SAGE: Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
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For Immediate Release

December 20, 2011

New York State Appellate Court Judge Rosalyn Richter and Deutsche Bank Executive David W. Canter Appointed Co-Chairs of the National Board of Directors of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE)

Canter is SAGE's first Generation X Board Co-Chair; longtime SAGE Board Member Pat Wiley is appointed Secretary, and Frank Stark, immediate past Co-Chair of the Board, steps into new role as Chair of the Development Committee.

[New York, NY] Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) announced this week that Rosalyn Richter, New York State Supreme Court judge, and David W. Canter, a Director of Deutsche Bank AG, were appointed as the new Co-Chairs of SAGE's national Board of Directors. SAGE is the country's oldest and largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults, and will open the nation's first full-time LGBT senior center in early 2012.

"I am thrilled that Roz and David are assuming leadership of the Board of Directors during such an exciting and transformative period at SAGE," said Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE. "With their deep experience in and dedication to the LGBT community, they are well poised to build on the outstanding groundwork laid by outgoing Co-Chairs Judith Turkel and Frank Stark, and help SAGE further advance its mission to improve the quality of life of LGBT older people nationwide."

Rosalyn Richter is an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, New York State Supreme Court. Prior to becoming Co-Chair, she was Secretary of the Board of Directors. Richter said, "SAGE's growing leadership at the local and national levels is evident, from the upcoming New York City opening of the nation's first full-time center for LGBT older adults - which will serve as a model for similar facilities across the country - to its expansion of the Board to include four new cities: Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington DC. I am honored to join David as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors at this critical moment in SAGE's development."

David W. Canter joined SAGE's Board in 2008 and previously served as Chair of the Development Committee. He is one of the youngest members of the Board of Directors, and the first Generation X co-chair. Generation X is described by many historians as the generation that followed the Baby Boomers. Canter said, "I am proud to serve alongside Roz as Co-Chair of SAGE's Board of Directors and to support an organization that does crucial work on behalf of LGBT older adults. The generations of LGBT people who came before me are pioneers who made it possible for me to live as an openly gay man in both my personal and professional life. Working with SAGE has only deepened my respect for the wisdom, resilience and leadership of LGBT elders."

Pat Wiley, longtime SAGE Board Member and financial planning and human resources expert, is the new Secretary of the Board. Frank Stark, who co-chaired the SAGE Board alongside Judith Turkel for two years until Turkel's term ended, will continue to serve on the Board's Executive Committee as Chair of the Development Committee. In addition, two new board members from Chicago, Illinois, were voted onto the Board of Directors in December 2011: Magda Houlberg, MD, Chief Clinical Officer at Howard Brown Health Center, and Charles R. Middleton, PhD, President of Roosevelt University.

About SAGE's Board Members

Rosalyn Richter, Co-Chair of SAGE's Board of Directors, has been a state court judge for more than 20 years and currently sits on the Appellate Division, First Department. Shortly after graduation from law school, she became Executive Director of Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. and also was Lambda's first staff attorney working on a project on anti-gay legislation. She has worked as an appellate prosecutor in the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office and an Administrative Law Judge for a NYC tribunal. For more than a decade, she co-chaired the Advisory Committee on the Americans with Disabilities Act for the NYS Office of Court Administration. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal Defense Fund and the NYC LGBT Community Center, and a former member of the Executive Committee of the NYC Bar Association. Rosalyn lives with her spouse, Janet Weinberg.

David W. Canter, Co-Chair of SAGE's Board of Directors, is the Control lead for the DLCCG Organization within Deutsche Bank's Global Business Services Division and the Regulatory lead for the Firm's Global Exchange and Clearing Services organization. David is an Executive Committee member of the Firm's Rainbow Group. In this capacity he has been involved in budget management, visibility initiatives and event coordination. In 2007 Deutsche Bank's Rainbow Group was the first ERG to close the NYSE in celebration of gay pride month. David has also been active in recruiting Deutsche Bank staff for AIDS WALK NY and was a star walker in 2007. David has represented the Firm at Out and Equal in both 2006 and 2007. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, David was a member of OffCenter (2004-2005) at The Center, a member and an active member of his law school's and undergraduate program's GLBT groups. David has lived and studied in both Europe and Africa, and has traveled extensively.

