Meet our Community Advisory Board!
Our Community Advisory Board is composed of 15+ members of our LGBTQ+ community in New York State. The purpose of the CAB is to provide the perspective of stakeholders within sexual and gender minority communities in the work that the LGBTQ+ Health Initiative is doing.
The CAB meets about 6 times per year, and tasks include reviewing drafts of materials and providing suggestions to make sure materials and plans are inclusive and sensitive to racial, ethnic, and cultural aspects, discussing the overall direction and goals for the grant, and successes and areas for improvement, etc. We have an open application for our CAB! If you are interested, or you know anyone who may be interested, please review this document and apply here!
Pronouns: They/them/theirs/she/her/hers is one of the CAB’s Co-Chairs as of May 1, 2021. Lucky is a School-Based Chemical Dependency Counselor for The Center for Youth who believes in understanding the systematic barriers that affect all humans that exist within modern times. Lucky joined the CAB because she believes in equal representation in understanding the unique and countless voices who will not be heard. Lucky strives to represent what it means to invite a queer multi-cultural person of color at the table that DOES NOT speak for ALL people that may fit into the aforementioned demographics. To not stress you or themselves out they can be found laughing, eating, writing, listening to select podcasts, eating some more, dancing, and loving their baby – Chase – the dog that came into their life… and the story that ends with a cliffhanger.. of not knowing who saved who!
Ryan is an NYS Community Mental Health Therapist and have been developing an comprehensive clinical caseload devoted toward those with chronic illness, trauma-complex disorders, and Gender-Sexual-Racial minorities. In both the upstate NY communities and state-to-state communities; Ryan has been known to be serving the expansive Trans, Gender-diverse, and Non-binary communities thus far. Ryan have been providing primary and secondary gender affirming intervention letters with ages from 13 years old to late 80s. Ryan continues to serve the community as expansively they can by running 2-3 concurrent community outreach psychotherapy groups in a 6-month period.