August E. Brunsman IV, Executive Director
He is the Secretary of the Board of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio. 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.
Jesse Galef, Communications Director
Jesse Galef is the Communications Director for the Secular Student Alliance. Before being hired in 2010, he worked for the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association.
Jesse graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Political Science. He was president of the nonreligious student group on campus as well as an active member of various religious organizations, including the Orthodox Christian Fellowship and Christian Apologetics of Carolina. In his spare time, he likes to read, breakdance, and play board games.
Neil Wehneman has served as the Development Director of the Secular Student Alliance since early 2013.
Jessica Kirsner, Development Associate
Jessica grew up in a religious suburb of Houston, Texas, one of a handfull of students that was not of the Christian faith. 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, and embraced a Secular Humanist world view.
Jessica graduated from the University of Miami in 2012 with a BA in biology and a minor in political science. This is her first job in the secular movement, but was active with UM’s SSA affiliate, SHAARKS.
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. In addition to the SSA, he also works for the Starbucks Coffee Company. He sings in a church choir, is involved 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 Specialist
Nick Stancato is Coordinator of Resources and Services at the Secular Student Alliance. He was raised Catholic and went through 12 years of Catholic schooling which in part helped set him onto the path to atheism in high school. Nick ran the SSA at Ohio State for 2 years before stepping down. He recently graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in History as well as minors in Classics and Religious Studies.
|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 Campus Organizer
Gordon Maples is the SSA’s Regional Campus Organizer for the Southeastern United States. He is a former President of the University of Alabama student group Alabama Atheists and Agnostics and is the founder/director of the Southeastern Collegiate Atheist Alliance. Gordon previoiusly volunteered as a Regional Network Coordinator for the SSA.
Gordon is passionately dedicated to improving the situation and standing for atheists and nontheists in the American South. Additionally, he is known for his somewhat bizarre fondness for hats.
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 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 public health.
David Fitzgerald, Regional Campus Organizer