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.

Rosemary Qessem is the Executive Assistant and Philanthropy Associate. She provides administrative support to the Executive Director, maintains the Philanthropy Department's databases, coordinates grant applications, processes gifts,  and conducts donor research.


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.


Josh Johnson is the IT and Operations Associate. He provides general IT, operational, finance, and human resources support for the office as well as ensuring the office runs efficiently.


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 Intake & Investigations Manager. She manages the Complaint Line, supervises interns and volunteers, reviews intakes, investigates cases, and provides administrative support to the legal staff.     


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 an Equal Justice Works Immigrants' Rights Fellow, Sponsored by the Ottinger Foundation.


Jay Jimenez is the Legal Program Associate. He works with the attorneys and other legal staff on litigation and non-litigation advocacy work, including investigating civil rights violations, giving Know Your Rights presentations in English and Spanish, and supporting coalition partners across the state on immigrants' rights, police accountability and more.


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.


Sergio España is the Director of Engagement and Mobilization. He builds relationships between ACLU staff and community activists and organizes supporters to advance our public policy, legal, and communications priorities.


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 the 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 the Legislative Counsel - Education. 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.  


Justin Nalley is the Policy Analyst 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. 


Nicole McCann is the Communications and Engagement Strategist with the Education Reform Project. She develops and implements traditional and digital communications as well as community engagement strategies to advocate for Baltimore City students. She works for sufficient education funding and effective education policies for the city and state.   


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


Amber Taylor is the Digital Communications Strategist. She manages the ACLU's social networks, produces videos and other digital content, and contributes to other outreach efforts.