The Out Alliance Board of Directors serves a vital function in our work.

The Board helps to establish and sustain our long term mission and vision for LGBTQ+ equality and community enhancement.

The Board helps to oversee our financial, and human capacity—maximizing all of the resources for the benefit of the LGBTQ+ community — while helping to broaden our voice and sustain us as a responsible nonprofit organization.
 
We are grateful to our Board for the time and energy they devote to our agency and its mission and vision.
Luis Burgos
Board Member

Luis is a native of Rochester whose family resettled here from Puerto Rico in 1954. His parents and older siblings instilled in him a commitment to community services at a very early age, leading to his first neighborhood protest and uplift action when he was only 8-years old. He continued with leadership action in Franklin high school and Hobart College where he actively elevated student voice that resulted in diversity initiatives and curriculum changes at his schools. After College, Luis enjoyed a 32-year career with the City of Rochester with a variety of assignments starting as a Bilingual Employment and Training Counselor, progressing through assignments as a Budget Analyst, a Finance Department Bureau Head, Director of Recreation and Leisure Services, and culminating in his appointment as Commissioner of Recreation and Youth Services. After his retirement from the City of Rochester, Luis served as Interim Executive Director of NeighborWorks Rochester in 2015. As a long-time former board-member, he was called to serve and support that agency’s search for a permanent Executive Director. Luis also stayed busy as a consultant for youth program development and community engagement. In 2016, he joined the Ibero American Action League as their Director of Youth Services where he continues to serve today, focusing on staff and program development to support the Latino community.

Sady Fischer
Board Member

Sady Fischer joined the Out Alliance Board in January 2017. She is a dynamic, highly sought after queer, feminist, Latinx speaker who is known for her energy and passion around social justice issues.

Sady is the Inclusion Programs & Outreach Coordinator for the Office of Inclusion at Excellus BCBS, where she updated the company’s Gender Transition Guidelines and led staff in its implementation; initiated and led the company’s first-time participation in the Puerto Rican Day Parade; and most recently accepted the role as Chair of Excellus’ LGBTQA Employee Resource Group.

Sady holds a Bachelor’s in Gender Studies from Empire State College and is a Certified Diversity Professional.

As a result of her own intersecting identities, she has a strong passion for women, Latinx and LGBTQ issues. Sady is involved with many community initiatives, which include serving as the Co-Chair of Latinas Unidas’ Soy Unica! Soy Latina! Rally and Co-Chair of FR=EE’s Summit on Race Education Committee. She is a Facilitator with the United Ways’ Pride in Leadership Development Program; a Trainer with the Out Alliance’s LGBTQ Academy and member of the Speakers Bureau; Senior Facilitator with the National Coalition Building Institute’s Rochester Chapter; and Facilitator with the YWCA’s Racial Equity Program. She is also the Co-Founder of Ambush Rochester.

In 2015, Sady graduated from the inaugural class of the Pride in Leadership Development Program (PLDP). She completed the United Way’s Latino Leadership Development Program in 2008. In 2016, she joined the core team of collaborators from Excellus, the United Way and the Out Alliance, in developing and implementing the 2016 PLDP program.

Sady was the 2015 Recipient of Latinas Unidas’ Reconocimiento Volunteer Service Award; a 2013 Democrat & Chronicle’s “Woman to Watch”; a 2009 “Latina to Watch” in La Voz; and the 2008 Recipient of the NYS Commissioner’s “Distinguished Service Award” for her work around HIV/AIDS.

When she’s not trying to shift perceptions and break through stereotypes, you will find her with her family: her partner, Leslie, and their 3 boys. “They’re my pride and joy, and motivate me to make a difference in the world!”

“This is your world. Shape it or someone else will.” (Gary Lew)

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Christopher Goodwin
Board Member

Christopher Covington Goodwin is the Supervisor of The Mocha Center Rochester. They are a graduate of Nashville State Community College with an A.S. in Psychology and from American Baptist College with a B.A. in Bible & Theology with a focus in Community & Non-profit Organization Leadership. Christopher is one who offers there voice, insights, courage and gifts to expose truth. Christopher has volunteered and worked within the HIV prevention and LGBT plus advocacy for 17 years starting in Nashville, TN as Nashville’s visible, vocal advocates as Young Brothers United Peer Coordinator with Nashville CARES and worked with the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church First Response Center as the Project Manager and co-creator of Project UNO providing empowerment, outreach, and education surrounding issues concerning the LGBTQ plus communities of color.

A shift in life brought Christopher to the city of Rochester, New York in 2014 to continue the efforts in working with LGBTQ communities of color as the Supervisor of The MOCHA Center which later became a part of the Trillium Health Family. Christopher is a social justice advocate for black and brown people and loves to bring liberation to the people. Christopher is also a grad student at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School where they are working on their Masters in Divinity. On July 5, 2015 Christopher was ordained by Rev. Edwin Sanders at Metropolitan Interdenominational Church. They are a graduate of the United Way African American Leadership Development Program class of 2017, sits on the The Rochester Black Pride committee since 2015, and does public speaking and facilitates multiple diversity trainings around the country.

Luis A. Rosario-McCabe
Board Member

Luis A. Rosario-McCabe earned his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from The University of Rochester School of Nursing in Rochester, NY. Dr. Rosario-McCabe’s doctoral project focus is designing, implementing, and evaluating a decentralized interprofessional team-based transgender cultural education program for licensed and non-licensed staff of a women’s health practice. He received his Master of Science Degree in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and a Post-master Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate from The University of Rochester School of Nursing. His certifications include: Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner from the National Certification Corporation and Clinical Nurse Leader from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. He is a member of the Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International. In 2016 he was selected by the nursing students at The University of Rochester to receive the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has over 20 years of experience working as a women’s health nurse practitioner. He is an assistant professor at The University of Rochester School of Nursing where he is the master’s specialty director of the clinical nurse leader program and the women’s health nursing course coordinator in the accelerated programs for non-nurses.

Originally from southern California, he lives with his husband and son in Churchville, NY.

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Shani Wilson PA-C
Board Member
Shani Wilson PA-C is a Board-certified physician assistant( NCCPA)  with areas of expertise in LGBTQ+ health, Medicated Opioid Addiction Therapy, Sexual health, Minority health disparities with emphasis on mental health, Trauma informed care and vaccine preventable diseases.
Community engagement  and activism has been especially important to Shani, she is passionate about giving a voice of the underserved community here in Rochester. She also works closely with local LGBTQ+ organizations such as Rochester Black Pride where she currently serves as one of the co- organizers and the Greater Rochester LGBTQ Political Caucus where she is currently serving as Vice President.
Shani currently works as an Internal Medicine Physician Assistant at Trillium Health.
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