Chief Executive Officer

Staff

Michael Adams

Michael Adams is the Chief Executive Officer of SAGE, the oldest and largest organization in the country dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. Under Adams’s leadership, the scope of SAGE’s work on behalf of LGBT older people has grown tremendously, and SAGE has become the go-to organization on LGBT aging issues on a national scale.

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Beginning with his appointment as Executive Director in 2006, Adams has used his expertise, passion, and heart to improve opportunities and quality-of-life issues for millions of LGBT older people across the country. He has led SAGE’s charge against discrimination against LGBT elders in the areas of housing, health care, and disabilities. Adams seeks to help the LGBT community honor our LGBT elder pioneers and talk much more frequently and openly about what it means to age successfully.

Adams has served on advisory councils for AARP and the New York City Department for the Aging. In 2018, he was named Chair-elect of the American Society on Aging.

Prior to joining SAGE, Adams was the Director of Education and Public Affairs for Lambda Legal. Prior to that, Michael spent a decade leading cutting-edge litigation that established new rights for LGBT people, first as Associate Director of the ACLU’s Lesbian and Gay Rights Project and then as Deputy Legal Director at Lambda Legal.

A graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard College, Adams has authored numerous publications on an array of LGBT issues. He has taught law school courses on sexual orientation and gender identity. He has discussed and debated LGBT issues on hundreds of media programs and has twice been named to Out magazine’s Out 100.

Executive Team

Patrick Aitchison, SAGE Chief of Staff

Patrick Aitcheson

Patrick Aitcheson is the Chief of Staff at SAGE. Previously, he worked for the Diverse Elders Coalition, of which SAGE is a founding member, for two years. Prior to that, Aitcheson worked on the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) HIV/AIDS hotline as a counselor, peer supervisor, and trainer. 

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There he counseled people dealing with the health, economic, and social isolation issues related both to getting older and long-term HIV infection and HIV medication usage.

Previously, he designed, developed, and managed a full-service family daycare program for Union Settlement Association and supervised a five-classroom daycare center. His business experience includes being a plant manager and plant controller for Formica Corporation and a financial analyst at a Boston investment firm. Aitcheson earned his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lynn Faria, SAGE Chief Officer for External Affairs

Lynn Faria

Lynn Faria is the Chief Officer for External Affairs at SAGE, where she leads SAGE’s Development and Policy teams. Prior to joining SAGE, Faria worked in senior leadership roles at the Empire State Pride Agenda (New York’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization), serving as Development Director, Deputy Executive Director, and Interim Executive Director. In these roles, she led the Pride Agenda’s highly successful fundraising, policy, and programmatic efforts, driving major policy breakthroughs and overseeing the organization’s corporate diversity outreach and education programs.

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Sterling Herr

As Chief Engagement Officer, Sterling oversees SAGE’s marketing and communications as well as SAGE’s network of 28 affiliates in 20 states. They also are in charge of developing initiatives that can engage tens of thousands of LGBT people and allies in SAGE’s mission.

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Over a 30-year career, Sterling has pushed the envelope as an educator in inner-city school systems, executive director of youth-oriented community and political participation organizations, and as an instructor of nonprofit management at DePaul University. As Director of the Children, Youth, and Families Initiative at Chicago’s community foundation, Sterling managed a 10-year, $30 million grant-making initiative.

Greg Macias, SAGE Chief Operations Officer

Greg Macias

Greg Macias is the Chief Strategy and Impact Officer at SAGE, where he directs the Finance, Human Resources, Operations, and Data and Information Technology teams. Working with staff and the SAGE Executive Team, he leads organizational efforts of operational readiness, working across the organization to translate SAGE’s 10-year strategy into implementation. He also oversees management, leadership, and governance practices.

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Prior to joining SAGE, Macias worked with AARP in Washington, D.C., for 12 years across a variety of functions. He originally joined AARP working to activate grassroots and coalition building before leading budget, metrics, and capacity alignment under the Social Impact team for the enterprise’s Health, Financial, and Livable Communities goals. In his latter tenure, he led planning and strategy development for AARP’s multicultural goals; led operations support for AARP’s state office infrastructure; and developed an initial data framework for tracking Livable Communities efforts in 200-plus cities, counties, and communities.

