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There are currently 104 speakers in the national SSA speakers bureau.

Alabama

Chuck Miller
  • American Atheists Regional Director of the Year 2014
  • Frequent rally speaker at secular, women's rights, and LGBTQ events
  • Experienced grassroots community organizer
Amanda Scott
  • Located in Mobile, Alamaba
  • Alabama native
  • Nationally recognized student activist
  • Paralegal with extensive knowledge of church/state issues
  • Experienced in working with state and local media
  • Twitter: @amandalscott2

Arizona

Andre Salais
  • Located in Tempe, AZ
  • Owner of Unbelievers Media LLC
  • Host of Unbelievers Radio (http://unbelieversradio.com)
  • Blogger at The Skeptic Examiner (http://skepticexaminer.com)
  • Former President of Arizona State University and Mesa Community College SSA groups

California

Dan Arel
  • Lives in San Diego, CA
  • Writes Op-Ed's for AlterNet, Salon and The Huffington Post
  • Author of an upcoming book on raising children in a Christian America
  • Has a column in American Atheist Magazine called Danthropology
  • Is the newsletter editor for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
  • Is the author of Parenting Without God: How to Raise Moral, Ethical and Intelligent Children Free From Religious Dogma
  • Also now the Ethics Expert for the Global Secular Council
  • Twitter: @danarel

Tally Cass
  • We are an atheist accoustic band called Monster On Sunday
  • We are a two-piece band.
  • We are members of CFI and the SSA Speakers Bureaus.
  • We donate a portion of our band merch sales to the SSA.
  • Our music appeals primarily to young people, but is enjoyed by all ages as well.
  • We do originals and cover tunes.
  • Covers are from bands such as Bad Religion, XTC, NOFX, etc.
  • Song list, videos and more can be found on our webpage.

Greta Christina
Evan Clark
  • Located in Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Chair of the Secular Student Alliance Board of Directors
  • Founder of the first SSA Affiliate on a religious campus
  • First atheist Student Body President at California Lutheran University
  • Co-Founder of the Humanist Community of Ventura County
  • Founder and Director of Spectrum Experience LLC
  • Twitter: @evansaysblah
Heina Dadabhoy
  • Located in Southern California
  • Blogs at Heinous Dealings (http://freethoughtblogs.com/heinous/)
  • Former Muslim, current atheist
  • Author of A Skeptic's Guide to Islam (forthcoming title from Pitchstone Publishing)
  • Does well both alone and in panels
  • Twitter handle: @heinousdealings
  • Find out more info here.
David Diskin
  • Lives near Sacramento, CA
  • Secular Activist throughout California
  • President of Camp Quest West
  • Chair of Sacramento Freethought Day
  • Executive Committee Member of Secular Coalition for California
  • Founder / Organizer of several local and regional secular organizations including Sunday Assembly Sacramento, Sacramento COR, San Joaquin Valley COR
  • Well-versed in social media, fundraising, marketing, and community building
  • Has an awesome cat
Mark Edward
  • Located in San Pedro, CA
  • Steering Committee Member of IIG West (Independent Investigation Group) - an affiliate branch of CFI (Center for Inquiry, Skeptical Inquirer Magazine)
  • Editorial Board of Skeptic magazine since inception
  • Performing Magic Castle performer since 1975
  • Author of Feral House Publishing: "Psychic Blues" reviewed in New York Times, Daily Mail UK and availble at amazon.com
  • Recently on the Halloween episode of "The Jeff Probst Show" and "Inside Edition" showing how psychics defraud the public.
  • Find his website at www.themarkedward.com.

