Board of Directors

NARSOL’s Board of Directors

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David Garlock

David Garlock

David is a successful returning citizen, reentry professional, and criminal justice reform advocate.  A client of Equal Justice Initiative, he was released on parole in 2013 after serving more than 13 years and pursuing several educational opportunities while incarcerated.  He subsequently obtained his bachelor’s degree from Eastern University and is now the Lancaster Program Director for New Person Ministries, a reentry program for men who have committed sex offenses and other returning citizens.  He is also Co-Chair of the Lancaster County Reentry Coalition; a member of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council, a statewide coalition of county reentry organizations; and a Healing Communities facilitator. David is also a graduate of the 2019 Just Leadership USA Leading with Conviction cohort, an intensive executive development program for leaders who have been previously incarcerated. David enjoys educating the next generation of criminal justice professionals on rehabilitation and advocating in various spheres for an effective and equitable justice system, and is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities, criminal and social justice conferences, and community events.

Brenda Jones | executive director 

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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 Kaso | treasurer

Philip Kaso is a retired US Navy Chief Petty Officer and registered citizen living in West Virginia. He has an impactful story and believes that; “stories are the art of our lives.” For the past decade, Philip has been actively involved in civil rights and sexual offense law reform. He is a lifetime member of the national civil rights organization National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL), a 2016 NARSOL Pearl award recipient, the NARSOL Treasurer, Director of Corporate Investment, and a member of the NARSOL Finance Committee. Additionally, he is a co-creator/mentor for the NARSOL Fearless Project, dedicated to creating dynamic, autonomous, registered citizen-specific support groups around the country. Philip was the creator and inaugural chair of the NARSOL Nominating Committee, which annually recruits, interviews, and recommends a slate of qualified board candidates who participate in a member-wide yearly election to fill open and vacating board positions. Philip also serves on NARSOL’s foundation Vivante Espero as vice president on the board and chair of the Vivante Espero Investment Committee. He 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 currently an MBA candidate at Liberty University. In addition to his national civil rights efforts on behalf of NARSOL and Vivante Espero, Philip is West Virginians for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (WVRSOL) executive director. WVRSOL was established in 2020 as an unincorporated, non-profit association and affiliate of the National Association for Rational Sexual Offense Laws (NARSOL). WVRSOL advocates for registered citizens in West Virginia to make the 2020s the decade known for criminal justice reform, rational sexual offense laws, and restorative justice.

Sandy Rozeksecretary

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, editor-in-chief of the Digest, website content manager, and is on the board of Vivante Espero.

Paul Shannon

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 was for many years 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.

Michael Shimkin | vice chair

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 and was chair of the 2020 Nominating Committee. He currently serves on the Conference Operations Committee,  Finance Committee, and Steering Committee, is the national volunteer coordinator, and serves as a member of the Vivante Espero Investment Committee. 

Don Thurber

Don’s participation in NARSOL spans over a decade, and he has been the South Carolina advocate since 2015, tracking legislation, lobbying, and encouraging registrants. A regular at national conferences, he has served as emcee since 2017. A returning citizen and registrant himself, Don has served in various roles in prison ministry and reentry initiatives for over 20 years, including the founding team and board of directors for a small, residential reentry program. A computer engineer and programmer by trade, he has operated a programming and support business since 1996.Don is also a leader in his church, which focuses on engaging and serving the homeless community. Frustrated by the prevailing level of public ignorance about sexual crimes, the futility of the registry, and the dysfunction of the “criminal justice” system, Don continually seeks ways to educate and inform the public through writing, speaking with groups, and engaging media professionals. Don’s service to NARSOL has been recognized with a Pearl Award, and in 2021, he was named NARSOL’s Advocate of the Year.

Robin Vander Wall | chair 

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, 5) parliamentarian for the board of directors, 6) current director of development, and 6) founder and president of NARSOL’s foundation, Vivante Espero. Robin spent six years in the Virginia penitentiary for a computer solicitation conviction (sting operation that involved no actual victim). For more than 20 years, Robin was a professional consultant to a variety of local, state, and federal election campaigns. At the time of his arrest in 2003, he was a third-year law student at Regent University School of Law (Virginia Beach) 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 was removed from North Carolina’s SO registry in 2019.