NARSOL’s Board of Directors
Rick is a 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.
Since 2011 Richard has been an active board member of CCJR (Citizens for Criminal Justice Reform) in his home state of New Hampshire. In addition to concerns about sexual offense laws and sex offender issues, CCJR has worked diligently with other advocacy groups to stop the privatization of New Hampshire State prisons, establish good time laws, and reverse the death penalty. Richard serves as affiliate contact for CCJR to NARSOL. For nearly a decade, Richard has worked to learn the role of advocacy within the criminal justice reform movement. As part of his volunteer work with NARSOL, he has served on the Electoral Committee for six years, currently serves as the Region One coordinator, has served on the Marketing Committee for the past two years, worked on the 2018 Conference Planning Committee, and currently serves as co-chair for the 2019 Conference Planning Committee. His appointment to the NARSOL Board in December of 2018 fills a current vacancy. Richard is proud to stand with the women and men who recognize the current injustice that exists in the federal and state legal systems, who are courageous in their commitment to make a difference, and who are making personal sacrifices to help heal the hearts and minds of all who are effected by social injustice.
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.” Brenda has been executive director of state affiliate FAIR (Families Advocating Intelligent Registries) since its inception in 2010 and in 2012 became the first executive director of then-RSOL. Under her administration, NARSOL has seen many changes: increased transparency, launch of a membership program, and a more robust state affiliate initiative.
Philip is a retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and registered citizen who lives in West Virginia. He’s been actively involved in the reform effort since he joined NARSOL in 2012 and became a lifetime member in 2014. In 2014 he assumed the role as NARSOL WV state contact and advocate and NARSOL Region Two affiliate coordinator. He served on the NARSOL Electoral Committee as a member starting in 2016; in 2018 he was elected as the committee’s vice chair and subsequently chair. In late 2018 the Electoral Committee was replaced by the NARSOL Nominating Committee, and Philip was appointed by the NARSOL Board to be its inaugural committee chair. In 2018 he was appointed to the board of NARSOL’s foundation Vivante Espero. He also currently serves on the NARSOL Technology Committee and NARSOL Finance Committee. Philip holds an Associate of Science in finance from Hawaii Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a major donor to NARSOL and Vivante Espero and maintains as a personal motto: “It’s not about equal giving but rather about equal sacrifice – for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:48
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. He 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 Rozek | secretary
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 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.” Sandy now serves as communications director for NARSOL and is editor-in-chief of the Digest.
Michael’s educational background is in business administration and civil/ocean engineering. In 1999 he founded and remains executive director of the non-profit Global Village Engineers. In 2002, he was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow. He has spoken at many colleges and organizations about environmental professions, environmental impact evaluations, and the engineer’s role in international sustainable development. Michael’s involvement with non-profits and criminal justice reform is extensive, serving either currently or as a past board member of Village Theatre Project, Boston Network for International Development, North Shore United Way, Chair of the Boston Release Network, editor for LifeTimes magazine, and a member of the Sex Offender Policy Reform Initiative Executive Committee of Massachusetts. For NARSOL, Michael served on the 2019 Conference Planning Committee, is chair of the 2020 Nominating Committee, is the national volunteer coordinator, and serves as a member of the Vivante Espero Investment Committee.
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 the original Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL). Paul is currently chair of the NARSOL Board of Directors and has been actively involved over the past 2 years in organizing the Sex Offender Policy Reform Initiative (SOPRI) in the greater Boston area.
Robin Vander Wall | vice chair & director of development
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 (now nominating committee), 4) custodian of the by-laws, as adopted, and 5) parliamentarian for the admin team (now board of directors) 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, he was publisher of the Citizen, a weekly tabloid of politics and culture. Robin was a 2018 Leading with Conviction fellow in the 2018 cohort of JustLeadershipUSA, one of the nation’s most distinguished prison reform initiatives. Robin is no longer a registered sex offender after his court-ordered removal in 2019.