GenPride Staff

Steven

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Executive Director

Steven Knipp is the Executive Director of GenPride and joined GenPride in July 2018.

He currently resides in Columbia City with his family, and has called Seattle his home for 30 years.

Steven is honored to be working with this vibrant and inspired community.

Beatrix

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Communications and Operations Manager

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Her creativity complements her work at GenPride where she oversees the website, org operations, data security, database management, and all in-house designs.

Outside of GenPride, she was lead facilitator and group coordinator for Ingersoll Gender Center’s Peer Support Group and actively serves on the King County Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Inclusion Task Force.


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Claudine

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Social Worker

Claudine Wallace is the Social Worker at GenPride and joined the organization in May of 2021. Claudine has worked in social service, advocacy and social justice organizations for her entire career. Most recently, she spent seven years at Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services) where she developed and managed a new multicultural and multilingual senior center program in NE Seattle, Lake City Seniors.

Claudine received her master’s in social work from the UW. She has a strong passion for advocating for the unique and diverse needs of our LGBTQIA+ community as we age, particularly in navigating housing, healthcare, caregiving support, and the growing cost of living in our region. Claudine brings an anti-racist and anti-ageist lens to her practice. Her approach to social work is rooted in community building, empowerment, and trauma-informed support.

Claudine is always open to feedback and new ideas on how to best show up for our community – please reach out!

Tony

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Digital Programming Specialist

Tony Krebs is an experienced facilitator, writer, technician, user experience designer (UX), technology strategist & longtime community organizer.


A Seattle resident since 1978, Tony is proud to have worked on multiple campaigns that preserved Seattle’s pioneering sexual orientation anti-discrimination laws in housing and employment and secured similar legal protections statewide.


After a long stint in both the corporate software world and as a gay dad — and now granddad — Tony’s excited to be a part of GenPride’s talented team serving the needs of LGBTQA+ older adults, with a focus on online events and offerings.

Mitch

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Training Manager

Mitchell C. Hunter has been an active leader in the Seattle Transgender & Non Binary (NB) as well as the LGBQIA+ community for the last 30 years and is extremely proud to represent GenPride Seattle as Training Manager.


His experience and involvement spans corporations, government, local and state agencies, institutions, medical/healthcare facilities, insurance fields, and faith communities specializing in trans and NB inclusive policies and best practices.

He is working to create more inclusive, social, equitable environments and communities that further visibility, appreciation, leadership, and respectful, empathetic practices that humanize and celebrate us all.


Mitch has sung for the last 25 years in local choruses and small ensembles. Currently he serves as a singing member/Board Director with the Seattle Mens Chorus/Seattle Choruses. As a lower tenor-2 he can often be spotted house right-front row, in their concerts. Often found with a camera in hand capturing local events and our beautiful scenic environs.

Sonia

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Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator

Sonia joins us as a transplant from the Olympic Peninsula, having lived in Port Townsend for nearly 20 years. With sailing and boating in her professional experience as a licensed Captain, she comes to GenPride with an education background — teaching high school and adjudicated youth for over 10 years.

Sonia has served on various nonprofit boards and she is well aware of the connective tissue and efficiency that an administrative assistant can provide.

“Paying attention to details and streamlining collective processes are things that I enjoy — along with note taking, information sharing, and connecting the dots in administrative puzzles.”

Megan

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Bookkeeper

Megan joined GenPride in May 2021 as the new bookkeeper. Megan is a native Washingtonian and has worked in for-profit since graduating from the University of Washington in 2011.



Megan developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector in high school when she volunteered for Kiwanis and other organizations. Now that she has children, she really wants to get them involved in volunteering and giving back to the community. 


Megan is a huge Sounders fan; she attends every home game she can. She is equally as enthusiastic about the outdoors and can be found on the local trails, hiking with her kids outside of work.



She volunteers at Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County and is looking to expand her support to the LGBTQIA+ community. Megan is working to make the outdoors more inclusive for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities. 


GenPride Board of Directors

Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL

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Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL, 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.


Ruben 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 currently serves as the Director of Supportive Services for Imagine Housing, a non-profit affordable housing provider in East King County which provides affordable housing options for older-adults, families and Veterans. www.imaginehousing.org


Mr. Rivera-Jackman is also a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and serves as an adjunct Professor at Seattle Central Community College where he teaches classes a variety of classes including Aging Gracefully, Patient Navigation for Older-Adults, Motivational Interviewing, Group Dynamics and Counseling, Crisis Intervention &Management, and HIV/AIDS Brief Risk Intervention for Healthcare Professionals.

