About Us


Our amazing Program Director Tammy Nelson with 15 years of experience in criminal justice and psychology working with adults and at-risk youth.

With a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology with an emphasis in assessment and treatment, Tammy finds it important to give back by sharing her story to help others.

Tammy Nelson
Program Director
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Ellen specializes in fundraising, friend-raising, strategy and event management for non-profits.   Since moving to the Desert, she has worked for Sanctuary Palm Springs in a variety of volunteer and leadership roles. She serves on the Board of the Palm Springs Chapter of Gay for Good, a non-profit that mobilizes the LGBTQ community to interact with the greater community by volunteering time to social welfare and environmental service projects.  She is a member of D.A.P.’s Partners for Life and The LGBT Community Center’s Ocotillo Club.  Ellen attended the University of Alabama and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, graduating with a BA in psychology.  She is the proud mother of three children. 

Development Consultant

Before moving to Palm Springs, Charles spent 13 years teaching Culinary Arts at Edmonds Community College in Washington State. With a passion for young adult education, combined with a love of event planning and management working at Sanctuary allows him to do the work he loves with in an environment that is filled with some of the most passionate hard-working people he knows.

Charles Drabkin
Development and Operations Manager
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Dr. Jill Hingston is a Health Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Her research and dissertation topic focused on the impact of parental support on the health behaviors of transgender young adults. Jill has served as the Program Director of a local inpatient psychiatric facility for five years, working with the severely and chronically mentally ill. She currently works at The LGBT Community Center of the Desert as a Clinical Supervisor in the Scott Hines Mental Health Clinic and maintains a private practice in Palm Desert. Jill’s specialties include working with young people, LGBTQ+ people, transgender youth and with the parents and families of LGBTQ+ people.

Dr. Jill Hingston
Health Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
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