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The Secular Student Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors. All members of the SSA are eligible to apply for the Board of Directors.

On an annual basis, the current Board of Directors elects new Board Members to fill those seats that are up for election. We reserve two seats on the Board of Directors for students or recent students to ensure their representation in the governance of the Secular Student Alliance. Further details about the nominations and elections process may be obtained by contacting our Secretary.

The Secular Student Alliance's current Board of Directors is:

Evan Clark

Evan Clark, Chair 

evan.clark@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2011
Phoenix, Arizona

Evan is a humanist entrepreneur, political consultant, and public speaker. Evan is the founder and creative director at Spectrum Experience LLC and co-host of the Humanist Experience podcast. Previously he was the outreach director for the James Woods for Congress campaign and co-founder of the Humanist Community of Ventura County in Southern California

As a student leader, Evan was the founder and president of the Secular Student Alliance at California Lutheran University from 2008 to 2011. In 2010, Evan was elected California Lutheran University's first openly atheist student body president.

Alex DiBranco

Alex DiBranco, M.A., Vice Chair 

alex.dibranco@secularstudents.org 

Board Member since 2013
Berkeley, California

Alex DiBranco is a Ph.D candidate in sociology at Yale, conducting research on the development of the U.S. New Right infrastructure from 1971-1997 and the role of misogyny in contemporary right-wing movements. She has has written about reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, atheist and interfaith issues, and the Christian Right for outlets including The Nation, Alternet, and RH Reality Check. 

 As a Change.org editor and later senior organizer, Alex helped the company grow from six people to over a hundred employees globally. She supported a variety of issue areas, focusing on campaigns regarding women's rights, especially sexual assault, and immigrant rights. She has also served as COO for a technology start-up, and researched human intelligence networks and incidents of torture in Iraq and Afghanistan for the book None of Us Were Like This Before. As an undergraduate, Alex served as editor-in-chief of the Dartmouth Free Press, a progressive counterpoint to the infamous right-wing Dartmouth Review. Alex was deeply involved with campus activism at Dartmouth while graduating with a degree in English.

Harry Shaughnessy

Harry Shaughnessy, Treasurer

harry.shaughnessy@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2013
Research Triangle, North Carolina

Harry Shaughnessy is the former President of Triangle Freethought Society in Raleigh, North Carolina, and runs a successful software consulting process. Harry attended North Carolina State University where he graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Most recently Harry is working on a game development startup focused on outdoor electronic gaming.  

Through his work in various roles with TFS, Harry has been able to help build a diverse and vibrant community of atheists, agnostic and secular humanists. During his time working with the local community, Harry was able to bring attention to important causes while demonstrating that a life without religion can be quite meaningful and fun.  In 2015, CNN featured Harry and his family in a front-page piece entitled "the friendly atheists next door."

Sarah Henry, Secretary

sarah.henry@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2015
Boca Raton, Florida

Sarah Henry is an alumnae of Lynn University, in Boca Raton, Florida, graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in political science. She was the founder and president of a Secular Student Alliance affiliate group at her public high school in deeply-religious southern Indiana. Her group faced tremendous pressure to shut down from the school administration, but persevered and became a recognized organization with many active members.

Sarah also serves as the camp director at Camp Quest Chesapeake, and is passionate about the future of the secular movement. Previously, Sarah has served as the president of her sorority, among other on campus involvement and affiliations.  She is involved in local activist efforts in Florida and Indiana, and will attend American University beginning Fall 2017.

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Kayla Bowen

kayla.bowen@secularstudents.org

Morehead, Kentucky
Board Member since 2017

Kayla is an undergraduate student at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, studying psychology and philosophy. 

Her plans are to attend graduate school, earn a Ph.D in psychology, and become a professor. She founded the MSU Secular Student Alliance chapter her freshmen year in response to anti-gay discrimination by Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused marriage licenses to gay couples after the Supreme Court decision to legalize same sex marriage. She also volunteers for the Morehead Pride Festival.

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Matthew Bulger

matthew.bulger@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2015
Washington, D.C.

