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 two 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.
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.
Shawn Meerkamper, Staff Attorney
Shawn Thomas Meerkamper is a staff attorney at the ACLU of Nevada and identifies as a genderqueer, anti-racist, social justice lawyer. They joined the ACLU after two years at Transgender Law Center where Shawn was part of the team in Norsworthy v. Beard and Quine v. Beard—two cases that forced the California prison system to radically revise its policies regarding incarcerated transgender people—as well as In Re Change of Birth Certificate, which reduced barriers to gender-appropriate identity documents for rural transgender Indianans.
Shawn is a graduate of George Washington University and UCLA School of Law. In law school, they fought for formerly incarcerated people at A New Way of Life Reentry Project, undocumented workers at the National Day Laborers' Organizing Network, and homeless newspaper vendors at the ACLU of Tennessee. They are the author of Contesting Sex Classification: The Need for Genderqueers as a Cognizable Class, which was published in the 2012 edition of the Dukeminier Awards Journal. Shawn enjoys dancing and vegetarian cooking and lives in Downtown Las Vegas with their cat Little One.
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.
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.