Human Rights Commission

 

520 3rd Street
Suite 230
Brookings, SD 57006

PO Box 270
Brookings, SD 57006

(605) 692-6281

(605) 692-6907



Staff
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  
Ward, Charlie County Representative (605) 695-0345  
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.

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