ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University will hold its 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner on March 1, 2016. This year's honorees include LGBT community leader Sherrill Wayland.


Wayland, who was nominated by A.J. Bockelman and Danny Gladden, is the Manager of National Projects for Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE), where she manages the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging and works with the National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative among other key national projects. Founded in 1978, with headquarters in New York City, SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults.


"The Brown School of Social Work is steeped in tradition with alumni who truly perform life changing work around the globe," said Wayland. "To be recognized as a Distinguished Alumni is such a humbling honor. To be recognized for advocating for LGBT older adult equity through my work at Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is something I would never have dreamed of 10 years ago. I dedicate this honor to the generations of LGBT older adults who have paved the road to LGBT equity. It is because of them, that I am here today and able to do this passion driven work."


Upon graduation from the Brown School, Wayland became the founding Executive Director of SAGE Metro St. Louis. During her tenure with the SAGE affiliate, she developed the first regional LGBT Referral Network of Aging Providers and the Missouri LGBT Health Access Training Network. Wayland is a nationally recognized public speaker and trainer on LGBT Older Adult Cultural Competency and LGBT Health Access. Prior to joining the national SAGE team, she helped to manage the successful merger of SAGE Metro St. Louis with PROMO Fund, becoming SAGE of PROMO Fund, which supports the expansion of advocacy with LGBT older adults across the state of Missouri.


Wayland has over 20 years of professional experience in the fields of education, disability and LGBT older adult advocacy. She has published articles on disability and LGBT aging, developed and taught the Gender and Aging Course at the University of Missouri in St. Louis, and was the recipient of the Friedman Center for Aging 2015 Harvey A. & Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for Excellence in Service to Older Adults. Wayland is currently serving her second term on the Missouri AARP Executive Council Board.

 

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