Paul Milne and Christopher Katis will share their personal life’s journey and what they see as their concerns and challenges as they navigate aging and social connections in their mature years. Deb Hall, Manager of Senior Programs and Advocacy for Sage Utah will join the moderated conversation about managing the social, emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual needs and quality of life for LGBTQ+ older adults. Consistent with SAGE mission objectives, the conversation will serve to build awareness, share information about educational events and activities, and support programs.
About Deb Hall
Deb Hall loves all things senior! After a background in senior care, hospice care and hospice administration, she took her expertise to the Alzheimer’s Association where she was a Regional Manager. Debbie most recently took a position as the Manager of Senior Programs and Advocacy for the Utah Pride Center. In addition to serving the senior population, Debbie has a background in leadership for many non-profit organizations. Because of her experience with seniors in many settings, she is excited to lead the Senior Programs for the Utah Pride Center. Deb has a degree in Legal Studies and Business Administration.
About Christopher Katis
Christopher Katis is Director of Corporate Communications at UHIN, the state’s health information exchange and a non-profit insurance claims clearinghouse. He has over 25 years of communication, marketing and PR experience. A prolific writer for the past 10 years, he has penned the “Who’s Your Daddy” column for QSaltLake, examining the joys and challenges of parenting in a two-dad family. He is honored to have twice received the magazine’s reader-voted award for best columnist. He holds degrees in political science and Russian from the University of Utah, and a master’s in international policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, a Middlebury graduate School.
About Paul Milne
After graduating Skyline High School in 1970, I moved to Chicago, Illinois in early 1971. It was there where I had my first encounter with gay and lesbian rights. I joined Chicago Gay Alliance (an early LGBQT rights organization) and was part of its speakers’ bureau outreach as well as taking part in political action protests locally and one in Washington, D.C.
I moved to Los Angeles, California in 1973 and resided there until 2005. I became part of a new work force which was centralized word processing document production for law firms. Desk top computers were yet to come. I managed centers as well as administrating private, in-house telephone systems. When desktop computers became common and centers became less prevalent, I spent the remainder of my career as a legal secretary/paralegal.
In 2005, my partner Alan wanted to move to Florida to be near his aging parents so that we could care for them. We did this up until 2013 when he suddenly passed of a heart attack.
This brought me back to Salt Lake a year later after been away for 43 years. Friends were scattered across the country and with family here, I decided this would be a good place to recover and regroup.
This brought me to my present journey. It was extremely difficult for me to adjust to life without my partner of 22 years. I became more isolated. My world became smaller. I became less communicative. When I re-emerged I found I had few contacts. I discovered a group called SAGE (an organization for LGBTQ seniors). I started meeting a group of men and women at social gatherings. It was allowing me to become comfortable with myself and my community and to rejoin the world. I needed a new purpose and activity and wanted to volunteer my time. I recently joined the SAGE Leadership Committee at the Utah Pride Center. I am proud to be a part of an organization that is doing so much to bring access, direction and social contact to the senior community.
Manager of Senior Programs and Advocacy for
Utah Pride Center
Director of Corporate Communications at UHIN
SAGE Leadership Committee at Utah Pride Center