2019 Conference Speakers
Charles Curry currently serves on the City’s LGBTQ Quality of Life Commission and AustinUP’s Board. As President of Austin Prime Timers, Charles Curry partnered with AustinUP to sponsor a focus group in response to complaints of a lack of input from the LGBTQ community in updating Austin’s Age-Friendly Plan. The group that gathered three years ago formulated a comprehensive list of issues our community faces as we age. In response to their research, the Austin LGBT Coalition on Aging was created to organize efforts to meet those challenges.
Lisa Daly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Teaching from Binghamton University. She is a Certified Dementia Specialist and has several years of experience working in the senior service industry in a variety of management, caregiver education, and marketing positions. Lisa is a master trainer for the national curriculums Powerful Tools for Caregivers, A Matter of Balance, and Savvy Caregiver. She recently returned to Family Eldercare as Director of In Home Care and is a member of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Senior Services (AGLSS) team at Family Eldercare, dedicated to providing quality care for LGBTQ senior adults.
Jacki Gethner, CADC1
Author and national speaker Jacki Gethner has been a licensed body worker since 1987 and received her CADC1 Licensure in 1998. Jacki first started working in the world of HIV/AIDS by starting the massage component of AIDS Medicine and Miracles, which remains the only western/complementary medicine conference in the United States. Since then she has participated in two International AIDS Conference, facilitated workshops at other national and local conferences. In 2009, she received Kaiser Permanente’s National Diversity Award for this work, in addition to other awards in the past decade. This created the opportunity for the birth of her non-profit Women of A Certain Age.
Sharon Lund is an advocate who has been living positive with HIV/AIDS since 1983. She is an international speaker who has lead workshops and speaking engagements on HIV/AIDS and holistic therapies, throughout the United States, into Canada, Europe, Russia, and Japan. She has been interviewed on such shows as Oprah, Eye on America, 48 Hours, and in “O” The Oprah Magazine. Sharon accepted an invitation from President Clinton to speak at the White House, and she is the author of four books and producer of the award-winning documentary Dying to LIVE: Near-Death Experiences. Sharon is the founder of Sacred Life Publishers and the non-profit organization Sacred Living Sacred Dying Org. Sharon lives her life with purpose and passion.
Lisa Medina, MA, LCDC
Lisa Medina has been in the mental health field for more than 20 years and has worked tirelessly as a case manager, counselor, and client advocate for people living with substance use issues, chronic illness, and mental health issues. She spent the first half of her career working in community mental health settings, providing case management for adults living with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Her professional path allowed her to gain pivotal experience in both the abstinence-based treatment world and within harm reduction settings. She has been practicing harm reduction in various clinical setting for more than 10 years and provides trainings and lectures across the state of Texas. Lisa is now in private practice full-time in Austin, Texas, and offers individual counseling to those who have substance use disorders, mental health issues and/or trauma. Lisa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Colorado State University in 1998, became a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in 2008, and graduated with her Master’s Degree in Counseling in 2011 from St. Edward’s University. Lisa was trained in EMDR in 2016 and completed EMDR Advanced Certification in 2018.
Barry Waller, MSW
For 26 years, Barry Waller has worked in the mental health and intellectual disability field at both the community and state agency levels in various administrative and management positions. As the Texas Legislature combined various state agencies, Barry went to work at the Department of Aging and Disability Services(DADS) as Assistant Commissioner over Provider Services. In this position, he managed directly administered services and all contracts with several thousand providers of disability and/or aging services throughout the State of Texas. Now retired, Barry spends his time working with various community and volunteer organizations. He served for nine years on the Board of Directors at AIDS Services of Austin, where he still remains as a volunteer. He has also served twice on the Board of Directors for OutYouth Austin, and currently serves on the HIV Planning Council and the Steering Committee of the LGBT Coalition on Aging.