Board of Directors & Staff

BOARD MEMBERS

Secular Coalition

Zenaido Quintana, Chair
RT Justice, Vice Chair
Joe Blankenship, Treasurer

Eniko Lajos, Secretary
Caleb Naugle, Member at Large
James Woods, Member at Large

Secular Communities

Keirsten Anderson, Member at Large
Joe Blankenship, Member at Large
Darrell Hill, Member at Large
Whitney "Whit" Johnson, Member at Large
John Lynn, Member at Large
Robert Peoples, Member at Large
Dianne Post, Member at Large
Mike Steiner, Member at Large

STAFF

Tory Roberg, Director of Government Affairs
Linsay Evans, Director of Development

CHAIR EMERITUS

Matt Schoenley, Chair Emeritus

 


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, 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, 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, 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 on the board of directors of Americans United for Separation of Church & State - Greater Phoenix Chapter as well as the Freedom From Religion Foundation - Valley of the Sun Chapter, and also serves as the Digital Media Coordinator for the Arizona Chapter of Represent.US, a non-partisan anti-corruption watchdog organization.

 

 


 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 exited to explore what endeavors need her time and talent in Arizona. She also volunteers for ACLU of Arizona’s Smart Justice Campaign.
 

 


 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, 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, Member at Large

JOHN LYNN is a long time secular/non-theist activist. He was involved in the formation of Phoenix Atheist Meetup Group, Arizona COR and Camp Quest Arizona. He is a volunteer client escort at Planned Parenthood clinics.  nbsp;

 


  Caleb Naugle, Member at Large

CALEB NAUGLE is active in a number of local and national groups, organizations and foundations that share specific goals: to keep church and state separate, ensure equal rights for all, and promote science education.  He is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community and works with multiple non-profits and has always stood for gender equality.  As a finance and investment professional, Caleb has worked with all parties of the political spectrum and backgrounds.  He embraces bipartisanship, while taking a strong stand against religious bullying within the public, private and political spheres. Caleb frequently speaks and writes about the societal importance of educating the public about secular government and science-based education.  He has served as a secular invocationist for the American Humanist Society for five years. Caleb holds a master’s degree in biochemical psychology, and a degree in business management. Based in Scottsdale, he works closely with our state politicians across party lines to ensure our First Amendment is upheld.

 


  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 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.  

 


 


MIKE STEINER is a former software engineer who is interested in harnessing technology to efficiently serve secular activists and issues. Mike believes in empowering every secular activist by encouraging self-development and making it easier for them to capture and share ideas and expertise. Mike likes to organize whatever tasks need to be done to make the best use of time and other resources, to develop practical solutions that work, and to keep people moving toward them.   Mike is an active member of, and regular donor to, the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, the American Humanist Association, the Center for Inquiry, the Secular Student Alliance, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Mike also supports the Free Software Foundation, Donors Choose, and the ASPCA.  

 


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, 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, Director of Development
LINSAY EVANS is Secular Coalition for Arizona’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, 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.