Tim Vincent has been working in the field of HIV and other health-related issues for over 30 years in direct service and as an educator. He managed a CDC- funded national program to provide training, technical assistance and resources to healthcare professionals. He continues to provide services in this area and recently expanded his work to include a focus on COVID-19. Tim manages an independent consulting business that focuses on promoting health equity especially as it relates to the needs LGBTQ+ and communities of color. He is grateful to be serving as president of the board for Brothers of the Desert. He believes we can change the dynamics that perpetuate isolation and disempowerment by utilizing the strengths, creativity and resilience of Black gay men here in the Coachella Valley along with the support of our allies.
Eric Davis moved from Long Beach almost a decade ago, where he was the general manager of a popular bar and restaurant. Palm Springs was originally a second home for he and his partner…wanting to simplify their lives. Now, as the Cathedral City Sponsorship Specialist, Sales Representative for GED (Gay Entertainment Directory) Magazine and Board Member / Vice President, of Brothers of the Desert…a simplified life is nowhere in sight. These (3) jobs keep him heavily involved with the people and community, that he loves. Each day is filled with multi-tasking, communication, problem solving and enjoying the beautiful desert landscape he now calls home. “I'm so happy to be my authentic self… in everything I do!"
Tony is a Harlem native who moved to LA in 1983 and currently splits his time between Cathedral City and Vancouver. Tony and his husband Dan manage a medical corporation and helped create one of the first apps designed as a self-care tool for adults recovering from concussions. He has been on the boards of several Canadian queer and ethnic theater companies, a dance company, a healthcare access organization for people living with asthma and COPD, and an organization supporting brain injury patients.
Tony has an undergraduate degree from Fashion Institute of Technology, a Masters from Azusa Pacific University, and work towards a Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He says "I grew up in Harlem in the 1960’s/70’s and whereas Harlem was rich in culture and history, the Gay community was often misrepresented and viewed as something that had to be either hidden or silently tolerated. Brothers of the Desert addresses topics regarding sexuality, mental health, and the acceptance of behaviors that differ from ours. I believe I can be beneficial in working with Brothers of the Desert to meet the mission and provide measurable results for Black gay men living in the Coachella Valley. "
Tony is politically active and committed to supporting programs that improve the quality of life for people who face obstacles due to their race, color, physical/mental challenges, and gender. He and Dan enjoy amazing food and wine and travel, as much as sitting by the pool in the Cove. He has been actively involved with BOD since last summer and we are so grateful that he has chosen to take a leadership role in our organization.
Raymond Johnson is the former Operations Chief of the Treasurer and Tax Collector Department of Los Angeles County. After a 44-year career with positions in Public Service, Public Health and Hospital Administration, he retired to the Coachella Valley in 2018. Raymond holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Redlands, and Bachelor of Science from La Verne College. Raymond volunteer activities has included the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Coachella Valley Repertory, and the Cathedral City Fire Department. Raymond enjoys being part of a group of Brothers committed to fulfilling its mission to nurture, connect and support Black gay men in the Coachella Valley.
Andre Carthen is a New York Times #1 Best Selling Author, Designer, Fashion, Fitness, Food Ambassador at kathy ireland Worldwide and Co-founder of Sunday Dinner & Friday Night Brands.Chef Andre is the only African American to be appointed to the Nutrisystem Success Chef’s Council. He has guest chef at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Disney’s California Adventure. A celebrity chef sharing his culinary skills with appearances on popular radio & television programs like “Today Show,” “Access Hollywood”, “Anderson Cooper”, “Home and Family”, “EXTRA”, “Inside Hollywood”, “Black Hollywood Live”,”100.5 The Desert Mix”, …with featured media in Forbes, Cuisine Noir, USA Today, Palm Springs Life, Media Planet- USA Today, MetroSource, The Standard, Desert Sun, Desert Out, and Furniture Today. Enjoying life in the desert for over two decades, he’s a proud board member of Brothers of the Desert.
Martin Mitchell is the former Director of Human Resources Operations for Oakland Unified School District. He was a transformational leader with a career marked by success in human resources operations, policy development/implementation, compensation/classification, strategic partnerships, senior leadership advisor, union relations, and HR compliance. Martin also spent twenty years in Market Research working for major corporations such as Hallmark Cards, Prudential and Kraft Foods, and consulting firms. Martin received his MBA in Marketing from Clark Atlanta University, and his BA from Howard University.Martin served as a Board member, Board Treasurer, and Finance Chair of Our Family Coalition (OFC). OFC serves LGBTQ families in the greater Bay Area. He served as the HR Professional Council Chair, and Board Director for the Northern Section of the California Association of School Business Officers (CASBO). He was also appointed to the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ Committee on Ministry Board. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors for City of Refuge United Church of Christ. He was the Church’s Finance Chair and Treasurer until moving to the Valley. Martin was recently appointed to serve on the Public Safety Commission by the Desert Hot Springs City Council. Martin has been actively involved with Brothers of the Desert since moving to the Valley with his husband, Bob, in July 2021. They reside in Desert Hot Springs and are the proud dads of two adult sons.
Dr. Larry R. Kidd is a Health Care Executive with expertise in Hospital Operations. Career expands more then 25 years in major medical centers in both Northern and Southern California. He has resided for the past 10 years between Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Larry holds a Doctorate in Health Administration from Medical University of South Carolina and Doctorate in Nursing Practice from University of San Francisco. Leisure time include travel, the arts and various outdoor recreational activities. Volunteer projects involve mentoring students in the health professions and partnering with organizations to improve the health status of the under served both in the U.S. and Haiti. Larry enjoys working with fellow members of the Brothers of the Desert in creating an environment in which members and allies may thrive and live their best lives.
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