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Meet the Human Relations Commissioners
Gladys Walker Gladys Walker (Chair)
Gladys is a 36-year resident of Riverside.  Currently, she is employed with the Riverside Unified School District as an Assistant Superintendent with supervisory responsibilities that include Secondary Education.  A Leadership Riverside graduate, she has volunteered her time to several community organizations including the Riverside County YWCA, United Way, and the Riverside Educational Enrichment Foundation.  She is a member of the California Association of School Administrators (ASCA) and California Public Policy Institute Advisory Board.
 
Georgia Warnke Georgia Warnke (Vice Chair)

Georgia Warnke moved to Riverside in 2005 after commuting from South Pasadena for 12 years. In addition to being a relatively new but very proud member of the Riverside community, she is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at UC Riverside and Associate Dean for Arts and Humanities.

Her books include Justice and interpretation (MIT Press, 1992), Legitimate Differences: Interpretation in the Abortion Controversy and Other Public Debates (UC Press 1999) and After Identity: Rethinking Race, Sex and Gender (Cambridge University Press, 2007). AT UC Riverside, Warnke has worked on helping to diversify the faculty, to provide leadership opportunities for students and to increase student engagement.

UC Riverside is the jewel of the University of California system, the most diverse campus in the system and one of the three most diverse research universities in the United States. Its faculty includes two MacArthur "genius" award recipients, some of the most honored creative writers in the country and a slew of scientists working on sustainability projects. For these and countless other reasons, the university is a resource for the city of Riverside just as the city of Riverside is a resource for the University. As the University moves forward with its new medical school as well as with UCR Artsblock in downtown Riverside, Warnke hopes the city and the university will continue to have many opportunities to work together.

Beth Hill Skinner (Parliamentarian)
Beth Hill Skinner has called the community of Riverside “home” since 1984. As an educator at several universities in the area, as well as Riverside Community College, she has the opportunity to hear from individuals of many diverse backgrounds and socio-economic groups. The diversity of culture and ethnicities are what make Riverside so attractive to Beth. For over 12 years she worked for the multi-cultural Diocese of San Bernardino as a project manager of small communities. Her work with a full range of socio-economic and multi-lingual groups included communication training, facilitator skills workshops, conflict communication, conflict management training, and leadership skills training.
 
She has been a small business owner, worked in the television industry, is a veteran of the U.S. Army and is well- traveled. She speaks German, Spanish and is learning Arabic. Beth is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside and University of Notre Dame in Indiana. She is also the author of the “Off To College” book series. She is currently writing a book on Islam and Iraq.
 
Yami Bazan

Yami Bazan was born in Cuba and came to Riverside when she was 8 years old. Yami attended La Sierra Elementary, La Sierra Academy, and La Sierra University, graduating in 1993 with a BA, and later completing her MA in Administration. Currently working on a PhD in Leadership, the past fifteen years have been an incredible journey of both finding herself and understanding her place in her community. Yami served five years as an elementary school teacher whereby she developed a love for education and for children. She was later asked to move into her denominational headquarters to oversee Youth Ministry and to develop creative events for Jr. High through high school aged youth. While serving the teens, she recognized a need for better educating parents, leaders and adults so she developed training seminars and retreats specifically geared for bridging the gap between youth and adults. This platform gave Yami the opportunity to travel all through the United States speaking on behalf of this youth culture and society’s role in shaping their future. She was honored to serve as a minister and an administrator for eight years. It was through this experience that Yami recognized the immense need for leaders who recognize the times they live in and use their voices to change their communities. As of last year, Yami was asked to serve as Vice-President of Student Affairs for La Sierra University and with this new challenge comes the responsibility of intentionally training young adults to recognize their roles as the change agents of not just the future, but more importantly of today.
 

