Board and Staff

The Joslyn Center's leadership consists of an eleven-member Board of Directors, who oversee six full-time and three part-time staff.

Joslyn Center Board of Directors 2018-2019


Aurora Wilson, President

Aurora Wilson, a Palm Desert resident, brings to Joslyn’s Board extensive regional government experience including serving as the Director of the Community Resources Department at the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, the Legislative Assistant to the late Fourth District Riverside County Supervisor Roy Wilson; Executive Director of the Regional Access Project Foundation. She has held other non-profit Board positions, including Family Services of the Desert, the Health Assessment Resource Center (HARC), Friends of the COD Library and the Desert AIDS Project.  Mrs. Wilson also holds public office as Board Trustee of College of the Desert representing District 4 (Palm Desert, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and La Quinta).


Ed Walsh, Vice President 

Ed has an extensive background in Canada and the United States, as both a social worker and senior administrator in the field of aging.  Prior to his retirement, he served as the overall Director of Senior Service Systems and the Office on Aging for Riverside Country, one of the largest and fastest growing counties in California.  Previously, he worked in a wide range of community based settings, including a Medicaid Waiver program in Boston, internationally recognized British Columbia Long Term Care Program in Vancouver and the nationally recognized Senior Care Network in Pasadena, California.  He also held positions in tertiary care hospitals as well as in primary care and geriatric care clinics.

Ed has a special interest in programs and services that strive to maintain optimal independence for older adults.  Based on his experience in developing and promoting innovative programs that promote and enhance community based initiatives that address chronic care continuum, Ed continues to be an advocate for a continuum of community based long term services and supports and community initiatives that target the most vulnerable adults


Barry Kaufman, Treasurer

Barry Kaufman has approximately 20 years of experience in non-profit finance, accounting and administration with Tri-Counties Regional Center and Family Service Agency, both located in Santa Barbara, CA.  He joined the Board of Jewish Family Service of the Desert in 2007 and is Board Treasurer.  He is Board Chair of the  finance committee  and  also  serves on the Executive, Personnel and Services Committees.   He  is  also  Board  Treasurer  for The  Joslyn Center  in  Palm  Desert and serves on the Board of Animal Samaritans in Thousand Palms.  He was Board Treasurer/Controller of the Jewish Community School of the Desert.  His education includes both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemistry and an MBA.


Mary Gilstrap, Secretary 

Mary E. Gilstrap is a litigation partner of Roemer & Harnik LLP and has been practicing law for over 23 years, concentrating on business litigation and contested trust and probate matters in both state and federal courts as well as administrative agencies.   She is a past president of the Desert Bar Association, a founding member of the Inland Empire Federal Bar Association and a former  member of the Warren E. Slaughter/Richard I. Roemer Inns of Court.  She currently serves on the Legislative Outreach Committee of the Riverside County Superior Court, and acts as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Shelter From the Storm and Vice President of Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley.


Beverly Fitzgerald, Director

 Before launching her real estate business, Beverly Fitzgerald cultivated a successful 25-year career in public relations, which included work with the US Department of Veterans Affairs.  Beverly now focuses her professional career objectives in real estate.  As an agent with Tarbell, Realtors, Beverly distinguishes herself with her attention to details for her clients.  Beverly shares her talents outside of real estate as well, regularly volunteering her time and resources to local charities and programs benefiting veterans and the senior community.  She serves as the President of the California Desert Association of REALTORS(2015) and is a recent graduate of Leadership Coachella Valley (Class of 2015).


Dr. Jenna Le Comte-Hinely, Executive Director of Health Assessment and Resources for Community (HARC).

Margaret (Peggy) Leo, City of Palm Desert Representative


Eileen Packer, Director

Eileen Packer retired March 31, 2015 from her position as Chief Executive Officer of HARC, Inc., (Healthcare Assessment Resource Center) which was founded in 2006.   In this capacity, Ms. Packer coordinated the development of the triennial needs assessment, oversaw the research design, survey tool development, data collection and analysis, data preparation and reports.  As well as coordinating the fundraising efforts, Ms. Packer worked with the Director of Research and Evaluation to market and coordinate HARC’s research and evaluation services to the community.

A Registered Dietitian and former Certified Association Executive, Ms. Packer worked in the Los Angeles area as Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Tarzana Regional Medical Center.   After 11 years there, she took the CEO reins at the 7,000-member California Dietetic Association located in Los Angeles.   She restructured the organization and its foundation during her decade-plus tenure there, restoring profitability and building a reserve fund to sustain future outreach.  The Canadian educated professional moved to the Coachella Valley in 2000, serving in various management positions for the county’s Office on Aging.  Three years later, the Stroke Recovery Center hired her as Executive Director.

In her volunteer capacity, Ms. Packer currently serves as a member of The Joslyn Center Board of Directors, Riverside County Office on Aging Advisory Council and a member of the College of the Desert’s Citizens’ Oversight Committee.  Previously she served as President of the CA, Desert Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and, also President of the Southern California Society of Association Executives.


Arlene Lucchesi, City of Indian Wells Representative


Stephen (Steve) Morgan, City of Rancho Mirage Representative


Rick Tinsley, Director of Food and Nutrition, Morrison Healthcare, Eisenhower Health


Iris Smotrich, City Council Representative, Rancho Mirage


Kimberly Muzik, City Council Representative, Indian Wells

Kathleen Kelly, City Council Representative, Palm Desert

Jan Harnik, City Council Representative, Palm Desert

Joslyn Center Staff Listing


Jack Newby
Executive Director

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Bob Elias Ed.S.
Director of Social Services
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Diane Sylvester
Finance/Operations Director
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Paul Clowers
Director of Development & Marketing

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Terry Cummings, LCSW
Director of Wellness Center

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Edie Willard
Volunteer Coordinator
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Abel Becerra
Lead Custodial