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LAIN Council Members

LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) Council 2016

Paula Basta, M. Div., Council Chair

Paula is currently the Regional Director of the Northeast (Levy) Senior Center, one of the five major senior centers as part of the Chicago Dept. of Family and Support Services - Senior Services. She has had a long career of service to senior issues, starting in 1979 with The Little Brothers of the Poor (now known as Little Brothers/ Friends of the Elderly). From 1995 to 2000 she was Executive Director of H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly). In 2000, Paula became the Director of Information and Assistance for the Department on Aging at City Hall – overseeing a unit of 20 staff who answered all the calls of people needing assistance for senior’s city-wide. She became the Regional Director of the Northeast (Levy) Senior Center with the Chicago Dept. of Family and Support Services in 2004.

Paula’s involvement in the LGBT community of Chicago has been extensive as well. She is a long serving member of the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging, former board member of Equality Illinois from 2002-2009, acting as President of the Board from 2005-2006.  Paula currently serves as the American Society on Aging’s LAIN Council Chairperson (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Aging Issues Network).

She has served on several non-profit boards and is currently on the Board of Directors for Center for Law and Social Work, McHugh Senior Apts. (run by Inter-Faith Community Housing Corporation)  as well as on the Diversity and Advisory Committee for the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter. She is also a member of the LGBT Advisory Council for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging.  She is adjunct professor at Loyola University/Chicago teaching MSW students Organizational Leadership in Leadership and Development in the Social Services track (LDSS) – School of Social Work.

Paula has a Bachelor of Science /Social Work from the University of Dayton and a Master’s of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in
Hyde Park - Chicago.
She can be reached by e-mail :

Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD
Director for Research and Evaluation, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA)
Adjunct Professor, New York University College of Nursing

Dr. Brennan-Ing joined ACRIA in 2007 to conduct behavioral research on psychosocial issues affecting persons living with HIV, with a special focus on older adults. Since coming to ACRIA, Dr. Brennan-Ing’s work has focused on mental health, social supports, and resilience among older adults with HIV. Dr. Brennan-Ing was the lead editor on the seminal book on aging with HIV published in 2009; Older Adults with HIV: An In-depth Examination of an Emerging Population. In February 2011, he was invited to be a member of the NIH Office of AIDS Research Working Group on HIV and Aging, which was tasked with developing priority research topics to address the growing population of adults aging with HIV. He has been an invited speaker on HIV and aging at local, national and international meetings, and has presented a 4-part webinar series on current issues facing this aging population which addressed comorbidities, care retention, mental health and substance use, social supports and social isolation, and sexuality and prevention in later adulthood.

Dr. Brennan-Ing is a Past-President and longstanding Board Member of the State Society on Aging of New York, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and past Board Member of the New York Association on HIV over Fifty (NYAHOF). He is the Principal Convener for GSA’s HIV/AIDS and Aging interest group and a past convener of GSA’s interest group on religion spirituality and aging. He is a member of the American Society on Aging LGBT Aging Information Network Leadership Council, Book Review Editor for the Journal or Religion, Spirituality and Aging, Consulting Statistical Editor for Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, Editorial Board member of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and Editor-in-Chief for Nursing Research and Reviews. Dr. Brennan-Ing has been recognized for his work in the field of aging by the Hunter-Brookdale Center on Aging, Pride Senior Network, and the New York State Office for the Aging. He serves as reviewer for a number of HIV/AIDS and aging journals including, AIDS and Behavior, AIDS Patient Care and STDs, JAIDS, the Gerontologist, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, and Research on Aging. He has authored over 75 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and books.

Thomas P. Callahan
AFI Coaching and Consulting

It was the late Robert Kennedy who said, “There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

In so many words, that sums up the focus of my work as a Senior Living and Elder Care Coach, Consultant and Advocate. 

My introduction to senior living was negligible at best - I was a two day temp answering phones in a sales office.  In the ensuing fourteen years I have learned the numerous aspects of elder care and developed a passion for making it better.  I have worked on the operations and marketing end of some of the nation’s leading providers and on the development end of a number of startups.

Along the way, I began to think about my own retirement and what that would look like.  Researching what was available to the LGBT community and the hoops that one had to jump through to ensure a stable future disheartened me.

Recent research has shown the plight of the LGBT community when we require facility-based care.  A freedom so hard fought for must be pushed back into the closet in order to receive proper care.

I started my own company, AFI Coaching and Consulting in 2011 to focus on educating people about elder care options and to bring about the change needed in the care of the senior industry.  I work with both private clients who find themselves in an elder care crisis and I work with Senior Living providers to improve their marketing and operations. 

