EXECUTIVE TEAM - BIOGRAPHIES.
Sylvia Nagy, DVM, Veterinary Medical Director
Gabrielle Amster, Executive Director
Gabrielle’s passion and commitment to the PSAS mission, combined with her knowledge of animal welfare and advocacy, marketing, and fundraising will fuel her goals of building sustainability and growth, expanding lifesaving programs and introducing innovative approaches to lead the way to a no kill Coachella Valley.
Gabrielle lives in Cathedral City with three rescued dogs.
Judith Olivas, Development Director
With over thirty years of nonprofit experience, Judi is proficient in both operations and development. With degrees in Behavioral Psychology and Social Welfare, her career began as a front line social worker for victims of violence. Relocating to Coachella Valley, Judi served first as the Associate Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert for 15 years, overseeing all facets of the organization, including fundraising and communication strategies. Additional professional positions included: Director of Development and Marketing for The Joslyn Center and Development Director for OneFuture Coachella Valley.
Judi’s commitment to this community extends beyond her dedication to her job. Currently she serves as President of the Desert Communities Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Judi has served on numerous nonprofit committees, advisory councils and boards including the Eastside Legal Assistance Program, Friends of the Cathedral City Library, and was appointed by the Cathedral City Council to serve on the Riverside County Free Library Association. Judi received a Woman of Distinction Award for Community Service from Assemblyman Brian Nestande, 42nd District and the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award at the 2019 National Philanthropy Day in the Desert.
Judi lives in Cathedral City with her husband Jay and two adopted senior Corgi’s – Bentley and Bruiser.