Human Relations Committee Information Page

Read About Our Committee Members:

Jerrold Hennrich (Chair 2012 - present) - Carbondale resident since 2004, B.A. Political Science and Paralegal Studies, Captain in the Illinois Army National Guard
Interest in HRC - I am an advocate for transparency in government and citizen oversight of government entities. I take my role as HRC chair very seriously. It is imperative that the citizens of Carbondale have an advocate and a guide when communicating their issues to City government. The HRC can point you in the right direction and help connect citizens with the appropriate city official in addressing issues with the city.

Dr. Joseph Brown Ph.D. (Vice Chair) - Catholic priest and a Professor of Africana Studies at SlU. Published To Stand on the Rock: Meditations on Black Catholic Identity (1998) and The Sun Whispers, Wait: New and Collected Poems (2009).
Interest in HRC - My commitment is to improve the quality of civic life through engagement and service has been a constant aspect of his life, in whatever community I have resided. Issues relating to how SIU students are welcomed on campus and in the region are of special importance to me.

Karriem Shariati - Carbondale Resident with a background in PR/Marketing.
Interest in HRC - "Through direct contacts with the patchwork of Carbondale peoples, civic service and activist groups, the HRC can be the thread that binds the collaborative efforts of the whole while proactively promoting goodwill and understanding towards our citizens."

Faith Miller Registered Dental Hygienist and Associate Professor and Director of the SIU Carbondale Dental Hygiene Program.
Interest in HRC - I was appointed to the HRC in 2012. My primary reason for accepting this appointment was to be an advocate for various communities of interests, in particular those who feel they have no voice or options.

Dora "Micki" Weaver - Carbondale resident since 1972. Taught Psychology at SIUC, (being among the first African American women to teach on the SIUC campus.) PhD in Clinical Psychology from SIUC. Helps community by registering voters for elections, and the Jackson County 708 Board to distribute funds to local social and mental health agencies
Interest in HRC  - I believe that society is made up of diverse people and cultures. My primary motive in working with the Carbondale HRC comes from my belief that everyone from all cultures must experience equality in order to have a safe place to live, work and play.

JoshuaKyle R. Brandon - Undergraduate student at SIUC studying Psychology in my sophomore year. I am a Marine Veteran with a background in the intelligence community.
Interest in HRC - I have been actively involved with the university and community since my attendance at SIUC. I have held the position of Vice President for a mental health organization called "Active Minds", represented the Greek community on campus as the Greek life senator on the undergraduate student government as well as the Internal Affairs Committee chair for USG.  As a proud member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity I take joy in all the community events and volunteering we do from habitat for humanity, drives for St. Judes Children's hospital, and Be the Match registry (a bone marrow donor program).

Ted J. Gutierrez - I relocated with my wife (a Carbondale native) and son to Carbondale in 2011. I work as a small business counselor with the Small Business Development Center at SIU. I enjoy working with small business owners daily to help them succeed and has a pulse on the business community. I have a MBA in Business Administration from the University of Redlands in San Diego CA and a B.S. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. 
Interest in HRC - I believe it is crucial that open and honest communication between Carbondale residents and city government must be established. I feel the Human Relations Committee has a responsibility to act as a liaison between the community and city government to improve well-being for all and economic growth for Carbondale and our region. I look forward to being a part of this.

Stephanie Brown - Stephanie Brown (2016 - present) - Carbondale resident since 1992, B.A.  Early Childhood Education, Family Services.  Veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard (1989-1996)

Interest in HRC – I enjoy living in Carbondale, and moved here because of the diversity in population. I enjoy raising my family here and being an active member in my community. I have a passion for children and a desire to help create programs that embrace our city’s diverse population. Programs that assure equality in educational facilities which provide for all children according to their potential and varying needs. To implement programs with the Chief of Police to create a knowledgeable and meaningful understanding of the special sensitivities of minority groups by all police officers. To work on behalf of persons with ASD and their families, providing valuable input and guidance to create knowledgeable and meaningful conversations with the community and creating autism acceptance.

Peg Falcone - Carbondale resident since 1966 with a career in education, child welfare, social services and mental health. Appointed to HRC in 2013.
Interest in HRC -  “Carbondale’s diversity is one of its greatest treasures, and consistent fair and equal treatment for all residents is essential to thriving as individuals and as a community. I am proud to be part of a group that focuses on preventing problems through education and solving problems when they occur.”

Diane Daugherty - Carbondale resident since 1986. Coached the women's golf team at SIU for 25 years. President of the Board of Directors of St. Francis community animal rescue in education.
Interest in HRC - If I can do anything to help make Carbondale a better place to live I will.

Deborah McCoy (Serves as City Staff Support)  


Previous Chairs of the HRC

  • Sam Goldman
  • Carmen Suarez
  • John Holmes
  • Hugh Muldoon
  • Jessica Bradshaw
  • Sidney Logwood

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