Pamela D. Brown

Pamela was born in Akron, Ohio, and moved to Riverside with her family in 1958. After receiving her BA in Psychology from UC Riverside, she began working with the Head Start Program in San Bernardino County, where she is currently the Coordinator of Staff and Parent Development. She is a contracted Federal Reviewer for the Head Start Program, which involves travel to programs across the country for compliance reviews. She received her MA in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling from Chapman University.

She has worked with several community theaters in the Inland Empire, both on and off stage, serving on the Board of Directors and as Board Chair at the Fontana Mummers Community Theatre. After living in San Bernardino for 30 years, she moved back to Riverside in 2001, and is pleased to be working with the Human Relations Commission.
 

Gilberto Esquivel Gilberto Esquivel
Gilberto Esquivel was born in Kingsville, Texas, and has lived in the City of Riverside since 1986. Gilberto is currently retired from a career which spanned over 35 years in broadcasting. He and his wife Yolanda have been married for 31 years and live in the University Heights area of Riverside. In the mid-1960’s, Gilberto first served as a Human Relations Commissioner in the City of Joliet, Illinois, and in the mid-1970’s he served as a member of the Planning Commission in the City of Coachella, Ca.

Gilberto has been a founding member and has held positions within numerous civic and community organizations including, President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Chapter No. 24 in the Coachella Valley, President of the Coachella Valley Mexican American Chamber of Commerce, founding member of the Valley Missionary Program, Chairperson of Nuestra Navidad Christmas Fund, President of Hispanos Unidos of Moreno Valley, member of the Board of Directors and president of the Exchange Club of Riverside, member of the board of Caritas Communications Diocese of San Bernardino, and member of the Board of Directors of the Riverside, San Bernardino and Fontana Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.
 

John H. Krick
 

 

Diane G. Lang

Diane G. Lang was raised in Riverside, California and is a product of Riverside public schools.  She currently lives, works and worships in the City of Riverside.  Diane earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University and furthered her studies by earning a teaching credential followed by a Masters Degree in Education.   Diane is currently studying Educational Technology at the University of California, Riverside.  Diane has been a public school teacher for the past decade, and currently teaches for the Riverside Unified School District Educational:Options Center.  At her school site, she teaches elementary and high school students, provides intensive reading instruction to struggling readers and instructs online courses.  She serves her school site as a teacher representative on the school site council committee, where she holds the position of vice-chairperson.  In 2008, she was selected as the site Teacher of the Year.  Diane is a contributing writer, academic reviewer and teacher advisory panel member for Holt McDougal educational publishing company.  At her children’s school she serves as an Executive Board member for the California Parent Teacher Association (PTA), holding the position of Historian.  Diane is enthusiastic about her appointment to the Human Relations Commission, and about the opportunity to promote equal access for Riverside’s diverse communities.
 

Lorraine Saint Lorraine Saint

Lorraine Saint was born and raised in the city of Riverside and as a graduate of the United Way's Blueprint for volunteer Diversity, Lorraine fosters a strong sense of pride in continuing to volunteer, work, and live in Riverside. She currently serves as Executive Director for the Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is pursuing her MBA at the University of Redlands, School of Business at the Riverside Campus.

In her first year as a Human Relations Commissioner, Lorraine has committed to serving as the chairwoman of the new "Community Response Working Committee.”
 

Maria J. Scott
Maria Scott was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her family migrated to Pomona, California in 1968, where Maria graduated from Garey High School. She has been a resident of Riverside since 1987. Maria and her husband have been married for 20 years and have a daughter graduating from John W. North High School in June, 2008 and preparing for college. Maria has been employed with the County of Riverside’s Child Support Division for the past seven years. She is also preparing to become a Certified Court Interpreter. In addition, Maria is also a graduate of Riverside’s Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Academy, Class of 2007.

Maria sought to join the City of Riverside’s Human Relations Commission because she would like to work with individuals who are striving to make positive changes for the many diverse groups of people in the City of Riverside.
 
