Presenters & Facilitators

Stanley Byrd, Ed. D. 

Stanley Byrd serves as the Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Human Resources at Empire Justice Center. In this role, Stanley provides strategic and operational leadership for diversity, equity and inclusion and provides human resources leadership and guidance. 

Stanley has a broad background in working with non-profit, community based organizations and healthcare throughout the greater Rochester area. His leadership and experience spans more than twenty years and includes but is not limited to:  human resources management, staff training and development, organizational development, diversity and cultural competence program development.

Byrd has been out in the workplace since 1996.

Stanley serves as the Vice President for Membership for the National Association of African American in Human Resources.

For more than 25 years, Dr. Byrd has been a consultant and facilitator for the National Coalition Building Institute as well as served as a member of its international LGBT and Men’s constituency groups.  

Stanley is one of the “founding fathers” (1996) for the MOCHA Center [now part of Trillium Health]; whose mission was to improve the health and wellness of LGBT communities of color. The Center, originally the Men Of Color Health Awareness [MOCHA] Project, was created in response to the lack of services for Black and Brown gay men living with HIV/AIDS. From 1987 through 1989, Stanley served as a volunteer Case Manager for AIDS Rochester; primarily supporting Men of Color. 

Dr. Byrd was one of the founding members of the Tawa Pano Unity Fellowship Church which was a member of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement. He served as the leader for the “planting committee [2006]; and subsequently as the Board President [through 2008]. A social justice ministry based on liberation theology, its national motto is “God is Love and Love is for everyone”. 

Stanley is a graduate of the Leadership Learning Collaborative Program and is an Associate Certified Coach [ACC] through the International Coach Federation [ICF]. The Program is collaboration between the University of Rochester’s Warner Center and Ramerman Leadership Group.

Stanley goes by the pronouns he, his, and him.

Dr. Byrd is a graduate of Saint John Fisher College from which he earned a doctorate degree in Executive Leadership. He resides in Pittsford, New York with his spouse/partner, David and dog Monty. 

Milo Obourn

Milo Obourn is chair of Women and Gender Studies at The College at Brockport, SUNY. Their research and teaching interests include US literatures, critical race theory, gender and sexuality, disability studies, psychoanalysis, and trauma studies. They are the author of Reconstituting Americans: Liberal Multiculturalism and Identity Difference in Post-1960s US Literature (2011; Palgrave) and Disabled Futures: A Framework for Radical Inclusion (Temple UP, 2019). Their work has also appeared in MELUS; American Literature; Twentieth-Century Literature; Contemporary Literature; Genders; and Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society.

Paul Scheib

Paul Scheib has been active in the Rochester GLBTQ community for many years.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley for many years, serving 2 years as President in the early 1990s.  
Paul was one of the founding members of the Rochester chapter of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, and Queer Nation.
In 1989, Paul helped organize Rochester’s first Pride Parade, and continued to serve as Parade Director until 1993.
Paul is currently employed at Trillium Health, where he works as a Physician Assistant.