ACLU of Nevada Staff
Tod Story, Executive Director
Tod joined the ACLU of Nevada in 2013. From 1999 to January 2013, Tod was the District Director for U.S. Representative Shelley Berkley, where he oversaw the community outreach, constituent services and electronic communications, and previously had been an aide to U.S. Senator Richard Bryan. Tod graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, with an emphasis in public relations and political science. Tod has been active in many community and political organizations, from volunteer phone banker to communications director to executive board member. He cares deeply about Nevada, the place he considers home, since moving to Las Vegas in 1984. He lives in Henderson, with his partner Michael, and their three rescued beagles.
Rosine Zelicskovics, Director of Development and Major Gifts
Rosine joined the ACLU of Nevada in August of 2014. Rosine’s love of politics and international affairs led to an internship with U.S. Representative Shelley Berkley, while she attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), where she graduated with a degree in political science. Rosine later served as a staff representative in Berkley’s Las Vegas office, where she acted as a liaison between constituents and the federal government. Rosine worked for MGM Resorts International, and Wynn Las Vegas in various hospitality marketing capacities, where she focused on planning, coordinating, and marketing public and private events. Rosine's love and knowledge of event planning, marketing and fundraising will be instrumental in the ACLU of Nevada’s development efforts. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband Michael and son Mikey.
Paige White, Communications Coordinator
Paige started with the ACLU of Nevada in February of 2005. She has worked in both the Reno and Las Vegas offices as an intake coordinator, office assistant, office manager, program associate, and now communications coordinator. Paige attended Case Western Reserve University (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), in Cleveland, Ohio, where she started the first ACLU student group on her campus, worked to establish a campus-wide recycling program, and researched and wrote grants for the school’s “green” residential hall complex. After graduation, Paige moved to Nevada to be with her husband. Paige briefly attended law school where she realized it was her life-long dream to be an artist, not attorney. She now works on her art in her free time.
Sara Lemma, Office Manager
Prior to joining the ACLU of Nevada, Sara was a graduate intern at Planned Parenthood where she served as the team lead in writing the white paper for the comprehensive sex education bill. Sara is working towards a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Sara served as the Operations Manager at the Hibiscus Suites Inn in Sarasota Florida and worked as an Administrative Assistant at CAMERA, a media watch organization. Sara volunteers with the Southern Nevada Beagle Rescue Foundation. She lives with her husband and daughter in Henderson Nevada where they enjoy hiking and exploring nature.
Tamika Shauntee, Paralegal and Legal Advocacy Coordinator
Tamika Shauntee is a native Nevadan. She was born and raised in Las Vegas and received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno. She also attended graduate school at UNLV. She has worked with many well-known law firms in the state of Nevada including McDonald Carano Wilson and Beckley Singleton, Chtd. Tamika wanted the opportunity to work for a non-profit organization and felt that the ACLU was the best fit, because of her longstanding and deep-seated commitment to civil liberties and civil rights. Tamika resided in France when she was younger and speaks fluent French. She enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures and educating her son about the wonderful world around him.
Allison Bowmer, Intake Coordinator / Administrative Assistant
Allison joined the ACLU of Nevada staff in May of 2013, after finishing her experience as a student fellow. Born and raised in Las Vegas, she earned her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Sociology) and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As part of her graduate program, she worked as a research assistant at the Lincy Institute where she coauthored manuscripts published by the Journal of Family Social Work and the NASW/Oxford University Press. Allison holds a strong passion for serving the Las Vegas community, particularly in regard to promoting social justice and advocating for vulnerable populations. In her free time, she enjoys partaking in the arts by singing and painting.
Vanessa Spinazola, Legislative and Advocacy Director
Vanessa joined the ACLU of Nevada’s Reno office in 2012. Originally from Massachusetts, she attended Whitman College in Washington State. After college, Vanessa worked in various social service organizations in Seattle, served as the president of her AFSCME local, and co-founded Centro para la Liberacion de la Mujer to educate Spanish-speaking survivors of intimate partner abuse. She attended Loyola University New Orleans law school. When Hurricane Katrina struck, she organized thousands of law students from around the country to volunteer in the Gulf Coast to help legal services organizations recover. She has clerked with Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, organized legal observers with the Louisiana ACLU, coordinated with the NAACP on election protection programs, and served as president of Loyola’s National Lawyers Guild. After passing the Louisiana bar, Vanessa remained in New Orleans and represented low-wage and immigrant workers in wage claims, including litigation in support of community organizing and advocating for proactive worker rights’ legislation.
Deisy Hernandez, Outreach Coordinator
Deisy joined the ACLU of Nevada in March 2014. She grew up in southern California and received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from California State University, Long Beach. While in college, Deisy began working with immigrant and low-income communities. After college, she worked with grassroots organizations in Orange County where she coordinated several community events from Know Your Rights forums to large scale fundraisers. Her passion was helping her community through education and access to resources. In 2012, she began working for a nonprofit law firm that offered low cost services to undocumented immigrants who were victims of crime, mainly domestic violence survivors. In her role as Outreach Coordinator, Deisy hopes to bring the voices of Nevadans to the forefront of several civil rights and civil liberties issues.
Tim Prentiss, Administrative Assistant
Tim joined the staff in December 2012 after having spent several years working at the Washoe County law library. He earned his bachelor degree in English literature and art history at UNR, where he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in interactive journalism.