David Fitzgerald
  • Located in San Francisco, CA
  • Writer, Public Speaker, Historical Researcher
  • Director/Co-Founder of both the world's first Atheist Film Festival and Evolutionpalooza!, San Francisco's oldest annual Darwin Day celebration
  • Author of NAILED: Ten Christian Myths that Show Jesus Never Existed at All
  • Has spoken around the country at national conventions such as American Atheists, American Humanist Association, Rapture Day, and Skepticon
Rahuldeep Gill
  • Located in Los Angeles
  • Director of the Center for Equality and Justice
  • Professor of Global Religions
  • Expert on Sikh traditions and Indian religions
  • Also teach a course on Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptures
Ian Harris
  • Located in Los Angeles, CA
  • Premiere secular/skeptic stand up comedian in the US.
  • Headliner of Evolution of Comedy Tour
  • Cable TV hour comedy special in Summer 2014 - Ian Harris: Critical & Thinking
  • Ranked on 3 separate national Top 100 Comedians lists
  • Twitter: @comediocre

Ian would like to perform secular stand up comedy, but in addition he can speak on:

  • Secularism and non-belief in the entertainment industry
  • Lack of critical thinking in television's effect on our nation's religiosity
Chris Highland
  • Located in San Rafael, California
  • Non-theistic freethinker; "Nature Chaplain" 
  • Instructor in "natural spirituality" through Cherry Hill Seminary; adjunct instructor, Dominican University and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
  • Nine published books including Life After Faith
  • Presbyterian Minister for 14 years (1987-2001; Master of Divinity degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary; parish associate for 10 years; left ordination for reasons of conscience)
  • Interfaith Chaplain in county jails--10,000 inmates per year-- and with unhoused, homeless poor--in one of the nation's wealthiest counties-- for 20 years (directed county emergency shelter for 2 winters)
  • Taught courses in congregations on World Religions and Sacred Scriptures
  • Philosophy major, Seattle Pacific University--evangelical college
  • Former Evangelical (high school through college attended Baptist, Pentecostal,
    Protestant, Campus Crusade and House Church congregations; youth group leader; wide biblical and ecumenical knowledge)
Sikivu Hutchinson
  • Located in Los Angeles, CA
  • Sikivu Hutchinson is the author of Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values WarsGodless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels, and the forthcoming White Nights, Black Paradise, a novel on Peoples Temple and the Jonestown Massacre.
  • She is the founder of Black Skeptics Los Angeles, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, and a Senior Fellow for the Institute for Humanist Studies. The Black Skeptics Group sponsors annual First in the Family Humanist scholarship awards.
  • She is also the project director of the Women's Leadership Project feminist humanist mentoring program.
Keith Lowell Jensen
  • Founder and resident atheist on The Coexist? Comedy Tour
  • Host of popular YouTube series Atheist Church
  • Has performed with Robin Williams, Doug Stanhope, Norm Macdonald, and a bunch of other big shots
  • Has four full length comedy albums out including the most recent, Elf Orgy on Stand Up! Records
Bobbie Kirkhart
  • Located in Los Angeles, CA
  • Contributing author to The Fundamentals of Extremism: the Christian Right in America
  • Contributing author to Everything You Know About God Is Wrong : The Disinformation Guide to Religion
  • Contributing author to Parenting Beyond Belief
  • Past president, Atheist Alliance International
  • Vice President Atheist Alliance of America
  • Board Member, Camp Quest Incorporated
  • Is very proud of receiving the 2013 Freethought Backbone of the Year Award
David G McAfee
  • Author of Mom, Dad, I'm an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-Believer and Disproving Christianity and other Secular Writings
  • Contributor to American Atheist Magazine and Canadian Freethinker
  • Graduated with BA in Religious Studies and English
Matt McCormick
  • Located in Sacramento, CA
  • Professor, Dept of Philosophy, California State University
  • His teaching website can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/mccormickphilosophy/
  • He runs a blog, Atheism: Proving the Negative, at http://atheismblog.blogspot.com/
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester
  • Has studied the philosophy of religion, epistemology, atheism, and critical thinking for over 20 years
  • About to release a book entitled Atheism and the Case Against Christ
  • Has lectured extensively to student groups, at atheism and philosophy conferences, public groups, and others.
Bill Zuersher
  • Based in Southern California
  • Activist for separation of church and state
  • Author of 'Seeing Through Christianity'

