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 President

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.

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Selvia Hanna
Board Treasurer

Selvia Hanna is the Community Office Manager of the Alexander Park Office of Canandaigua National Bank and possesses significant experience in cultivating financial relationships with individuals and small businesses.  Drawing upon her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from St. John Fisher College and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from New York University, Selvia nurtures relationships in the Rochester community through the origination of home equities, consumer and small business loans as well as in the development of the Canandaigua National Bank’s Alexander Park Community Office client base. In addition to her pivotal role as the Treasurer of the Out Alliance Board of Directors, Selvia is committed to other nonprofit organizations in the Rochester area including the Genesee Valley Women’s Foundation, Blackfriars Theatre, Rochester Young Professionals, Rochester Women’s Network, and BASWA (Business Association of the South Wedge Area).

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Christopher Goodwin
Board Secretary

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.

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Interested in becoming a Board Member?
Email Christopher Goodwin with your contact information at christopherg@outalliance.org.

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