Staff and Instructors



Steven Knipp

Executive Director | Email me!

Steven is the Executive Director of Generations Aging with Pride (GenPRIDE). Steven joined GenPRIDE in July 2018. He 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 De La Busy Zoraida Yolande Miguelez

Outreach and Communications Manager | Email me!

Beatrix is a Jill of many trades, a designer, developer, and multi-craft artist. Her creativity complements her work at GenPRIDE where she oversees the website and internal operations, online resource directory management, all in houaw graphic design, content creation, and connecting clients to resources and benefits. This Cuban American gal from Miami, FL calls Cap Hill home with her 3 adorable cats. Outside of work, she is a regular Facilitator for Ingersoll Gender Center’s Peer Group, and on the King County Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Inclusion Task Force.




Administrative Coordinator | Email me!

Andy works in finance at GenPRIDE. He loves spending time in Hawaii looking for rainbows, finding creative ways to be frugal, and making people laugh. His diet is specific, but his conversation topics are broad. Interesting facts: Andy drove a fully electric Karmann Ghia convertible in high school, and had a grandpa born in the 1800’s.



Cherie Schumacher

Program Manager | Email me!

Cherie is the Program/Volunteer Manager after joining the team in January [2020]. She moved to Seattle in 1988 after graduating from Western Washington University and has worked at several local nonprofits since, including the Lesbian Resource Center, Rosehedge AIDS Housing & Health Care, and the Senior Center of West Seattle. Cherie has lived on Capitol Hill for 30 years and is excited to be part of creating support and community for aging LGBTQ people.




Elizabeth Kovar M.A.

Yoga + Stretching Instructor

Elizabeth 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. www.elizabethkovar.com

Trainers and Facilitators


George Dicks


Certified Geriatric Mental Health specialist/Minority Mental Health Specialist for African-Americans for 35 ;in practice at Harborview MHAS; past Chair of Seattle Mayors Council for African-American Elders; recently retired facualty from Edmonds Community College after 25 years; Chair, Advisory Board of UW/Health Promotion Research Center;trainer for DSHS H&CS Cultural Humilty curriculum; past Board member SCS/SM and Seattle Gay Clinic; lived in Seattle since 1978. Speaker at last years, Fabulous Aging Conference in Tukwila last year. Keynote at this year’s African-American Care Givers’ Conference at South Center in Nov 2018.



Dan Christopher

Trainer / Presenter

Dan spent most of his 38 years with Puget Sound Energy facilitating training and organizational development. Now he claims a new avocation of socialite and as such he enjoys spending time attending exercise classes, going on day trips, participating in lunches and dinners with friends, and volunteering with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Program and GenPride! Dan is an amazing asset as a volunteer and trainer, having helped to build out the Eldercare Equity Training for service providers.


Linda S. Marchesani, Ed.D.

Trainer / Presenter

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.


Mark Bryant

Trainer / Instructor

Mark Bryant is a Self-Defense Expert. Mark’s been doing martial arts since he was eleven years old. He teaches Senior Self-Defense. Mark’s Senior Self-Defense Program has been publicized in Newspapers, Magazine, and Radio. He was also featured on television several times for his self-defense program. His mission is to keep older adults safe by understanding how to be aware of your surroundings and preventing physical attacks.

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