Judy comes to GenPride as an experienced non-profit leader and community builder who has devoted much of her career to protecting, supporting, and advancing the well-being of older adults, including promoting the equality, safety, and health of older LGBTQIA+ people.
Judy brings to GenPride a keen business acumen, skillful management of multimillion dollar budgets and a proven track record of increasing fiscal resources through fundraising, grant attainment and partnership donations.
Having worked in North Carolina, Arizona, and Washington, Judy’s professional journey and service have been grounded in a deep understanding of the multiple challenges faced by elders, in general and LGBTQIA+ elders, in particular. She is deeply committed to DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) and has multiple experiences leading and participating in anti-racism work. Judy has a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University with a focus on Community, Administration, & Program Development which has served her well in her many accomplishments and experiences.
“I am honored and excited to join GenPride as it steps into this next phase of expanding its reach and amplifying its impact,” Kinney said. “It is a significant moment for our region to have Pride Place, the first income-qualifying housing for LGBTQIA+ seniors, and a new and expanded GenPride Senior Center located on Pride Place’s ground floor anticipated to be open in the heart of Capitol Hill in Seattle this fall.”
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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. Working in nonprofit, community driven projects, and mutual aid – she brings real ‘on the street’ perspectives and direct connection with community.
She offers invaluable insight on data and design alike. An active artist and community advocate, she stands on the shoulders of giants to create pathways for our community to access services and live their true selves. Honoring and celebrating our LGBTQIA2S+ community and rainbow elders through her work and drive, she supports and uplifts those around her to shine brighter.
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.
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 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 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.”
As Volunteer Coordinator, Sonia hopes to connect folks in the GenPride community as volunteers to the needs of the wider LGBTQIA+ older community – whether it is as a Senior Companion, a volunteer class instructor/facilitator, or a festival booth host, there will be many opportunities to weave together as a Volunteer at GenPride.
Contact her for more information about the Volunteer Program.
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.
Allison joined GenPride as the Development Coordinator in March 2022. Allison received her master’s in public administration from UW, and she brings with her a background in fundraising and database administration. Through her volunteering and career work, she has supported nonprofits that fight for the environment and work to combat homelessness.
Prior to joining GenPride, she worked as an HR Manager for an in-home care agency, which gave her insight into the challenges that elders and caregivers face.
Allison grew up in the NW and is excited to be working for an organization that uplifts local communities. She strongly believes in a community-centric approach to fundraising – one that removes barriers, builds connections, and creates a space for people to tell their stories.
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!
Mary Rita Hurley is recognized nationally as a Speaker, Consultant, & Advocate in the post-acute care industry. Her current appointments in Oregon include the Governor’s Commission on Senior Services (Chair) and The Long-Term Care Administrators Board. She is cofounder of the LGBTQ Aging Coalition and nationally she most recently was a board member of the National Aids Housing Coalition.
She is the immediate Past President of the National Gerontological Nurses Association, was the Vice President of Government Affairs for a national nursing organization advocating for quality health care for seniors on Capitol Hill, was the Executive Director of the Oregon Center for Nursing and most recently was the Executive Director for Our House of Portland, a residential care facility for people living with HIV.
At present she accepted the position of Administrator for the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace at St Mary’s on the Lake in Bellevue, WA.
Mary Rita’s career has been dedicated to improving the health and health care of older adults through tireless advocacy and education. As a clinician she has extensive experience in chronic disease management. As a healthcare executive she has held a variety of progressive leadership positions in long term care and senior housing facilities in both urban and rural settings throughout the United States.
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.
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.
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.
Shane is a Washington native, with over 15 years of experience in senior living and healthcare operations, Shane has held a range of positions from operations director to senior executive director, traveling to communities across the United States.
His love for senior living began at age 12 when he would mow his elderly neighbor Fern’s yard, for which she would pay him in cookies. In his spare time, Shane plays in a competitive LGBTQIA+ softball league and enjoys spending time with his family and his dogs, Janet and Jackson.
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
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.
Jamie is a spouse and parent living Shoreline Wa. in an multi-generational bilingual household with 4 adults and two children, two of the adults being 60 years of age, He is also a dad of two four legged kids in bulldog form that are constantly laying by his feet snoring away in his zoom calls!
He originates from North Carolina and received most of his higher education in North Carolina and Washington, DC. He’s been a volunteer in several youth LGBTQ+ groups throughout college and grad school as well as been a part-time employee at PFLAG’s national headquarters before he started his career in Human Resources. He is an alumni brother of Delta Lambda Phi, a progressive LGBTQ+ social fraternity.
He is an independent business owner managing his own human resources consulting firm that provides comprehensive services to organizations ranging from five to 5000 employees. He possesses over 20+ years of experience gained within real estate/property management, non-profit, technology, healthcare, telecommunication, retail, and manufacturing organizations—supporting both HQ and multi-state operations. He is passionate about developing top-tier leadership teams, partnering effectively with staff at all organizational levels and building the types of cultures/environments where people thrive and do their best work.
Jamie is a contributing member of GenPride’s governance committee assisting with setting policy since early 2022.
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
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.
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.