Human Relations Commission

The Topeka Human Relations Commission (THRC) is a nine member Board of Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. The mission of the THRC is to conduct outreach and educational activities that promote justice and cultural understanding, and improve relationships among all citizens of Topeka.

Human Relations Commission Meetings

The HRC normally meets on the 1st Monday of each month from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the 1st floor conference room of City Hall, 215 SE 7th Street. Please check the public calendar for upcoming meetings.

Troy Scroggins Award

The Troy Scroggins Awards are presented to deserving individuals and organizations for their efforts in furthering the HRC’s mission, which is “to ensure fair and equal rights to all citizens of Topeka.” The HRC Troy Scroggins Award recognizes outstanding achievements in ameliorating discrimination and prejudice based on race, sex, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, and sexual orientation and advancing diversity in the city of Topeka.

Nominations for a group or organization are due by April 1st each year.
Nominations for an individual are due by September 1st each year.

 
Nominate an individual or organization for a Troy Scroggins award here.
Troy Scroggins Nomination Packet (PDF)

Troy Scroggins Winners

  • 2018 Martinez Hillard
  • 2017 Annette Hope Billings, Dennis Etzel Jr., Officer Timothy Bell
  • 2015 Dr. Sharon Sullivan, The Green Gals
  • 2014 Jeremy Beard, Topeka Public Schools Equity Council
  • 2013 Girls on the Run Topeka YWCA
  • 2012 Garry Cushinberry, U.S Attorney Barry Grissom District of Kansas
  • 2011 Community First, Brian Peters, CASA of Shawnee County, Inc., Demarus Kelley, Barry R. Grissom, Boys and Girls Club of Topeka
  • 2010 Eric Johnson,
  • 2009 YWCA R.A.C.E Committee, Living the Dream, Inc.
  • 2008 Troy Gene Scroggins, Jane Brown

Membership

The Topeka Human Relations Commission shall consist of nine members to be drawn from individuals with disabilities and from diverse gender, racial, ethnic, commercial, and industrial segments of the community. The commissioners shall reside within the corporate limits of the city. The commissioners shall be appointed by the mayor from council nominations, and such appointments shall be confirmed by the council.

Apply to be a commissioner.

Commissioner Darcella Goodman

Term: February 1, 2018 – February 1, 2020
I was raised in Topeka for most of my life. My late husband, Danny, and I founded a company back in 1989 called, G-Pro Janitorial and Training, LLC, and since his death in 2015, I’ve been continuing to operate the business, even expanding it to an online teaching school.

I have a sweet little rascal of a Chihuahua mix named Moo Moo. I have a grown son named, James, who has four children that are my sweethearts. I’m a board member of the Doorstep organization, a retired board member of Temple Beth Sholom.

Starting in January 2019 I’ll be serving as the new president of the Topeka Unit NAACP. And I’ve served on the Human Relations Commission for the last several years and feel honored to do so.

Commissioner Luis Estrada

Term: August 8, 2018 – February 29, 2020
Luis Estrada has been a resident of Topeka since 1994. Born in Mexico and raised briefly in Southern California. Currently he is the Community Mobilizer for El Centro Inc in Topeka and Shawnee County. The focus of his work is in strengthening communities and improving the lives of Latinos and others through educational, social and economic opportunities.

He is a Highland Park H.S graduate. He briefly attended Washburn University where he focused on Graphic Design with intentions of pursuing a career in Marketing and Advertising. He has been Technician on Ophthalmic Lab equipment for local companies and was a Banker at a national financial institution. He Ultimately realized his heart is on helping improve the health and environment of the neighborhoods he grew up in.

Other boards and councils he serves on include: YWCA’s Advocacy Committee, East Topeka Council, SPCR Council, Included Board and the EMBD Council. He was nominated for The Jayhawk Area Councils 20U40, received his certificate from The Latino Leadership Collaborative in 2018 and will form part of Leadership Greater Topeka’s Class of 2019.

Commissioner Cynthia Hopp

Term: March 20, 2018 – March 21, 2020
Cynthia Hopp has been a teacher for the Topeka public school system since 2013 and has been teaching for the last ten years. She recently graduated with a Masters of Educational Leadership at Kansas State University.

Cynthia is a member of the Minority Leadership Academy and a Kagan Cooperative Learning instructional coach. After school hours, she serves at the Woman’s Foundation and is also a Human Relations Commissioner for the city of Topeka.

With an evident passion for education and volunteering, Cynthia enjoys helping people achieve their goals.

Cynthia is married to Kevin Hopp and is the mother of two children, Mikaela and Mauricio. In her spare time, she enjoys learning how to play the cello, meditating, and doing yoga.

Commissioner Lorean Williams

Term: June 2, 2018 – June 2, 2020
Lorean Johnson Williams was born in Greenville, MS and has been a residence of Topeka, KS since 1980. She is the mother of three, grandmother of eight and great grandmother of six.

Lorean is a 1992 Associate of Arts, Paralegal graduate from Washburn University and is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She received the Junior League of Topeka Community Volunteer Award and the Golden City Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award.

Lorean has been active in Civil/Human Rights for over 25 years. She has served in various positions to include board member, panelist, and secretary. As a member of the Justice for All People, High Crest NIA, Topeka Weed & Seed, the Law Enforcement Partnership Panel. Lorean is a current member on Topeka Chief of Police Advisory Council.

She is active in her church and community. Lorean is on the County Support team in KDOR Vehicle Services.

Lorean tries to be a voice for those who need to be heard.

