Board of Directors & Staff

BOARD MEMBERS

Secular Coalition

Zenaido Quintana, Chair
Caleb Naugle, Vice Chair
Jim Lippard, Treasurer

Maggie Brooker, Member at Large
RT Justice, Member at Large
Eniko Lajos, 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

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.

 


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 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.

 


 
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

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.

 


Eniko Lajos, Member at Large

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 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.

 


 


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, 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, 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.