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LAIN Council Members

LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) Council

Paula Basta, M. Div., Council Chair

Paula is currently the Regional Director of the Northeast (Levy) Senior Center, one of the five major senior centers as part of the Chicago Dept. of Family and Support Services - Senior Services. She has had a long career of service to senior issues, starting in 1979 with The Little Brothers of the Poor (now known as Little Brothers/ Friends of the Elderly). From 1995 to 2000 she was Executive Director of H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly). In 2000, Paula became the Director of Information and Assistance for the Department on Aging at City Hall – overseeing a unit of 20 staff who answered all the calls of people needing assistance for senior’s city-wide. She became the Regional Director of the Northeast (Levy) Senior Center with the Chicago Dept. of Family and Support Services in 2004.

Paula’s involvement in the LGBT community of Chicago has been extensive as well. She is a long serving member of the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging, former board member of Equality Illinois from 2002-2009, acting as President of the Board from 2005-2006.  Paula currently serves as the American Society on Aging’s LAIN Council Chairperson (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Aging Issues Network).

She has served on several non-profit boards and is currently on the Board of Directors for Center for Law and Social Work, McHugh Senior Apts. (run by Inter-Faith Community Housing Corporation)  as well as on the Diversity and Advisory Committee for the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Illinois Chapter. She is also a member of the LGBT Advisory Council for Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging.  She is adjunct professor at Loyola University/Chicago teaching MSW students Organizational Leadership in Leadership and Development in the Social Services track (LDSS) – School of Social Work.

Paula has a Bachelor of Science /Social Work from the University of Dayton and a Master’s of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in
Hyde Park - Chicago.
She can be reached by e-mail :  paula.basta@cityofchicago.org


Terri Clark, MPH

Terri has been doing work in health education, training, and facilitation for nearly 25 years, and is currently the Coordinator of Prevention Services at ActionAIDS in Philadelphia, PA.  Terri is a member of Widener University’s Consortium on Sexuality and Aging, and an adjunct instructor at Arcadia University. She is a certified trainer with the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and serves on the American Society on Aging’s Leadership Council of their LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) constituent group.  She is also an advisory board member of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s PrimeTime Health Committee.  Throughout her career in public health, she has been an advocate for gender equality and sexual health across the lifecycle. 

Prior to relocating to Philadelphia from New York City, she was involved with many LGBT programs, including the creation of a Safe Zones Program at NYC College of Technology and worked as a consultant trainer with the NYC LGBT Center, where she delivered cultural competency trainings to staff and students of the NYC school district.  Terri has worked with Allegheny College (Meadville, PA) to help establish a safe zone program on their campus.

As a consultant trainer with Cicatelli Associates, Inc., she delivered trainings for the AIDS Institute, CAP-C, AETC, and several other initiatives spearheaded by CAI, as well as serving as a NATISHE (North Atlantic Training Institute for Sexual Health Educators) core staff member.    She has been an adjunct instructor, teaching public/community health and human services courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for over 15 years, and recently developed a course entitled “LGBT Issues through a Public Health Lens”.

Terri has published a lesson plan entitled, “What’s Your BiQ?” in the American Journal of Sexuality Education, September, 2013.

Terri is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and graduate of Hunter College with a Masters in Public Health, Community Health Education.  She received her B.A. in Sociology and Communication from the University of Buffalo.


Cynthia Rangoon Resto

Cynthia has worked for the State Department on Aging in Connecticut since 1988, focusing on program development and implementation for a variety of State and federally funded programs and initiatives. She had a critical role in developing the Statewide Respite Care Program, including writing the Program Regulations and designing the program literature, and currently acts as the Statewide Program Director. In addition, Cynthia was the Statewide Program Director for the federally funded Senior Medicare Patrol Program, which seeks to reduce Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. She has served in an advisory capacity to a number of committees, including the Connecticut Lifespan Respite Committee, Breakthrough to the Aging, the March of Dimes, The Coalition on Aging, and the Alzheimer’s Association’s Education Conference committees. She has worked on a variety of projects for caregivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, including cognitive training projects, a project focusing on reaching families of Latino descent caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and the CT Legislative Alzheimer’s Task Force. She was the Program Director for two federally funded grants: the Lifespan Respite Grant and the CONNECTIONS grant, (for families living with Alzheimer’s disease) and acts as the SDA liaison to the Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut, administering State and federal dollars and program support to that agency. She is also the Department’s appointed liaison on LGBT and Aging issues, working to expand awareness and education and promote inclusivity in the aging network through a partnership with SAGE. Cynthia holds a B.A. in Sociology/Based Human Relations from Connecticut College.


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