Meet our Community Advisory Board!
The LGBTQ+ Health Initiative Community Advisory Board is composed of 15+ members of our LGBTQ+ community located in Rochester, NY. 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.
Olivia Hillary is the Chair of the Community Advisory Board.Olivia Hillery is the CAB chair, joining at the CAB’s start in November of 2019. She identifies as a gay cisgender black woman. She has dedicated most of her time to supporting and educating individuals on a range of health related topics. The CAB was a natural step in her journey to a more inclusive and supportive community.
Wanda identifies as Lesbian, Cisgender, and Puerto Rican. She was one the Out Alliance (Gay Alliance) Speaker Bureau for 11 years, and is Safe Zone and Certified Train the Trainer. Wanda started the LGBTQ* at the Veterans Medical Affairs in Canandaigua NY in 2008. She is an Advocate for the LGBTQ* Veterans and Veterans, and is Director of a financial marketing business with her wife. She is also a trainer for the Western NY Suicide Prevention and a Member of the Board of Directors of The Partnership Ontario County, Inc.
Rev. Susan M. Frawley is the pastor of the UU church of Hamburg, NY. She also works as the Parent Outreach Facilitator and Youth In Care Facilitator for GLYS ( Growing LGBTQ+ Youth Support) in Buffalo, N.Y. A retired educator, Susan is involved with many local activities that advocate for youth and families. She is a proud member of the Amherst Schools PTA . Sue was the first ( hopefully not last ) Butch lesbian to be president of the elementary PTA. Sue has 2 young children who inform everything that she does in trying to make the world a little bit better. Currently she is training to conduct Restorative Circles in WNY for LGBTQ youth, families, the court system and schools.
Daniel identifies as queer and is mixed-raced, usually identifying as Latinx. Daniel is typically referred to by he/him/his, but is fine with all pronouns, as he is not attached to his gender. Daniel is a medical student at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry, and has a variety of experiences in research (from mental health to STEM education) and community service (from working with those with disabilities to those recovering from substance use). Daniel joined CAB in hopes of improving healthcare, by reducing inequities for LGBTQ+ people via advocacy, research, and education.