Matthew Bulger is the legislative director for the American Humanist Association, where he advocates for church-state separation and humanist values in public policy to government officials. Matthew also serves as the editor of the AHA's quarterly membership publication, Free Mind, and regularly contributes to the AHA’s magazine The Humanist.

Matthew has also interned in the offices of Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative Travis Childers (D-MS), as well as at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Matthew graduated in 2012 with a B.A. in political science from American University in Washington D.C., and is the co-founder and former President of his alma mater’s SSA affiliate group, the American University Humanist Community. Matthew’s SSA affiliate group received a national award in 2009 for their work as a best new affiliate.

Georgina Capetillo

Georgina Capetillo

georgina.capetillo@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2016
New York, New York
 

Georgina Capetillo is the program coordinator at BioBus, a mobile science education center. She attended Howard University , where she graduated with a B.A in philosophy and political science. Georgina also has three graduate certificates: Community Care Coordination from CUNY Silberman School of Social Work, Humanist Leadership from the Humanist Institute, and Conflict Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at The New School in International Affairs with a concentration on Human Rights and Global Governance.

Georgina previously  worked at the Richard Dawkins Foundation and Catapult, an online gender equality platform. Her areas of expertise include gender equality, humanist ethics, human rights, mental health, secularism, immigration, feminism, and civil justice. 

Alice Davenport

Alice Davenport, JD, MPA 

alice.davenport@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2017
New York, New York

Alice is a senior client advisor for Bessemer Trust, a private wealth management firm in New York. 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 has worked in private wealth management since 2002 and previously practiced as a trusts and estates attorney.  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.

Mai-Lynne Diebel

Mai-Lynne Deibel 

mai-lynne.diebel@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2017
Chicago, Illinois

Mai-Lynne Deibel is a political science graduate of North Park University in Chicago, Illinois. Mai-Lynne has studied political science in the United States, at the American College of Norway, and the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. 

Mai-Lynne has interned for Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, and worked on Senator Tammy Duckworth's election campaign. Mai-Lynne’s interests and areas of expertise include secularism, gender equality, civil rights, and feminism.

Lincoln Dow

Lincoln Dow

lincoln.dow@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2017
Houston, Texas

Lincoln Dow is a current student at St. John's School in Houston, Texas and is the co-founder of their Secular Student Alliance affiliate, SJS Freethinkers Club. 

Lincoln is a lifelong activist who has previously served as an advisor for PETA. He is active in local and state politics, and serves as a staffer for candidates and director of Texas Students United, a political action committee. Lincoln is passionate about secularism, civil and LGBTQ rights, animal rights, and environmental protection.

Jennifer Ibrahim, M.D.

jennifer.ibrahim@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2015
Boston, Massachusetts

Jennifer Ibrahim is a clinical geneticist currently working in the pharmaceutical industry to serve the unmet medical needs of individuals with rare genetic diseases.

In her capacity as a medical director, she advances the interests of patients through health care provider education, humanitarian programs, and grants to advance scientific knowledge. She is a recognized expert in the treatment of Gaucher’s disease. Jennifer previously practiced medicine as a clinical geneticist and served as the Division Chief in Genetics at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, an inner-city charity care hospital in New Jersey. She has also served as a consultant to the State of New Jersey’s newborn screening program. Now residing in Boston, Jennifer is an active member of the Humanist Community at Harvard.

Claire Vinyard

Claire Vinyard, JD

claire.vinyard@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2017
New York, New York

Claire is an attorney in New York and works for a small employment law firm. She received her J.D. from NYU School of Law in 2014, and her BA in history and English literature from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2008.

She served as the Social Media Coordinator for Foundation Beyond Belief from 2009 to 2014.

Kayley Whalen

Kayley Whalen

kayley.whalen@secularstudents.org

Board Member since 2017

Kayley is the digital strategies and social media manager at the National LGBTQ Task Force and on the Leadership Committee of the Trans United Fund. Kayley has a B.A. in English literature and a minor in women’s studies from Swarthmore College.

She skated with the DC Rollergirls under the name “Lenore Gore” for 5 years and her story “Talk Derby To Me” was published in the Lambda award-winning anthology Gender Outlaws the Next Generation.

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