About Us

THE STAFF

Rob Woronoff, MS, has worked with and on behalf of LGBTQ children youth, and families for nearly 30 years. As National Director of LGBTQ Services with the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) in Washington, DC, Rob led national efforts to strengthen the capacity of America’s child welfare system to deal equitably and competently with LGBTQ youth and families. Rob was the Probation Training Program director with the USC School of Social Work; a program director with Just Detention International

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Rob Woronoff, MS
Executive Director
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Angel Caballero, Case Manager, was born and raised here in the Coachella Valley.  Angel is a Sociology major who completed his undergraduate work at Brandman University. As a student, Angel expressed an inherent calling towards helping others especially the homeless and foster care populations. Angel has had the experience of working in the continuum of care from behavioral health to case management. Angel has become a voice and an advocate for the LGBT young adults here at Sanctuary Palm Springs. 

Angel Caballero
Case Manager
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Our amazing Program Director Tammy Nelson with 15 years 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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Patty McGowen is a Native Californian, born and raised in Long Beach. She attended Long Beach Schools and graduated from Long Beach City College, eventually receiving a duel BA Degree in Speech Communications and Business from California State University-Long Beach. Patty has worked as a Program Director and Program Executive for the YMCA and was the Executive Director for the High Desert Chapter of the American Red Cross. She also spent 15 years as a Community Service Officer with the Redlands Police Department.

Patricia McGowen
Resident Advocate
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Before moving to Palm Springs, Charles spent 13 years teaching at 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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Valerie Quintanilla was born and raised in the Coachella Valley but pursued her Bachelors in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara. 

Having a degree in Sociology along with past experience has allowed Valerie to better work with and serve those in the community with intersectional backgrounds including the LGBTQ+ community at Sanctuary Palm Springs.

Valerie Quintanilla
Resident Advocate
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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. 

EllenWolf
Development Consultant
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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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