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This article originally appeared in the SSA eMpirical No. 18 - It's Spring, We Think.

The votes are in from the recent election, and we are excited to announce four new members of the SSA Board of Directors. Let's welcome and congratulate Becky Robinson, Andy Buttler, Jacquie Kuzma, and Mary Ellen Sikes. This article consists of material shamelessly stolen from our Board of Directors page, so check it out to read about all our excellent board members!


Becky Robinson, Secretary (board member since 2007)
Fort Worth, TX
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Becky RobinsonBecky Robinson is the founder and president of the Freethinkers of UTA, a secular student organization that promotes science and reason on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently a senior Psychology major, with a minor in Sociology. She plans to attend graduate school to study Experimental Social Psychology. Becky has been a research assistant in the Personality and Social Behavior Center since the Fall of 2005. Outside of her scholarly duties, Becky works as a government contractor.

Becky was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA and is an avid Steelers fan (her other passion). She can be found every football Sunday religiously cheering on her team.

She recently legally changed her last name from Usher to Robinson and currently answers to both.


Andy Buttler (board member since 2007)
Minneapolis, MN
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Andy ButlerAndy Buttler is a graduate student in science education at the University of Minnesota pursuing licensures in high school chemistry and biology and middle school general science. He completed a BS in biology with a minor in political science at the University of Minnesota in 2005. Andy has also served on the Executive Board of Campus Atheists and Secular Humanists at the University of Minnesota since 2006.

Outside of school, Andy serves in the Minnesota Army National Guard and teaches clarinet lessons. He enjoys reading, running marathons, golf, downhill skiing, riding motorcycles, bird watching, Scrabble, Halo 2, and watching Golden Gopher Hockey tear up the NCAA. Andy is also passionate about high school debate and hopes to coach a team when he becomes a teacher.

Jacquie Kuzma (board member since 2007)
Dallas, TX
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Jacquie KuzmaJacquie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2006 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Economics and Finance. Recognizing the need for a haven where non-religious students at UTD could connect with each other, she co-founded the Atheists & Freethinkers Society at UTD in the summer of 2004. She served as the group's Vice President for the next two years. Although she is no longer a UTD student, Jacquie remains actively involved with the AFS, attending officer meetings and group events.

Jacquie first came into contact with the Secular Student Alliance when the AFS joined as an affiliate. She subsequently attended the 2004 and 2005 SSA conferences, which she counts among the best and most interesting experiences of her life. She is excited to become more involved with the SSA in her position on the Board of Directors.

Jacquie currently works as a web producer in Dallas.


Mary Ellen Sikes (board member since 2007)
Charlottesville, VA
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Mary Ellen Sikes
Mary Ellen Sikes is the webmaster for the Secular Coalition for America, which lobbies Congress on issues affecting the rights and interests of nontheistic Americans. Formerly the associate director and Web analyst for the Institute for Humanist Studies, Mary Ellen has also held a variety of programming and educational technology jobs in government, public schools, and private industry.
A long-time humanist activist, Mary Ellen founded the Central Virginia Secular Humanists in 1995 and coordinated its activities until 2001. She also served on the board of its parent organization, the Washington Area Secular Humanists, including a term as president. Mary Ellen has been involved in several local church-state issues and in 2003 was elected to the National Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Mary Ellen's left brain earned her a BS Math with Honors from Virginia Tech in 1975. She exercises the cells on the right side through butterfly gardening, freecycling, and trash-to-treasure / junky-to-funky projects. She and her spouse, Lloyd, live in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains outside Charlottesville, Virginia, not far from their daughters' growing families.



This article originally appeared in the SSA eMpirical No. 18 - It's Spring, We Think.
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