Staff

Administration

Executive Director

Reggie Shuford joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania in September 2011. Prior to joining the ACLU-PA, he served as the director of law and policy at the Equal Justice Society (EJS), a national strategy group heightening consciousness on race in the law and popular discourse. From 1995-2010, Reggie served as senior staff counsel in the national ACLU's Racial Justice Program. During his tenure there, he helped to pioneer legal challenges to racial profiling practices nationwide. He was the ACLU's chief litigator in challenges to racial profiling, leading national litigation efforts and consulting with ACLU state affiliates and others in cases of "driving while black or brown," airport profiling, and profiling related to the war on terror. Reggie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina’s School of Law in Chapel Hill, where he was his graduating class president. In 2009, he received the Law School’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Reggie is a former Harvard Law School Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow and received the 2014 Minority Business Leader Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal and the 2014 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the William Way LGBT Community Center. In 2015, Reggie was selected as a CBSPhilly GameChanger, named Diverse Attorney of the Year by the Legal Intelligencer, and received the Philadelphia Business Journal's LGBT Business Advocate Award. He is the recipient of the 2016 Living Legal Legend Award from Penn State Law's Black Law Students Association and Multicultural Undergraduate Law Association. Reggie also received the 2016 David M. Rosenblum GLBT Public Policy Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Rights Committee. (Philadelphia)

Deputy Director

Barb Feige joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania in 2002 as the director of the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter. As the organization worked to strengthen its statewide presence, she was named one of two statewide associate directors in 2006 and deputy director of the state affiliate in 2008. She provides internal management and support for budgeting and financial operations, internal infrastructure policy and procedures, and provides support to the board of directors. As senior staff in our Pittsburgh office, Barb provides operational and programmatic oversight for the western region office and assists the Pittsburgh Chapter in overall chapter direction, fundraising, and chapter public education efforts.

Prior to joining the ACLU-PA, Barb was the HIV/AIDS program coordinator for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh, providing fiscal management and programmatic support to government-funded services for persons affected by and at risk for HIV/AIDS. Barb has also worked for the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh as a community campaigns coordinator involved in all aspects of fundraising. A Pittsburgh native, Barb is a magna cum laude graduate of Duquesne University and did her graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh. Barb is an active community volunteer and has served on the boards of a number of community service organizations. (Pittsburgh)


Administrative Assistant

Gloria Ginyard joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania staff in September 2013. Prior to joining the ACLU-PA, she was the data coordinator/administrative assistant for the employment and training department of a nonprofit organization that services homeless women and children. She has over five years of experience working in the nonprofit field and over 10 years of administrative experience. She also has a passion for graphic arts and music. (Philadelphia)


Business and Operations Manager

Trisha Graham joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania staff in February of 2014. Prior to joining the ACLU-PA, she was operations manager for the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger. She brings over ten years of diverse nonprofit experience, including management of operations, finance, programs and technology. Trisha is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in recreation and parks management and a minor in business administration. (Philadelphia)


Membership Engagement Manager

Jamie Pauls joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania in December 2004. Before joining the ACLU-PA she worked as a community organizer for a community-based organization that advocates for low- and moderate- income families. Jamie’s work at the ACLU-PA includes working with the chapters, which are made of volunteers statewide that work towards educating their local communities by hosting events, partnering with other organizations and tabling within their local communities in order to spread the ACLU-PA mission statewide. Jamie also worked closely with the legal team to win the fight against voter ID in Pennsylvania. Jamie is a graduate of Bridgewater College, Va., where she received a degree in political science. (Harrisburg)


Program Coordinator/Office Manager

Rounida Shwaish, a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. Shwaish joined the ACLU-PA as Program Coordinator in 2015. She is deeply committed to social justice and protecting civil liberties. Her years of advocacy and activism in diversity and racial justice earned her the Audre Lorde Award, Social Justice Advocacy Award, and Unsung Hero Award. Rounida has also worked in social services and non-profit fundraising. Currently she volunteers and serves on committees for organizations that promote student success and LGBTQ rights. At the ACLU-PA, she coordinates public education and community outreach efforts, assists in volunteer and membership engagement, and supports the Pittsburgh Chapter in planning and implementing programs and activities. (Pittsburgh)