Colorado

Carlos Bertha
  • Located in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Teaches Ethics, Logic, and Philosophy of Science at the US Air Force Academy
  • Faculty Advisor for the USAFA Cadet Freethinkers Club
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Military Association of Atheists and Freetinkers (MAAF)
  • Have spoken at various atheist conferences, to include AAIC, AHA, and The Amaz!ing Meeting

Thea Deley
  • Located in Paonia, CO
  • Only comedian on SSA's roster with a vajayjay.
  • Called 'a face of new Atheism' by Denver's "Westword."
  • Founding minister of the Church of Personal Responsibility.
  • Promises to restore your virginity or send you home with a condom.
  • Rated "Rad!" by Metro State University student newspaper.
  • Once burst into a church and yelled at the worship band to STFU.
  • Performing at American Atheists' 2014 national conference in Salt Lake City.
  • Twitter: @theadeley

Connecticut

Conor Robinson
  • lives in Los Angeles, California
  • founded Yale's Humanist Society
  • founded the Pathfinders Project
  • received the 2014 Humanist Visionary award from Foundation Beyond Belief
  • directs the Humanist Service Corps

Topics Include:

  • Pathfinders Project
  • the Humanist Service Corps
  • humanist fundraising dilemmas and strategic solutions
  • leading and engaging millennials
  • effective communication
  • expressing humanist values through service
  • ethical issues in international service from a humanist perspective
  • mitigating superstition by promoting development
  • vetting potential volunteer opportunities
  • evaluating project success using both process and outcome measures
  • other topics may be suggested!

District of Columbia

Murali Balaji
  • located in Washington, DC
  • Hindu American Foundation's Director of Education and Curriculum Reform
  • former award-winning journalist
  • social activist
  • academic whose research focuses on political economy and media representations of minorities
  • teacher trainer and curriculum specialist for Hindu American Foundation, overseeing education reform efforts
Magdalene Bedi
  • I was a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit when I was 16
  • I speak about my experiences as a plaintiff and as a student entrenched in toxic religiosity
  • I'm currently 19 and enrolled in an undergraduate program at American University in Washington, DC
Rob Boston
  • Located in Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant director of communications for Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Assistant editor of AU's monthly magazine Church & State
  • Leading writer and researcher on church-state topics
  • Serves as spokesman for AU and has appeared on NBC's Nightly News, CNN's Headline News, Fox News, and other programs.
Zack Ford
  • Located in Washington, DC
  • LGBT Editor, ThinkProgress.org
  • Founder, ZackFordBlogs.com
  • Founder, Queer and Queerer Podcast
  • Twitter: @ZackFord
Jason Heap
  • Located in Washington, DC
  • Travelled to nearly 40 countries through work, leisure and service projects.
  • Family and friends come from over 10 religious traditions.
  • Qualified as a Teacher of Religious Education in the UK's State-maintained schools.
  • Was first appointed as a Headteacher (the UK equivalent of a 'Teaching Principal' in the US) at the age of 32.
  • First applicant to be a Humanist chaplain to the US Navy (application ongoing).
Gregory Lipper
  • Senior Litigation Counsel, Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
  • Litigates high-profile First Amendment cases at trial and on appeal.
  • Represents military veteran in constitutional challenge to promotion of Christianity at local veterans' memorial in\u2028King, North Carolina.
  • Represented Respondents in Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Supreme Court's recent case examining the constitutionality of prayers before local government meetings
  • Authored Supreme Court brief defending access to contraception in Hobby Lobby case
  • Experienced oral advocate.
Barry Lynn
  • Has served for the past 20 years as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Ordained minister in liberal United Church of Christ
  • Member of the Supreme Court bar
  • Only person to have won both the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award and Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt "Freedom To Worship" Medal of Honor
  • Have appeared on virtually every good, bad and ugly television program and was referred to as a "paranoid crazy" by Bill O'Reilly
  • Author of new book to be released in Spring 2015: God and Goverment--An Insider's View of 25 Years of Church-State Separation.
  • Currently have two well know Christian ministers praying for my death.
  • Have co-hosted radio shows opposite both Pat Buchanan and Oliver North.
  • See him with Anderson Cooper here.
  • Find out more info here and here.