Pat Wiley, Secretary of SAGE's Board of Directors. Wiley retired as a Principal at Ernst & Young LLP (EY), after almost 20 years as one of the leaders in Employee Financial Education and working with LGBT and women's employee resource groups. She has more than 35 years experience in human resource management, consulting, and communications to a variety of Fortune 500 and not-for-profit organizations. After leaving EY, Pat worked with the start up, HelloWallet, and now runs her own art business ( creating unique and highly personalized gifts for weddings and other milestones. Wiley received a Bachelor's degree from the College of New Rochelle and an M.B.A (emphasis finance) from the College of Insurance. In addition, she is a Certified Financial Adviser.

Frank Stark, Chair of the Development Committee, SAGE Board of Directors. Frank was less than a year old when he was brought by his parents, who were Jewish refugees during World War II, from a small French town to the United States. Stark's involvement with the LGBT community began in earnest in 1987, when he was asked to go to the LGBT War Conference. There he was introduced to Sherri Cohen, then Executive Director of the former Fund for Human Dignity, who asked Frank to join the Fund's Board of Directors. Frank's initial task was to develop and implement The Fund's first major donor annual campaign. Both the organization and Stark were pleased with the outcome, and Stark was subsequently elected Co-Chair of the Board. Subsequently he was asked to join the Board of New York City's LGBT Community Center. Stark soon became involved in the Center's capital campaign to rebuild its headquarters. As the first Co-Chair of the campaign, he took pride in helping The Center raise over $10 million from New York City's LGBT community. After completing the maximum term of six years, Stark left the Center Board in 1998. Stark served on SAGE's Board of Directors from 2000 to 2004, and rejoined the Board in 2007. He was elected Board Co-chair in 2009. Since returning to SAGE, Stark has been instrumental in creating and chairing the SAGE Investors Circle (SAGE's enhanced major donor program), as well as chairing and restructuring the Board's Development Committee.

Magda Houlberg, MD, SAGE Board Member, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Antioch College in Ohio, and completed medical school at Rush University Medical College. Dr. Houlberg is board certified internist and is subspecialty board certified in Geriatric Medicine and American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM) certified in HIV primary care. Dr. Houlberg holds a faculty position as an associate professor of geriatric medicine at Rush University. Her specialties range from primary care for underserved populations and community health to HIV care and LGBT care/transgender care. Dr. Houlberg's practice is inclusive of all ages of adult patients, with a focus on geriatric HIV care and LGBT older adults. Dr. Houlberg joined Howard Brown Health Center in 2007 and has been the Chief Clinical Officer at HBHC since 2011.

Charles R. Middleton, PhD, SAGE Board Member, is the President of Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Under his leadership, Roosevelt University has cemented its reputation as a distinguished institution with the principles, vision and tools to prepare students for meaningful roles as leaders in their professions and communities. A fellow of Great Britain's Royal Historical Society, Dr. Middleton has academic expertise in modern British history from the late 18th century to the early 19th century, and authored the book The Administration of British Foreign Policy, 1782-1846. In addition, Dr. Middleton is dedicated to a number of community organizations, serving on the Board of Governors of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park, N.Y., the Boards of Directors of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the Center on Halsted (where he is Board Vice Chair), the Chicago Central Area Committee, the Near South Planning Board, the Point Foundation Board of Governors, and the Chicago History Museum Community Advisory Council. He is also Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Presidents in Higher Education. He earned an AB degree with honors in history from Florida State University and both an MA and PhD in history from Duke University.

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at

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