Advocacy & Policy

Senior Policy Advocate

Harold Jordan joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania in December of 2007. He is the author of Beyond Zero Tolerance: Discipline and Policing in Pennsylvania Schools, and editor of Know Your Rights: A Handbook for Public School Students in Pennsylvania. Presently Harold chairs the board of The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, a nonprofit news service reporting on public education, and serves on the coordinating committee of the national Dignity in Schools Campaign. In Philadelphia, he works with Community Responses to Zero Tolerance, a working group challenging the school to prison pipeline. For 17 years, Harold coordinated a national youth program at the American Friends Service Committee. He is a former administrator in the School District of Philadelphia and the former executive director of the National Coalition of Education Activists. In December of 2012, Harold received the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania’s “Education Champion” award. He holds a degree in Social Thought and Analysis from Washington University in St. Louis. (Philadelphia)


Criminal Justice Researcher/Writer

Matt Stroud joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania in 2016 as a criminal justice researcher and writer. Prior to joining the ACLU, Matt held staff reporting positions with the Associated Press and Bloomberg News, and has written for publications including Esquire, The Intercept, Politico, The Atlantic, and The Nation, as well as newspapers and magazines throughout Pennsylvania. A native of Pittsburgh, Matt holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a masters degree from Point Park University, where he investigated wrongful conviction claims in Pennsylvania's state prison system as part of his studies with the now-defunct Innocence Institute of Point Park University. (Pittsburgh)


Project Manager, Duvall Reproductive Freedom Project

Julie Zaebst joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania in July 2014, bringing more than 10 years of experience as a program manager and advocate. Most recently, she directed the Policy Center at the Coalition Against Hunger, where she led the organization's advocacy initiatives to protect and enhance the federal nutrition programs in Pennsylvania, including food stamps and school meals. Julie also served as interim executive director of the Coalition Against Hunger in 2013. A social worker by training, she previously worked in child welfare and as the associate director of the civic engagement Office at Bryn Mawr College. Julie earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bryn Mawr. (Philadelphia)


Communications

Associate Director

Sara Mullen started at the ACLU of Pennsylvania as a volunteer in its Pittsburgh office in 1997. She joined the staff as the office manager in January 1998 and worked her way up to assistant director of the Pittsburgh Chapter in 2000. Sara transferred to the Philadelphia office in November 2002. Sara currently serves as the organization's communications director and interim advocacy and policy director. She received her B.A. in Middle Eastern history from the University of Chicago with honors. Prior to joining the ACLU, Sara worked in publishing. (Philadelphia)


Communications Associate

Ben Bowens is a social and digital media enthusiast. Before joining the ACLU of Pennsylvania, he served as the digital media producer for CBS3/KYW-TV, where he covered the 2008 election and launched the station's social media presence. In 2015, Ben was named a "Hero Among Us" by the Philadelphia 76ers for his volunteer work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeastern Pennsylvania. In his spare time Ben works freelance as a photographer and videographer. He received a B.A. in political science from Haverford College in 2006. (Philadelphia)


Development

Director of Philanthropy

John K. Frisbee arrives at the ACLU of Pennsylvania from Pig Iron Theatre Company, where he served as managing director (and previously as director of development.) During John’s tenure, Pig Iron won two Village Voice OBIE Awards, opened a two-year graduate program for performers in Philadelphia, and saw extraordinary growth, doubling in budget size during this time. He has previously worked at the Walnut Street Theatre and the Rosenbach Museum & Library. John is a member of the Board of Directors of Shakespeare in Clark Park, and has been a grant panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. He graduated from Haverford College in 2003 with a B.A. in English, and completed the fundraising certificate program at Villanova University.


Annual Fund Manager

Tiffanny M. Walsh, CFRE joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania staff in January 2013. She was previously with the William J. Clinton Foundation (now known as The Clinton Foundation) in New York. Tiffanny earned her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) designation in March 2015. She completed the Nonprofit Ascending Leadership Certificate Program at the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute of Bryn Mawr College in December 2013. Tiffanny is a graduate of Marymount College of Fordham University. She currently serves as secretary of the board of the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association, is a weekly volunteer at Philly AIDS Thrift Shop, and was a member of the planning committee for AFP-GPC National Philanthropy Day in 2014 and 2015 (Philadelphia)


