Teresa Theophano, LMSW, is the Assistant Director of Care Management Services at Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), where she helps oversee caregiving and Friendly Visitor programming. Prior to assuming this role, Teresa served as a care manager at SAGE for two years, and she has a long history of working with the LGBTQ community in New York City around issues of homelessness, mental health, and wellness. She writes about LGBTQ culture, identity, and mental health on a freelance basis while serving and advocating alongside homebound elders and their family caregivers.
Teresa is a New York State-licensed social worker who holds a Master’s degree from Hunter College School of Social Work—now known as Silberman—and is pursuing further clinical studies at NYU and the University of Buffalo. In the past, Teresa has taught as an adjunct professor at NYC College of Technology and delivered LGBTQ cultural competency trainings to both students and faculty at NYC public schools. A co-founder of Brooklyn-based peer support network the NYC Queer Mental Health Initiative, Teresa is presently on the board of directors of Trinity Place Shelter, a temporary residence for LGBTQ homeless youth. She is co-editing an anthology on LGBTQ mental health that is currently under consideration with an academic publisher.
Teresa is passionate about helping to increase awareness of LGBT aging concerns and to ensure that older adult populations receive culturally competent care in New York City and beyond.