Human Rights Commission


520 3rd Street
Suite 230
Brookings, SD 57006

PO Box 270
Brookings, SD 57006

(605) 692-6281

(605) 692-6907

Name Title Email Phone Additional Phone
Thasing, Nieema City Representative (605) 691-3106  
Johnsen, Pastor Mark Pastor 605-697-2882  
Moore, Erica City Representative (605) 222-4070  
Nagy, Dianne City Representative (605) 695-7596  
Berg, Dan City Representative (605) 592-2184 or (605) 696-4100  
Fickes, Amanda Social Worker 218-371-0003  
Qurashi, Emma Nusrat SDSU Student Representative (605) 202-1757  
Novotny, Lawrence LGBTQ Liaison (605) 691-9129 or (605) 692-6026  
Amandi, Behnoosh County Representative (71) 397-9830  
Gatzke, Carla Human Resources Manager 605-691-4500  
Wood, Alex SDSU Liaison (605) 688-5585  
VandeWeerd, Michelle School District Liaison (605) 696-4714  

Community LGBTQ Liaisons 

520 3rd Street, Suite 230
Brookings, SD 57006

Brookings, SD 57006

(605) 692-6281

As the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) liaison for the City of Brookings, the Human Rights Commission shall be responsible for:
  • Improving the quality of life for LGBTQ through enhancing the knowledge base of entities in the community
  • Serve as a community-based advocacy group for LGBTQ
  • Investigate alleged LGBTQ discrimination
  • Study the existence, character, causes and extent of LGBTQ discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, property rights, education and public services
  • Advise and provide a forum for LGBTQ subjected to unfair and discriminatory practices
  • Advise City officials concerning issues of discrimination
  • Conduct educational programs and disseminate information to further the commission’s policy to eliminate discrimination in the City.

Name Title Email Phone Additional Phone
Heaton, Chief Timothy LGBTQ Liaison (605) 688-5117  
Novotny, Lawrence Human Rights Commission (605) 691-9129