The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging is a project of
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging

Volunteer Education Ambassadors in Georgia

Welcome to SAGE's National Resource Center on LGBT Aging Education Ambassador Program—which provides volunteers with an introductory presentation and set of resources to educate their own communities about LGBT aging issues!

Volunteer Education Ambassadors are available to come to your communities and give an introductory presentation about LGBT aging issues. Each Ambassador is responsible for determining the area(s) they will present in as well scheduling their presentation. If you are interested in having a volunteer speak to your group, contact the Volunteer Education Ambassador directly using the contact information provided here.

If you are looking for in-depth or longer training, please see our full list of trainings or request a training here.

Molly Boone, BA, CDP
Brookdale Senior Living
Atlanta, GA 30309

Molly Boone is a Certified Dementia Care Practitioner, Best Friends Approach Certified Master Trainer, and Positive Approach to Care Certified Engagement Leader. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Gerontology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Molly is currently working for Brookdale Senior Living as a Divisional Dementia Care Manager supporting Georgia, Florida, and Colorado.

Kyle Bower, Ph.D.
Impact Evaluation Unit, University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30622

Kyle L. Bower, Ph.D. works and resides in Athens, GA. She is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at University of Georgia Impact Evaluation Unit. In her spare time, she enjoys discovering a creative outlet whether it be through her own expressions of creativity or immersing herself in others’ artistic talents. Kyle recently began serving on the Athens Pride Board. As the Outreach Coordinator, she seeks to develop networks that continue to build on the 20+ year legacy of Athens Pride.

Kristen Cascante, BA
Campbell Stone - Buckhead
Atlanta, GA 30305

Hi! My name is Kristen and my pronouns are she/her/hers. I currently work for Campbell Stone in Buckhead. I am currently getting my Master's at KSU in Public Administration. My background in the nonprofit world is in housing and assisting with resources. And in the future, I hope to be an Executive Director for a nonprofit serving my LGBTQ+ community!

Linda Ellis, MEd, MDiv, LPC
The Health Initiative/SAGE Atlanta
Atlanta, GA 30307

Linda Ellis is the Executive Director of the Health Initiative, an organization committed to the health and wellbeing of Georgia's LGBT community. As ED, Linda has developed a strong network of healthcare providers committed to providing culturally sensitive care to all members of the LGBT community. The work of the Health Initiative focuses on increasing access to supportive care for those at the margins of the community, including seniors and those individuals who are un-insured.

Kerstin Eshelman, MSW
East Point, GA 30344

If I'm selected I'll manage this portion. If you require a bio for the selection process, I'll manage that when notified.

Amy's Place
Hispanic, GA 30044

I am and always have been passionate about community outreach, service and hands on activist for things good and fair. As a Medical Professional in the the field of Immunology/Oncology.I dedicated over 26 years of care,training. research and service. Working with HIV/AIDS patients,family and medical staff.I was co-chair of South Florida World Aids Day for over 14 yrs. Coordinated location,speakers,celebrity speakers,talent,logistics and incorporated other Hiv/Aids agencies to join,etc...Chaired with Lori Jordhal of Dade County Public Health. I also served/volunteer filling many seats/roles on over 13 boards over my 30 years in Miami. From the homeless to ending hunger,family issues,Boys/Girls Club, to name a few.

I also served/volunteer filling many seats/roles on over 13 boards over my 30 years in Miami. From the homeless to ending hunger,family issues,Boys/Girls Club, to name a few.

Charley Gillmore
Lilburn , GA 30047

Charley is a 22-year-old trans guy born in Virginia Beach and raised in Stone Mountain. He has a background in music and theatre and is an experienced nonprofit canvasser and field manager for organizations related to lgbt policy or vital healthcare. Charley loves to write, spend time in nature, and sit by the campfire with his partner Lux.

Laura LaTourette, CFP® - Certified Financial Planner
Family Wealth Management Group
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Laura and her wife, Susan, live in a small rural community 70 miles north of Atlanta. When Laura first established her practice, it was her hospice volunteer work with families facing end-of-life issues that enabled her to quickly build trust among her new neighbors. "Eight of my clients have passed away, and I have had the privilege of helping their spouses and families during those difficult times. Very often, they are overwhelmed and desperately need someone who understands what to do." Laura never attempted to conceal her sexual orientation, but she was not surprised to find that some clients who were new to her practice were uncomfortable with that part of her identity. "I would hope they get to know who I am as a person, not a label. Because I do not want anyone as a client who cannot fully trust me."

She has found that financial guidance for the elderly has a special importance within the LGBT community. "In some cases, my older LGBT clients have been rejected by their families," she said. "Several of my clients have had difficulty finding a welcoming elder care facility, where they can find acceptance and support. Or they discover that hospitals do not always recognize their partners as family."
Laura has successfully advocated for many clients. "Managing money is the easy part of this profession," she said. "Helping people feel fully heard, and guiding them through sensitive, personal financial issues is the real work."

DISCLOSURE - the following is not a business solicitation.

Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory Services offered through WCG Wealth Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisor. WCG Wealth Advisors, LLC, The Wealth Consulting Group, and Family Wealth Management Group are separate entities from LPL Financial.

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Dylan Maner-Smith, BSN, RN
Hospice Savannah
Port Wentworth, GA 31407

Hello, everyone! My name is Dylan & I am a Registered Nurse in Savannah, GA. I’ve mainly worked in hospice/palliative care and in the Medical ICU, but I do have other experience in step-down units & med-surg. I have been married to my husband, Tim for about a year and a half now. We are both very happy & proud dads of a cat named Casper & and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Cyrus.

Chad Martins, MD
Memorial Health University Health Center
Savannah, GA 31405

Chad Martins is an internist currently practicing in the Savannah, GA area. Trained in primary care internal medicine at George Washington University, he has a passion for care of the medically underserved and marginalized populations. He has a passion for education, working at his local medical university to train the next generation of physicians.

Thomas McElwee
Atlanta, GA 30344

I have been a resident of Atlanta, Ga for the past 16 years. I am a healthcare professional and have enjoyed serving the public for over 20 years. My goal is to shift my passion of helping others to the LGBT community. I would be honored to serve as an ambassador for the National Resource Center of aging LGBT. I am committed to the self empowerment and pursuit of equality of the LGBT community.

Cindy Nelson, J.D.
Nelson Elder Care Law
Woodstock, GA 30189

Cindy Nelson is an elder law attorney who specializes in representing seniors’ rights and interests, and offering peace of mind to families/loved ones. This includes guiding families that are trying to afford the high cost of nursing home care, protecting assets so an aging family member can live a life of dignity, working closely with clients and their families on estate planning, preparing critical decision-making documents, and advising families about options to avoid a crisis.

Melissa Watkins, RN, BA
Large pharmacy benefits mgmt company
Decatur, GA 30030

Melissa Watkins is a registered nurse and patient advocate who currently works as a case manager for people living with HIVAIDS. Her interest in focusing on the LGBTQQTIA+ intensified as she began experiencing barriers to healthcare in particular. She lives with her partner, April, and their three furbabies.