BOARD


 

Zenaido Quintana

Zenaido Quintana

Chair

ZENAIDO QUINTANA is chair and acting executive director of Secular Coalition for Arizona. He also serves on the boards of Americans United for Separation of Church and State − Greater Phoenix Chapter, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, and is a member of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix. A long-time political and civil liberties activist and leader, Zenaido has frequently spoken on the importance of keeping religion out of government, including statements before the Arizona state legislature and numerous presentations before organizations and community groups. Zenaido is a retired corporate executive and a small business owner in Phoenix.

RT Justice

RT Justice

Vice Chair

RT Justice is a 5th generation Arizona native and a 4th generation member of the management team that owns and operates the Justice Brothers Ranch in Waddell, Arizona. He is active in agricultural advocacy, serving as a delegate during policy conferences. R.T. is a graduate of the University of Arizona, with bachelor's degrees in business management and entrepreneurship. During his studies at the University of Arizona he was an active member of the local Secular Student Alliance affiliate, and served as Events Coordinator from August 2013 to January 2015. A member of Secular AZ's Board since 2016, he looks to continue serving the Arizona secular community.

Joe Blankenship

Joe Blankenship

Treasurer

JOE BLANKENSHIP has been a Board Member of Secular Coalition for Arizona and Secular Communities (the 501(3)c affiliate of the Secular Coalition) for nearly three years. He had a successful career as a business professional with responsibilities for Strategic Planning for two Fortune 500 companies. He was CFO of a subsidiary of one of the Fortune 500 companies. He was also the President and CEO of a public company that addressed recycling and recovery of household and commercial waste. With the Secular Coalition, he has recruited speakers for the successful Secular Studies program presented at the Arizona Legislature. Joe writes on public policy issues and presents his conclusions to interested audiences. Current topics of interest are Quality Education and Separation of Church and State.

Eniko Lajos

Eniko Lajos

Secretary

ENIKO "ENCI" LAJOS NOLAN has been engaged in activism related to secular government advocacy for more than a decade. She currently works as a freelancer in the field of technology providing web design, marketing, and other online services to individual clients. She volunteers with multiple secular non-profit organizations and has previously served as President of the Arizona Chapter of Compassion & Choices. She currently serves as Secretary on the board of directors of the Freedom From Religion Foundation - Valley of the Sun Chapter and as the Digital Media Coordinator for the Arizona Chapter of Represent.US, a non-partisan anti-corruption watchdog organization.

Keirsten Anderson

Keirsten Anderson

Member at Large

KEIRSTEN ANDERSON was a civil rights investigator for sixteen years at the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, and recently moved to Arizona. Keirsten has been an ardent supporter of secular government since she was shockingly exposed to school prayer and Bible discussion at her elementary school in Illinois. She has volunteered for several organizations in the past, and she is excited to explore what endeavors need her time and talent in Arizona. She also volunteers for ACLU of Arizona’s Smart Justice Campaign.

Luke Douglas

Luke Douglas

Member at Large

LUKE DOUGLAS is a community organizer and activist who recently joined the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix as its new and first Executive Director. His passion is to facilitate community dialogue among people of all faiths and no faith at all and educate the public on the separation of religion and state.

Darrell Hill

Darrell Hill

Member at Large

DARRELL HILL is a Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Arizona. Darrell's work includes legal and non-legal advocacy in the areas of LGBT rights, the First Amendment, Equal Protection, Due Process, education law, voting rights, police practices, prisoner rights, criminal records and public records. Darrell has successfully litigated numerous case on behalf of the ACLU, including cases concerning Arizona’s Free Exercise of Religion Act, public records law, and the First Amendment. Darrell has also provided testimony to the Arizona Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding voting rights and assisted the ACLU’s Demand to Learn campaign in creating a report concerning barriers to enrollment in Arizona charter schools-Schools Choosing Students. Darrell’s casework includes ongoing litigation and direct advocacy efforts in the areas of education law, voting rights and the First Amendment.

Whitney "Whit" Johnson

Whitney "Whit" Johnson

Member at Large

WHITNEY "WHIT" JOHNSON has held secular values his entire adult life. Even before he discovered there was a label for his belief system—Humanism. He was an early member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the AHA, and recently the Secular Coalition for Arizona. Whit is a retired Air Traffic Controller and currently owns two small businesses in Phoenix: JCN, LLC an independent Apple Consulting technology company, and HighGround Images, LLC, the first FAA sanctioned drone videography/photography company in the Phoenix area.

