August E. Brunsman IV, Executive Director
He served as the Secretary of the Board of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio from 2009 through 2013. He has volunteered in a number of roles for Camp Quest since 1999. August served as the Secretary of the Board of the Secular Coalition for America from 2006 through 2012. He is a member of the Humanist Society and performs nontheistic weddings, naming ceremonies, and memorial services as a humanist celebrant. His hobbies include cycling, painting, drawing, gardening, cooking, and programming.
Neil Wehneman has served as the Development Director of the Secular Student Alliance since early 2013.
Jamila Bey, Director of Communications
Director of Communications, Jamila Bey, is based in Washington, DC. A long-time journalist and skeptic alike, she's chronicled and researched the lives of Americans who are without religion.
She has written for the Washington Post blog, She The People, and contributes to MSNBC. Jamila served a decade-long stint as a producer and editor at National Public Radio working for shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Tell Me More with Michel Martin, and Talk of the Nation.
Her work has appeared in the New York Times, as well as on radio stations around the country.
At present she's learning to play full-contact Cards Against Humanity, and is looking to join a competitive synchronized sushi-eating team.
Jessica Kirsner, Development Manager
Jessica grew up in a religious suburb of Houston, Texas, one of a handfull of students that was not Christian She was raised in a reform Jewish household in which questioning and reason were valued, and her interest in science blossomed. While making the transition from high school to college, she began to avidly read books on secularism and atheism, andbegan to consider herself an atheist.
Jessica graduated from the University of Miami in 2012 with a BA in biology and a minor in political science. She was active with an SSA affiliate at UM, SHAARKS. She loves sports, particulary anything University of Miami related, the Houston Rockets, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Houston Texans.
Kate Donovan, Social Media Contractor
Kate Donovan is the Social Media Contractor for the Secular Student Alliance. She was the president of Northwestern's Secular Student Alliance and the 2013 SSA Communications Intern, as well as an intern for Foundation Beyond Belief. She's pursuing a degree in human development and psychological services and intends to become a therapist. When she's not picking out couches for her future office, Kate likes bad puns, reading psychometrics research, and knitting.
Joe McNally, Administrative Assistant
Joe McNally is the Administrative Assistant for the Secular Student Alliance. He was historian, newsletter coordinator, and president of Students For Freethought at The Ohio State University (now SSA at Ohio State). He studied Computer and Information Science and Management and Information Systems. He sings in a church choir, plays kickball with the Columbus Curling Club, and is a big fan of the Buckeyes, Browns, and Blue Jackets.
Campus Organizing Team
Lyz Liddell, Director of Campus Organizing
Lyz Liddell is the Director of Campus Organizing for the Secular Student Alliance, coordinating the campus organizing team to deliver the SSA's services and resources to affiliate groups and individual students. She leads development of new resources and helps build relationships with other organizations to promote acceptance of secular students.
Nick Stancato, Affiliate Program Manager
Nick Stancato started at the SSA as an intern and has held several positions on his way to his current position. His focus is on service/resource delivery and development for SSA affiliate groups.
Nick ran the SSA at Ohio State for 2 years before stepping down. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in History as well as minors in Classics and Religious Studies. He loves studying world mythologies and is an avid Roman history enthusiast. He enjoys video gaming in his off time.
|Andy Cheadle-Ford, High School Specialist|
[Andy AT secularstudents DOT org]
Andy Cheadle-Ford is a campus organizer and the high school specialist for the Secular Student Alliance. Although he dabbled in religion throughout his youth, he always felt there was something wrong with faith. He has finished coursework in psychology at Wright State University, where he lead Freethought WSU for two years, and plans to work for the secular student movement before eventually moving on to graduate school. He enjoys the works of H.P. Lovecraft, reading about the theory of mind and philosophy, is an avid video and board gamer, and even has a couple atheist-inspired tattoos.
Sam Jackson, Group Starting Specialist
Samuel Jackson is the Group Starting Specialist at the SSA. He is also a gratuate of the Ohio State University with a BA in Philosophy. Samuel was raised in a fairly religious Christian household before deciding to pursue a more secular spirituality. Ironically, in an effort to know god, he ultimately discovered the word is essentially nonsensical.
Gordon Maples, Regional Program Manager and Regional Campus Organizer for the Southeast Region
Gordon Maples is the Secular Student Alliance’s Regional Program Manager, and former Regional Campus Organizer for the Southeast. He is additionally a former President of the University of Alabama SSA affiliate (the Crimson Secular Student Alliance), and founded the Southeastern Collegiate Atheist Alliance while in school in order to network with fellow secular student leaders from throughout the southeastern US.
Ellen Lundgren, Texas Regional Campus Organizer
Ellen Lundgren is the Texas Regional Campus Organizer. In the past she was a design intern for the SSA in summer 2012 redesigning the 4th edition of the Group Running Guide.
Jessika Griffin, Regional Campus Organizer
Jessika Griffin is the SSA's Regional Campus Organizer for Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky. She is a former President ('12-'13) and Outreach Director ('11-'12) for the Indiana University Bloomington student group, Secular Alliance at Indiana University. She is a graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington with a BS in Public Management.
Jessika was raised in a somewhat Catholic household and experienced a few years of Catholic school, but never fully accepted religion and spirituality. She has a passion for helping secular students and also enjoys learning about urban planning, bicycle commuting, sustainable farming, and human & animal rights.
Cara Zelaya, Southeast Regional Campus Organizer
She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the fall of 2013 after being an active member of the Secular Student Alliance at UCF. Cara also worked as Social Media Coordiantor for the Florida Humanist Association.
Dan Pemberton, Regional Campus Organizer
Dan Pemberton is the Regional Campus Organizer for California & Nevada. He was President of the Secular Student Alliance at Sacramento State University, and has volunteered with Camp Quest West.
Dan's passion is for everyone to become a better critical thinker, no matter what his or her religion is.
Amber Scott, Campus Organizing Assistant
Amber Scott is the Campus Organizing Assistant for the Secular Student Alliance, providing administrative support to the Campus Organizing Team. She previously served as an SSA intern during the summer of 2009, and entered the role of Campus Organizing Assistant in February 2014. In her spare time Amber enjoys bicycling, crafting, and practicing trapeze.
Trevor Britton, Resource Development Intern
Kaylie Johnson, Resource Development Intern
Kaylie comes from the magestic land of Grand Rapids, Michigan where she spends her time volunteering with Center for Inquiry and striving to open the minds of her fellow West Michigan residents through education and activism. During the school year, Kaylie attends Central Michigan University working towards a B.A. in English Creative Writing, with a minor in Anthropology. She recently spent a semester in London, England and is very excited to be back in the States as a 2014 SSA resource development intern in Columbus. In her spare time, Kaylie enjoys writing, watching documentaries, and covering Billy Joel songs on guitar.
Sam Case, Videography Intern
Sam has always been passionate about the secular movement. He's a musician, producer, cinematographer, writer, and father. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in cinematography. Sam's future career choice would be to incorporate his passion of media into work with a free thinking secular organization such as the SSA