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College of the Desert

Dr. Joel Kinnamon, Superintendent/President of the College of the Desert 
James Hummer, Assistant to the President/Executive Director

Peter Sturgeon, Director of Development

Contact Information: 
Office: 760.773.2561
Cell: 760.831.4138

Peter Sturgeon is the director of development at COD Foundation, where he has responsibility for a wide variety of fund-raising activities, including annual giving, scholarships, memberships and planned giving. Before becoming vice president at COD Foundation, Peter spent more than 20 years in the Coachella Valley building a successful automotive service company and as an active and engaged community leader. His community services includes serving as Past President of the Cathedral City Chamber of Commerce; Board of Trustees, Marywood Palm Valley School; the Tour de Palm Springs; and the City of Palm Desert's Marketing and Promotions Committee. Originally from Canada, he holds degrees in Economics and a Master’s in Business.  He has been with the COD Foundation since 2012.

Foundation Staff Members

Kippy Laflame, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
Contact Information: 760-862-1380 /

Kippy Laflame joined the Foundation in April 2011 after leaving the American Heart Association where she worked as Operations Manager. As Executive Assistant Kippy performs a variety of complex administrative andtechnical office duties to assure timely and efficient office operations to support the Executive Director and Board of Directors. In addition to her work at the Foundation, Kippy is the co-founder of the Healthy Gourmet Club whose members learn how to cook and eat healthy.


Liz Umbenhauer, Administrative Specialist
Contact Information: 760-862-1390 /

Prior to joining the Foundation in October 2012, Liz was the Executive Assistant to the General Manager at Indian Ridge Country Club. In her current role as Administrative Specialist Liz supports the Foundation team with a wide range of secretarial, receptionist and clerical duties.  She enjoys interacting with donors and recipients alike. Liz is proud to have served for 7 years as an Interrogator in the U.S. Army.