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GenPRIDE Staff

Steven (He/Him)

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.

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Beatrix (She/Her)

Communications and Operations Manager

Beatrix De La Busy Zoraida Yolande Miguelez is a Jill of many trades. A designer, developer, producer, creator, and multi-craft artist.

Her creativity complements her work at GenPRIDE where she oversees the website, internal operations, digital resources, data security, directory management, and all in-house graphic design.

This Cuban American gal from Miami, FL has lived on Cap Hill with her 3 adorable cats for 8 years. Outside of GenPRIDE, she is a regular Facilitator for Ingersoll Gender Center’s Peer Group, an active community volunteer, and serves on the King County Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Inclusion Task Force.

She also co-owns Guava To The People, a fledgling not-for-profit created to feed folks and support civil movements for and in support of BIPOC communities and organizations.

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Adam (He/Him)

Administrative Coordinator

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 (She/Her)

Programming and Volunteer Manager

Cherie Schumacher 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.

Mitch (He/Him)

Training Coordinator

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 Coordinator.


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.


Currently helping to ‘queer’ the south end, he enjoys living with a small, poodle-ish mix of rescued, 4-legged cuteness and a partner who is retired.


GenPRIDE Board of Directors

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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.


Maureen 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. 

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Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL

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. 

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Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD

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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Marsha Botzer

Marsha Botzer has served the LGBTQ and progressive communities for over 40 years, as a founding member of Equality Washington, and on the 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. 


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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 Dignity USA, 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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Ingrid Ulrey, MPP

Ingrid Ulrey, MPP is passionate about healthy aging. Currently, she is the Policy Director at Public Health – Seattle King County.


Previously, Ingrid served as the Advocacy Director for the Washington State office of AARP, and Senior Policy Analyst for the Service Employees International Union based in Washington, DC.


More than five years working abroad on public health and aging issues gives Ingrid a global perspective on the work GenPRIDE does.


Ingrid lives in Queen Anne with her partner and two teenage sons.


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


Volunteer Trainers

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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.

Linda (She/Her)

Trainer / Presenter

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