Legal

Legal Director

Witold "Vic" Walczak, is the Legal Director of the ACLU of Pennsylvania. A civil rights lawyer for nearly thirty years, Walczak has handled many nationally significant cases, including Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, the first case successfully challenging the teaching in public schools of "intelligent design" creationism; Lozano v. Hazleton, the first case successfully challenging a municipality's attempt to exclude undocumented immigrants; Applewhite v. Commonwealth, which overturned Pennsylvania’s restrictive Voter ID law; and Whitewood v. Wolf, the lawsuit that overturned Pennsylvania’s ban in 2014 on marriage by same-sex couples. In the mid-1990’s Walczak handled major police misconduct cases against the City of Pittsburgh that paved the way for the first ever intervention by the U.S. Department of Justice to overhaul a major city police department. Prior to joining the ACLU, Walczak spent five years handling prisoners’ rights cases for the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. Walczak is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has received many professional awards. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Boston College Law School. He and his wife have been together for over 30 years and they have three grown children. Walczak is a lifelong soccer player, avid biker, photographer and huge Bruce Springsteen fan.(Pittsburgh)


Intake Attorney 

Michelin Cahill started at the ACLU of Pennsylvania as a volunteer attorney in January 2014 and became legal intake manager in February 2015. Michelin obtained her law degree in 2012 from Villanova University School of Law and her undergraduate degree in 2009 from The George Washington University. Michelin’s commitment to public interest work was well established long before she joined the ACLU. During law school, Michelin worked as a Certified Legal Intern at Mazzoni Center LGBT Health & Wellness. During her undergraduate career she worked for a number of environmentally focused non-profits, including the Student Conservation Association, an organization that works to instill conservation practices in young people by giving them opportunities to work in National Parks. (Philadelphia)


Deputy Legal Director

Mary Catherine Roper is the deputy legal director at the ACLU of Pennsylvania, where she coordinates litigation on a broad range of civil liberties issues, including freedom of speech, religious liberty, racial and ethnic justice, equality for lesbians and gay men, student rights, privacy, prisoners’ rights, and police misconduct. Prior to joining the ACLU, Mary Catherine was a partner in the firm of Drinker Biddle and Reath, where she was well known for her commitment to pro bono work. Mary Catherine is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Anita B. Brody of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and served a year with the Disabilities Law Project as the first recipient of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation Public Interest Fellowship. (Philadelphia)


Staff Attorney

Sara J. Rose is a staff attorney in the organization's Pittsburgh office. Before joining the ACLU of Pennsylvania in 2006, she was a legal fellow with Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She worked as the publications coordinator for the Student Press Law Center for two years before attending law school. (Pittsburgh)


Staff Attorney

Molly Tack-Hooper started at the ACLU of Pennsylvania as a volunteer legal fellow in 2010-2011 and returned in 2013 as a staff attorney focusing on civil liberties issues arising in Central Pennsylvania and on immigrants' rights. Molly obtained her law degree in 2009 from the NYU School of Law and her undergraduate degree in 2002 from Brown University. For her dedication to civil liberties, Molly received an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellowship and the John Perry Prize from NYU Law. In 2009-2010, she clerked for the Honorable Michael H. Dolinger, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the Southern District of New York. From 2011 to 2013, she represented plaintiffs in complex class action suits as an associate at Berger & Montague. Molly is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, serving as co-chair of the Civil Rights Committee in 2015 and 2016 and vice-chair of the Public Interest Section in 2016. Molly is also a Barrister in the University of Pennsylvania Law School American Inn of Court.

(Philadelphia)


Legislative

Legislative Director

Andy Hoover joined the ACLU of Pennsylvania in December 2004, as a community organizer and became legislative director in 2008. As the organization’s lead lobbyist, Andy largely deals with civil liberties and civil rights issues at the state capitol. He also works in conjunction with the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office on federal issues. Andy’s work at the ACLU-PA has included efforts to protect the right to vote for all Pennsylvania citizens; to stop the implementation of the federal Real ID Act in the commonwealth; to reform the state and county prison systems through sentencing and parole reform; and to block efforts to rewrite the state constitution to ban same sex marriage. Andy is a 2008 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Master of Arts in Community Psychology and Social Change, and a 1995 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in communications. He is also ordained clergy in the Order of the Dragonfly at Blue Mountain Lotus Society, a Buddhist community in Harrisburg. Andy has received numerous honors for his work, including the 2013 Alumni Achievement Award from Penn State Harrisburg and the 2012 “Celebrating woMEN!” award from the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. (Harrisburg)


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