The function of the Human Relations Commission is to foster mutual respect and understanding, and to create an atmosphere conducive to the promotion of amicable relations among all members of the Greeley community, to serve as a vehicle through which the citizens can convey their suggestions on the policies of local government with respect to social problems, to be sensitive to the social needs of the citizens, and to advise and assist the City government in relating human relations and social service programs to the needs of the people.
2nd Monday of each month at 4 p.m.Location: City Center South, Council Overflow Room, 1001 11th Ave, Greeley (Verify meeting info by contacting Chris Garcia or checking agendas)
Human Relations Commission members march in the 2018 MLK Day March in Greeley.
Contact Deb DeboutezNeighborhood Programs Specialist970-336-4167Deborah.Deboutez@greeleygov.com
Jesse Tijerina has served as a middle and high school administrator and most currently, the Director of Cultural Excellence and Family Engagement for Greeley-Evans School District 6. His professional career outside of administration includes adjunct professorship at the University of Northern Colorado. Jesse takes great pleasure in elevating awareness among future and existing educators around the importance of culturally sensitive practices and equity in the classroom.
In 1999, Tijerina graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Secondary Education and Chicano Studies. In 2008, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Denver. Furthermore, Mr. Tijerina is a family man with a beautiful wife and two young children; his son Nicholas and daughter Sophia, both of whom attend District 6 schools. The time he spends with his family provides him the inspiration to become a great father and role model for the children he meets on a daily basis.
Kimber worked as a medical practice management consultant and patient advocate. While working in California she helped provide medical services to indigent patients who were referred from St. Judes. It is through her experience in the medical field and her disabilities, that Kimber has become an advocate for healthcare.
Kimber served on the auxiliary board for Foley House a home for women in recovery and their children. The two annual fundraisers helped provide play areas for the children, keeping home repairs up to date, and providing food and clothing.
Kimber owned and managed her own Consulting company and co-owned Nico's Pizza and Yellow Submarine in Pahrump, NV.
As an activist in the community she works hard to build bridges, awareness, and educate the community on local issues that affect us all. Kimber believes that through her work in the community she can truly pay it forward.
Lisa Taylor is the Executive Director of Right to Read of Weld County where she oversees the operations of the adult education center. She serves on four boards and loves being a part of this community. She has worked in the public school system and in 2 post-secondary institutions prior to her work in the non-profit world. Her background in education and my current job afford opportunities to work effectively with and for the very diverse minority groups in Greeley.
"Building bridges and opening lines of communication between various groups to get to know one another and collaborate on projects to build up our city is work that excites and fulfills me."
Lonnie was active with Human Relations Commission in the past when Anne Heiman was chair. He is active in social action with the United Methodist Church in U.S. and World Methodist Church. He is retired from being the Senior Pastor, '97-06, of First UMC, Greeley and maintains ecumenical involvement with other religious groups in Greeley community and area. A Trustee of the Iliff School of Theology for nearly 20 years and delegate to the World Methodist Conference, Brighton, England
Married 57 years, with children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, Lonnie remains active with the United Methodist Church and the Iliff School of Theology and wants to help Greeley become an even better place to live, for all its citizens!
Rick is aware of the privileges that come with being an 81-year-old cisgender white male, born and raised in the United States. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ and a California Licensed Family Therapist, now retired. Upon retirement, Rick and his wife Wynne Levelle, an elementary school teacher, moved from Santa Rosa, California in 2002 to be near Rick’s three children, from his first marriage, and 14 grandchildren who all lived in Greeley and Eaton. Rick is a graduate of Greeley High School, the University of Iowa and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was the Las Vegas Strip Chaplain in the 1960’s and has served churches in Iowa and California. He was a General Relief social worker in Los Angeles County before becoming a Community Services Coordinator for L.A. County Mental Health Services where he directed a large juvenile justice diversion program for youth and their parents. He established private practices in Marriage and Family Counseling in Southern California and later in Santa Rosa. For 22 years he owned a full line Hewlett Packard Computer dealership with his brother in Santa RosaRick is the current convener of the Greeley Interfaith Association meetings and serves as the Coordinator of the all-volunteer G.I.A. Clothing Bank providing low-cost clothing and vouchers to needy families. He is the Vice President of PFLAG Greeley supporting LGBTQIA persons and their families in Greeley. He also serves on the Holocaust Memorial Observance Committee planning annual week-long observances of that traumatic period in our history. Rick and Wynne are active members of First Congregational Church, UCC in Greeley where Rick leads a weekly adult class on progressive theology.
Social justice, affirmation of diversity, conflict management, finding ways for people to respectfully bridge their political/religious differences and active listening to our human stories are among Rick's deep passions.
Roger Muller is a retired Police Lieutenant and currently a professor of Criminal Justice. He has a background in criminal investigations, administration, budget, patrol operations, SWAT operations, Drug task force, and a CTE teaching certificate and professor of criminal justice. He served in US Navy for 4 years including 1 tour of Viet Nam, graduated from Aims Community College with an AAS in Criminal Justice, graduated Regis College with a BS in Business Administration, and also graduated from Southern Police Institute's Command school at the University of Louisville.Roger has served as a member or chair of Domestic Violence Coalition, School District #6 School Attendance Review Board, Domestic Violence Treatment Certification Board, Suicide Education and Support Services, Weld Information and Referral Services, Aims Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Aims Part-time Employee committee, St. Mary Parish Council, Moose Lodge 909, Knights of Columbus-Past Grand Knight Council 2160, Past Faithful Navigator Assembly 89, Former District Deputy District 1, Past State Deputy-Colorado, and current District Master-4th Degree.Roger has been married to Margaret for 45 years and has two children; Roger Jr a Colorado Springs police detective, and Jeanine, Victim Advocate for US Air Force at Buckley AFB. Roger has four grandchildren: three boys and one girl.
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