150 Circle of Giving is managed by a group of donor members called advisers. Currently there are 6 advisers. Advisers do not make funding decisions, members do. If you wish to be considered for an adviser position email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lorenzo Nohra, RPh
A transplanted resident to the desert, Lorenzo grew up in Venezuela where he graduated from the school of pharmacy at Universidad Santa Maria in Caracas and emigrated shortly after to Canada where he successfully obtained his pharmacist license and worked for Rexall Pharmacy in Toronto. Lorenzo then moved to the United States and decided to call our beautiful desert his home. He gained experience and recognition while working for Rite Aid and CVS where he was awarded with the Paragon Award for Excellence. Lorenzo continued his career with Von's pharmacy in La Quinta and recently received his American citizenship. He's a proud Venezuelan/Canadian/American pharmacist with a great sense of integrity and care for others. Lorenzo is well regarded among his peers and patients alike in our community.
Lorenzo is an enthusiastic man with a passion for sports, outdoors, cooking and his beloved German Shepherd Max. Lorenzo has always had a philanthropic spirit and is pleased to dedicate his spared time and effort in building a successful 150 Circle of Giving to the benefit of the local people in our community.
Dale A. Smith, CPA
Dale Smith is a graduate of Bowling Green University with a BS degree in Business Administration and Accounting. He has attended Executive Management Programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Warton School and Harvard University. He is a Certified Public Accountantwho recently retired as Executive Vice President and CIO at First Republic Bank in San Francisco. He is currently a consultant to the bank and the technology committee of the board of directors. During Dale’s tenure at First Republic he supervised a staff of over 800 people in the Technology, Operations, Facilities, Project Management, Information Systems Security and Vendor Management.
Over Dale’s professional career he has served on various nonprofit boards. He enjoys the outdoors, the arts and travel.
Scott Newton, MA
A local native, Scott Newton grew up in the California Coachella Valley. Scott graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Business Psychology from Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, followed by a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.
Scott is a licensed Real Estate Broker with Bennion Deville Homes; providing residential real estate sales and leasing services to the greater Coachella Valley. Over the last 19 years of his career he has built a strong reputation for providing superior service and professionalism to his peers and clients.
Scott is the current President of the California Desert Association of REALTORS®. He is a Past President of the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS®. He has served and continues to serve on several committees (MLS, Professional Standards & Government Affairs) with the California Desert Association of REALTORS®. Scott is also currently a State Director for the California Association of REALTORS® and will be serving as a Director in 2020.
In addition to his real estate career, Scott volunteers for a variety of community organizations here in the Desert. He is a past Director and Secretary for the Desert AIDS Project, he has served as a Regent for the Point Foundation and is currently serving on the board of directors for the Sagewood Homeowners Association.
Jack Alotto, MA, CFRE
Jack is a graduate of Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and he holds a Master’s Degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, both degrees are in Psychology. Jack is a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive). Throughout his career, Jack has served in a variety of fundraising positions in hospital, social service and the arts as foundation president, executive director, development director, major gift and legacy giving manager, and foundation and corporate relations manager.
Jack is an instructor at the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University and at the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership in San Rafael, CA. Jack is currently a fundraising and nonprofit organizational consultant.
Scott Rotella is a recently retired Wells Fargo Bank technology executive. During his career, Scott co-invented technology to enable businesses to self-manage their technology at the speed required by the ever-changing environment. Most recently, Scott managed a few teams that had responsibility to integrate the new technology across the bank while training business and technology teams on how to change and maintain the technology.
Early in his career, Scott spent much of his spare time tutoring non-reader adults on how to read. This eventually led to a board position with a local chapter of Literacy Volunteers of America where Scott managed long-range planning and fundraising for the organization.
With his recent retirement, Scott is looking to spend some of his new-found time helping nonprofit organizations in the Coachella Valley succeed in their missions. Scott is extremely excited about his participation in the 150 Circle of Giving and is looking forward to the positive impacts that we can have as a team.
Lupe Ramos Amith
Lupe Ramos Amith was born and raised in Indio and has served on the Indio City Council since 2004. She served the City as Mayor from 2007- 2008, 2010-2011 and 2014-2015.
