yamaoka is a recent transplant to Rancho Mirage and originally hails from a small town in Michigan, but has also lived in Chicago, San Francisco, and Dallas. Professionally she works as Director of Development at The Fuller Foundation, where she works to help clients and donors achieve their philanthropic goals and support Fuller Theological Seminary and its community. She earned a BA in English from Hope College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University. She has worked in nonprofit fundraising for nearly a decade, holding positions with Northwestern University, Southern Methodist University, and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation. She has been active with a number of charitable organizations in recent years, including Dallas CASA and other child welfare organizations, and the Junior League of Dallas, where she held a variety of leadership roles in the areas of training and communications. In her spare time, she is a self proclaimed bookworm and always loves to swap favorite book titles with everyone in her network. Lauren and her husband Tom are so happy to be close to family here in the desert as they are welcoming their first child in February… a baby boy!
 

 

 Ana Hernandez - Joined September, 2021

I was born and raised in Mexico and I've called the Coachella Valley my home for the last 19 years. I worked for over 12 years in Retail Banking and Management, but left to continue my education and received my Bacheler's Degree in Workforce Development and a Masters Degree in Social Work. I am honored to be able to leverage both degrees and help students at the local community college in finding jobs, internships, and additional resources to help students enhance their career development.

My husband, Peter, and I have three children. One is a freshman at Chico State University and one is a sophomore in high school and the youngest is in 6th grade. I absolutely love being outdoors - love to hike and run! But most of my free time I dedicate it to my kids athletics and extracurricular activities and help my children's PTO or Booster Club. I strongly value the impact sports and extracurriculars can make in the life of our youth. I am also passionate about advocacy for our youth and spanish-speaking parents to have a voice because that's something my parents did not have when my siblings and I were growing up.

 
 

 

 Nadia Villagran-Walsh - Joined August, 2021

Nadia works as a Program Director for Fund Development and Strategic Partnerships at Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation (Rural LISC), the largest nonprofit community development financial institution in the country. She joined Rural LISC in January 2017 as a Program Director and provides broad oversight and input for Rural LISC’s nationwide administrative, financial and programmatic strategies.

Wearing her strategic partnerships “hat,” Nadia works closely with the Rural LISC leadership team to expand, grow and fortify the Rural LISC network of Partners, allies and collaborators – a network of more than 140 nonprofit community development and business development organizations based across rural America. In her fund development role, Nadia researches and develops proposal strategies for foundation, corporate and public funders, and helps manage the stewardship of Rural LISC’s funding relationships, including coordinating data and research for proposal and reporting purposes. She also tracks grant and report deadlines and requirements, manages the donor acknowledgement process, and works closely with the National LISC Development team on development related activities and reports. Nadia has more than 20 years of experience in communications, development and community development. Before joining LISC, she worked at Indio-based Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC) for 13 years, lastly serving as the Director of Operations and Communications where she oversaw all administration, human resources and community service activities. Nadia previously served as the Single Family Development Director and the Community Services Director at CVHC. She started her career as a reporter for The Arizona Daily Star and The Tucson Citizen, in Tucson, Arizona, and The Desert Sun in Palm Springs, California, where she worked for nearly five years.

Nadia is wife to Mike Walsh, mother to three challenging and amazing daughters - Tatiana, 21, Lily, 5 and Viviana, 3 and best friends with Rosalva Campos. She loves traveling, hiking, laughing with her friends, playing tennis, and reading.
 

 

 Brian Montgomery - Joined Ausust, 2021

Bryan Montgomery became Indio’s new City Manager in May of this year. He and his wife Monica have moved to Indio after living nearly 16 years in the Bay Area.

Bryan has a Bachelor’s of Art in International Government Relations and a Master’s degree in Public Administration both from Brigham Young University. He is a life-long public servant with over 28 years of experience in local government. He comes to Indio from the City of Oakley and previous to that position, he was the City Manager in Mesquite, Nevada and Rupert, Idaho, and an Assistant City Manager in Alamogordo, NM.  In addition, Bryan has been an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University, speaks Spanish and periodically lectures in Latin America for the International City/County Management Association, the leading organization of local government professionals. In 2015 he was honored with the Volunteer of the Year Award by VEGA (Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance) for his more than 15 years of pro-bono assistance to ICMA’s Mexico office where he conducted field visits to provide technical assistance to multiple cities and participated in workshops and other events to promote professional local government management.
 