Florida

Daniel Batcheldor
  • UK born.
  • Lives in Florida near the Kennedy Space Center.
  • Received a PhD Astrophysics.
  • Is the Head of Physics & Space Sciences at Florida Tech.
  • Has 10+ years teaching experience at the university level.
  • Is a frequent user of Space Telescopes.
Jennifer (Jen) Hancock
  • Located in Tampa Bay, FL
  • Former executive director for the Humanists of Florida Association.
  • Author: The Humanist Approach to Happiness: Practical Wisdom Writer and producer of An Introduction to Humanism on DVD
  • Tampa Humanist and Freethought Examiner for Examiner.com
  • Writes a freelance column about Humanism for the Bradenton Herald newspaper.
  • Writes the Happiness through Humanism blog and podcast.

Georgia

Jeremiah Camara
  • Located in Lilburn, GA
  • Has been called the "reverse preacher"
  • Extremely comfortable in front of any sized crowd
  • A stickler for being on time
  • Expert on my subject matter
  • Very creative (author, poet, musician, filmmaker, speaker)
  • Able to speak to any demographic
  • I enjoy what I do immensely

Topics Include:

  • Religion's...
    -Economic implications
    -Deleterious effects on society
    -Historical impact on the world
    -Injurious effects (specifically on African Americans)
    -Racism... why it's not what we think it is
    -American precepts of racial inferiority
    -Constitutional myths
    -Slavery (why it's still relevant)
  • And more!
Bobby Cary
  • Creator & Host of No Religion Required Radio Show
  • U.S. Army Veteran
  • @noreligionreq on Twitter
Tim Farley
  • Located in Atlanta, GA
  • Creator of the website What’s the Harm? - whatstheharm.net
  • Author of the Skeptical Software Tools blog - skeptools.com
  • Contributor to Skepticality podcast - skepticality.com
  • Panelist on Virtual Skeptics video webcast - virtualskeptics.com
  • Curator of the daily Skeptic History, the Skepticism Conventions Guide and the annual In Memoriam reel at TAM
  • Contributor to Skeptical Inquirer magazine
  • Past Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation
Mandisa Thomas
  • Located in Atlanta, GA
  • Born and raised in New York City
  • Never formally raised religious
  • Married with 3 children
  • A founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc.
  • Current board member of Foundation Beyond Belief
  • Twitter: @mandy0904
Karin Weiss
  • Located in Atlanta, GA Former president (2008-2010) and current board member, American Atheists
  • Former executive director, Council for Secular Humanism
  • Former president, Atlanta Freethought Society (AFS)
  • Life member, American Atheists, Council for Secular Humanism, FFRF, AFS Author of many chapters, essays, LTEs; editor and publisher
  • Co-editor/compiler, with his son Michael, Quotations That Support Separation of State and Church, 2nd Edition (Freethought Press)

Illinois

Adam Chalom
  • Located in Chicago, but travels throughout the US
  • Dean – North America of International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ)
  • Humanist Rabbi for Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation, a member of the Society for Humanistic Judaism
  • Twitter: @hjrabbi
  • Blog: https://hjrabbi.wordpress.com
  • Audio Podcast: The Kol Hadash Podcast
  • IISHJ will cover all speaker costs, including a small stipend for snacks, if your campus is located near the following cities: Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Washington DC, Detroit, Chicago, and Philadelphia. If your campus is located at a distance from those cities, some travel expenses will be requested.
Matt Enloe
  • Located in Chicago, IL
  • Student at The University of Chicago Law School
  • Organized over 5,000 people in response to a threat by the Westboro Baptist Church
  • Affectionately known at Oregon State as "The DiploMatt"
  • SSACon 2015 Speaker
Hemant Mehta