For the first decade of his career, Macias enjoyed coalition engagement, grassroots activism, and education in issues across health and environmental protections, which included public health funding, gun safety, climate change, and wildlife and park lands protections.

He has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Santa Clara University. He enjoys his time getting to know his new home city of New York City, as well as running, cooking, and traveling to locations serene or frenetic where he might be able to embarrass himself with his practice of Romance languages.

Hilary Meyer, SAGE Chief Enterprise and Innovation Officer

Hilary Meyer

Hilary Meyer is the Chief Enterprise and Innovation Officer at SAGE. In this position, Meyer oversees select national projects such as SAGECare, SAGE’s training and consulting social enterprise; SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging; the US Administration for Community Living’s Senior Medicare Patrol Integration project; and key elements of SAGE’s National Housing Initiative.

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Meyer provides strategic leadership and operational oversight for the enterprise and national projects; guides content and tools development; and, presents frequently across the country on issues related to LGBT aging. Meyer also oversees SAGE’s programmatic performance measurement structure and implementation.

Meyer joined SAGE after serving as the Fair Courts Project Manager for Lambda Legal, where she promoted a fair and impartial judiciary by monitoring federal and state legislation and developing advocacy and education initiatives for the LGBT and allied communities. Her legal work includes representing employees and unions in New Jersey as a litigation associate at Reitman Parsonnet and analyzing state and federal legislation of relevance to the LGBT community for Human Rights Campaign. Prior to this, Meyer worked in the areas of patient advocacy and social work, providing direct social services to low-income, chronic mentally ill adults, and counseling individuals and families in a psychiatric inpatient crisis unit.

Meyer earned her J.D. from Rutgers School of Law–Newark and graduated magna cum laude and With Honors in Psychology from Colgate University. She has provided pro bono legal assistance to self-represented litigants through the NY Volunteer Lawyers Project and served as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Big Apple Performing Arts, the umbrella group to the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus. She is a member of the bars of New York, New Jersey, and the U.S. District of N.J.