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Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD

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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.

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David Haack

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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. 

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Eleanor Doermann

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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. 

Richard Patterson, Ph.D.

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For over 30 years, Richard remains committed to teaching, learning, and educational leadership and is passionate about developing people, systems, teams, and organizations.


Richard spent 20 years in the Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, CO, where he served in the roles of science and math teacher,

technology manager, assistant principal, middle school principal, director of student

achievement, and director of P-20 campus development.  

Before moving to Seattle to achieve a dream of living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, he served as a middle school principal and director of student achievement for 27J Schools in Brighton, CO. During this time, he also held positions as adjunct faculty at the University of Denver and affiliate faculty at Regis University in their respective Educational Leadership and Policy Studies masters programs to provide blended learning experiences for coursework in Instructional Leadership, Data Literacy, Policy and Organizational Leadership, and Equity Leadership.

Danica Boyle, MHA, MPH

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Danica works professionally in healthcare and public health, currently as a consultant, with a focus on advance care planning, palliative care, and services for the seriously ill. She has more than a decade of experience supporting systems change, strategic planning, program development, and quality improvement.

Danica’s professional path has included work at Kaiser Permanente, the Institute for Human Caring at Providence St. Joseph Health, University of Washington Medicine and Accountable Care Network, and a variety of community-based settings. She has a BA in Global Studies from La Sierra University, and has masters degrees in Public Health and Health Administration from the University of Iowa.

Danica is also engaged in community work as a teacher, facilitator, and volunteer manager for a Listening Line with A Sacred Passing. Danica is deeply invested in creating legacy through meaningful professional and community contributions, and mentoring the next generation. Her passion for the work of GenPride started as a way to give back to the LGBTQ+ elders who have paved the way, and to build intergenerational learning and community. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her favorite people, outdoor adventures, and exploring all kinds of music.

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Linda Marchesani

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Linda Marchesani has been engaged throughout her career in professional and scholarly work focused on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in higher education, governmental and non-profit sectors. Dr. Marchesani and was formerly the Director of Workplace Learning and Development at UMass Amherst. Since retiring from UMass Amherst, she maintains an independent consulting practice focused on professional and organizational development with an emphasis on DEI. She currently serves as a volunteer presenter for GenPride, an organization advocating for LGTQ Elders based in Seattle.

Kathryn Lewis

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Kathryn Lewis grew up queer in smalltown Washington State, knowing that she was transgender since the age of 5. She navigated the difficult space of rural and religious bigotry by learning to hide her truth, and set out to find family and career in the best way she could.


She’s worked for more than 30 years in local government, focusing upon budget & finance, administration, and negotiations. Most of her work has been in the resource conservation field and she’s negotiated funding for protection and restoration of salmon and wildlife habitat for hundreds of acres of riparian habitat in the West Sound. Most of her work has been in partnership with local Native American tribes.


Kathryn looks forward to strengthening finance and fund-raising systems with GenPride, and cares very deeply for the rights of LGBTQ+ seniors.

Peggy Haslach

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Ten years ago, Peggy decided to get the get the licenses needed to open her own financial advisory practice after she saw firsthand how many women and LGBT seniors needed help navigating life events and how few women and LGBT worked in the areas where they needed help. Three years ago Peggy moved to her office two blocks from Climate Pledge Arena and now works primarily with professional women and LGBT who own businesses and practices as part of The Finity Group. Peggy is a certified MBE through the NGLCC. In addition to advising her clients Peggy has been working to change the face of financial services and leads the DEI efforts for The Finity Group and sits on the Cambridge Investment Research DEI Advisory Council.


Peggy and her wife Desiree have four Border Collies and keep themselves active by competing in dog agility and hiking on the weekends


Instructors

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Elizabeth Kovar is a award-winning vegan fitness trainer, author of Finding Om: An Indian Journey of Rickshaws, Chai, Chapattis and Gurus and international freelance writer and fitness presenter for BOSU and the American Council on Exercise (ACE).

Elizabeth earned a title as PFP Media’s Personal Trainer of the Month November 2016, 2014 Shape.com’s “Top 50 Hottest Trainers in America” and the first recipient of the Stuart R. Givens Fellowship to study yoga in India. Kovar studied yoga in six different countries and lived abroad in Australia (twice), India and Germany.

Elizabeth has published over one thousand print and online articles. Elizabeth is the creator of her vegan food and travel blog at: www.mindbodysoul-food.com and www.lemontreetravel.com. 

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Elizabeth (She/Her)

Yoga + Stretching Instructor


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