Building Communities. Fulfilling Dreams

Board Officers

Bob Wright   Juliana Diaz   Richard Levine


President of Desert Sands Educational Foundation, a non-profit funding source for Desert Sands Unified School District programs, Bob Wright is a La Quinta Planning Commissioner and Owner of Take Five Inc., wholesale nursery supply.

  Vice President

Educator and bilingual reading specialist, retired from a teaching career with the Coachella Valley Unified School District.



Dick Levine was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2012. He is a retired commercial bank executive officer. Dick has forty years experience with national and community banks. His banking career was spent in the Inland Empire and the Coachella Valley.

Julie Bornstein        


Current Executive Director, Julie Bornstein is a former California Assemblywoman and former State Director of Housing and Community Development. She has served on numerous public boards and commissions dealing with affordable housing.



Board Members

Michael J. Brabo   Steve Clute   Sylvia Montenegro 
Board Member

Managing Partner and Founder of Brabo & Carlsen, LLP, Michael Brabo specializes in accounting, tax consulting and forensic, estate and professional trustee services.


Board Member

Steve Clute is an advocate for Farmworker Housing, Health Care and Veteran's Housing. He served the Eastern Coachella Valley as a State Assemblyman. Steve graduated from UCR and then served in the military as a Naval Officer and Aviator. Steve notes his greatest accomplishment by far was the day he married Pamela. The late Pam Clute, Ph. D., was an outstanding UCR Mathematics Instructor who inspired thousands and thousands of Students and Teachers through Math and STEM Education! She also loved the opportunity to present at a CVHC Scholarship Awards program! Steve is honored to serve with The CVHC Board, Executive Director and Staff that has accomplished so much for so many people!


Founding Board Member 

Devoted to community, this homemaker has served as City of Coachella Mayor and Council Member, Coachella Valley Girls Club Board Member and Coachella Valley Unified School District Trustee.

Christy Gilbert Holstege   Scott Darrell    Stuart L. Leviton, Esq. 
Board Member

A community lawyer and social justice activist based in Palm Springs.Christy focuses her practice and pro bono efforts serving low-income and underserved communities of the Coachella Valley.  

  Board Member

An Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Southern California School of Social Work where he teaches social policy, advocacy, coaching, and professional leadership courses.


 Board Member

An attorney in Palm Springs and Los Angeles whose practice focuses on civil litigation, business advice and counsel (primarily employment law, real estate, and contracts), and basic estate planning.








Juan A. Muñoz  

Dr. Inez Suarez, DDS


Angela Young

Board Member 

Employed by the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services, Juan Muñoz also serves on the Las Palmeras Homeowners Association board of directors.


Board Member 

Founder of Del Pueblo Dental Office, a general dental practice devoted to Coachella Valley families and residents. Dr. Suarez is a CVHC Mutual Self-Help homeowner.


Board Member 

Surgical Dental assistant with a Palm Desert dental practice and Mutual Self-Help homeowner.