Brian Buford is Assistant Provost for Diversity and Director of the LGBT Center at the University of Louisville, the first of its kind in Kentucky. He was hired as the Center’s first employee in 2007 and has overseen its growth into a nationally-ranked program featuring themed housing, study abroad opportunities, a health sciences certificate program, an active alumni council, leadership development training, signature fundraising events, and a wide array of training and educational resources. In 2010, Buford was selected as one of Louisville's "connectors," people who achieve remarkable results through their unique style of trusted leadership. With a background in Human Resources, he continues to teach a certificate course for supervisors and consults with university departments on their diversity initiatives. He counts among his most treasured accomplishments a thru-hike of the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail in 2007 and Spain's 500-mile Camino de Santiago in 2012.
Stacie Steinbock serves as the Director of the LGBT Center's Satellite Office on the Health Sciences Center Campus. A graduate of Macalester College and Widener University, Ms. Steinbock has a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education. Her career in education began with four years of work in Cuernavaca, Mexico with the Center for Global Education social justice study abroad programming. More recently, Ms. Steinbock has taught Human Sexuality classes in higher education, presented at numerous national conferences and served as a sexual health education consultant to the KY Department of Education and Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
You can reach Stacie by email here.
Lisa Gunterman is the Assistant Director for the LGBT Center at the University of Louisville. A lifelong social justice organizer and co-founder of the Fairness Campaign, Gunterman brings a wealth of experience and passion to the job. As the first paid staff member for the campaign, Gunterman directed volunteers; organized trainings on topics such as, dismantling racism, non-violent civil disobedience, community organizing and public speaking; and played a key role in passing Louisville’s ordinance banning discrimination against LGBT individuals in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodations. Gunterman has extensive experience in the non-profit sector with a background in event planning, volunteer management, fund development, community outreach, training, media and communications. Primary responsibilities for the LGBT Center include providing programming, leadership opportunities and resources to students, faculty, staff and community members through programs like PRIDE Week, the Ambassador Program, Pink, Monday Mixers, trainings and more!
You can reach Lisa by email here.
AJ Jones is the Program Coordinator, Sr. in the LGBT Center. They have worked for the Center at the University of Louisville since Spring of 2011. In that time, they have brought students from across the state together for learning and leadership conferences, provided educational training and resources to university faculty/staff and students on issues of gender identity and expression, and helped develop and expand campus policies that that affect gender and sexuality minority students. AJ hold bachelor’s degrees in communications and non-profit administration, as well as a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Their responsibilities include coordinating the Rustin Community, University of Louisville's LGBT/social justice themed living community, and the Safe Zones Ally Project. They are responsible for the center’s website and social media efforts and various other projects and programs. AJ enjoys music in many genres, social media in its many forms, and spending time with their Great Dane named Page.
You can reach AJ by email here.
Tamara Russell is the Project Coordinator for the LGBT Center and Cultural Center. Tamara received her Bachelor of Science in General Studies and a minor in Sociology from Indiana University. As the Program Assistant, Sr., her primary responsibilities are the coordination of the Black Family Conference, representing the Cultural Center on the Sustainability Operations Committee, assisting with training and development of students and staff, supervising student workers, administrative support for the Cultural Center staff and providing a warm welcome to all of its guests. Tamara’s previous professional experience and training has been focused in working with youth and their families. Her skills and training include, but is not limited to the following; emergency response, family preservation, family maintenance, family reunification, behavior modification, independent living skills, education attainment and community engagement. Tamara is responsible for serving as the advisor for the LGBT students of color organization, providing administrative support, and bridging efforts between the LGBT Center and the Cultural Center.
You can reach Tamara by email here.
Dr. Ryan Combs is the Program Coordinator, Sr. at the LGBT Center’s Health Sciences Satellite Office. He recently moved to Louisville after several years working as a health services researcher in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester, England. Combs has a master’s degree in Politics (Governance & Public Policy) and a Ph.D. in Politics (Health Policy) with a concentration in transgender health. His extensive experience in LGBT community work includes conducting community consultations, lending expertise to government bodies, sitting on a police advisory group, organizing sporting events, and training public sector organizations. Combs was awarded the American Political Science Association Bailey Award for outstanding paper on an LGBT topic in 2009. In 2011 & 12, he was invited to the British Prime Minister’s LGBT Reception at 10 Downing Street in recognition of his community work.
You can reach Ryan by email here.
Rachel Croley is a Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Center. She interned with the Center during the spring 2014 semester and continued her involvement when she was hired as a GA for the 2014-15 academic year. Rachel received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Teaching for Middle and Secondary Social Studies from the U of L. She is currently in the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration program and plans to pursue a career in Education Policy in the future. Rachel enjoys watching terrible reality TV such as the Real Housewives of Orange County, obsessively reading Wikipedia biographies, and drinking an Orange Cow from the Dairy Kastle. Rachel is responsible for planning programs on the Health Sciences Campus- such as the HSC Pride Week Cookout and the LGBT Health and Wellness Competency Certificate series. Rachel also works on special projects on the Belknap Campus that include Card OUTLook Day, the first LGBT themed Campus Preview Day in Kentucky.
You can reach Rachel by email here.
Erin E.H. Smith was born and raised in Louisville Kentucky. After graduating from DuPont Manual High School in 2009 she began her undergraduate college career at Hampton University and later received her bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in Political Science. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies. In between classes she serves as a Graduate Assistant for the Center and focuses on the intersectionalities of race, gender, sexual orientation, and spirituality. She works closely with Lisa on event planning and management for the Center’s many large events including PRIDE Week, PINK, and Alternative Thanksgiving.
You can reach Erin by email here.
Katy Garrison is an activist, mentor, and recent graduate of the University of Louisville, where she served two terms as President of commonGround, UofL's first LGBTQ student group, during a time of pivotal growth for the organization. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with minors in Communication and Women and Gender Studies. In 2010 she was hired as UofL Health Promotion's first-ever LGBT Liaison where she worked to develop and implement innovative programming for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff that would promote an informed and empowered understanding of how to incorporate a mindful approach to health in everyday life. Upon graduation, she received the Katy Garrison LGBT Student leadership award for her work and devotion to the university and the LGBTQ campus community. Katy believes that her understanding of the intersectionality of all forms of oppression shapes her approach to activism and social justice. Hired in her current position as Program Staff in 2013, Katy currently works with the SpeakOut Team, Inside Out, and NewQue programs.
You can reach Katy by email here.
Nicole Younger is the Resident Assistant for the Bayard Rustin LGBT and Social Justice Themed Community. She plans programs for students who live in the community, providing them with a diverse array of experiences in a welcoming and affirming environment.
Sam Rodriguez is an Office Assistant in the LGBT Center. He works to assist the staff with various needs, including marketing and promotion of the Center's events and services, office space upkeep, and creating a welcoming environment for students.