Board of Trustees and Assignments

The Desert Bar Association is proud to provide networking opportunities, educational opportunities, and socializing opportunities to the legal community, and also to disseminate information to the community at large that is related to the legal profession.

Our Officers and Board of Trustees have been elected by the Association to set policies, oversee operations, and make financial decisions that impact members and facilitate our goals.

Please see the list of Trustees and Officers below, and contact the appropriate member based on his or her designated assignment.


President – Robert J. Gilliland, Jr. – Judicial Liason, Judicial Evaluations, Media Relations, Hall of Fame Awards and Bench-Bar Coalition.

Vice President – Christoffer J. Thomsen – Judicial Liason, Program (luncheon/mixers), Judicial Evaluations, and Hall of Fame Awards. cjt@ssslaw.cxom

Secretary – Natalie S. Keller – Client Relations, Judicial Evaluations, Lawyer Referral Service, and Family Law section.

Treasurer – Rachael E. Bills – Mock Trial, and Bird Awards.


Aaron F. Garcia – Special Assignments and Lawyer Referral Service.

Breeanna S. Fujio – Bird Awards, Mock Trial, Website/Social Media.

Matthew J. Baran – Website/Social Media, Client Relations, Lawyer Referral Service and Special Assignments.

Catherine A. Gayer – Fee Arbitration, Special Project: Lawyer in the Library.

Lori B. Sanford – Fee Arbitration, Mediation Program and Client Relations.

Timothy L. Ewanyshyn - Special Project: Lawyer in the Library and Special Assignments.

Summer M. Shaw – Website/Social Media, Client Relations and Special Assignments.

Immediate Past Presidents

Kimberly T. Lee

Karen J. Sloat

To find out how to become a member of the Desert Bar Association, please contact us at  To learn more about our process for nominating and electing Officers and the Board of Trustees, please contact President, Robert J. Gilliland, Jr.