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 husband Michael, and their two rescued beagles.
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.
Amy Rose, Legal Director
Amy joined the ACLU of Nevada in January 2015. She is a five year resident of southern Nevada and previously served as Associate Attorney at the firm of Kravitz, Schnitzer & Johnson. Amy brings with her a strong commitment to the Nevada community. She spent several years practicing plaintiff’s employment law in Las Vegas where she advocated on behalf of Nevada workers facing discrimination or harassment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and other federal and state employment laws. She has also given presentations to Las Vegas Rape Crisis Center volunteers on sexual harassment in the workplace, helping to educate the community about how to confront and respond to these issues.
She volunteered as an advisor to teens in the B’nai Brith Youth Organization Las Vegas chapters and participates in the Jewish Emerging Leaders group of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas. Amy spends time volunteering for Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada and is a member of the Glass Leadership class for the Anti-Defamation League in Las Vegas, which facilitates leadership development to confront injustice and intolerance in the community.
Jessica Smith, Law Clerk
Jessica joined the ACLU of Nevada in August 2016. Jessica is a California native and received her B.A. in Anthropology & Political Science from UCLA and her J.D. from Howard University School of Law. Since she was young, Jessica has always been interested in civil rights and the role of the courts. During law school she gained much experience while interning with organizations working on pressing civil rights issues including the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division (Special Litigation Section), the ACLU of Northern California, and Alliance for Justice. Jessica is a former City Year corps member, and Know Your Rights workshop coordinator. She enjoys spending her free time giving back volunteering with Election Protection, getting out the vote, and cooking with her fiancé.
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.
Holly Welborn, Policy Director
Holly Welborn is an attorney and Nevada native. She completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and worked on several local, state and national political campaigns. Ms. Welborn’s political and policy experience was further enhanced when she worked as a Legislative Aide to the Nevada Minority Leader during the 2007 legislative session. Most recently, she worked for Bristlecone Family Resources addiction treatment agency. This experience fostered her deep sense of commitment to serving the addiction recovery and re-entry populations. During law school, she won multiple academic awards for achievement in Constitutional Law. Holly looks forward to putting her knowledge and combined experiences to work as Policy Director for the ACLU of Nevada.
Lu Ann Pillar, Administrative Assistant
Lu Ann rejoined the ACLU team as an Administrative Assistant in the Reno office. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Reno and has worked for community organizations in administrative and management roles. In her spare time, Lu Ann and her family enjoy camping, exploring, and visiting museums.
Joe Rajchel, Outreach Coordinator
A resident of Las Vegas since 2000, Rajchel completed his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Journalism/Mass Communication from the University of Iowa. While in school, he volunteered on various statewide and national political campaigns and worked as a event programmer for the Wesley Foundation, with a focus on social justice. Prior to joining ACLUNV, he worked as a risk management intern for the Clark County Water Reclamation District where he assisted with outreach and education for various projects occurring within the community. He is excited to put his passion and skills to work for ACLUNV.