Board

Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD

Co-Chair

Karen is a Professor and Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar addressing equity and the intersection of aging, health disparities, and well-being in marginalized communities. As the Principal Investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging and Sexuality/Gender Study (NHAS) (R01), Karen is leading the first longitudinal study of LGBT midlife and older adult health and aging to identify potentially modifiable factors that account for health trajectories over time in these communities.

 

Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL

Co-Chair

Ruben, speaker, trainer and nonprofit leadership consultant has an accomplished a 30+ year career as a nonprofit leader with practical experience in, and solid understanding of, a diverse range of management, program development and service delivery applications. He has a passion for working with and advocating on behalf of older adults and has a natural ability of providing instruction and training for adult learners. Ruben is a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. In February 2017, he was hired as the Director of Resident Services for SHAG Senior Housing. Previously, Ruben served for 12 years as a Senior Resident Services Manager at the King County Housing Authority.

 

 

 

Marsha Botzer

Marsha Botzer has served the LGBTQ and progressive communities for over 40 years, as a founding member of Equality Washington, and on boards of Pride Foundation, Safe Schools, Lambert House, Seattle Counseling Service and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. A founding member of Equal Rights Washington, a past co-chair of Seattle’s LBGT Commission, Marsha served as co-chair of The National LGBTQ Task Force in 2005-6, 2009-10, and as Chair of the Action Fund in 2015. She is a founding member of Out In Front Leadership Project, founded Seattle’s internationally known Ingersoll Gender Center, and served as a national co-chair of the 2008 Obama Pride Campaign.

 

 

Leo Egashira

Leo, born in Seattle in 1954, gay Japanese-American. Working seven years as Managing Editor and Research Coordinator at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington. Recently completed 12 years as board member and Publications Chair of DignityUSA, a nationwide organization of LGBTQI Catholics. Non-car owner for 13 years, bicycle daily, 70 miles a week. Hardcore backpacker for nearly 50 years and still do week-long trips from the Arctic to Texas and from Newfoundland to California. Likes to read newspapers and non-fiction, and play bridge. HIV-positive since 1987 and looking to live a long, healthy life.

 

Debbie Jae

Debbie has a background in genetic counseling, healthcare, and medical devices, and is currently working at Invitae Corporation speeding up research in medical conditions through patient insights networks. Her primary customer is the National Institutes of Health for which she creates and runs patient insights networks for Down syndrome and pregnancy. Here is why Debbie joined the GAP board: ‘The aging LGBTQ community are the people who have made it possible for me to live the life I have today. These are the people who came before me who created the laws, the conversations, and the environment that made it safe for me to truly love another person, to come out in my late 30s, to marry, and for my wife and I to raise our 4 kids together. I am committed to giving back to those who came before me and to ensuring that safe space continues to exist for them and for the others who come behind me.’

 

Maureen Linehan, MPA

Former Director of Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County. Maureen brings 25 years of service to older adults and individuals with disabilities, having worked for three Area Agencies on Aging in Washington state. She arrived at ADS in June 1999 and served as deputy director of its Case Management Program for nearly a dozen years, overseeing the rapidly-growing Renton case management office. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a Masters in Public Administration, Health Administration and Policy from San Francisco State University.

 

Pat McIntyre, MS

Pat, a native Washingtonian and long-time Tacoma resident is an activist – advocate for older LGBT adults. She retired as a HR professional from The Boeing Company. Pat is the founder and current Chair/President of Tacoma Older LGBT, a 501(c)(3) serving aging LGBT adults in the Tacoma, Pierce County and surrounding areas. She is also a board member of Generations Aging with Pride and a member of the executive committee for Pierce County Aging and Disability (an Area Agency on Aging) and the Washington State Council on Aging.

 

David Haack

Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, David began his journey in LongTerm Care over 30 years ago in the dietary department of a skilled nursing community. After high school he worked as a nursing assistant through his sophomore year at the University of Minnesota Minneapolis, where he received his degree in business and, subsequently, acquired his Nursing License and worked as a nurse. David has worked with many of the leading providers in the Skilled Nursing Community – from Medicare cost reporting and consumption management, to LTC technology services. David joined Living Care Lifestyles as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing in April of 2012 and is now the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer.

 

 

Eleanor Doermann

A Seattle-area resident since 1982, Eleanor is now an elder law attorney in her own practice, Pathway Law in south King County. Her focus is on estate planning and probate with a particular interest in addressing the legal concerns of LGBTQ seniors. Prior to becoming an attorney, Eleanor worked for 25 years as a physical therapist at Swedish Medical Center.