Hemant's speaking topics include:

  • The story behind I Sold My Soul on eBay
  • The need for critical thinking in public schools
  • The challenges of being a young atheist
  • Why skeptics can be so gullible
Benjamin Zalisko
  • Biochemist at the University of Chicago
  • Founder of SSA chapters at Elmhurst College and the University of Chicago.
  • Former Executive Producer of Sunday Assembly Chicago
  • Secular SafeZone Facilitator
  • Blogs at reasonbound.wordpress.com

Indiana

Jessika Griffin
  • Located in Bloomington, IN
  • SSA Regional Campus Organizer for the Mideast Region (IL, IN, MI, OH, & KY)
  • Education: BS in Public Management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington. Minor in legal studies.
  • Former Secular Alliance at IU President ('12-'13) and Outreach Director ('11-'12)
  • Twitter: @SSAJessika
  • Jessika can speak on secular activism, building a community on campus, doing interfaith work, how to run social media and other promotional resources, working with off campus groups, and animal liberation.
John Loftus
  • Located in Ft. Wayne, IN
  • Three master's degrees in the area of the Philosophy of Religion
  • Former Christian Minister & Apologist
  • Earned a master’s degree under the infamous Christian apologist William Lane Craig.
  • Author of Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity - named best atheist book of the decade by Common Sense Atheism
  • Editor of The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, which received the 2010 Atheist/Agnostic About.com Reader’s Choice Award.
  • He has edited three other important books, The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails, The End of Christianity and Christianity is Not Great. He also co-wrote a debate book (with Dr. Randal Rauser) titled, God or Godless published by Baker Books.
  • The only skeptic with a reasonable set of credentials that William Lane Craig refuses to debate! Let's Recap Why William Lane Craig Refuses to Debate Me

Iowa

Justin Scott
  • Located in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Generated national and international headlines by interviewing all presidential candidates on how they would uphold and/or strengthen the Separation of Church and State and how their faith would influence their presidency.
  • Exchanges with presidential candidates have gone viral; Marco Rubio exchange alone seen over 10 million times.
  • Efforts to interview all presidential hopefuls featured on American Atheists, Atheist Voter, in Time magazine, Associated Press, FoxNews, ABC News, Huffington Post, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Christian Post, the Gospel Herald, the United Coalition of Reason, the Des Moines Register, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, the Minnesota Atheists podcast "Atheists Talk," "Freethought Radio" by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Interfaith Alliance's weekly radio show and podcast "State of Belief", the "I Doubt It with Dollemore" podcast and many more!
  • Founder of the Delaware County Coalition of Reason in Manchester, IA; Administrator with the Cedar Valley Atheists.
  • Does well both alone and in panels.
  • Follow Justin at @iowaatheist247

Kansas

JT Eberhard
  • Located in Lawrence, KS
  • Blogger
  • Co-Founder of Skepticon
Darrel Ray
  • Located in Bonner Springs, KS
  • Organizational psychologist with lifelong interest in the psychology of religion
  • Author of three books, two in organizational psychology and one on religious infection
  • Principal researcher on the recent report: Sex and Secularism: What Happens When You Leave Religion, A survey of 10,000 American secularists
  • Founder of Recovering from Religion - "Learning the joy of faith free living" www.recoveringreligionists.com
  • Raised in a fundamentalist home.
  • Professional speaker, trainer and consultant
  • Hobbies include mountain climbing, skiing, gardening, reading and travel

Kentucky

Jim Helton
  • President & Founder of Tri-State Freethinkers
  • Regional Director American Atheist - Kentucky
  • Adopted the Highway in front of Creation Museum
  • Stopped Gideon's bible distributions
  • Challenged Abstinence Only Sex Education in Kentucky

Louisiana

Jerry DeWitt
  • Located in Rural Louisiana
  • Jerry is a Public Speaker, Author and Celebrant with the Humanist Society
  • Is a board member for The Clergy Project
  • Is a board member for Foundation Beyond Belief
  • He is the author of Hope After Faith
  • His website can be found at jerrydewitt.net or HopeAfterFaith.com
  • Twitter: @jerry_dewitt

