Leadership Team

SAGE-OLYMPIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Anna Schlecht,Co-Founder, President and Secretary This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Anna.png

Anna Schlecht is the City of Olympia Housing Program Manager, and holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Evergreen State College, with an emphasis on eldercare & housing policy. As part of her graduate studies, Schlecht conducted a needs assessment of LGBTQ seniors and conducted a preliminary environmental scan of the LGBTQ cultural competence of local elder care service & housing providers in 2009. In addition to founding SAGE Olympia, Schlecht is the president of Rainbow Center Olympia, Olympia based LGBTQ community organization and the Business Manager for Capital City Pride. Contact Anna Schelcht or write care of PO Box 7221, Olympia, WA 98501-7221, or call 360-402-0170.

Laurie Fordham, Vice President (bio and photo to come)

Ellen Wendt, Treasurer

Ellen is retired and moved to Washington from Minnesota with her wife, Nancy, in June of 2016. Through most of her adult life, Ellen provided service and support to seniors and to individuals with developmental and physical disabilities. Throughout her professional career, she was a strong advocate for participant-directed programs and strategies, and worked to ensure quality care for vulnerable individuals.

Ellen is particularly interested in alternative housing options for LGBTQ seniors, as well as the education of those who provide services to LGBTQ older individuals. Contact Ellen Wendt

Advisory Board

  Rachel Welkin

Contracted

Alec Clayton, Web 

Alec Clayton is a newspaper columnist and novelist, and co-owner of ClaytonWorks (web design, graphic design and editing) and its book publishing imprint, Mud Flat Press. He has an MA in art from East Tennessee State University. His newspaper columns regularly appear in The News Tribune. OLY ARTS and The Weekly Volcano. He is past president of PFLAG-Olympia, serving the LGBTQ community, its families allies and our community through support, education and advocacy. He is also newsletter editor and web designer for PFLAG-Olympia. He served on the board of Stonewall Youth and the Capital City Pride planning committee, and has worked as a program assistant and newsletter editor for Oasis Youth Center in Tacoma. Contact Alec Clayton.

 Gabi Clayton, Web

Gabi Clayton is co-owner of Mud Flat Press, (book publishing, design and editing, web and graphic design). She is Hearthkeeper at Olympia Friends Meeting (Quakers), a licensed mental health counselor and co-founder & board president of Families United Against Hate (FUAH) providing grassroots support, guidance and assistance to families and individuals dealing with incidents based on bias; and to the people, organizations and agencies who serve and support them. She is a member of Olympia Unity in the Community, the Olympia-based coalition dedicated to organizing positive pro-diversity educational events and appropriate community responses to hate group presence and incidents in the Olympia area. She is a member of PFLAG-Olympia which which serves the LGBTQ community, its families allies and our community through support, education and advocacy. Contact Gabi Clayton.