Our LGBT Center Staff

Brian Buford is Assistant Provost for Diversity and Director of the LGBT Center. With nearly 30 years of service to the University of Louisville, Brian has dedicated his career to building a campus community where all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome, safe, and included. Key achievements under his leadership include: opening a staffed LGBT Center in 2007, the first of it's kind in Kentucky; earning a five-star rating on the Campus Pride index; launching the Bayard Rustin themed housing community for LGBT students and allies, the first of it's kind in the south; opening a satellite LGBT Center on the Health Sciences Center campus; partnering with community leaders on Feast on Equality, a signature fundraising event; and being hailed by LEO Weekly as "the most LGBT friendly public university in the south."

As Assistant Provost, Brian guides university departments in creating diversity plans and reviewing progress toward meeting diversity goals; develops and delivers diversity training; serves as chair of the Bias Incident Response Team; and advises the administration on campus climate issues and concerns. Brian also serves the university through his adjunct faculty position in the College of Education, Educational and Counseling Psychology Department, and as a trainer/consultant for the Dephi Center for Teaching and Learning.

Honors and achievements include: Ally Award, Transwomen National, 2015; Proclamation, Louisville Metro Council, 2014; Humanitarian Award, Association of Black Students, University of Louisville, 2013; Louisville Connector, Leadership Louisville, 2010; Outstanding Service Award, University of Louisville, 1996; Brian 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.

Brian uses he/him/his pronouns.


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, Stacie 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. Stacie brings to her current position a depth and range of skills as a program and curriculum designer, trainer, and community organizer. Primary responsibilities for the LGBT Center include strategic planning for the Center's HSC activities, coordinating the eQuality Project with the School of Medicine, developing new partnerships with HSC faculty, staff, and students, and providing training on LGBT health topics to all schools on the Health Sciences Center campus.

Stacie uses she/her/hers pronouns.

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 with 25 years of experience in non-profit and government sectors, Lisa brings a wealth of experience and passion to the job. As a co-founder of Louisville's Fairness Campaign, Lisa played a key role in passing the city's ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Primary responsibilities for the Center include directing programs like Pride Week, Ambassadors, PINK, Monday Mixers, Alternative Thanksgiving, and trainings. Honors include: Congressional Recognition, Congressman Yarmuth, 2011; Co-Grand Marshall, Kentuckiana Pride Parade, 2011; Distinguished Citizen, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, 2011; Youth Service Worker Award, Louisville Mayor Dave Armstrong, 2000; Certificate of Merit, Louisville Board of Aldermen, 2000; Stonewall Award, Louisville, 1993.

You can reach Lisa by email here.


Tamara Russell is the Project Coordinator Senior at the LGBT Center. She received her Bachelor of Science in General Studies and a minor in Sociology from Indiana University. In her work at the Center, her primary responsibilities are to provide administrative support to all staff, advise Shades- the student organization for LGBT students of color, and manage all financial and personnel aspects of the Center.Tamara also serves as the Black Family Conference Logistics Coordinator for the Office for Diversity. She is a member of the Community Action Partnership board with Louisville Metro Government, a member of Keen Dance Theater board, works closely with Peace Education, LIFE Hope Center for a Safe Louisville, and if a founding member of a local girls' initiative.  
Tamara uses she/her/hers pronouns.

You can reach Tamara by email here.


Katy Garrison is the Program Coordinator Senior for the LGBT Center Belknap campus. An activist, mentor, and 2011 graduate of the University of Louisville, Katy played an active role in the launch of the LGBT Center in 2007. 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 LGBT campus community. Katy believes that her understanding of the intersectionality of all forms of oppression shapes her approach to activism and social justice. She currently serves as adviser to the Bayard Rustin LGBT Social Justice Themed Housing Community, coordinator and facilitator for the Speak Out Team, and primary trainer for Safe Zones 1&2.  
Katy uses she/her/hers pronouns.

You can reach Katy by email here.


Emily Noonan is the Research Coordinator for the LGBT Center's satellite office on the Health Sciences Center Campus. Emily received a Bachelor's Degree from Warren Wilson College, a Master's Degree from Georgia State University, and is a doctoral candidate in medical anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Emily is also an adjunct instructor in UofL's Anthropology Department and enjoys teaching courses on cultural anthropology, medical anthropology, and kinship and reproduction. Emily's primary responsibilities in the LGBT center are coordinating research related to the eQuality project, assessing diversity and climate on the HSC campus, and elevating the LGBT Health and Wellness Competency certificate series.

Emily uses she/her/hers pronouns.

You can contact Emily here.


Nicole Younger is the Resident Assistant for the Bayard Rustin LGBT and Social Justice Themed Community. Currently a Masters Student in the Kent School of Social Work, she plans programs for students who live in the community, providing them with a diverse array of experiences in a welcoming and affirming environment.

Nicole uses she/her/her pronouns.




Celes Smith is a graduate student assistant at the LGBT Center. A University of Louisville undergraduate alum, Celes returns to the university to pursue their Masters Degree at the Kent School of Social Work. Celes is a former ambassador of the LGBT Center and current president of the student organizations Shades. Shades is an RSO dedicated to promoting and celebrating diversity through the intersecting identities of sexuality, gender, and race. In 2015, Celes received the Cultural Center's advocacy award, as well as the Katy Garrison LGBT Student Leadership award for their work with Shades and corresponding community outreach projects. Celes utilizes an engaging personality alongside their social work background to promote diversity and inclusion within the campus community.


Jess Shelton is a graduate student in the Women’s and Gender Studies program; she received her Bachelor's in English from St. Catharine College in Springfield, KY. Her research interests pertain to feminist theology and empowerment in modern movements. When she is not studying she likes to spend time with her dog ZZ, play guitar, and write. She has attended the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women and helped to pioneer a small LGBT group at her undergrad institution. As part of the Intersection staff, Jess facilitates the Center's InsideOut program, and hopes to cultivate and foster a new graduate student focused group.

Jess uses she/her/hers pronouns.


Chaz Briscoe is a Program Coordinator Senior for the LGBT Center's satellite office on the Health Sciences Center Campus. Chaz received his Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University Southeast, and his Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado. As a scholar, educator, and community organizer Chaz’s interest center on the intersection of race and sexuality. His previous published works cover sexuality in South Korea, colorblind liberal policy, and contextualizing modern social movements. Chaz’s primary responsibilities will include coordinating the LGBT Health and Wellness Seminar series, providing educational support for LGBT students and allies on the HSC campus, while also working with the LGBT center’s partners in developing new programming.

Chaz uses he/him/his pronouns.

LGBT Center

Red Barn, Room 104

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-0696

Office Hours

M-Th 9am-6pm

F 9am-5pm



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LGBT Center at HSC

500 S. Preston St.

A Building, Room 210J

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-5861