Spencer Daniels. President

Spencer Daniels, President of SAGE Olympia, has been involved in LGBTQ activities for over 40 years. His involvement includes 20 years as a volunteer for Capital City Pride; being a founding member of the Olympia AIDS Task Force (later UCAN); being a co-chair of the first Olympia-area AIDS walk (sponsored by COAST); as well as the Gay Men’s Social Network, and two early LGBT organizations, the Dorian Group and the Tacoma Committee.
Spencer’s broader community involvement includes service as a member and chair of the Olympia Heritage Commission, member and chair of the Olympia Design Review Board, as a volunteer at the Olympia Senior Center, and as a volunteer at Camp Michael, a summer camp sponsored by the Episcopal Church.
Spencer has lived in the Olympia area since 1976, when he graduated from law school. He retired from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in 2013.
Spencer is married to F. David Kindle, with whom he has been partnered since 1982.
Contact Spencer Daniels.

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.

Anna Schlecht, Co-Founder


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 GLBT seniors and conducted a preliminary environmental scan of the GLBT 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 GLBT 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.

Cathy Cooper

Cathy Cooper is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Grief Counselor. She has extensive experience in child, adolescent and family therapy as well as being an entrepreneur. The past six years she has been a Bereavement Coordinator and Grief Counselor working in Hospice. Ensuring that aging persons have a safe and dignified experience in their latter years in important to her; thus the commitment to SAGE and the work it does to improve quality of life in all aspects with LGBT people. Contact Cathy Cooper.


Flemming O. Behrend

Flemming O. Behrend grew up in Copenhagen Denmark. He emigrated with his family to America in 1980. As an extension of his work with people, he has trained to become a pattern analyst to continue to help people navigate the many vicissitudes of life and is a Certified Archetypal and Dream Pattern Analyst through the Assisi Institute. He is also active in the work as a Hospice volunteer with Providence St. Peters and joined the board at SAGE in 2016. Flemming has his own Life coach practice in downtown Olympia. Contact Flemming O. Behrend.


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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 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 a licensed mental health counselor and co-owner of ClaytonWorks (web design, graphic design and editing) and its book publishing imprint, Mud Flat Press. She is the office manager of Interfaith Works. She is 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. She is also co-clerk of Olympia Friends Meeting's Peace and Social Justice Committee. Contact Gabi Clayton.

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