Maryland

Jon Camp
  • Executive Vice President for Vegan Outreach
  • Spent 10 years on the road, reaching over a million college students with the plight of farmed animals
  • In 2014, was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame
  • Featured in a number of books and documentaries about animal advocacy
Dave Churvis
  • Located in Washington, DC
  • Atlanta native, recent transplant to the DC area
  • Program Manager at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
  • Founder and three-term President of Secular Panthers at Georgia State University
  • Queer Poly Sci-Fi/Comics Nerd
  • Formerly various kinds of religious (Christian, Jewish) and spiritual (gnostic, pagan)
  • Former "psychic"
Stephanie Guttormson
  • Located in Gaithersburg, MD
  • Trans Woman
  • Operations Director, RDFRS
  • Former Award-Winning Student Group Leader
  • Bachelors of Arts degrees in Theoretical Mathematics and Linguistics
  • Founded Metro State Atheists at MSUD (formerally MSCD)
  • YouTube Channel 'Think Stephically' www.youtube.com/thinkingstephtically
Ashley Miller
  • Currently located in Columbia, SC
  • Currently getting PhD in Mass Communications, focusing on Women's Studies and Reality TV
  • Worked in reality television as an editor -- shows included Toddlers & Tiaras, Flipping Out, Ace of Cakes
  • Plays the Ukulele
  • Member of the SSA Board of Directors
  • Communications Officer at Provide -- An organization dedicated to abortion access, especially in the South
  • Twitter: @ashleyfmiller

Ashley would love to speak on the following topics:

  • Atheism and diversity
  • Introduction to feminism
  • Media literacy and how to work with the media
  • Religion versus women, minorities, and LGBT
  • Using Social Media effectively
  • Film, Television, Young Adult Literature
  • Blogging, Podcasting, Vlogging
  • History of Christianity
  • Coping with burn out

Massachusetts

Aaron Adair
  • Professor of physics and physics education
  • Researcher in education, history, and science & religion
  • Published and have given talks on Christianity, science (esp. physics), and aliens/ETs (ancient and modern)
  • Author of The Star of Bethlehem: A Skeptical View
Tom Clark
  • Located in Boston, MA
  • Founder, Center for Naturalism.
  • Developer of Naturalism.Org, a leading Web resource on worldview naturalism, its implications and applications.
  • Author, Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses and many publications and presentations on naturalism, free will, science, addiction, and criminal and social justice.
  • Host and moderator, Philosophy CafĂ© at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA.
Lucien Greaves
Abby Hafer
  • Located in Bedford, MA
  • D.Phil. in zoology from Oxford University
  • Teaches human anatomy and physiology
  • Senior lecturer in biology at Curry College in Milton, MA
  • Interviewed on National Public Radio/Public Radio International. 
  • Also interviewed on WBAI radio in New York.
  • Has presented at numerous colleges and humanist societies
  • Three presentations: UnIntelligent Design: Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and 'Intelligent Design' Does Not, Animals That Shouldn't Exist, According to Intelligent Design, Biology and Intelligent Design--They Really Speak Different Languages (and I can prove it)
Seth Lepore
  • Located in Easthampton, MA
  • Seth is a writer, humorist and performing artist as well as community organizer.
  • His one-man show Losing My Religion: Confessions of a New Age Refugee was one the top ten plays of 2011 according to the Twin Cities Daily Planet.
  • Lepore has a chameleon like ability to shape shift between characters on stage.
  • Lepore grew up Catholic, became a Buddhist for a while, tried out a plethora of new age versions of spirituality and is now a very happy agnostic.
  • The name Lepore is Italian, not French.
  • Lepore met Hulk Hogan on a plane when he was nine and got his autograph on a napkin which he promptly lost the next day.
  • Lepore is excited to be working on an upcoming devised work with the media theorist Douglas Rushkoff in 2016-17.
  • Twitter: @sethlepore
David Niose
  • Located in Lunenburg, Massachusetts
  • Author of Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans, and Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason (December 2014)
  • Former president of the Secular Coalition for America and American Humanist Association
  • Legal Director for the American Humanist Association
  • Attorney who has litigated on behalf of Secular Americans
  • Humanist blog at Psychology Today, called "Our Humanity, Naturally."
  • Twitter: @ahadave
Katherine Stewart
  • Located in NY City

