Board of Directors & Staff

BOARD MEMBERS

Secular Coalition

Zenaido Quintana, Chair
Caleb Naugle, Vice Chair
Carolyn Umphrey, Secretary
Jim Lippard, Treasurer

Maggie Brooker, Member at Large
RT Justice, Member at Large
Eniko Lajos, Member at Large
Anne Mardick, Member at Large
Gerae Peten, Member at Large
Richard Whitely, Member at Large
James Woods, Member at Large

Secular Communities

Dianne Post, Member at Large
Joe Blankenship, 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.


Caleb Naugle, Vice Chair
Secular AZ's  Board of Directors 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 non-affiliated and LGBTQ communities and proudly labels himself a feminist. 

As a finance and investment professional, Caleb has worked with all parties of the political spectrum. He embraces bipartisanship, but takes a strong stand against religious bullying within the public, private or political spheres. Caleb frequently writes about and participates in forums that inform and educate the public about the importance of secular government and science-based education.  He has served as a secular invocationist for the American Humanist Society for three years.

Caleb holds a bachelor's and master’s degree in biochemical psychology, and degrees  in business administration, management and operations.  Based in Scottsdale, he continues to study history, psychology and neuroscience.


Carolyn Umphrey, Secretary

Mother, wife of a veteran, small business owner, and group organizer, Carolyn Umphrey was born in the Midwest and raised on the East Coast. She has proudly called Arizona her home for over a decade. She was first introduced to Sierra Vista in 2006 and fell in love with its beautiful landscapes, gorgeous weather and welcoming community.

Carolyn is the lead organizer for Sierra Vista Freethinkers and has served as the Liaison between that organization and Secular Coalition for Arizona over the past year.  She has experience in program leadership and project coordination. Carolyn is currently pursuing an education in Political Science. She manages her own business in Sierra Vista and sits on the planning committee for the newly formed Sierra Vista Millennials.

Secular AZ has been recognized on the national level as an emerging leader in the battle for secular public policy. Carolyn is excited to help Secular AZ achieve its goals and set an example for Secular Coalitions nationwide.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to a community that’s given so much to my family and me.  With support for secular public policy growing, I think Arizona’s best years are yet to come.”

In her downtime, Carolyn enjoys spending her days keeping up with her husband, their two active children and four furbabies.


Jim Lippard, Treasurer
JIM LIPPARD served for five years as the board’s liaison at large before becoming treasurer. He is a Phoenix-based information security professional who worked for five Fortune 500 companies across the telecommunications, financial services, and healthcare industries.  Jim also has a long history working for nonprofit organizations dedicated to reason, skepticism and church/state separation.

Jim was the founder and initial executive director of the Phoenix Skeptics, the first webmaster for the Skeptics Society, board member and president of the Internet Infidels, and founder and organizer of SkeptiCamp Phoenix, and media spokesperson for the Arizona Coalition of Reason. Jim co-founded the Phoenix Area Skeptics in 2012 and remains a board member.  

He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Arizona State University and a master’s in philosophy from the University of Arizona.

 


Joe Blankenship. Member at Large

Joe is a retired business professional who volunteers for worthy causes and writes extensively on public policy issues.  His topics of interest include how the corporate class became dominant in directing the political agenda and the effects of the policies being enacted.  His conclusion was, and is, that the agenda being pursued is one of continued personal enrichment and dominance by the very rich through lower taxes and less regulation of corporations and wealthy people.  The result is to restrict the opportunity for economic growth and political influence of the middle class and poor.  
 
"I will continue to write and advocate for a more just and fair legislative agenda that is not influenced by particular religious beliefs and provides a safety net as well as opportunity for education and personal economic security for all."

 

Maggie Brooker, Member at Large

Maggie is an innovative, conscientious management professional with multi-faceted business experience and astute entrepreneurial perspective. She works as a Selections Manager for a custom / luxury home builder, Cullum Homes, in Scottsdale, Arizona.  She has served as the Development Director for several non-profit organizations, including Desert Voice Oral Learning Center and Central Arizona Shelter Services, and she has earned a certificate in Non-Profit Management.  Maggie graduated with honors from ASU with a major in sociology. 

She is eager to reverse the trending confluence of religion in government in Arizona, and wishes to rally all Arizonans who support secular public policy.


RT Justice, Member at Large


R.T. 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.
He looks to continue serving the Arizona secular community.


Anne Mardick, Member at Large
Secular Coalition for Arizona board member at large ANNE MARDICK is also founder and president of both the Greater Phoenix Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Freedom from Religion Foundation’s Valley of the Sun Chapter. In addition, she is on the board of directors for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.

Anne is a Life Member of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, the American Humanist Association, the National Center for Science Education, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  She is a Humanist minister and is the Humanist representative on the Arizona Interfaith Movement board of directors.

A retired telecommunications professional with nearly three decades of technical and leadership experience, Anne spent most of her career in new product development. She held director-level positions at both US West, Inc. (now CenturyLink) and Sprint Corporation. She earned a bachelors in Business Administration and a masters in Telecommunications.



 

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.  

 


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. A former resident of the Pacific Northwest, Linsay moved to Phoenix 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 from Western Washington University, where 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, 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 lives in the Phoenix area, is married with three stepchildren, and works as a commercial pilot for a major airline.