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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!

 

 
 
 

 

 Richard Canela - Joined December, 2020

(seen here with his daughter Raeanna)
Born and raised in the eastern Coachella Valley, he attended CVHS from 1989-1993. He is 45 years old and divorced with three children, Robert 24, Renee, 23 and Raeanna 13. He is excited to report that his son Robert and his wife are expecting their first child soon, making him a very proud grandpa to a baby girl.

In the late 90’s, he began a 15-year career as a Public Safety Officer with the 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians and Spotlight 29 Casino. He is currently working as a Campus Supervisor for the Riverside County Office of Education at a Community School in Indio. A Community School is for junior high and high school students who have been expelled or have been placed on probation.  He has been involved with the community’s youth since his early 20’s. He began as a youth football coach in Indio and in 2010, he began coaching at the high school level. He has coached at La Quinta HS, Indio HS and my alma mater Coachella Valley HS. He wants to not only teach the game of football, but to mentor and help develop young men into productive adults. He says, “I still can’t get used to seeing my former players as adults with a family now, but that is my goal as a coach.”  In his free time, he enjoys traveling, cooking and watching his youngest daughter Raeanna play soccer. Although there is not much free time lately as he has made the decision to finish what he started 27 years ago and complete his degree in Liberal Arts.  He is looking forward to meeting all the WCI members and making 2021 a great year.
 

 

 Angela Zepeda - Joined December, 2020

A Coachella Valley native, and a proud graduate of Indio High School (Go Rajahs!), Angela received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Finance from Cal. State San Bernardino. She went on to receive her Master's in Public Administration.  Angela resides in Coachella and is serving her third term as the elected City Clerk of the City of Coachella. Angela found her niche as a water conservation professional and public information officer, focusing on communication and outreach.
 
Angela has two children, a son Kevis who is 13 and a daughter Audreana who is 9. They enjoy sports and outdoor activities and are avid football/Kansas City Chiefs fans. They have fun with their 7 pets (2 dogs, 3 guinea pigs and 1 chameleon). Angela also likes to scapbook and memorialize her personal history.
 
Angela was the impetus for the joinder of the City of Indio Water Authority with our Yard of the Month Program and Angela jumped right in as Co-Chair of the Yard of the Month Program. Angela says, "I love being a part of a group of professional women that gives back to our community to ensure its prosperity and success."

 

ANGELICA DANIEL-MARTINEZ - Joined December, 2020

Born and raised in Coachella and proud graduate from CVHS! Currently lives and works in Indio. She has been employed with Riverside County Probation Department for 20 years and is a supervising probation officer at juvenile hall. She finds working with teens very challenging, yet very rewarding. "I see a younger version of myself in the girls I work with."

She is the proud mother of three kids, and they are her world!  Nikki age 27, Joseph age 13, Jon age 8. Married for 16 years, her husband, Javier works for Coachella Valley School District. Her hobbies include: Traveling ✈️ , Hiking �� ,Scuba diving ��‍♀️, pretty much anything outdoors, in nature and around water.

Angelica is the daughter-in-law of our own sweet Nan Martinez and sister-in-law to the fabulous Bernadette Subia-Martinez.

 

 
 

 Louise Siatta - Joined November, 2020

A Native Californian, Louise was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She went to Van Nuys Junior High and Van Nuys High School. After she graduated she got my cosmetology license and worked in Van Nuys, Santa Monica and Brentwood until she moved out to the desert in 1971-72. She attended COD intending to get her certification in education but met her first husband and had three amazing kids, Emery, Wesley and Rebecca. When she wasn’t working she was the neighborhood mom, with all the neighborhood kids at her place. She loved it!

From 1986 to 1991, she spent her free time being involved with the Parent Teacher Association, serving as Vice President and President. She married her amazing second husband in 2000, and during her marriage continued to be a hairdresser, got her life insurance license and flipped houses with her husband. In 2019, she got the bright idea to start her own business and with help from family and friends started Absolutely Postal, which opened on November 14, 2019. She is now celebrating her first anniversary and with all of life‘s obstacles is managing to do pretty darn good! She is proud of her work team, Mike, Mimi and her daughter Rebecca that she hopes will take over the business someday soon. She is looking forward to being a part of the Women’s club of Indio and hopes to give back as much as she has received.

 

 

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.

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