Michigan

Jeremiah Bannister
  • I live with my wife and four children in Dorr, Michigan, midway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
  • I graduated with a degree in journalism and mass communication from Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan. I also minored in political science.
  • I'm the creator and host of PaleoRadio, a talk radio program focused on politics, religion and culture.
  • As a protestant, I was a pastor and advocate for presuppositionalism, theonomy, and postmillennialism--put together, Christian Reconstructionism.
  • As a Roman Catholic, I was a Knight of Columbus, a catechist, and a guest speaker on matters of politics and religion. My final year as a Roman Catholic--and as a Christian--was spent as a sedevacantist.
  • Twitter: @Paleocrat
Ed Brayton
  • Located near Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Owner of the Freethought Blogs network and the popular blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars.
  • President and co-founder of Michigan Citizens for Science.
  • Recipient of the Friend of Darwin award from the National Center for Science Education.
  • Host of Culture Wars Radio on WPRR in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • Former stand-up comedian.
Tommy Nugent
  • Located in Detroit, MI
  • former pentecostal youth pastor turned atheist
  • award-winning solo comedy-theater performer
  • professional speaker who has presented to more than half a million students since 1998
  • on Twitter as @revnuge
Justin Schieber
  • Located in Grand Rapids, MI
  • Extensive debate experience.
  • Co-host of the Reasonable Doubts Radio show Podcast.
  • Currently serves as board member of CFI Michigan.

Minnesota

Scott Forschler
  • Located in St. Cloud, MN
  • PhD in Philosophy (U of MN, 2004), emphasis in ethical theory
  • former member of Campus Atheists and Secular Humanists (U of MN), Minnesota Atheists
  • previously taught philosophy at several Minnesota community colleges and the University of Minnesota
  • author of several peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations on ethics
  • author of the upcoming book The Logic of Morality, to be published by Rowman & Littlefield
  • currently a philosophy instructor at St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Stephanie Zvan

Missouri

James Croft
  • Located in Somerville, MA
  • Vice-Chair of the Humanist Graduate Community at Harvard
  • Assistant Editor of The New Humanism
  • Founder of Temple of the Future
  • Humanist Celebrant

New Jersey

Danielle Muscato
  • Located in Cranford, New Jersey
  • Public Relations Director, American Atheists
  • Former Secular Student Alliance Volunteer Network Coordinator and summer intern
  • Former student group leader (SASHA at University of Missouri)
  • Co-editor of the SSA Group Running Guide, 4th ed.
  • Blogger for Humanist Community at Harvard, muSASHA.org, and SkepticFreethought.com
  • Host of "Atheist Viewpoint", a nationally syndicated weekly TV show, also available on the Atheist TV channel free online at www.atheists.tv
  • Former professional Christian worship musician
  • Also available for debates!
  • Muscato is a trans woman formerly known as Dave
  • Twitter handle: @DanielleMuscato

New York

Baba Brinkman
  • Located in New York
  • Rap artist
  • Playwright
  • Science Communicator
  • Advocate of Evolution
Chris Johnson
  • Located in New York, NY
  • Author of the photography book, "A Better Life: 100 Atheists Speak Out on Joy & Meaning in a World Without God"
  • Director of upcoming film version of the book.
  • Has raised over $125,000 on Kickstarter for the book/film of "A Better Life"
  • Interviewed atheists from around the world for the two projects including notable figures such as, Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett, Steven Pinker, Penn & Teller, