Maria Birch  is our newest board member and hails from Mitchell.

Rev. Wes Garcia has always been concerned and an activist when it comes to human rights issues. He serves on the Minnehaha County Diversity Committee and is co-founder of Divercity. Besides his interest in human rights issues, he is also an activist on the environment. He is now retired from teaching psychology and counseling classes and now spends his time working on human rights and  environmental issues, and serving on a number of boards.  Wes has an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and a M.Div. Wes has been married for 38 years and has three children and four grandchildren. More than ever, he is concerned with what his generation is leaving behind for the next generations to deal with. When not involved as an activist, Wes relaxes by being involved with his hobbies of photography and model trains.

Jamie Hertling joined the Equality South Dakota board this year!

Lawrence Novotny, Chair of EqSD, lives in Brookings, SD where he is retired after working as a quality assurance chemist with South Dakota State University. Besides having a long history of involvement in South Dakota’s environmental and social justice movements, Lawrence has also been involved in various former & current LGBT organizations. He is also is a member of the Brookings Human Rights Committee and treasurer of Brookings County Democrats.  The Brookings Human Rights Committee presented the Dorothy and Eugene T. Butler, Jr. Human Rights Award to Lawrence in 2007 as someone who has shown outstanding commitment to the cause of Human Rights.

Curtis Price is a 25-year Federal scientist, musician, and activist from Rapid City. He and his domestic partner Beth Wojahn got involved in the fight against South Dakota’s so-called “marriage amendment” in 2004 and were involved in the formation of Equality South Dakota. Curtis is currently helping get our eqsd.org website up and running, and is currently the only board member “out west” in Rapid City. He is proud to have three grown pro-equality kids.

Tamara Urban has served as a volunteer for EqSD on transgender issues. She lives in Sioux Falls. Tamara is a co-founder of the TransAction South Dakota.