Board Members

Amy Brinkman

Amy Brinkman

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.

Sheila Cobrin

Sheila Cobrin

Sheila has lived in Vista Las Palmas since 1959.  She helped form the Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization in 2005 and has always made it her priority. Sheila has a good working relationship with the city department heads and they listen to what the VLPNO has to say. She sits on several committees and chair sthe One-PS Ecology Committee which speaks to issues that affect all of Palm Springs.  Sheila wants to see Vista Las Palmas continue to preserve our iconic architecture and be a standard bearer for other neighborhoods in our city.

Kermit Ferrer

Kermit Ferrer

In 2011, Kermit drove into Palm Springs for the first time and immediately knew this was where he and his partner were meant to be.  Vista Las Palmas was their dream neighborhood and in 2012, they were lucky enough to find a home there with amazing views.  Over the course of the following season, they worked with Howard and Kevin of H3K to renovate their own mid-century paradise.  For 6 years they frequently flew in from New York City.  Last year, Kermit and his partner were lucky enough to move to Palm Springs as full-timers.

Kermit was born in Puerto Rico, raised in Guatemala and spent 30 years enjoying life and building a great career at Macys in New York City.  Kermit is a Logistics Professional with a history of optimizing the supply chain for the retail industry.   

Kermit is excited to join the VLPNO Board to carry on the legacy of the neighborhood while creating a sense where we can all have fun in the most neighborly way.

Howard Hawkes

Howard Hawkes

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.

Sally Hightower Lippin

Sally Hightower Lippin

Sally and her husband rented in Vista Las Palmas for a long weekend in 2013. They fell in love with the relaxing feel of the desert. Soon thereafter, they purchased a home in Vista Las Palmas.  They also own a residence in Los Angeles, spending time in both cities. Sally loves the small town feel of our neighborhood, and her friendly neighbors (two legged and four legged).

Sally began her professional career as an actor and precision driver in Television and commercials.  She loved acting, the variety and challenges it offered while enabling her to cherish her time as a Mom to her three daughters. Later on, Sally had an Antique business.

Sally enjoyed volunteering at her girl's schools, the Irene Dunn Guild and Las Fortunas Charity. Currently, she and her husband are active in the Tower Cancer Research Foundation in Beverly Hills, The Alzheimer's Association and The Zimmer Children's Museum.

Besides her family and their dog, Sally enjoys gardening, decorating, traveling, hiking, classic cars, and now, the VLP Board. She’s delighted to be a new member of this Board. Sally looks forward to working with the experienced members to preserve and enrich Vista Las Palmas.

Mickey Puig

Mickey Puig

Mickey is a full-time resident of Palm Springs after many years of visiting PS from their home in Los Angeles. He met his husband, Jeffrey, in San Francisco where Mickey worked as the Associate Dean for the School of Business at Golden Gate University.  After relocating to Los Angeles, he became the Foundation Manager for The Barbara & Fred Kort Foundation.  Mickey is a member of HRC, PS Modern Committee, PS Historical Society and the PS Art Museum.  Additionally, they visit their 2nd home in Miami Beach often and he’s involved with several local organizations there.

Mickey loves Palm Springs and, most importantly, Vista Las Palmas.  By serving on the Board, he is looking forward to improving the neighborhood and the lives of those who call it home.  Mickey has a passion for architecture and believes that they’re very fortunate to live in such an iconic mid-century neighborhood.  Mickey thanks all of you for allowing him to represent our community.

Gustav Swanson

Gustav Swanson

Gustav has lived in Boston, San Francisco and presently resides in San Diego. He started visiting Palm Springs in the early 90's and was drawn to the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood for its’ avante garde architecture. In 2000, he bought his Vista Las Palmas property as a vacation home.

While living in San Francisco, Gustav served on the board of his Park Hill Condominium, formerly St. Joseph's Hospital, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is perhaps best known for its cameo in Hitchcock's Vertigo (The sanatorium Scottie (James Stewart) was admitted after his nervous breakdown). Gustav shared his neighbors' passion for the site's preservation.

Recently Gustav has been serving on the Board of his San Diego neighborhood MAD (Maintenance Assessment District). His historic mid-city neighborhood has undertaken capital projects including the restoration of its historic street lights and wrought iron gates, as well a bike path and landscaped median strips.

Gustav's professional career in Finance has spanned the banking, software and education industries. He looks forward to bringing his Board experience and professional expertise to the betterment of our truly special neighborhood and in helping achieve our community objectives.