Sarah SavinoProgram Manager, The SAGE Center
Sarah Savino is the Program Manager at The SAGE Center, the nation’s first full-time center for LGBT older adults. Established in 2012 through a New York City Department for the Aging Innovative Senior Center initiative, the center provides a diverse range of services and programming including arts and culture, food and nutrition, fitness, health and wellness, and lifelong education. As Program Manager, Sarah oversees daily operations, supervises center staff, and cultivates partnerships within the community.
Prior to joining the SAGE community in January 2012, Sarah worked for the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center for five years, first as Education and Recreation Coordinator and then as Senior Center Program Director. It was there that she honed her program management and supervisory skills, and learned about the aging services network within New York City. One of her proudest achievements was developing the Isaacs in Motion Challenge, a biannual program which promotes increased and diversified fitness and wellness program participation through encouraging members to meet weekly goals and health screenings, culminating in a VIP party.
Sarah also has experience working for a home care and hospice agency in New Jersey, developing training materials for home health aides, nurses, and rehabilitation therapists. At the same time, she participated in a friendly visiting program where she came to appreciate the need for developing supportive programming for older adults who lack financial or social resources. Currently, Sarah lives in New York City and spends her free time playing in multiple LGBT sports leagues, doing DIY projects, and scouting out the city’s best faux chicken wings.