NARSOL's Board of Directors
Rick is a 58-year-old disabled American veteran and registered citizen who lives in New Mexico. He's been involved in state-level advocacy for nearly a decade, first as a member, then as vice-president, and now as president of the Liberty & Justice Coalition. Rick has been an active member of NARSOL since joining its Conference Planning Committee in 2012. He served as vice-chair of the NARSOL Electoral Committee before becoming its chair in 2013, serving in that capacity until June, 2015. Rick then filled a vacancy on the NARSOL Board of Directors for more than a year before stepping down to resume his duties as vice-chair of the Electoral Committee in 2017. Rick has also been the Volunteer Coordinator for NARSOL since 2015 and has played an important role as head of the security detail for each of NARSOL's most recent national conferences.
Tammy has served on the NARSOL admin team since 2012. Originally holding steadfast, conservative views of what should happen to those that disobey the law, she soon discovered that basing a person’s level of risk or likelihood that they will commit a new offense after completion of the sentence is based more on associated stigma-like ideology than evidence-based research. After experiencing this firsthand in working with offender populations before and after the inception of the public registry, she has remained dedicated to volunteering her time to sex offender registry law reform. Throughout her career, Tammy has continued to work with both victims of sexual abuse and former offenders. She maintains the belief that if the lawmakers, media, and public understood this complex issue, they would support more effective policies. Tammy has been an advocate of law reform since 2007 and has been involved with both national and local advocacy endeavors.
Brenda Jones | executive director
Brenda has been involved in this cause since September of 2009. She started by looking for support but quickly saw the magnitude of the pain and despair faced by others affected by these draconian laws. When a high-profile murder in Maryland sent lawmakers scurrying to pass tons of tough-on-sex-offenders laws, Brenda dove in headfirst and, as she says, “I have never looked back.” Most of her spare time now goes into her work with NARSOL’s Maryland affiliate, Families Advocating Intelligent Registries, and as the Executive Director of NARSOL, a position she has held since 2012.
Peter Marana / secretary
Peter Marana is a dedicated member of Texas Voices for Reason and Justice, and as such is well versed in the ins and outs of sexual offense advocacy, lobbying, and reform. His and his wife’s interest in the subject stems from their son’s involvement in an online “sting” operation. Peter’s business and professional qualifications and experiences are wide and varied, including legal degrees. He is currently helping with a database project for Texas Voices of published articles and studies covering SO issues. Given his personal commitment to reforming the laws covering sex offenses and his experience in managing both an employer association and benefits administration company, Peter looks forward to making a genuine contribution to the efforts of the NARSOL.
Larry Neely | treasurer
Larry Neely serves on the Board of Directors of Liberty and Justice Coalition, our New Mexico affiliate, and is currently employed as a paralegal. In addition, Larry contracts with the law office of the New Mexico Public Defender (LOPD) as a SORNA expert. Larry was previously employed by a New Mexico non-profit organization where he gained many years of experience working in the legislature advocating for a variety of causes. Larry has assisted other states in developing their advocacy networks, including Maryland and Nebraska. Larry provided substantial assistance to Nancy Forster, a Maryland civil rights attorney, as she spearheaded two successful challenges against that state’s registration requirements. Larry has provided writing and research to attorneys in others states regarding registration challenges and testified as an expert witness in others. Most recently, Larry assisted a Georgia attorney in overturning a conviction in a habeas corpus proceeding.
Sandy became involved with NARSOL through Texas Voices, our Texas affiliate, and Mary Sue Molnar, its Executive Director. She was seeking answers as to what to expect when a family member was charged with sexual misconduct and given ten years’ probation. When she was asked to join the Minutemen, an NARSOL project focused on writing article comments and letters to editors, she did, and in that position she was forced to educate herself as thoroughly as possible. Sandy was appalled by the breadth and scope of ignorance about virtually every aspect of sexual offender issues. As her family has a history of intra-familial sexual abuse going back at least three generations, she felt she had a unique perspective on the issue. Sandy admits, “I am far from an expert; I learn something new almost every day. However, one thing I know beyond any certainty: whether from the victim’s perspective, from the offender’s perspective, or from a more neutral perspective as an uninvolved member of society, the public registry is most emphatically not the answer to anything, no matter what the question is."
Paul Shannon | chair
Paul was born in Boston in 1947 and has lived all his life in the greater Boston area. For almost all of his adult life he has been an activist, writer, and speaker in various peace, union, prison reform, human rights, and social justice movements, particularly the United Farm workers’ union drives, the Vietnam anti-war and solidarity movements, the movement to end apartheid in South Africa, the 1980’s Central American and Cambodian solidarity movements, the Haitian solidarity movement, and the Afghanistan and Iraqi anti-war movements. He is past editor of the Indochina Newsletter and is a member of the program staff of the Northeast Region of the American Friends’ Service Committee. In 2012 he was a coordinator of a Massachusetts statewide campaign to place the “Budget for All” public policy question on the ballot in 90 cities and towns across the state. The question called for a federal budget that reduced Pentagon spending and ended high income and corporate tax breaks in order to fund vital public programs like housing, food, social security, Medicare, etc. and to invest in jobs in renewable energy, manufacturing, and transportation. He continues as a coordinator of that project in addition to organizing opposition to U.S. war policies in the Middle East. He has been teaching social science courses at a number of colleges for 38 years. In the late 90’s, Paul helped organize a broad coalition for all day hearings to oppose the original sex offender registry and lifetime civil commitment legislation in Massachusetts, and in 2007 he was a founder of Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL) and now he is currently chair of the NARSOL Board of Directors.
Robin William van der Wall | vice chair
Robin is a registrant residing in his home state of North Carolina. Since 2009, Robin has served NARSOL in various capacities: 1) Editor-in-Chief of the Minutemen, 2) inaugural chair of the Legal Committee (now SLAP), 3) organizing facilitator for the Committee of Electors, 4) Chair of the By-laws Committee, 5) custodian of the By-laws, as adopted, and 6) parliamentarian for the Admin Team on which he has served since 2010. Robin spent more than six years in the Virginia penitentiary after being convicted of computer solicitation (law enforcement sting operation). Prior to his conviction, he was active as a professional political consultant on a number of state and federal campaigns. At the time of his arrest in 2003, Robin was a third-year law student at Regent University School of Law (Virginia Beach) and was scheduled to receive joint degrees in Law and Political Management the following Spring. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. From 1993 to 1997, Robin was president and publisher of the Citizen, a weekly tabloid on politics and culture published in Raleigh, North Carolina.