Karla Buzick is the Office and Technology Manager at The Consensus Council, Inc and has been employed there since January 2013. She received her degree from Bismarck State College in Information Processing in 2013 and is a 2011 graduate of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Leadership program. She is the current Chair of Dakota OutRight and has previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Bismarck Human Relations Committee. Ms. Buzick has served on the Board of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition since 2011.
Committees: Development, Programming
Lillian Jones is a Bismarck native and works as a paralegal for Jones Legal, a public interest law office in Fargo. She studied at the University of Mary and the University of North Dakota and is involved in a number of programs in the Fargo-Moorhead area. She is a consultant and delivers educational and awareness presentations on Violence against Native Women to enhance competency with practitioners serving victims of crime. Lillian and her husband have a combined family of four children and five wonderful grandchildren. She is excited to serve on the NDHRC Board of Directors and looks forward to what lies ahead in the state of North Dakota and upper Midwest region.
Committees: Executive, Fund Development
Dave Lanpher is Broker Associate at Park Co. Realtors in Fargo, ND since 1998. He as a degree in history from Asbury University and Master of Divinity from the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY. He has been a member of the Fargo Human Relations Commission since 2008 and was chairperson from 2009 to 2014.
Janelle Miedema, Vice-Chair
Committees: Executive, Programming/Events
Janelle R. Miedema was born and raised in North Dakota and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. Janelle has been a practicing social worker for 32 years in the Fargo-Moorhead community with practice emphasis in children, youth and families, specialized foster care, prevention programs for youth at risk, mental health, program development and program/clinical supervision. In August 2013, Janelle began as Assistant Professor of Social Work at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Janelle’s areas of interest include the study of human diversity and the importance of understanding various forms of privilege and its impact on practicing social workers and their clients.
Dr. Marcia Mikulak is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Dakota. As a cultural anthropologist, Dr. Mikulak specializes in the cultural constructions of childhood, human rights, violence, and identity. Along with her work as a university professor and anthropologist, Dr. Mikulak is a Country Specialist with Amnesty International for Brazil and is an accomplished concert pianist with degrees in music performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Mills College.
Barry Nelson is director of the Head Start/Early Head Start Program at Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency, Fargo. Nelson proudly calls himself a community activist and believes that ALL people should be able to participate fully in their community be it in housing, employment, access to services and/or choice of relationships. He is board member with RiverKeepers, and is active with his district political party. He was one of the charter members of the NDHRC board and returned as a board member in the fall of 2009.
Kjersten Nelson, Chair
Committees: Executive, Marketing
Kjersten Nelson is a Fargo native, who returned home to be an Assistant Professor of Political Science at North Dakota State University. Prior to this, she spent time in St. Paul; Syracuse, NY; and Washington, DC, where she worked for Senator Kent Conrad on health, education, and labor issues. Her interest in Political Science is a lifelong one, stemming from a desire to work towards a political system and community that includes everyone and improves everyone’s quality of life. Kjersten lives in Fargo with her husband Ryan, two young children, and several felines.
Committees: Executive, Fund Development
Stacy L. Schaffer is the Development Officer for the North Dakota Humanities Council and an adjunct professor at the University of Mary . She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Before attending Hamline, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Behavioral Sciences from the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. With a passion towards serving others, Stacy has dedicated much of her time towards advocating for human rights. Before returning back to North Dakota this past spring, Stacy worked with several non-profits to create and implement fundraising programs throughout the United States. She is looking forward to being back in the state and a part of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition!
Kevin R. Tengesdal
Kevin, a Maxbass, ND native, is a print-production graphic designer at The Printers, Inc. in Bismarck, North Dakota, since 2003. He graduated in 1997 from Columbia International University in South Carolina with a Bachelors in Biblical Studies and in Biblical Languages, with one year studying in Jerusalem. Kevin is purposeful in advocating for LGBT concerns, practicing his Christian Faith, and performing with community theatre. He moderates the Facebook page "Prairie Rainbow" promoting positive and encouraging information for gay Christians in the Upper Great Plains region. Kevin was nominated to the board of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition in 2015 and is grateful to be a part of NDHRC to learn more about Human Rights in North Dakota.
Kyle Thorson was born and raised in Bottineau, ND. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Dakota in 2011 and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration. Kyle spent a year living in Cuernavaca, Mexico volunteering with an organization focused on advocacy for victims of the drug war and their families while also expanding his viewpoint of immigration and social justice issues between the United States and Mexico. Closer to home, Kyle played an integral role in crafting and passing a city ordinance that made Grand Forks the first city in North Dakota to provide protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, in housing and public employment.
Committees: Membership/Leadership, Program
Caroline McGuire is dedicated to giving a voice to the world’s least privileged. Caroline was born in Sioux Falls, SD but was raised primarily in the Orlando Metro Area in Florida. She relocated to the Midwest after graduating from The Florida State University with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Caroline spends her days coordinating volunteer services at Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo, ND – the principal hunger relief effort for the state of North Dakota. Her background in environmental policy and her experience working with food insecurity has led her to become an outspoken advocate for food justice. She intends to revolutionize the global the food system so that everyone in the world has access to clean, healthy and sustainable food.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors, please apply at www.ndhrc.org/bod-application.