Sun Senior News Article
By SANDI DOLBEE
You could get exhausted just by reading about Joan Lacktis’ schedule. She volunteers weekly or FieldHaven Feline Center and the Salt Mine charity in Lincoln. She’s also a longtime lay leader and former president of her faith community, Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists in Auburn. And she volunteers with Faithful Friends, which visits people in immigration detention.
Joan Lacktis and her 5-year-old dog, Leila.
And now there’s more. Joan is the new president of Lavender Friends, the club for the LGBT community in Lincoln Hills. Elected in January at the biannual business meeting, Joan replaces Kate McCarthy (actually, she and Joan switched roles and Kate is the new vice president).
One of the reasons Lacktis moved here in 2015 was because of Lavender Friends. “I knew there was an active gay and lesbian group and I knew I would be welcome here,” she says.
Now she wants to give back. “I want Lavender Friends to be friends,” she says, “welcoming to the LGBTQ people who come to Lincoln Hills.“It’s a social group primarily but I want people to see that we’re here. We’re getting older too and we have some of the same needs, too.”
A Pennsylvania native, Joan has a Ph.D. in physiology and spent a dozen years in research before she realized she’d rather be a school teacher. “I liked showing kids something for the first time,” she explains. She retired after 23 years of teaching chemistry, physics, biology and technology. Her last gig was at Twelve Bridges Middle School.