 

 

 Lorelei Ceja - Joined August, 2021

Lorelei was born and raised in Michigan, attended high school in Portland, OR. She has been calling the Coachella Valley her home for almost 30 years now. She earned her Bachelors in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University (where she met the love of her life, Frank, her hubby of 27 years who is a native of the Coachella Valley) and her Masters degree in Education at Cal State University San Bernardino. She worked at JFK Memorial Hospital and Sunline Transit Agency before utilizing her computer skills in a new way by becoming an educator with Coachella Valley Unified School District. She was a computer teacher at Sea View ES/West Shores HS and Coachella Valley HS before moving to Toro Canyon MS/Desert Mirage HS as a Project Teacher. She has been with Coachella Valley Unified School District for 25 years and is currently the Director of State & Federal Projects.

Lorelei and Frank have four children, aged 17 to 25. Although she enjoys reading, digital scrapbooking, watching movies, and spending time with family, Lorelei has never been one to sit still. She has been volunteering with multiple youth programs that her kids have been involved in over the past 20 years including PTO, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, and National Charity League. She is also a member of Coachella Valley Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. But now that her children are all grown up, she’s eager to expand her community support in other ways. Lorelei’s youngest child just earned a scholarship from the Women's Club of Indio and she was so intrigued by what she learned during the meeting about the amazing work of the Club that she decided to join and continue serving the community.
 
 

 

 Arlene Handler-Smith (Arlene Smith)Joined August, 2021

Brigette is a Coachella Valley native, she was born in Palm Springs and resides in Indio. She graduated from Indio High School and attended UCR and CSUSB. She is a 4th grade teacher at CVUSD. This is her 20th year with the district. In addition to teaching, she has been her site’s FNL Kids Club Advisor for 7 years.
She is married and has 4 children, ages 17, 20, 23, and 27. Her youngest just graduated from high school. As a family, they enjoy having games nights, going to the beach, and traveling to new places. In her free time, Brigette loves to read, journal, and spend time with her poodles.

Brigette is excited to start a new chapter, now that her children are almost all adults and on their own. Volunteering and helping others has always been a big part of her life; she was a peer tutor in high school, in her 20s she mentored young girls with the group “Hermanas Intimas”, she is an FNL advisor- which promotes community service, and is now excited to be a part of IWC- where she can “meet new friends and give back to the community”!
 

 

Shelley Diemer - Joined July, 2021

Shelley was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. After finishing her undergrad in Nutritional Science, she moved to Toronto, Canada where she met her husband. He was offered a job in Michigan where they moved and spend 18 years, and where Shelley became a dental hygienist. They have one son who is now 24 years old. They moved to Orange County, California where they lived for 10 years, but would travel many weekends to the desert.

Once they knew their son was not coming back to Orange County they jumped at a chance to move to the desert and settled into their home in Indian Palms County Club. Shelley has been working as a dental hygienist for the last 30 years and is also employed as a professional educator for Waterpik for the Coachella Valley.
Shelley is always up for a new adventure and volunteers when she sees a need. She has volunteered for the Girl Scouts, run school book fairs and was awarded Michigan’s PTA Parent of the Year in 2007. She is thrilled she was introduced to WCI and is looking forward offering her service to Indio.
 

 

Irazema Adkins - Joined  July, 2021

Irazema Adkins is a native of the Coachella Valley, having been born and raised in Indio. Her life journey has brought her back to Indio where she and her husband have raised their three children, the youngest of which is now 16 years old.

Irazema works in the Literacy Department of the Riverside County Library System and will soon hit the road in the new Mobile Resource Van bringing literacy to underserved communities within Coachella Valley.

For Irazema, it has always been important to give back to the community and make a positive impact on its future. She began volunteering at her children’s schools and has continued looking for opportunities to make a difference. She shares that she “is excited to be a part of an organization that shares in my desire to highlight what our community offers. I hope to make lifelong friends in the process.”  

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