I'm pleased to introduce the newest members of the Secular Student Alliance board!
Kayla Bowen is an undergraduate at Morehead State University studying Psychology and Philosophy. She works as an undergraduate fellow researching ADHD, and visual complexity. Her plans are to attend graduate school, earn a PhD, and become a professor. She founded the MSU Secular Student Alliance chapter her freshmen year in order to fight back against Kim Davis, the local county clerk who was refusing marriage licenses to gay couples. She also volunteers for the newly founded Morehead Pride Festival, and DOVES, a local domestic violence shelter.
Alice Davenport, JD, MPA is a Senior Client Advisor for Bessemer Trust. She's worked in private wealth management since 2002 and previously practiced as a trusts and estates attorney. She has enjoyed helping wealthy individuals and families identify and accomplish their charitable goals through current and planned gifts. Alice believes the secular movement is the foundation for all the issues she cares deeply about, and is excited to be involved in nurturing its growth and organization. Alice graduated from Yale Law School in 1997; she earned an MPA concentrating in environmental policy in 1994 and a BA in 1991, both from Cornell University. Alice was a board member of the Reading Team, which dramatically improves reading readiness for disadvantaged children in Harlem, and a member of the Yale Law School Fund Board. She lives with her family in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, a wonderful place to be an activist.
Mai-Lynne Deibel is a political science graduate of North Park University in Chicago. She has studied political science in the US, Norway and the United Arab Emirates. She has also interned for Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois and worked on Senator Tammy Duckworth's election campaign. Interests include secularism, gender equality, civil rights, and feminism.
Lincoln Dow is a current student at St. John's School in Houston, Texas, and the co-founder of their Secular Student Alliance Affiliate. Lincoln is a lifelong activist who has previously served as an advisor for PETA and is active in local and state politics as a staffer for candidates; he is the director of Texas Students United, a political action committee. Lincoln is passionate about secularism, civil and LGBTQ rights, animal rights, and environmental protection.
Claire Vinyard, JD is an attorney in New York. She previously served as the Social Media Coordinator for Foundation Beyond Belief. She grew up in a secular household but did not self-identify as an atheist and humanist until she was introduced to the terms in 2008.
Kayley Whalen is an atheist and secular humanist who is a transgender Latinx woman. She tells us she often doesn't find that her non-religious identity is treated with respect even with people who are well-informed on LGBTQ issues and racial justice. She believes we need more intersectionality in our movements, and secular students have a huge role to play in transforming our movements as the next generation, and as people who can model our vision of a more just world on their campuses.
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We also want to take a moment to thank the individuals that are retiring from our board. Nancy Martin, Miri Mogilevsky, and Jessica Kirsner, the Secular Student Alliance would not be where it is today without your support!