Commissioner Rehan Reza

Term: June 8, 2018 – June 8, 2020
Rehan Reza is currently the State Secretary of the Kansas Democratic Party. He is the first Asian American to hold this State level position. Rehan first joined the Kansas Democratic Party (KDP) in 2004. Since then, he has been a longstanding and progressive supporter of the KDP. Over the decade he has selflessly given his time and financial support for the just causes of the Party. He is the Chairman and Founder of the Kansas Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus.

Rehan Reza takes his community and social commitments seriously and plays an active role in any organization he gets involved with. He is an active member of the Topeka Downtown Rotary Club, board member for Let’s Help and Bangladesh Association of Greater Kansas City (BAGKC), president of the Islamic Center of Topeka, and the a commissioner for the Ethnic Enrichment Commission and the City of Topeka Human Relations Commission.

Commissioner William Naeger

Term: December 5, 2018 – July 7, 2020
Will Naeger was raised in Topeka and is a graduate of Topeka High School. He is a lifetime active member of First United Methodist Church of Topeka. After finishing at THS, he went to Kansas State University where he studied political science and international studies. Included in Naeger’s time at KSU was a wide range of course work including experiences abroad that reflects his value of inclusion and working towards a broader understanding of each other.

Since graduating KSU, Naeger has moved back to Topeka. He works at Florence Crittenton and continues to be involved with politics at all levels.

Commissioner Jamie Crispin

Term: August 8, 2018 – March 8, 2021
Jamie Crispin believes in the power of civic engagement and has always been an advocate of change through volunteering. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Spanish from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Arts in Sociology from the University of Warwick in England.

After college, Mrs. Crispin was a Team Leader for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and taught English as a Foreign Language as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. These experiences allowed her to see the impact volunteerism can have in our communities and on our own personal development.

Since then, Mrs. Crispin has worked for AmeriCorps NCCC, United Way of Greater Topeka, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center and Baker University where she has been able to enact change by engaging volunteers and students. Currently, she is the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at the Kansas Volunteer Commission where she helps organizations build their capacity through training and funding opportunities.

She is one of eight individuals who have earned the Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) in Kansas. She is proud to be Chair for the City of Topeka Human Relations Commission and the President of the Managers of Volunteer Engagement (MOVE) of Topeka. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and chasing her two sons through life.

Commissioner Shampayne Lloyd

Term: December 12, 2018 – July 1, 2020
Shampayne Lloyd is currently Chair of Precinct 91, Ward 5. She dedicates a great deal of her time to helping others by mentoring at the Topeka Rescue Mission. She also participates in the Incarceration to Incorporation program at the women’s correctional facility, where she teaches weekly pre-seminary classes. Shampayne is also a member of Women Who Changed the Heart of the City, Mayor Michelle De La Isla’s Community Outreach Team and Shawnee County Democrats.

Shampayne helped facilitate bringing Christ the Victor Hi-Crest Church to Hi-Crest, one of Topeka’s most vulnerable neighborhoods. Shampayne co-pastors at Christ the Victor Church as well as ministering at Antioch Baptist Church. She will graduate from The Urban Ministry Institute of Topeka in 2019. Shampayne is an advocate for marginalized citizens and is a dedicated servant in Topeka.

Commissioner Rebecca “Kim” Montoya

Term: February 5, 2019 – February 4, 2021
A Colorado native, Kim began her Federal government career in 1983 with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), National Park Service. Kim has over 25 years experience working in the area of Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity, Compliance, Training and Employee Development, Human Resources, and Diversity & Inclusion. She left the National Park Service in 2000 to transfer to the Bureau of Reclamation serving as a Program Analyst with the Workforce Diversity Group and was instrumental in establishing the Diversity Coalition West Ad Hoc Team, a DOI group committed to building a diverse workforce within the DOI bureaus. In her last position, she served as the Senior Program Manager responsible for policy development, program implementation, training, and complaints adjudication of Title II, Title VI, and Title IX complaints.

Within the Federal community Kim served in a variety of elected positions. She chaired of the Denver Federal Executive Board, Hispanic Employment Program Council. Chartered the Federally Employed Women’s Denver Federal Center Chapter and served as Vice Chair and Chair of its Policy and Legislative Subcommittee for which she received the Rocky Mountain Region Award for Best Chapter Legislative Program. Prior to her retirement she chartered the Dam Good Speakers Toastmasters Club so that the younger generation of federal employees could develop communication and leadership skills. Outside of government, Kim served as Chair, Board of Directors, Latin American Research and Service Agency, and Treasurer for IMAGE de Denver.

In 2017, Kim retired from Federal service and relocated to Topeka, Kansas. She soon got in involved in the community working the Topeka Mayoral campaign and volunteering at the YWCA of NE Kansas. She launched the YWCA of NE Kansas Advocacy Cafécito and in 2018 received the YWCA Karen Viola Volunteer of the Year Award. She now serves as the Co-Chair of their Advocacy Committee. Kim also started a Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club, (a nation-wide book club promoting Latino/a authors) that meets monthly at the Topeka and Shawnee Public Library.

Kim earned a BS degree in Organizational Management/Human Resources from Colorado Christian University; she has investigative certifications in Title VI & Title VII (Civil Rights); and certified as an ADA (American with Disabilities Act) Coordinator. Kim is currently working on a certification on Medical Coding and Billing at Washburn University Institute of Technology where she hopes to start a second career. She loves to travel domestically and internationally, loves to read and spend time in the great outdoors, and dedicates her spare time giving back to the community.