As we move forward in 2017 and beyond, we are proud of what Generations Aging with Pride has accomplished in the first year of operations and excited about the future. Our community is strong and vibrant, and together we will continue our efforts to empower older LGBTQ adults to live with pride and dignity by promoting, connecting and developing innovative programs and services that enhance belonging and support, eliminate discrimination, and honor the lives of older members of our community.





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), Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen 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.



Shilpen Patel, MD – Co-Chair


Dr. Shilpen Patel is a radiation oncologist on faculty at the University of Washington/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. He is actively involved in cancer clinical care, education and research and has served as Principal Investigator on local and national clinical trials. In addition, he is the medical director at the Foundation for Health Care Quality which improves healthcare on a statewide level through transparency in patient management. He has been actively involved in numerous organizations including Equal Rights Washington, National LGBTQ Task Force, the American Medical Association, Phi Chi Medical Foundation and serves as the faculty advisor to Qmed (queer medical association) and faculty lead for the LGBTQ Health Care Pathway.




Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL – Treasurer


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. For the past 11+ years he has been employed as a Senior Resident Services Manager at the King County Housing Authority.




Marsha Botzer – Secretary


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.


Jessica Coifman


Jessica Coifman is an advocate for LGBTQ older adults and a public health professional. She has experience as a researcher, trainer and program developer and was recently on staff with the LGBT+ Aging with Pride study at the National Aging Research Center. She currently works at the UW School Mental Health Assessment and Research Training Center and is passionate about developing LGBTQ+ cross-generational supportive programming.  Outside of her time with GAP, Jessica enjoys playing tennis, cheering on the Sounders and backyard BBQs with her wife and cat Kitty.





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.





Jeff Howard


Jeff hails from Las Vegas. He has been a graphic artist in the Army, an editor at Head Start publications and a technical writer at Microsoft. Most recently he was a Mental Health Ombudsman and Senior Information and Referral specialist at Aging and Adult Care of Central Washington.



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.  







Rita Smith


Rita has been active in the LGBTQ community for over 40 years. In the 70’s and 80’s she served on the Board of the Lesbian Resource Center (LRC), was a peer counselor and group facilitator, and helped purchase and manage LRC office space. Rita served on the Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities and the board of the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), chaired the GSBA scholarship program, and interviews candidates for SEAMEC (Seattle Municipal Elections Committee). A community educator before retirement, she works as a community activist, prunes fruit trees, and edits applications for first generation college students.








Patricia Throop


Patricia is the proud owner of Eldercare Consulting, LLC.  As a Geriatric Case Manager, she works with families who are facing the challenges of safely aging and/or illness with older adults all across the nation.  She has been an LGBT activist and leader for over 30 years.  In addition to her company and volunteer work, Patricia enjoys quality time with her wife and 2 cats.








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