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OLOC Steering Committee Members



Co-Director
Alix Dobkin
Alix@oloc.org
845-679-7586
Photograph taken by Liza Cowan

Alix Dobkin
Woodstock, NY

 

-born in 1940.   While on concert tour in the 1980s I met some OLOC founders & they helped me look forward to turning 60, so I joined OLOC in 2000, the Steering Committee in 2006, & became Co-director five years later.  Woodstock, NY is my home, near my daughter and three grandchildren.  I've produced six records, three CDs, a songbook, &  My Red Blood: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, & Coming Out in the Feminist Movement, a 2009 Lambda Literary Award finalist.




Co-Director
Sally Tatnall
Sally@oloc.org
216-862-0598

Sally Tatnall
Cleveland Heights, OH

–born in 1937.   I've been an activist all my life and feel lucky to be continuing my activism as part of OLOC in these late years of life. I am especially happy to be involved with one of the few remaining woman/lesbian only spaces left on the planet.


Jan Griesinger
Jan@oloc.org
740-448-6424

Jan Griesinger
Athens, OH

 

–born in 1942.   After hearing about OLOC since its beginning and meeting Ruth Silver and Shevy Healey in the early 1990's, I attended the 1996 OLOC national gathering with my over 60 partner. I began as an OLOC intern at age 58 in year 2000 and have LOVED serving on the Steering Committee ever since. I am a founding resident of the Susan B. Anthony Memorial UnRest Home Womyn's Land Trust near Athens Ohio and sing in Calliope Feminist Choir.


 
Ruth Debra

Ruth@oloc.org
760-318-6794

Ruth Debra
Palm Springs, CA

 

–born in 1944.    I joined the OLOC Steering Committee in the spring of 2008 after beginning the process in October 2006 and am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful organization. I'm a life-long feminist and activist and have a strong belief in OLOC's mission. I have been a part of founding numerous organizations including Desert Women for Equality and the Coachella Valley Chapter/Group of OLOC.


Pat Cull
Pat@oloc.org
Pat Cull
Oakland, CA

-born in 1942.  I happily discovered the Lesbian activists in the Bay Area OLOC Chapter/Group at a retreat in 2006 and felt as though I had come home. I strongly believe in OLOC's mission and am delighted to be able to work with the Steering Committee (just joined in March 2013) and contribute to our community. I have been involved in many activist activities through the years.

 


bonnie
Bonnie@oloc.org
Bonnie Wagner
Woodstock, NY

-born in 1942 in Brooklyn, New York.  Bonnie moved to Woodstock, New York in 1976, where she became active in the battered women’s movement.   She was the founder and director of the NYS Coalition against Domestic Violence, a statewide hotline in English and Spanish, and then worked as a guidance counselor from 1990-2010.  It was at this time she became active in the lesbian movement, trying to pass a human rights law in Ulster County, becoming a founding member of the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center, and a member of the Pride Committee. Bonnie joined OLOC in 2007 and is delighted to be involved in this lesbian feminist activist organization.



Ali Marrero
ali@oloc.org
Ali Marrero
Oakland, CA

-born in 1948.  I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the US. I am an Army Brat. I have been active in the Lesbian community in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area since 1969. I was one of the first Dykes on Bikes here in 1976. I have worked for the rights of People of Color since the Briggs Initiative in California and helped coordinate security at the International Women's Conference in Houston in 1977. I am now married to my partner of 15 years, Doris Muñiz, who is also Puerto Rican. I want to work towards parity for Lesbians of Color, especially more visibility for Latina/Caribbean Lesbians. I would love to see more Old Latina/Caribeña Lesbians involved with OLOC and my goal is to start a group.



Paij
paij@oloc.org
Paij Wadley-Bailey
Montpelier, VT

-born in 1939.  From Lilyhamer to Denmark, Geneva to England, Cuba to South Africa, Rwanda to Germany, Paij Wadley-Bailey, MA/M.ED has travelled the world advocating for peace, freedom, and justice for all peoples. She is (unpaid) Director of the Vermont Anti-Racism Action Team (VARAT); co-founder of Champlain OLOC; National Outreach Director, Stonewall 25th Anniversary; 35 years on Crew - Michigan Womyn's Music Festival; and recorder for Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, to name a few associations. Paij identifies as an Eco-Feminist, Lesbian/Bulldagger, Pacifist, great-grandmother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and trusted friend. She is a retired adjunct faculty member at The University of Vermont and Goddard College. She taught ESL at the Berk School in New York City. Paij was raised in West Hills, Connecticut and has been a resident of Central Vermont since the early 1970s. Finally, she was interviewed by Christine Pattee for the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project (OLOHP) in 2014; the interview will be a crucial part of her memoir.


 
Co-Director Emerita
Vera Martin

Vera Martin
Deceased 2012

–born in 1923.  She served on the Board of the BlackGay and Lesbian Leadership Forum, and was a founding mother of Old Lesbians Organizing for Change in 1989. She served on the OLOC Steering committee for fourteen years, seven of those as Co-Director. She was involved with NGLTF, and was one of a group of OLOC members who forced the American Society on Aging (ASA) to form an auxillary group to address the issues of aging LGBT people. In her years as a civil rights worker she belonged to NAACP, Urban League, CORE, Connexxus, and Local 660 AFL/CIO.
Vera generously shared her wealth of experience and insights with OLOC, NGLTF, and various other organizations as well as leading an active life in life in Apache Junction, AZ.


 
Co-Director Emerita
Arden Eversmeyer
Arden@oloc.org
713-869-1482

Arden Eversmeyer
Houston, TX

 

-born in 1931.  Arden lives in Houston, Texas with her partner,
Charlotte Avery. Arden joined the OLOC Steering Committee in 1990, and retired in 2004. The last seven years on the Steering Commmittee she served as Co-Director with Vera Martin from Arizona. In Houston, she founded LOAF (Lesbians Over Age Fifty) in 1987, with a continuing membership of 150 Lesbians between 50 and 90 years of age. She served as the Houston Mayor’s appointee from the GLBT community to the Area Agency on Aging for six years. She currently is Project Director for the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, and travels much of the year. There are two books from the Project, co-authored with Margaret Purcell. The first is A GIFT OF AGE: Old Lesbian Life Stories (2009), and the second is WITHOUT APOLOGY: Old Lesbian Life Stories (2012).


Co-Director Emerita
Shaba Barnes
Shaba@oloc.org
505-856-1290

Shaba Barnes
Albuquerque, NM

 

-born in 1935.   I had the unique position of being a part of the planning process for  OLOC way back in 1986. Although I was in my early 50’s, I was able to  vote for the age limit. I figured, the women voting, women who I  admired and trusted and were older than I, must know something that I  did not. So I voted with them and excluded myself believing that  someday I would be grateful for making that decision. I am very  grateful for this organization. I am thankful to be the Memorial  Program Director and for the opportunities to represent OLOC at other  groups and conferences when possible.




Co-Director Emerita
Mina Meyer

Mina@oloc.org
562-420-3555

Mina Meyer
Long Beach, CA

–born in 1940.   In my 40's I was the Conference Coordinator for the first Old Lesbian Celebration with Shevy & Barbara and our other Creators of OLOC. Now as I am approaching my 70's, I take great joy in being able to continue down the feminst path of working toward Old Lesbian Pride and our Equality!




Co-Director Emerita
Jan Griesinger
Jan@oloc.org
740-448-6424

Jan Griesinger
Athens, OH

See above for bio.



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