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  
Qurashi, Emma Nusrat   605-202-1757  
Ulloa, Joseph SDSU Student Representative (602) 920-2774  
Mallak, Lee LGBTQ Liaison (320) 296-4650  
Amandi, Behnoosh County Representative (571) 397-9830  
Gatzke, Carla Human Resources Manager 605-691-4500  
Collins, Marjoanne SDSU Liaison (605) 688-6653  
VandeWeerd, Michelle School District Liaison (605) 696-4714  
Fischer, Harley SDSU Student Association Liaison 605-210-3628  

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
Johnson, Caleb Brookings Police Department Communication Operator (605) 692-2113  
Heaton, Chief Timothy LGBTQ Liaison (605) 688-5117  
Novotny, Lawrence Human Rights Commission (605) 691-9129