Luanne Withee

director, principal photographer / videographer and editor

Lu is well-known in the LGBTQ community having served as Wingspan’s Community Center Coordinator for 5 years and as host of the Front Porch Music series events. She also served as principal photographer/videographer for "A Colorful Life" the LGBT Elder History Series. Lu studied filmmaking and photography at The School of Visual Arts in NYC and has a lengthy career in the arts and non-profit communities. She served as the Projects Manager at The Tucson Pima Arts Council and as the Membership & Film Festival Coordinator at The Loft Cinema. Before moving to Tucson Lu spent several years working with Lily Tomlin on a variety of a film and theatre projects including The Search for Sign of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Lu is currently involved in the production of FEMINISTS: What were they thinking? a documentary by Johanna Demetrakas (Crazy Wisdom) based on EMERGENCE a book of photographs by Cynthia MacAdams. Lu lives on the eastside of Tucson with her partner Pat Woelke and their two terrific pups: Finnegan & Macy.

Patricia Woelke

researcher and interviewer

Pat has extensive experience with the elder community. She has been involved with the many aspects of aging from providing direct care to developing Wingspan’s Senior Pride, a social and education program for older LGBTQ community members - the first program of its kind in Southern Arizona. Pat has a degree in Gerontology and Sociology from The University of Arizona and currently serves as a case manager with Pima Health System.

Penelope Starr

producer, videographer and editor

Because she is dedicated to the relevance of people’s stories to maintain and safeguard history, Penelope founded Odyssey Storytelling in 2004. Odyssey is still a popular Tucson event where diverse people from the community are invited to tell personal stories on a theme. Penelope is producer of the LGBT Elder History Series a documentary series featuring Tucson LGBT seniors and was the Coordinator of Senior Pride at Wingspan, Tucson’s LGBT Community Center.  She has researched and written about End of Life Issues in the LGBT community for the Southwest Folklife Alliance. Penelope has a degree in Human Services and Women’s Studies and has worked in a number of agencies that serve the needs of women and minority populations. In addition she is a visual and performance artist and writer. She lives on the westside of Tucson with her partner, Silvia.



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