Palm Springs AIDS Memorial Sculpture
Task Force

Ann Sheffer

Ann Sheffer is an arts advocate and patron who has been deeply involved in private, foundation, and government funding for the arts on the national, state, and local levels. She is currently...

Ann Sheffer is an arts advocate and patron who has been deeply involved in private, foundation, and government funding for the arts on the national, state, and local levels. She is currently the chair of the Arts for IE Fund at the Inland Empire Community Foundation. She was previously a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, appointed by President Clinton, and was the founding chair of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund PAC on which she continues to serve.

Arturo Fernandez

Arturo Fernandez, former professional dancer, Ballet Master and long time staff member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Retired to the Coachella Valley with his husband Derek and dog Eddie in September of...

Arturo Fernandez, former professional dancer, Ballet Master and long time staff member of Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Retired to the Coachella Valley with his husband Derek and dog Eddie in September of 2020 and has been living the resort life ever since.

Having lived with HIV-AIDS for over thirty years this is a project near and dear to his heart which has been devastating in so many areas of his life. Arturo wants thank all who donate to this Memorial Sculpture because it means so much to so many.

Dan Spencer

In the 1990s, as an architect in Minneapolis, Dan designed the first HIV/AIDS clinic in the city - a social service/day center for persons with HIV/AIDS – and one of the first LGBT youth centers in...

In the 1990s, as an architect in Minneapolis, Dan designed the first HIV/AIDS clinic in the city - a social service/day center for persons with HIV/AIDS – and one of the first LGBT youth centers in the country.
He was also on the winning design team for the international Key West AIDS Memorial competition. The memorial was completed in 1997. In 2012, at World AIDS Day/Day without Art, Dan, then the Palm Springs Art Museum’s Architecture and Design Council chair, proposed, during his presentation “Memory and Memorials, that Palm Springs create its own AIDS memorial. And thus, the task force was born.

Dan, and his husband Joaquin Galeano, PsyD., have lived in Palm Springs full time since 2008. Dan is also vice president of the Palm Springs Unified School District Foundation Board, president of the American Institute of Architects, California Desert Chapter (AIACDC) and is a founder and performer with Modern Men: Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus.

Jeffrey Jurasky

Jeffrey Jurasky came to Palm Springs in 1979 from San Luis Obispo where he studied architecture and graphic design at California Polytechnic State University. His friend Joey Polk introduced...

Jeffrey Jurasky came to Palm Springs in 1979 from San Luis Obispo where he studied architecture and graphic design at California Polytechnic State University. His friend Joey Polk introduced him to Steve Chase in 1983 and after working at Steve Chase Associates for four years, he started Jeffrey Jurasky & Associates, Inc, specializing in great design for wonderful clients. Jeffrey is certain that his professional life would not have been as rewarding had it not been for his time at Steve Chase Associates. Both Steve and Joey died from AIDS. For Jeffrey, this is their memorial.

Married for 40 years to his wife Kathleen, he is the proud father of daughter Aneka Brown, two grandsons, and one great granddaughter.

Mike Richey

Co-Chair National AIDS Memorial, San Francisco, CA. Over the past 4 decades, the lives lost to AIDS have been a dark cloud surrounding Mike’s life and those of so many others. Mike has chosen to...

Co-Chair National AIDS Memorial, San Francisco, CA

Over the past 4 decades, the lives lost to AIDS have been a dark cloud surrounding Mike’s life and those of so many others. Mike has chosen to face this reality by committing his efforts to ensure the names of loved ones lost are remembered and their stories are told into the future.

Every community impacted by this loss can create a Memorial to ensure we honor all our friends and family.

Mike is proud to be a member of the Palm Springs AIDS Memorial Sculpture Task Force to establish a place to convene, to remember, to grieve, and to heal; as we also ensure the lessons learned from one pandemic can be shared with others in times of loss, fear and injustice.

Stuart Kent

Shortly after moving to San Francisco from Toronto 30 years ago, Stuart got involved in volunteering to help clear trash and overgrown brush from the de Laveaga Dell in Golden Gate Park which would...

Shortly after moving to San Francisco from Toronto 30 years ago, Stuart got involved in volunteering to help clear trash and overgrown brush from the de Laveaga Dell in Golden Gate Park which would eventually become the National AIDS Memorial Grove. He did it primarily to honor his many friends lost to AIDS back in the mid to late ‘80s and early ‘90s. As he spent more time in the Dell, Stuart developed connections to other similarly impacted residents and shared stories.

Having moved to Palm Springs in 2019 with husband Mark, Stuart wanted to ensure that people have a place to go reflect on the lives lost to and/or impacted by HIV/AIDS. Most people living here - and certainly all who are visitors - come from other towns and have stories of living alongside AIDS either personally or via family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. The AIDS Memorial Sculpture in the Downtown Park will give residents and visitors alike a place to gather and share our stories, so they are not forgotten.

Todd Hover

Thirty years ago, at the start of the AIDS crisis, Todd Hover was living in West Hollywood. Over several years, he lost everyone who was important to him. It was during that time that he started visiting...

Thirty years ago, at the start of the AIDS crisis, Todd Hover was living in West Hollywood. Over several years, he lost everyone who was important to him. It was during that time that he started visiting Palm Springs to get a break from the overwhelming grief he felt. He eventually moved to Palm Springs full time and became active in the Palm Springs AIDS Memorial Sculpture Task Force to memorialize all those he and others lost to AIDS. Now retired, Todd and his husband live in Hawaii.