Andrea Warnke, Associate Director (she, her)
Andrea Warnke is associate director of the ACLU of Vermont, where she has worked since 1981. During that time, she has seen the ACLU of Vermont take on a broad spectrum of issues, and her work at the organization has likewise been wide-ranging. Andrea was the ACLU of Vermont's pioneer of computing in the days when the organization used cutting-edge 8-inch floppies and shared one computer between five non-profit organizations, and has overseen the many technological changes since, along with all of the civil liberties efforts they have supported. Andrea is a graduate of Manchester University with degrees in political science and environmental studies.
Emily Hagan-Howe, Digital Communications Strategist (she, her / they, them)
Emily Hagan-Howe comes to the ACLU after most recently working as the Marketing Manager for the University of Vermont Career Center. She anticipates completing a Master's of Education in 2022 and brings a depth of experience in strategic communications, social justice and inclusion work, and operational thinking. Originally from Rhode Island, Emily graduated from the University of Vermont in 2015 with degrees in History and Secondary Education. Upon graduation, she spent several years working in the Office of Student & Community Relations to support community development and educational initiatives for off-campus UVM students and their neighbors.
Falko Schilling, Advocacy Director (he, him)
Falko joined the ACLU of Vermont as its first advocacy director in July 2019. He has been working to promote positive social change in Vermont since 2009. A native of Vermont, Falko received his law degree from Vermont Law School after attending Skidmore College. Prior to joining the ACLU, Falko spent five years leading winning legislative and grassroots campaigns at VPIRG. Major victories included helping pass the nation’s first mandatory genetically engineered food labeling law and allowing dental therapists to practice in Vermont. Falko then joined Amy Shollenberger and the team at Action Circles as an Associate, where he worked with clients to develop campaign plans, create effective messaging, provide advocacy trainings, and lobby on their behalf.
James Lyall, Executive Director (he, him)
James Lyall joined the ACLU of Vermont in 2016 as executive director. From 2011 to 2016, James was a staff attorney at the ACLU of Arizona, with a focus on immigrants' rights, criminal justice, and police accountability. While in Arizona, James opened the ACLU's first satellite office in Tucson to investigate and file litigation in response to civil rights abuses committed by the U.S. Border Patrol and local police. Prior to joining the ACLU, James was a law fellow at the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles, where he represented asylum seekers and children in deportation proceedings. A New England native, James is a graduate of Middlebury College and has a law degree from Georgetown University.
Jay Diaz, General Counsel (he, him)
Jay Diaz has been with the ACLU of Vermont since 2015. Previously, Jay was a staff attorney with the Disability Law Project of Vermont Legal Aid, representing low-income Vermonters with disabilities through direct representation and legislative advocacy. He was also the 2012-2014 Poverty Law Fellow, defending the rights of Vermont’s students and youth. In addition to his work at ACLU of Vermont, Jay is Health Law and Policy Faculty with the Vermont-LEND program and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and serves on the boards of Voices for Vermont’s Children and the Conservation Law Foundation. Jay is a 2012 graduate of Boston College Law School and received his undergraduate degree from New York University in 2006.
Lia Ernst, Legal Director (she, her)
Lia Ernst joined the ACLU of Vermont in 2015. She previously served as a judicial law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, a legal intern at the ACLU of Michigan, a legal fellow at the ACLU of Massachusetts, and an associate attorney for a small Michigan firm focused on criminal defense and attorney ethics. Lia graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Swarthmore College and a Master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Maroni Minter, Campaign Director (he, him)
Maroni joined ACLU of Vermont as its first Campaign Director in October 2019. Born and raised in Gabon, Maroni moved to Vermont in 2004 and graduated from Northern Vermont University with a degree in political science. He then worked as an organizer and canvasser for Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG), ranking among their top canvassers nationwide. Prior to joining ACLU, Maroni spent almost five years with Let’s Grow Kids as Field Manger and State House Organizer. His primary role included engaging legislators and advocates across the state on behalf of young children, recruiting and training volunteers, and collaborating with partners to plan, create, and conduct public outreach.
Shabnam Beth Nolan, Communications Director (she, her)
Shabnam Beth Nolan joined the ACLU of Vermont staff in February 2019. Beth is returning to Vermont, where she coordinated a successful statewide campaign to increase access to dental care for children for Voices for Vermont’s Children until 2015. Beth comes to the ACLU after serving as director of the KIDS COUNT initiative for Voices for Virginia’s Children. Beth’s experience spans nearly a decade in nonprofit policy advocacy and its intersection with strategic communications. Beth has a BA in political science from James Madison University and a master’s in public administration from UVM.
Stephanie Hunt, Development Manager (she, her)
Stephanie joined the ACLU in May 2018. As Development Manager, she helps to cultivate and maintain relationships with supporters who make our work possible. Prior to joining the ACLU, Stephanie served as development associate at Rocky Mountain Institute, providing operational support and connecting donors to RMI’s mission of advancing a more secure, low-carbon energy future. Stephanie has a background in marketing and over 10 years of experience in non-profit fundraising and administration both in Colorado and Vermont. She received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Vermont.
Victoria Jones, Development Director (she, her)
Victoria Jones joined the ACLU of Vermont as Development Director in September 2020. Growing up outside Washington, DC as the child of two public school teachers, advocacy and education have always been a focus of Victoria's life. She previously worked as a staff assistant and caseworker in Congressman Peter Welch’s district office, before becoming the Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Middlebury College. Most recently, Victoria was the Inside Sales Manager at SunCommon. Outside of work, she serves on the Lamoille County COVID-19 response center communications team and is the vice president of the board for the Clarina Howard Nichols Center. Victoria received a BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.