Meet Your Commissioners

The Human Rights Commissioners represent the residents of Dubuque, and they are very interested in hearing from you.  If you have thoughts or comments to share with one or all of your commissioners, please contact them or attend one of the monthly Commission meetings.

Anthony Allen, Chair, is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  He pursued his studies at the University of Dubuque in Psychology and Sociology, and also studied Philosophy at Clarke College.  He serves in many roles in Dubuque as a mediator/trainer, project coordinator, consultant, and active community leader, using his skills to address many challenging issues we face as people.  He was an inaugural member of the Dubuque Chapter of the NAACP and currently serves as Secretary for the organization.  He also is a member of Brothers Doing Something Positive and of The Black Men Coalition Of Dubuque.   He served on the Safe Community Advisory Commission from 2010 - 2013, serving as Chair in 2011.  He has served as a mediator and Advisory Board Member for the Dubuque Dispute Resolution Center since 1996, and served with the City as an intercultural competency trainer from 2004-2006.  Anthony has served on the Human Rights Commission since 2005, and has been Chair of the Commission since 2009. 

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Miquel Jackson, Vice-Chair , graduated from the University of Dubuque in 2011 with a Bachelors in Sociology. He works at Lutheran Services in Iowa, in Dubuque, as a Social Worker in Behavioral Health Intervention Services. He also works at Hempstead High School as a Job Coach working with kids in the Work Experience Program. Miquel joined the Human Rights Commission in 2011. Other community volunteer organizations he participates in are the Dubuque Chapter NAACP (Vice-Chair and Lifetime Member), Dubuque Independent Football League, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Eta Upsilon- President).

"I do this for those who are not as fortunate as myself. I do this to be an example to those who need one. Although I have no family here, nor do I have any children, I serve as a father, brother, uncle, and cousin to those young black men who need one." 
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Jay Schiesl
was born and raised in Dubuque and attended St. Patrick's and Dubuque Senior.  He earned his A.A. degree in English from Waldorf College in 1986, his B.A. degree in English with a minor in Sociology from the University of Dubuque and his M.A. in Physical Education/Athletic Administration from Loras College in 1991. Jay coached women's basketball and was the assistant baseball coach at the University of Dubuque from 1989 to 1996.  From 1989 to 1992, Jay served on the Dubuque Community School Board.  In 2013, Jay and his wife, Terri, were instrumental in the founding and leadership to establish the Dubuque Dream Center and Radius Church in the former St. Mary's grade school building on the corner of 16th & White Streets. Over the years, Jay has been actively involved with numerous organizations to serve that Dubuque Community.  Jay is currently an outside sales representative at Welu Printing in Dubuque and officiates high school boys and girls basketball.
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Shirley Templeton Vaughn active in her community.  She is a certified Master Trainer, Instructor of Trainers, holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Master's In Organizational Leadership where she emphasized ethics.  She is a passionate and entertaining facilitator, trainer, mediator, and speaker, and offers training presentations on ethical leadership, culture, inclusiveness, and business practices to area nonprofits and business organizations.  She believes involvement in volunteering our talents is the key to individual and community success.  Shirley is a supporter of ResourceUnite! and has served on the Cathedral's Social Concerns Committee, Women's Leadership Network of Achievement Committee, is a committee chair for TTT, a trainer and High Awards Committee member for GSUSA, and has been a classroom presenter for Junior Achievement.  Through a combination of volunteering, employment in corporate manufacturing, and as a small business owner, she has the background to bring about change.
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