ACLU of Nevada Staff
Tod Story, Interim Executive Director
Tod joined the ACLU of Nevada on February 1, 2013 as its Interim Executive Director. 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.
K. Randall, Development Director
Randall joined the staff in January, 2012. Originally from Southern California, she received her Bachelors of Art Degree in Urban Studies and Planning from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and her Masters’ Degree in Social Work Administration from San Diego State University. Her experience in fundraising began at UCSD and has included working with the Catholic Diocese, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the United Way. Additionally, she was involved in fundraising in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, bring over $8 million into the devastated areas of Louisiana. In her spare time, Randall volunteers with animal welfare organizations as a foster parent for sick and injured animals, is learning French, likes driving her hot rod, and enjoys exploring Las Vegas.
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.
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.
Jacinda Santora, Office Manager
Jacinda comes to the ACLU of Nevada from a Michigan nonprofit where she served as Development & Public Relations Manager. While there, she worked on program/fund development and communications as well as supporting the CEO and Board of Directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Metropolitan State University of Denver, and is currently working on an M.A. degree in Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University. Jacinda supports the work of the ACLU, and is particularly passionate about LGBT issues. Most of her free time is spent playing roller derby for the Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls.
Staci Pratt, Legal Director
Staci Pratt has been the ACLU of Nevada’s Legal Director since November 2011. From 2005 to 2011, she was the Homeless Liaison for the Kansas City, School District. In that capacity, she enforced the civil rights of homeless students, developed community support organizations and programs for homeless students. Previously, Staci was an attorney for 8 years with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a Kansas City-based international law firm. Her specialties included public records laws, other regulatory and administrative law, and environmental law. From 1993 to 1997, Staci was Public Policy Research Director for the Texas Institute of Applied Environmental Research, affiliated with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at Tarleton State University in Texas. She holds a B.A. in history (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Dartmouth College; a J.D. degree (Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif) from Boston College; an LL.M. degree in international law (human rights and environmental law emphases), University of London; and an M.S.W. degree from the University of Kansas. Staci is a licensed attorney in Nevada, Missouri, and Colorado, and she is a licensed Master Social Worker in Kansas.
Allen Lichtenstein, General Counsel
Allen Lichtenstein is the General Counsel of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada. He also maintains a private law practice emphasizing First Amendment and other constitutional law. Prior to coming to Las Vegas in 1990, he was an Associate Professor and Deputy Chair of his Department at Brooklyn College. He was also on the faculty of the University of New Mexico, SUNY at Buffalo and University of Georgia, and has also taught at the Greenspun School of Communication at UNLV. Allen has a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Florida, a PhD in Communication from Florida State University and a JD from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.
Katrina Ross, Staff Attorney
Katrina joined the ACLU of Nevada in 2011. She is originally from the great state of Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law. During law school she worked at the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri for several years and while there was integral in establishing their Prisoner's Rights Project. Before coming to the ACLU of Nevada, Katrina worked as a Public Defender in Sioux City, Iowa. As a Public Defender she had the opportunity to represent the rights of many indigent clients throughout the criminal justice process including litigating several jury trials and motions regarding criminal defendant's Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights. In her spare time, Katrina enjoys music, reading and spending lots of time being adventurous outdoors.
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.
Angela Francis, Outreach Coordinator
Angela joined the ACLU of Nevada in September of 2011. She studied English Literature (B.A.) and Social Work (M.S.W.) at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). As part of her graduate program, Angela interned at The Center for Student Cultural Diversity at UNR where she served as the coordinator for the Asian/Pacific-Islander Heritage Project. She worked with the UNR student body, faculty and staff as well as community members to provide support for the students and increase awareness of the different cultures within these populations through various outreach initiatives. Having lived first half of her life in Taiwan, Angela is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. In her spare time, Angela enjoys reading, cooking, and playing with her cats.
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.