Rabbi Suzanne Singer

Rabbi Suzanne Singer

Rabbi Suzanne Singer grew up in New York City where she attended the Lycée Français de New York from elementary through high school; all her classes were conducted in French. Her home synagogue was New York’s Temple Emanuel, where she was confirmed. Her mother, from Strasbourg, France, was a survivor of Auschwitz.

Rabbi Singer was ordained at Hebrew Union College (HUC) in May of 2003. She also holds three Masters Degrees: a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters and a Masters of Arts in Judaic Studies from HUC; and a Masters in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also earned a Bachelors Degree in Comparative Literature. During her years at HUC, she won a number of awards for academic excellence including prizes in Bible, Midrash, Ethics and Liturgy. She also served as student rabbi for the Reform congregation of Victoria, Canada; held an internship at the American Jewish Committee; taught adult education courses in Judaica; and edited several books in the field, including one on adult Jewish education. Prior to attending HUC, Rabbi Singer spent twenty years as a television producer and programming executive, primarily for national public television (PBS) and primarily in news and public affairs. As executive producer of a national documentary series, POV, she won two national Emmy awards. She also co-created and produced a national preschool series, The Puzzle Place, designed to help children respect and appreciate diversity.

Rabbi Singer served at Temple Sinai of Oakland, CA from 2003-2006. In that capacity, she led services, taught classes to adults and confirmation students, engaged in pastoral counseling, worked with B’nei Mitzvah students, and conducted life cycle events. She introduced alternative, creative services on Saturday mornings and was very actively engaged in Social Action, including the launch of a social action conference held in November, 2005. Rabbi Singer returned to Los Angeles in 2006, and served in several capacities: as Director of the Introduction to Judaism Program for the Pacific Southwest Council of the Union for Reform Judaism; as Project Director of two Hebrew Union College programs; and as Chair of a social justice conference held in November, 2006. She joined Temple Beth El in Riverside as Rabbi/Educator in February of 2008.

Dr. Raj K. Singh

Dr. Raj K. Singh

Dr. Singh has lived in the City of Riverside since 1989 and was appointed to the Human Relations Commission in November, 2006. . Dr. Singh holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Policy Planning and Administration, a Degree of Engineering, and a Master of Science from the University of Southern California. He also holds a Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Allahabad, India.

Early in his career, Dr. Singh worked for multinational defense corporations such as ITT, Rockwell International, and the Litton Industries. In addition, he served on the cultural diversity committee for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Dr. Singh has extensive experience in teaching and administration in higher education and is currently teaching at the A. Gary Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Riverside.
 

Omar Zaki Omar Zaki

Omar Zaki has been a resident of Riverside for over two decades. He is currently the President of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), California Political Action Committee and since 9/11, has dedicated himself to educating people about the Muslim community. In 2003, Omar served as Director of Government Relations for CAIR, Southern California Chapter. His work extended into helping create a Multi-Cultural Advisory Council for the FBI where he has served as an adviser since 2004.

Omar is also a former soldier and a veteran of the United States Army. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Redlands in Business Management, and studied at the University of La Verne, College of Law. Omar works as an agent/owner of an Allstate Insurance agency in Riverside.
 

George Perez George Perez

George Perez was born and raised in the City of Riverside. He is a graduate of Arlington High School, and has furthered his education by attending classes at both UCR and Riverside Community College. George is also a Veteran of the California Army National Guard.

In the early 80’s George was a member of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Riverside, a member of the Board of Directors for the Riverside Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, and also ran for City Council during this time.

George is an Assistant Purchaser and Storekeeper for the University of California, Riverside for the on campus Storehouse. He is also a licensed Real Estate Agent for National Realty Group / National One Mortgage in Riverside and plans on obtaining his Brokers license in the near future.

George and his wife Crystal, who is a Registered Nurse, have been married for over 17 years, and have two children together, Gabriel and Jazmine. George has two other children Angelina and Selina, and has been blessed with four grandchildren. George and his family are active church members in Riverside.

George was newly appointed to Human Relations Commission in January of 2010 and is excited about becoming active in Riverside activities again.

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