Board Members

Jade Nelson - Chairperson

Jade Nelson - Chairperson

Jade is a native of Palm Springs. He owns P.S. Walk With Me, a historic walking tour company. He and his partner, Martin, bought their Charles DuBois Alexander house in Vista Las Palmas in 2016. Since then, it has been featured on multiple home tours.

Jade earned a BPS Degree in Hospitality Management from The Culinary Institute of America in New York where he was a campus tour guide. He spent the first eight years of his professional career as a pastry chef in Seattle and in Palm Springs where he later co-managed the Orbit In Hotel from 2003-2013.

Jade is former Vice-Chair of P.S. Historic Site Preservation Board and has volunteered for Modernism Week since its inception. He is a member of Palm Springs Art Museum; the Historical Society of Southern California; and a board member of PS Mod Com.

As VLP’s new Chair, Jade looks forward to hearing from residents on what matters most to them.

Mike Ziskind - Vice Chairperson

Mike Ziskind - Vice Chairperson

Mike has lived in VLP for eight years after working as a national event planner and managing the advance staff for the appointed head of the U.S. General Services Administration in Washington, D.C.   

Before arriving in the desert, Mike was appointed to the D.C. Commission on the Arts and served on the board of the D.C. Humane Society, which runs that city’s animal shelter. He is a founding member of the D.C. Gay Men’s Chorus and former board member of the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus.

Mike has served on the VLP Board since 2011 and has co-chaired five VLP home tours which netted over $100,000 for local charities. He was also appointed by the city council to the VillageFest Board where he currently serves as its Chairman.

Jim Malaspina - Treasurer

Jim Malaspina - Treasurer

Jim has been a resident of Palm Springs since relocating here in 2015. A native of San Francisco, his professional career spanned 43 years with Bank of America as a Senior Manager within Operations, Technology and Program Management.  After retiring, Jim’s focus has been volunteering and learning more about Palm Springs and the surrounding areas.

In 2016 he completed the Citizens Police Academy as well as the local Citizens Emergency Response Team training. He is also an active California State Park volunteer for Mt. San Jacinto at the top of the tram and has been a county park volunteer in the North Bay for over 17 years.

Jim and his wife, Marla, greatly enjoy the city of Palm Springs; their neighbors; and the opportunity to make the city a better place to live.

Robin Abrahams - Board At Large

Robin Abrahams - Board At Large

Robin became a resident of Vista Las Palmas about 2012 when a second home quickly turned into a full-time project for this passionate architect. She is currently working on both preservation and renovation of much-loved modernist homes in Palm Springs and consults on new construction including some of the newest hotels in town.

Robin chairs the board of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture + Design Council where she helps guide programming and advocates for design related issues in our valley.

Robin loves Palm Springs and, more than anything, she’s interested in enhancing our community and helping VLP create a neighborhood environment which is welcoming and enjoyable.

Amy Brinkman - Board At Large

Amy Brinkman - Board At Large

Amy has been a part of the VLP neighborhood since the early 2000’s when she and her family rented vacation homes here. This led to the purchase of their own house in 2007 which was featured on the first VLP Modernism Week home tour. Amy resides part-time in San Francisco, where she recently sold her business, and has also lived in and run businesses in New York City & Honolulu.

Amy is passionate about volunteering; sits on the SF FOCUS board; and has a leadership position with the National Charity League. She has conducted many fundraising efforts and held various roles within parent associations at her daughters’ schools.

Amy and her husband have helped to revitalize the Uptown Design District. She understands the uniqueness of our neighborhood and the importance of welcoming guests and visitors alike to better appreciate VLP and the neighborhood aesthetic.

Howard Hawkes - Board At Large

Howard Hawkes - Board At Large

Raised in Santa Barbara, Howard learned the ins-and-outs of construction and detailed finish work while helping his father renovate and restore Victorian homes. During his time earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional planning at USC, Howard studied the architecture and historic preservation of Los Angeles.

He and his husband, Kevin, appreciate the clean lines of midcentury architecture which inspired the purchase of their current VLP home.  They own H3K Design: a firm that re-imagines MCM houses and has a varied project portfolio.  In 2017, they opened their mid-century inspired furniture store and turnkey design service, H3K Home, in downtown Palm Springs.

Howard is a former board member of the VLPNO executive committee. He is also a member of Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, PS Mod Com, PS Art Museum and the PS Chamber of Commerce.

Penny Hirschman - Board At Large

Penny Hirschman - Board At Large

Penny has been in Palm Springs since 2003 when she and her late husband relocated here to live with and care for his mother. Penny taught at elementary school and three universities; was a reading specialist; and worked for Houghton-Mifflin publishing company. She has served on the board of local, state and national reading associations.

Penny was one of the founding board members of American Literacy Corporation, an organization that annually recognizes and rewards California K-8 teachers and certified reading support educators or librarians who significantly increase the literacy levels of their students. She served as ALC president for eleven years and now serves as President Emeritus.

Penny is pleased to be part of the VLPNO board and even more thrilled to call Vista Las Palmas home.