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The GFWC Woman's Club of Indio is delighted to welcome every new member.  We appreciate every member's desire to join a club, make friends and give back to the community. 

Check out our spectacular new members!




Liliana (Lily) Fabian - Joined  October, 2020

Originally from Jalisco, Mexico, Liliana was raised in Los Angeles.  She married Sergio Fabian 15 years ago and they have 5 children, Natalie, Brianna, Jesse, Jaxon and Luis.  Lily was formerly the manager of Desert Bride bridal salon, but after the birth of her 4th child, she decided to be a stay-at-home mom.    Lily loves all things glamour, make-up, fashion, etc. and enjoys making her home beautiful.  But, her real passion is her family.  Lily is the mother of the twins (Natalie and Brianna) who are the founding members of our new Juniorette club GFWC HOPE.  Lily is looking forward to serving her community and making new friends.



 Michelle Borthwick - Joined July, 2020

Michelle moved to the desert in 1981 from Indiana to take a position as the Public Relations & Marketing Director for the world-famous Nabisco Dinah Shore LPGA Women’s Golf tournament. She served in that position for 15 years and loved it! Through the course of her career with the tournament, Michelle implemented many successful marketing campaigns and special events that are still in use today.

She recently shifted careers when her business life became unbearable due to being overweight and multiple health challenges. It was at that time she found Keto because she was desperate to save her life.  Fast forward… She’s lost 35 pounds, reversed prediabetes and her health problems are gone! She is now living her passion as a Keto coach full-time to serve and inspire other women to get their life back, get healthy, find hope, and lose that last bit of stubborn weight!  Michelle and her husband Greg Borthwick have a 26 year-old daughter, Shanah, who lives in LaQuinta and is still the light of their life. They have been her solid support through all of life’s many changes! Michelle has always held Indio with a special place in her heart. At one time, the City of Indio was her client where she met so many amazing women, and many of them are members of the Indio Women’s club.



 Natalie Jacobssen - Joined July, 2020

Natalie is a mother to five grown children, including twins, and has been married for 30 years. A California native, Natalie’s  father immigrated from Lebanon and her mother was a citrus rancher’s daughter from Orange County. She is an artist, has had a lot of practice cooking for a crowd, and loves reading and being outdoors, especially hiking, boating, and scuba diving. Natalie spent decades volunteering in her children’s classrooms, and was involved in organizing fundraising for her children's school and extracurricular activities. She returned to school as a teacher-in-training after her children went off to college, and was placed in an impoverished school. This led Natalie to an annual project of adopting families in need with a wonderful group of ladies. Natalie is excited to join the Woman's Club of Indio as it offers opportunities for her to become more involved in community outreach.


 Michelle Lopez - Joined June, 2020

I was a member of WCI last year and recently rejoined our club. I was born, raised, and still live and work in the beautiful City of Indio. I am married to Gabriel Lopez and we have five children, Tiana, Jelena, Gabriel, Juan, and Nehemiah, and one fur baby, Fifi. I am an association management specialist for Desert Resort Management and have been with the company for seven years. I recently earned my International Management Accreditation for Community Management. My husband and I own SBG Entertainment and Event Services, which provides DJ and other event planning needs. I love entertaining family and friends, especially while the Raiders, Angels, and Lakers are playing.


Sophia Franz - Joined May, 2020

My name is Sophia Franz and I recently just finished my freshman year at College of the Desert. I am an only child and have a large extended family. I have grown up in a home filled with love and a desire to give back. For the past four years, I have practiced Karate and received my black belt last spring. Throughout my life, I can’t remember a time when my mother and father have not been volunteering for something. I recall when I was younger, I attended many community events by their side. For example, my mother was a longtime member of the Sunrise Rotary Club. They would meet at 7 a.m. and every morning she would take me with her to attend the meetings and meet some amazing people and then leave to take me to school. Throughout my childhood as well, my mother brought me to help volunteer at Woman’s Club events. My mom wanted me to grow up knowing that we can’t and shouldn’t be responsible for just ourselves, that we have a responsibility to our family and our community.



 Brenda Rockwell - Joined May, 2020

I was born in Van Nuys, CA, in 1952. My family moved to South America for my father’s business for three years during my preschool years. My brother and I became fluent in Spanish and translated for our parents. As of today, I don’t remember anything in Spanish. We returned to the San Fernando Valley for my elementary and senior years of school. In seventh grade (age 12), I was diagnosed with a bone tumor in my hip joint. I had my leg amputated in order to save my life. My parents were amazing and made me who I am today. They always said to me, “If you sit down, you won’t get up, so keep going.” Many funny stories on that note. I learned to ski, ride a bike, had a horse, play tennis, and many other physical activities because that’s what our family enjoyed and my parents’ way of making my life normal. I attended San Diego State University to earn my MA in Speech and Language Pathology. Thereafter, I had a rewarding career working with children from kindergarten through twelfth grade for forty years. I married and had two wonderful daughters who made me a grandmother of two more girls. My family now consists of two daughters, one stepdaughter, and four granddaughters. We have lived in La Quinta for two years. We have developed wonderful friendships and appreciate the family community the Coachella Valley has offered. I am looking forward to meeting new friends at the WCI meetings.


 Gretchen Perez - Joined May, 2020

After graduating from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes) with a degree in Recreation Administration, I wandered out to California hoping to find a job in my field since Ohio offered few opportunities. In the fall of 1976, I was hired by the Coachella Valley Recreation District as a Program Leader. I led the Tiny Tots Program, After School Recreation, and Teen Programs. Eventually, I became the Program Supervisor which required me to develop recreation programs from Mecca to Palm Desert and to be the Aquatics Director during the summer months. From there, I was the Branch Manager for the Riverside Arts Foundation for two years until state funding ended, at which time, I went to work for the Coachella Boys and Girls Club for fourteen years. Then I became a Guest Teacher for CVUSD and DSUSD for several years. (I liked the opportunity to take days off when I wanted.)  I was a member of Soroptimist of Coachella Valley, Indio Youth Task Force, and the Woman’s Club of Coachella Valley, and now, I am a docent for the CV History Museum. From these jobs and memberships, I have had the opportunity to meet many interesting people of the Coachella Valley. I initially joined WCI in October, 2005, and was a member for two years. I took a break from the Woman’s Club because my work schedule as a Teacher’s Aid with DSUSD made it impossible to make club meetings. But with Mickie Reed’s encouragement, I am now returning to continue my membership with a great group of women.

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