John Lynn

John Lynn

Member at Large

JOHN LYNN has been active in the secular community for many years, previously as the President of Arizona Coalition of Reason, Organizer of Phoenix Atheists Meetup Group, co-founder of Freethought Families of the Valley Meetup Group, and co-founder of Camp Quest Arizona. Professionally, John is a U.S. Army veteran and has worked in the aerospace industry for over 20 years. In his communities, John has been a volunteer at local hospitals, art galleries, schools, various food-banks, and community outreach programs. He enjoys the arts in many forms and believes in supporting and fighting for equality for all and a secular society.

Robert Peoples

Robert Peoples

Member at Large

ROBERT PEOPLES is founder and Chair of Affinis Humanity Coalition (AHC); a nonprofit organization that normalizes Humanism one narrative at a time. He is a New Jersey native and currently resides in Tempe, Arizona. Prior to establishing the AHC, Robert operated a successful secular apparel line; making it to the semi-finals of “Phoenix Raw: natural born artists” fashion show. In the greater Phoenix area, he operated as a contract policy writer for the Department of Economic Security (DES). He also functioned as a corporate Diversity and Inclusion trainer for one of the largest behavioral health companies in Arizona. Through photography, video campaigns, and school presentations, he has reached national and international communities to bring awareness of the benefits of Humanism.

Dianne Post

Dianne Post

Member at Large

DIANNE POST received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1979. She was a family lawyer in Arizona for 18 years, representing mostly battered women and abused children, before beginning a career in international law primarily doing gender-based violence work. On the international level she has worked for the U.S., O.S.C.E., and the U.N. in Russia, Mongolia, Algeria, Cambodia, Kenya and other places. She coordinated the group in Russia that drafted the first trafficking law and worked with the former head of the Constitutional Court in Kenya to create a manual to train prosecutors to prosecute cases of sexual violence against children.

James Woods

James Woods

Member at Large

JAMES WOODS serves on multiple boards, including the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix and NARAL Pro-Choice. James ran for U.S. Congress in 2014, managing an innovative grassroots campaign that highlighted the need for inclusivity and accessibility of civic engagement for traditionally under-represented communities. As a candidate, James effectively engaged with a coalition of local community groups to foster political engagement and education. James has also served as a Board Member for Legislative District 17 and as a volunteer speaker for NXT Stage Home Dialysis. As a long-time secular activist, James is focused on efforts to keep the few from dictating laws based on narrow religious views.

Staff


 

Tory Roberg

Tory Roberg

Director of Government Affairs

TORY ROBERG is the lobbyist for Secular Coalition for Arizona (Secular AZ). She is a regular face at the Arizona State Legislature and works only for clients with missions and issues close to her heart. As a member of the Phoenix Atheist Meetup Group, Freethought Arizona and the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, Tory believes in the work of Secular AZ and considers it an honor to be the voice for Arizona's secular community. A former social worker, Tory’s political career began in 2005 when she was hired as a budget analyst for Governor Janet Napolitano. She has a history of working with various nonprofit issues-based advocacy groups in the state, most notably the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans, where she has been responsible for crafting and implementing public policy and community outreach programs for seniors and retirees statewide. Her background also includes board development, strategic planning, grassroots issues campaigns, social media marketing, and direct and indirect lobbying. Tory holds a masters in Public Administration from Arizona State University and a bachelors in Family Studies from the University of Arizona. She is also a graduate of Emerge Arizona. Tory lives in Phoenix with her two very active children. She volunteers with Girl Scouts Arizona as a Brownie troop leader. In her spare time, she is an avid triathlete, and can often be found running, cycling or swimming.

Linsay Evans

Linsay Evans

Director of Development

LINSAY EVANS is Secular AZ's Director of Development. Linsay moved to Phoenix from the Pacific Northwest in 2009. Linsay is committed to — and passionate about — the benefits that secular values offer for all, with a special interest in the areas of education, reproductive rights and non-discrimination. Linsay holds a masters in library and information science and a masters in social anthropology; her research focused on the effects of religiously driven population policies on women's access to reproductive health care in the Global South. She's worked in development for non-profits and foundations, as a copywriter, and in community relations. Linsay lives in Phoenix with her husband, two kids and two dogs.

CHAIR EMERITUS


 

Matt Schoenley

Matt Schoenley

Chair Emeritus

MATT SCHOENLEY is the founder and former chair of Secular Coalition for Arizona (Secular AZ), a founder of Arizona Coalition of Reason and a past board member of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix. He is also a member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Humanist Association and the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix. He no longer formally serves on the Board of Directors, but plays a supporting role in our activities. Matt works as a commercial pilot for a major airline and splits time between Scottsdale and Las Vegas.