Our Leadership Team

The SAGECare Leadership Team

members are national experts in LGBT aging.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Hilary Meyer

Hilary Meyer

Chief Enterprise & Innovation Officer

Ms. Meyer is a seasoned leader and licensed attorney with over 15 years of progressive management experience. She is a nationally recognized thought leader in LGBT and aging issues, a sought-after public speaker and a certified trainer. Meyer's office is located in Los Angeles, California.


Sadiya Abjani

Manager of Training and Online Learning

Sadiya Abjani is the Manager of Training and Online Learning as well as a queer Muslim activist. She received her Bachelors in Islamic Studies and English from the University of Texas at Austin, where she spent time learning curriculum development and gaining expertise in training development and delivery.

Tim R. Johnston

Tim R. Johnston

Director of National Projects

Tim R. Johnston, PhD is the Director of National Projects at SAGE. He is responsible for directing SAGECare, SAGE’s national training initiatives, SAGE's other national projects, developing training curricula, and providing consulting services to both aging and LGBT service providers. Johnston's office is located in Oakland, California.

Leon Avelino

Leon Avelino

National Projects Coordinator

Leon is the administrator of SAGE’s National Projects team, coordinating web based and in-person trainings across the U.S., and providing research support.

Christina Da Costa

Christina DaCosta

Director of Communications

As the Director of Communications for SAGE, Christina is devoted to creating social engagement surrounding LGBT aging and enhancing SAGE’s brand through all digital communication opportunities. A believer in “nothing about us, without us,” Christina focuses on sharing the stories of our LGBT older adults to drive engagement and policy changes.

Karen Cushing

Business Development Associate

Karen Cushing is the Business Development Associate. Karen’s responsibilities include reaching out to service providers who work with seniors and sharing with them the significance of SAGECare’s LGBT credentialing training.