AFI stands for Answers For Issues.  I have a Bachelors degree from The Catholic University of America and am a Certified Professional Coach.  Combined with my experience, I feel that I am a force for change.

Terri Clark, MPH

Terri has been doing work in health education, training, and facilitation for nearly 25 years, and is currently the Coordinator of Prevention Services at ActionAIDS in Philadelphia, PA.  Terri is a member of Widener University’s Consortium on Sexuality and Aging, and an adjunct instructor at Arcadia University. She is a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and serves on the American Society on Aging’s Leadership Council of their LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) constituent group.  She is also an advisory board member of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s PrimeTime Health Committee.  Throughout her career in public health, she has been an advocate for gender equality and sexual health across the lifecycle. 

Prior to relocating to Philadelphia from New York City, she was involved with many LGBT programs, including the creation of a Safe Zones Program at NYC College of Technology and worked as a consultant trainer with the NYC LGBT Center, where she delivered cultural competency trainings to staff and students of the NYC school district.  Terri has worked with Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) to help establish a safe zone program on their campus.

As a consultant trainer with Cicatelli Associates, Inc., she delivered trainings for the AIDS Institute, CAP-C, AETC, and several other initiatives spearheaded by CAI, as well as serving as a NATISHE (North Atlantic Training Institute for Sexual Health Educators) core staff member.    She has been an adjunct instructor, teaching public/community health and human services courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 15 years, and recently developed a course entitled “LGBT Issues through a Public Health Lens”.

Terri has published a lesson plan entitled, “What’s Your BiQ?” in the American Journal of Sexuality Education, September, 2013.

Terri is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and graduate of Hunter College with a Masters in Public Health, Community Health Education.  She received her B.A. in Sociology and Communication from the University of Buffalo.

Cathy Croghan, MS, MPH, RN

Cathy is a Public Health Nurse with 20 years of experience in management, research and development of community-based services, and frequently publishes and speaks on topics related to elder health and safety. 

She currently serves on the American Society of Aging’s LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) Leadership Council, National LGBT Aging Roundtable, National LGBT Aging Resource Center's Advisory Council, and Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries Board of Directors.  Cathy is the past Chair of the LAIN Editorial Board, past founding Chair of GLBT Generations, and currently leads the Training to Serve Board of Directors

Holly Deni, M.Ed, M.L.S. – Chair, Editorial Committee

Holly began her professional career as a college counselor and later earned a Master’s in library science, working as a public librarian and library director for more than 20 years.  Her experiences as a court –appointed guardian for her aunt, who died in 2015 at the age of 108, led her to pursue specialized training as a Registered Financial Gerontologist. She completed a Certificate Program in Gerontology at Rutgers University in 2013, and is working on an Advanced Certificate in Gerontology from Rutgers School of Social Work.

Holly’s mission is to empower families and individuals who are experiencing lifestyle changes related to retirement and aging by providing them with the information and resources needed to make better later-life decisions. She is especially interested in assisting LGBT elders as they face aging challenges unique to their community.  She works in partnership with a fee-only certified financial planner and a registered nurse in her business, ElderLife, based in Little Falls, NJ. Holly joined the LAIN Editorial Committee in 2009, and currently serves as Chair of that group.

Cynthia Rangoon Grant

Cynthia has worked for the State Department on Aging in Connecticut since 1988, focusing on program development and implementation for a variety of State and federally funded programs and initiatives. She had a critical role in developing the Statewide Respite Care Program, including writing the Program Regulations and designing the program literature, and currently acts as the Statewide Program Director. In addition, Cynthia was the Statewide Program Director for the federally funded Senior Medicare Patrol Program, which seeks to reduce Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. She has served in an advisory capacity to a number of committees, including the Connecticut Lifespan Respite Committee, Breakthrough to the Aging, the March of Dimes, The Coalition on Aging, and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Education Conference committees. She has worked on a variety of projects for caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, including cognitive training projects, a project focusing on reaching families of Latino descent caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and the CT Legislative Alzheimer’s Task Force. She was the Program Director for two federally funded grants: the Lifespan Respite Grant and the CONNECTIONS grant, (for families living with Alzheimer’s disease) and acts as the SDA liaison to the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, administering State and federal dollars and program support to that agency. She is also the Department’s appointed liaison on LGBT and Aging issues, working to expand awareness and education and promote inclusivity in the aging network through a partnership with SAGE. Cynthia holds a B.A. in Sociology/Based Human Relations from Connecticut College.

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