Staff

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Sadiya AbjaniManager of Training and Online Learning
Denise Atherley, Salesforce System Administrator
Denise AtherleyDirector of Data Strategy Initiatives
Staff
Rodrigue AnatoIT Support Assistant
Leon Avelino, National Projects Coordinator
Leon AvelinoNational Projects Coordinator
Christian Appel, Women’s Program Coordinator; Arts, Education and Technology
Christian AppelWomen’s Program Coordinator; Arts, Education and Technology
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Kenneth BaezFood Service, SAGE Center Harlem
Shaneka Artis, Special Assistant to the Chief Program Officer & Care Management Services
Shaneka ArtisSpecial Assistant of Chief Program Officer & Care Management
Jerry Chasen, Director, Legacy Planning
Jerry ChasenDirector, Legacy Planning
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Aspen ChristianMarketing and Communications Coordinator
Joey Costello, Care Manager
Joey Costello, LMSWCare Manager
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Jose CollazoSite Manager, SAGE Center Bronx
Suley Cruz, Site Manager, SAGE Center Harlem
Suley CruzSite Manager, SAGE Center Harlem
Elise Colomer-Cheadle, Director of Institutional Partnerships
Elise Colomer-CheadleDirector of Institutional Partnerships
Karen Cushing, SAGECare Business Development Associate
Karen CushingSAGECare Business Development Associate
Thea Cook, Edie Windsor SAGE Center Site Manager
Thea CookEdie Windsor SAGE Center Site Manager
Christina DaCosta, Director of Communications
Christina DaCostaDirector of Communications
Bob Downing, Office Administrator
Bob DowningOffice Administrator
Patricia Fraser-Morales, Program Assistant, SAGE Center Harlem
Patricia Fraser-MoralesProgram Assistant, SAGE Center Harlem
Lisa Eddy, Program Coordinator, SAGE-GRIOT Innovative Senior Center of Brooklyn
Lisa EddyProgram Coordinator, SAGE-GRIOT Innovative Senior Center of Brooklyn
Geo Geonaldo, Food Service, SAGE Center Bronx
Geo GeonaldoFood Service, SAGE Center Bronx
Jane Fialko, LMSW,Social Worker
Jane Fialko, LMSWSocial Worker
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Mariah GormasHealth & Wellness Program Coordinator
Reyno Francisco, Care Manager
Reyno Francisco, MSCare Manager
Bill Gross, Coordinator, Friendly Visitor Program and SAGEPositive
Bill GrossFriendly Visitor/SAGEPositive Manager
Aundaray Guess, Site Manager, SAGE-GRIOT Innovative Senior Center of Brooklyn
Aundaray GuessSite Manager, SAGE-GRIOT Innovative Senior Center of Brooklyn
Roy Inman, Data Entry Coordinator
Roy InmanData Entry Coordinator
Bob Gurecki, Food Service Coordinator, SAGE Center Midtown
Bob GureckiFood Service Coordinator, SAGE Center Midtown
Tim Johnston, Director of National Projects
Tim JohnstonDirector of National Projects
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Porsha HallAssistant Director of Health Promotion Services & Evaluation
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Kelly KentDirector of National Housing Initiative
Dorothy J. Helston, Special Assistant, Programs and Development
Dorothy J. HelstonSpecial Assistant, Programs and Development
Marisol King, Care Manager
Marisol King, CASAC-TCare Manager
Pony Knowles, National Engagement Manager
Pony KnowlesNational Engagement Manager
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Tyler MaltsevReceptionist, Edie Windsor SAGE Center
Ildiko Kovacs, Program Assistant, Edie Windsor SAGE Center
Ildiko KovacsProgram Assistant, Edie Windsor SAGE Center
Ty Martin, Harlem Community Liaison, SAGE Center Harlem
Ty MartinCommunity Liaison, SAGE Center Harlem
Arnold Lewis, Administrative Coordinator to the SAGE Centers
Arnold LewisAdministrative Coordinator for Care Management
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Leah MathisJunior Accountant
Kate Lowry, Development Coordinator
Kate LowryDevelopment Coordinator
Jim Matthews, Lead Receptionist
Jim MatthewsLead Receptionist, Edie Windsor SAGE Center
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Jenna McDavidNational Managing Coordinator, Diverse Elders Coalition
Joseph Petrillo, Facilities Maintenance Coordinator
Joseph PetrilloFacilities Maintenance Coordinator
Bill Mendez MSW, Care Manager
Bill Mendez, MSWCare Manager
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Daniel PuertoOutreach Coordinator
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Dojun O'ConnorWellness Counselor
Zoraida Ramos, SAGE Center Harlem Program Coordinator
Zoraida RamosSAGE Harlem Program Coordinator
Antonio Parolin, Program Assistant, SAGEPositive
Antonio ParolinProgram Assistant, SAGEPositive
Otto Roberts, Senior Accountant
Otto RobertsSenior Accountant
Bobby Rosenthal, Social Worker
Bobby Rosenthal, LMSWCare Manager
Kara Sprague, Assistant Director of Program Development & Evaluation
Kara SpragueAssistant Director of Program Development & Evaluation
Sarah Savino, Director of Operations
Sarah SavinoDirector of Operations
Kevin Stec, Director of Individual Giving & Special Events
Kevin StecDirector of Individual Giving & Special Events
Bertis Shankle-Reyes, Manager of Volunteers and Outreach
Bertis Shankle-ReyesManager of Volunteers and Outreach
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Ashton StewartSAGEVets Program Coordinator
Lisa Sloan, Program Director, SAGE-Pride Center of Staten Island
Lisa SloanProgram Director, SAGE-Pride Center of Staten Island
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Alysa StrykerCommunications Specialist
Aaron Tax, Director of Advocacy
Aaron TaxDirector of Advocacy
Joseph Wasserman, Major Gifts Officer
Joseph WassermanDirector of Major Gifts
Teresa Theophano, SAGE staff
Teresa Theophano, LMSWAssistant Director of Care Management Services
Sherrill Wayland of SAGE
Sherrill WaylandManager of National Projects
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Jesse TuckerIT Manager
Tom Weber, Director of Care Management Services
Tom WeberDirector of Care Management Services
Anna Wahrman, Senior Digital Content Manager
Anna WahrmanSenior Digital Content Manager
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Steven WilkinsonDirector of SAGE Centers
Serena Worthington Director of National Field Initiatives
Serena WorthingtonDirector of National Field Initiatives