Dr. Imani Woody is the founding director and CEO of Mary’s House for Older Adults, a developing LGBT friendly residential housing in Washington, DC. She has a PhD in Human Services specializing in non-profit management. Her thesis is entitled: Lift Every Voice: A Qualitative Exploration of Ageism and Heterosexism as Experienced by Older African American Lesbian Women and Gay Males when Addressing Social Services Needs. She holds a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Paralegal program. Dr. Woody is currently working as a diversity consultant working in the field of aging and issues affecting the LGBT and people color communities. She has worked as the pro bono coordinator of the D.C. Bar and has served as the director of training for the National Association of Protection and Advocacy, coordinating and facilitating trainings across the country for people with disabilities and promoting cultural diversity.
As the director of client services at the Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer, Dr. Woody managed programs that provided educational and direct services to lesbians and bisexual women with cancer. She was also a program manager for the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, working on national health programs to educate elderly African American women. Formerly a training specialist for the AARP’s Foundation, Dr. Woody developed curriculum and delivery of on-site and web-based trainings. She trained substantive experts to become trainers through the Train-the Trainer program and provided on-going technical assistance to field trainers. Formerly a co-chair of PRiSM, AARP’s ERG group, Dr. Woody worked to help form the Washington, DC LGBT Elder Coalition.
Dr. Imani Woody has been an advocate of women, people of color and LGBT issues for more than 20 years and has served on the board of directors of the Mautner Project, Women in the Life Association and Whitman Walker Lesbian services. She currently is a Commissioner on the (Washington, DC) Mayor’s GLBT Advisory Counsel, the Program Officer for the Older Adults Advisory Council for the Metropolitan Community Churches, is the Chair of SAGE Metro DC (an organization serving LGBT elders), and is an Advisory Board member of the SAGE National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. She has been a life coach for more than 10 years and is the founder and principal of Living Life Like It’s Golden, a six-part program that empowers people to live their lives more fully through visioning. She lives with her wife of thirteen years in Brookland, WDC.
Annette Beall was born in Denison, Texas. She currently resides in Cypress, Texas with Carolyn, her partner of 26 years. She is a member of the management team at Methodist Hospital in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, where she has been employed for 20 years. Prior employment includes 10 years as the Office Administrator of MCC of the Resurrection now known as Resurrection MCC. Annette joined Agapé MCC in Fort Worth, Texas in 1974. She co-founded an evangelistic ministry in 1976 and traveled for 1½ years with a team which conducted spiritual renewal services at MCC’s across the United States. In 1978, she settled in Houston, Texas where she assumed a position with the local MCC. She is a member of RMCC and currently participates in worship services as a member of the Gospel Ensemble, a reader and a participant in the distribution of communion. She is also a member of the church’s Stewardship Committee. Her previous service in RMCC includes the Board of Directors, lay delegate and the church staff. She also served on MCC’s Inclusive Language Task Force. Annette enjoys time with her families (birth and chosen), her friends and her pets, Champ, Mitch and Bella. She also enjoys the time she spends on her Honda Goldwing Trike, riding with the Resurrection Riders.
Rev. Elder Freda Smith first entered MCC in 1971. She attended the 1971 General Conference as a delegate from Sacramento, California. Following MCC licensing in 1972, Freda was elected pastor of MCC Sacramento. In 1973, Freda was elected to the Board of Elders of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches where she served as World Church Extension Elder and Vice-Moderator for the next 20 years. She has attended and been active in every General Conference since 1971. Freda was senior pastor of MCC Sacramento – from 1972 until she retired in 2005 to become an Evangelist for the denomination.
Lydya Chapman. I moved to Florida from San Francisco, California on November 1st 2002, where I purchased my first home and live with my partner of 10 years Linda, and our dog Bijou, and cat Clark Gable.
I work for a nonprofit named The Pantry of Broward as the Director of Operations. We help seniors on low fixed incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren in Broward County Florida. We feel that our senior community is the forgotten or the lost generation. We provide food support, and other ancillary services, that help make their lives less stressful.
I became involved with Sunshine Cathedral MCC in late 2002, and became a member in March 2003. I was President of The Women’s Guild for 2 years, a member of the Music Ministry for 8 years and am a member of the Chancel Ministry Team 3 years, and Team Leader for the past 2 years. I have been attending The Samaritan Institute and received my AARS degree in October of 2013 and an ordained Deacon in December of 2013.