Magi Raible is the Founder and owner since 2013, of LiteGear Travel, a travel gear company based in Palm Springs. In my early years, I worked as a florist, and served in the US Air Force, and worked as a sandblaster on submarines for the US Navy. At the age of 23, I started working for The North Face and eventually became the Director of Global Sourcing & Product Development. At the age of 32, I was a co-founder of Kiva travel gear which I sold in 2013. I have served on two non-profit boards; Stonewall Alliance as treasurer in Chico, Ca. and for the past 5 years, as Director on the Board of the International TravelGoods Association. I have also served on three for-profit boards; Kiva Designs, Inc, LifeGear Designs, Inc, and LiteGear Travel Inc. I am a lover of the outdoors – hiking, backpacking and camping being my favorites. I’m a passionate global traveler and I am committed to reducing my carbon footprint and that of my company. I also adore dancing and laughing with friends.
Doris K. Reed is a poet, writer, performance and recording artist, motivational speaker. Retired from Los Angeles County after more than 34 years of public service. Willing to work as part of the team for the greater good by bringing her professionalism, knowledge and commitment to the organization.
Gwen Kibbe has been a resident of Palm Springs since 2018. She has lived in various cities in California and the Midwest. After retiring, she chose to live in Palm Springs because of the wonderful LGBTQ community, and the weather. Her work career is in corporate operations where she managed multi-million dollar budgets and very large departments. She has been on the board of a Midwest LGBTQ community center and a LGBTQ foundation. She also supports numerous non-profit organizations with her time and other resources. She is thrilled to join the L-Fund Board and looks forward to working with the diverse community of the Coachella Valley.
Dr. Jan Alden is from the Bay Area, where she owned The Working Body, a Pilates and personal training studio in Oakland. She was in private practice and has many wonderful memories over her 32 years as a Sports Chiropractic Physician. Dr. Alden introduced chiropractic care to the UC Berkeley student athletes, and provided care to Olympic athletes. As an injury prevention specialist, she consulted with numerous companies throughout the Bay Area. Jan retired to Palm Springs in 2016, and is honored to serve on The L-Fund board as treasurer since 2019. In her free time Jan loves to dance, bicycle, swim, travel, and have laughter-filled times with friends.
Dr. Sharon Siegel is a feminist psychotherapist with a private practice near downtown Palm Springs. Fluently bilingual and biliteral in Spanish, Siegel worked in South Central Los Angeles for eighteen years, lovingly nick-named there as “Dr. Homie,” and in the West Hollywood Psychotherapy Community for over thirty years. “In recognition of her many contributions to the Association for Women in Psychology” she was awarded the Christine Ladd Franklin Award (“For Her Contributions to AWP and to the Field of Feminist Psychology”). Siegel is one of the Founding Members (and continuing board member) of the L-Fund. In addition, Siegel is proud to be the Presiding Priestess of the Goddess Temple of Palm Springs.
Maria Fraser RN spent her career helping others. Her work in Social Welfare led her to obtain her Nursing degree, where she specialized in psychiatry, chemical dependency, and adolescent health. She has over 30 years’ experience in intake and case management for high-risk populations who are impacted by financial instability, addiction, insufficient medical resources, or unsafe living situations. She has served on and consulted with many community collaboration boards.
Maria’s experience and skills fit well with the mission of The L-Fund, one that Maria strongly believes in. Knowing that lesbians often have a lack of family and financial support, she joined the Board of Directors in 2014 to be a part of the journey, and now serves as Intake Coordinator. The work of The L-Fund is very meaningful to her.
Mei Ling Tom is a retired National Board Certified Teacher in the field of Special Education. She has 30 years of experience working with children with special needs including autism, mental retardation, learning disabilities, orthopedic impairment and speech impairment. After moving from Los Angeles to Palm Springs in 2008, Mei Ling has spent time volunteering with The LGBTQ Center, The LGBTQ Center’s Community Food Bank, and The Neuro Vitality Center. As The L-Fund Education Assistance Program (LEAP) Coordinator, Mei Ling feels like she’s “paying it forward” by supporting lesbians in their education. Along with her partner Darlene, they enjoy life in Palm Springs as well as spending time in Washington with Mei Ling’s two children Miranda and Aaron.
Laura Kutch is an Emmy award-winning television producer, journalist and public relations professional with over 20 years of experience in the media and PR industries. She currently serves as the in-house Digital PR Specialist for Siege Media. She has dedicated her time and passion to LGBTQ causes and events, from organizing the Walt Disney Company’s first ever walking contingent in the San Francisco Pride Parade to serving on the board of directors for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). After relocating to the Coachella Valley from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2018, Laura and her wife enjoy exploring all the desert has to offer and growing their sense of community with the amazing people they’ve met through The L-Fund.
Marilyn Ramos is a local corporate paralegal who has worked at Guralnick & Gilliland, LLP. for over 25 years. She also has 5 years’ experience as an estate planning and probate paralegal. She was born and raised in New York City and then lived in Dallas, Texas for approximately 10 years before landing in the Palm Springs area. Marilyn has been an advocate for women, the LGBTQIA+ community and animals for many years. She has volunteered her time with local animal advocacy groups and administers a local vegan group. She also volunteers her time with trade organizations in her field of work. Prior to serving on The L-Fund Board of Directors, she served on its Outreach Committee and LEAP Committee (and continues on those committees as well as others). She currently lives in Cathedral City with her two adorable dogs, Frida and Diego.
Love TaShia Asanti is an award-winning writer, journalist, spiritual teacher and author of 7 books. Love is founder and director of I-Teach Love Institute, an educational platform and think tank promoting cultural understanding, racial equity and community wellness. Love has made appearances on television and radio to support the healing of humanity and the planet. Love is host of the TV show, The Window on Your World TV, which streams in America, the UK and across Africa. More about Love’s work and writings can be found at her web site at www.officialtashiaasanti.com
Dr. Karyl Ketchum is a Professor and the Department Chair of Women, Gender and Queer Studies at California State University, Fullerton. She has published work on feminist and queer representations and aesthetics in film and art; racial and gendered biases in biometric technologies; the deployment of ethnicity and gender toward galvanizing and sustaining global online social movements; and pathologizing discourses of the feminized body in art and popular culture. Her book, Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Inclusion in K-12 Schools (Routledge 2018), coauthored with Dr. Sharon Chappell and Lisa Richardson, is a critical first resource for educators, parents, and students working to create schools where LGBTQ and all student can thrive. Karyl is also a visual artist who has worked primarily with printing and oil paint. She has shown her work in New York City, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. She joins The L-Fund Board sharing the organization’s fierce commitment to support lesbians in crisis, as well as to join in community lifting queer women up to achieve their goals.