ACLU of maryland staff


Susan Goering has been Executive Director of the ACLU of Maryland since 1996, before which time she was Legal Director. She has general oversight of all functions of the organization.


Craig Lee is the Finance and Operations Director. He researches and advises us on financial matters, monitors and reports on financial and investment performance, provides human resources support, and generally makes sure the office runs smoothly.


Tyshania Campbell is the Finance and Operations Associate. She provides support to the Finance Director and assists with facilities management.


Susan Morseth is the Philanthropy Director. She leads the the philanthropy program which highlights major gift cultivation to reach the annual and long range funding goals of the ACLU of Maryland.


Aisha Springer is the Philanthropy Associate. She maintains the donor database, processes gifts, conducts donor research, assists with the reconciliation process, and oversees grant and report filings.


Deborah Jeon is the Legal Director. She has general oversight over our legal program, as well as large-scale litigation to promote racial justice, such as voting rights cases and lawsuits to combat police racial profiling.


David Rocah is the Senior Staff Attorney. He is engaged in general legal work, including litigation against state police spying on political activists, and also advocates on legislative issues.


Amy Cruice is the Legal Program Administrator. She oversees complaint investigation, assists with oversight of volunteers and law clerks, staff's advocacy campaigns, and places cases with pro bono law firms.


Regina Elleby is the Legal Program Associate. She staffs the Complaint Line, supervises interns and volunteers, reviews intakes, investigates cases, and provides administrative support to the legal staff.     


Cordou Keita is the Temporary Legal Program Associate.


Sonia Kumar is a Staff Attorney, who is engaged in general legal work as well as a special focus on juvenile justice. 


Nick Steiner is Legal and Public Policy Counsel, focusing on general legal work and legal advocacy with a special focus on immigrants rights.


Barbara A. Samuels is the Managing Attorney for ACLU of Maryland's Fair Housing Project. She is also lead counsel on the ACLU of Maryland's class action lawsuit to provide African American public housing residents in Baltimore City choice in their housing locations in communities of opportunity.


Toni Holness is the Public Policy Director. She leads the ACLU of Maryland's legislative program in the Maryland General Assembly, as well as other advocacy efforts across the state.


Rachelle Yeung is Public Policy Counsel. She advocates on ACLU issues in the Maryland General Assembly.


Tishan Weerasooriya is a Public Policy Advocate. He focuses on issues related to taxpayer subsidies for private and religious schools.


Bebe Verdery is the Director of ACLU of Maryland's Education Reform Project. The ACLU, representing thousands of Baltimore City schoolchildren who have not been getting their constitutionally-guaranteed education, aims to get better management of the City schools, adequate funding for the City schools, and a better education for at-risk schoolchildren across Maryland.


Frank Patinella is Senior Advocate with the Education Reform Project. His primary focus is to ensure that students in Baltimore City are attending safe, healthy, and modernized school buildings. He also works with citywide community groups, parents, and other advocates to keep them informed of important policy matters and organizing efforts at the city and state level.


Kimberly Humphrey, Esq. is an Education and Legislative Advocate. She advocates for fair funding for all students in Maryland, working with state and city officials, parents, school administrators and other local leaders. She also fights to reform school discipline policies and practices that often disproportionately impact students of color.  


Gary Therkildsen is an Advocate with the Education Reform Project. He works to ensure that all students in Maryland receive equitable and adequate funding, helping to provide an equal opportunity to achieve success. He also works to ensure that students in Baltimore City attend safe, healthy, and modern school buildings. 


Jada Grant is the Communications Manager for the Education Reform Project. She coordinates social media, publications, media relations, and strategic communications for the project.


Meredith Curtis Goode is the Communications Director. She coordinates our public outreach events and initiatives, as well as handling publications, media relations, and strategic communications.    


Brittany Oliver is the Police Accountability Coordinator and Communications Associate. She works for police reform and coordinates the ACLU's team on that issue. She also assists with all aspects of the communications program, in particular the ACLU of Maryland's social media presence.