Kathleen MacRae, Executive Director
Kathleen joined the ACLU-DE as executive director in November of 2010. She relocated to Delaware from New Mexico where she had worked for the ACLU-NM as development director. Before settling in with the ACLU, Kathleen was the executive director of the New Mexico Coalition to Repeal the Death Penalty. There she led the campaign that won passage of repeal legislation in the NM House of Representatives for the first time in 2005. In March 2009, after a 10 year effort, New Mexico’s death penalty was abolished. Kathleen has a Master’s degree in social work from Rhode Island College with concentrations in policy analysis, community organizing and social service administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island. She is a member of the board of directors of Equality Delaware, Inc.
Richard H. Morse, Legal Director
Prior to joining the ACLU-DE as legal director in August 2010, Rich was a partner at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington. He joined Young Conaway in 1975. Previously, he worked with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Boston), the Civil Rights Division of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Boston Legal Assistance Project, and the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project.
He is president of Delaware Volunteer Legal Services—the Delaware State Bar Association organization that coordinates and provides pro bono legal services to indigent Delawareans. He is a former general chair of the Delaware Combined Campaign for Justice and past president of the Delaware Trial Lawyers Association. Rich has twice received the Caleb R. Layton, III Service Award from the United States District Court for Delaware for service to the bar and the court. A member of the ACLU since 1970 and a long-time cooperating attorney, Rich is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Cornell University.
David Bever, Director of Development
Dave joined the ACLU-DE in October 2016 as Director of Development. Prior to relocating to Wilmington for this position, he served as Executive Director of two community-based non-profit victim service agencies. Building on his experience as a county probation officer, Dave trained criminal justice professionals for over fifteen years on the dynamics of domestic violence. Dave has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He enjoys good coffee and great cinema.
Ryan Tack-Hooper, Staff Attorney & Legislative Advocate
Ryan is a Staff Attorney and Legislative Advocate for the ACLU of Delaware, working to defend the civil liberties of Delawareans through litigation and political advocacy. He is currently focused on issues involving police accountability, government transparency, and the collateral consequences of criminal conviction. He has been a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jerome B. Simandle, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. He is a graduate of NYU School of Law, where he was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.
Shannon Griffin, Community & Project Organizer
Prior to joining the ACLU of Delaware as Community & Project Organizer, Shannon was the executive director of Learning Link of Delaware. She is a passionate advocate for parents and students, and has dedicated over 15 years to helping parents understand their rights and responsibilities within the public education system, all the while supporting schools and community-based and faith-based organizations. She holds an M.S. in Organizational Management & Leadership and a B.S. in Human Services, both from Springfield College.
Joyce McCormick, Legal Intake Manager & Paralegal
Prior to joining the ACLU of Delaware in May of 2012, Joyce was a stay-at-home mom. Before that, she gained over 10 years’ experience in the legal field, including employment at Young, Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor. In addition to her work at ACLU-DE, Joyce also works with her husband, managing his Wilmington advertising agency. Joyce loves to read and spend time with her husband, two daughters and their much doted-on rescue pit bull.
Mindy Bogue, Office Manager & Communications Coordinator
Mindy joined the ACLU of Delaware in January 2016. She has worked in the Philadelphia area nonprofit world since 2006, and wholeheartedly believes in helping populations who tend to be underserved in our society. She is an active member of her local Presbyterian Church (USA), assisting with various missions that help the surrounding community. Mindy is also an avid needleworker and an amateur historian, having graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida with a B.A. in History.