Board Members

Sheila Cobrin - Chairperson

Sheila Cobrin - Chairperson

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

Mike Curcio - Treasurer

Mike Curcio - Treasurer

As a permanent resident of Palm Springs, I’ve seen a great deal of change, and want to be part of helping Vista Las Palmas community reach its full potential. My experience as a Senior HR Executive (retired) has helped organizations build global world-class people organizations. I’ve served on various organizations such as Volunteers of America, Women in Need, and Ronald McDonald House. I welcome this opportunity to serve the VLP community.

Howard Hawkes - Secretary

Howard Hawkes - Secretary

I have been on the Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization board for the past several years. I have been a full-time Vista Las Palmas resident for over 5 years and a Palm Springs homeowner for many more.

Our neighborhood, Palm Springs, and preservation is my passion. I feel privileged to know so many of my neighbors and to be able to call Vista Las Palmas my home.

Marla Malaspina - Board Member

Marla Malaspina - Board Member

After living 30 years in the Bay area, I’ve made Palm Springs my home for the past year and a half and have never felt more at home. Since moving here I have been actively involved in advocating for residents across Palm Springs negatively impacted by short-term rentals. I am thrilled to be serving on the board of VLP. When not involved in local politics or VLP concerns, I run an investment management practice focused on aligning my clients’ investments with their values and I manage four socially screened index tracking equity funds.

Mike Marchi - Board Member

Mike Marchi - Board Member

I have been a VLP homeowner since 2002. I’ve volunteered and held leadership roles on many non-profit /community boards for over 30 years - understanding the importance of building consensus to achieve common goals. I am an open-minded, independent thinker.
Mike Ziskind - Board Member

Mike Ziskind - Board Member

My vision for Vista Las Palmas is a safe, welcoming neighborhood, that

  • Respects our unique, historic architectural past
  • Welcomes new neighbors, new ideas and creativity in everything we do
  • Gives back to those in need locally in our community
  • Creates unique social activities to encourage neighbor-to-neighbor interaction
  • Assures city policy makers respect our positions on issues of importance
  • Includes a high-performing, transparent board which values experience and new ideas

My current volunteer positions include

  • Board member, Vista Las Palmas Neighborhood Organization since 2011
  • City appointee & Vice Chairman | PS Villagefest Street Fair since 2011
  • Board member | PS Gay Men’s Chorus since 2012

During my professional career

  • I planned, organized, and executed cutting-edge, large-scale federal events in the U.S. and Mexico. These included tribal summits, courthouse dedications, border station openings, groundbreakings, media uplink/downlinks, conventions and tradeshows.