Lupe Ramos Amith has deep roots in her community. Her parents were immigrants working in the agricultural community, and she attended Indio High School. She earned an Associate of Liberal Arts degree from the College of the Desert. She also has an extensive background as a businesswoman and community activist, and volunteer. She chairs numerous committees and sits on multiple boards. She is no stranger to working with teams, elected oﬃcials, and appointed individuals to achieve goals for the common good. As part of her dues as a City of Indio council member, Lupe Ramos Amith serves on many local, state and federal committees. Additionally, as someone committed to serving her community, Lupe Ramos Amith is also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star (Coachella Valley Chapter #360), the Indio Chamber of Commerce, and the Coachella Valley Mexican American Chamber of Commerce. She also maintains memberships in several business organizations, including The Ninety Nines, Inc. of California, the Professional Education Institute Student Advisory Council, the Building Industry Association of Southern California, and the California Homeowners Association.
Beth K. Daniel
After growing up in San Diego, Beth moved to Palm Springs in 1999 and quickly become part of the fabric of the community. Through her work in corporate event planning and destination management, she works with several local companies and also aligns her services with business events booked in the Coachella Valley.
Beth was a member of Soroptimist International for 7 years and currently is Managing Director for PRA Business Events in Palm Desert, where she continues to promote and partner with valley businesses to build business and create more opportunity in the hospitality industry. She is currently a member of FICP and Site So Cal.
Beth is excited to join the 150 Circle of Giving as an advisor to share her network of contacts and help this organization thrive through new members and philanthropic efforts in the Greater Palm Springs.
Stephanie Minor has held numerous leadership positions in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She is a specialist in fundraising, nonprofit marketing, and development operations. She is currently the Director of the Center For Nonprofit Advancement in Palm Desert.
Stephanie is a graduate of Cal State San Bernardino. She has lived in several states and moved to the Coachella Valley in 2015. When she is not training or working with nonprofit professionals to advance their missions, Stephanie is typically spending time with her daughter Chloe. She enjoys cheering her daughter on during her basketball games at La Quinta High School, reading, and writing.
Gailya Brown is a seasoned fundraising professional with more than 20 years in nonprofit fund development, major gifts development, capital campaign strategies and grant writing. Prior to becoming a consultant in 2015, she had leadership positions supporting arts and higher education at major Los Angeles cultural institutions and universities. As Senior Director of the Valley Performing Arts Center Campaign (now “The Saroya”) at California State University, Northridge, she led the $50 million capital campaign to build the first major performance venue in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Other career highlights include securing a gift to name the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication at CSUN and serving as Associate Director of the campaign to build the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, an architectural jewel which helped lead to the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles.
As a consultant, she focuses on guiding small to mid-sized nonprofit organizations in strengthening their overall fundraising and organizational infrastructure, board development, major donor cultivation and strategies, donor stewardship, grant writing and other forms of development writing. Some of her current and past clients include Dezart Performs, Palm Springs Community Concerts Association, College of the Desert Foundation, Building Resilient Communities, OneFuture Coachella Valley, Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley, as well as Valley Presbyterian Hospital and Valley Village in Los Angeles. She is registered as a consultant with the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Palm Desert.
As a professional writer, she worked for more than 15 years as a program development executive for television networks and independent production companies prior to her move to nonprofit fundraising. She is a member of the Board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals CA, Desert Communities Chapter and has served as Co-Chair of the 2018 National Philanthropy Day and as Co-Chair of the Awards Committee of the 2019 National Philanthropy Day celebrations.
Jeremy W. Hobbs, President - Western Wind Foundation
Early in his career, Jeremy was a management consultant with a specialty in local governments, local and regional water issues, and strategic and financial planning. A native Californian, Jeremy is a graduate of Jesult High School in Sacramento and Pomona College (BA, English) in Claremont, California. He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as a member and editor of The Law Review. From 1987 to 2002, Jeremy practiced law in Chicago, where he specialized in public interest and securities litigation, and where he later developed a practice focused on family-owned and closely-held businesses. In 2002, he left the practice of law to co-found a Chicago-based operating and holding company.
Jeremy has a long history of social service and philanthropic work, ranging from community development to HIV/AIDS education and prevention. In recent years, he has worked closely with dozens of non-profits and charitable organization throughout the Coachella Valley on topics such as education and scholarships, community and economic development, remediation of the Salton Sea, isolation and aging within the LGBT community, and development and support of a thriving performing arts community. He has also worked with numerous organizations on capacity development and governance issues. Jeremy has lived in Palm Springs since 2012.