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.
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.
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.
Amanda Morgan, Staff Attorney
Amanda has lived in Las Vegas for over 20 years. She received her B.A. in Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned her J.D. from William S. Boyd School of Law, where she was a Public Interest Law Fellow. Amanda is especially passionate about education advocacy, stemming from her time as a program facilitator for the Child Assault Prevention Program, and further as a law clerk focusing on special education issues at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. She has volunteered for Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada, the Rape Crisis Center, and the Educational Surrogate Parent Program. For several years, Amanda was involved with the Las Vegas music scene, playing guitar in a band with four other ladies. In her free time she loves reading, traveling, playing with her two rambunctious children, and relaxing with her husband.
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.
Jennifer Rey, Outreach Coordinator
Jennifer was born in Miami, Florida and was raised on a small farm. Her family emigrated from Cuba to the United States in 1960, and she grew up learning to speak both Spanish and English simultaneously. Being bilingual from an early age gave her an appreciation for communication. After obtaining a B.A. in English from the University of Florida she moved to Chicago, Illinois. There she became a Program Coordinator for the Palatine Park District, which partnered with several other community organizations to provide medical, educational and recreational programs to underserved populations. She also worked with law offices to provide legal and medical interpreting services to Spanish speaking people. In 2003, Jennifer moved to Reno and started her own pet care service. Her active and healthy lifestyle includes gardening, reading, cooking and spending time with husband, whom she recently married.
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.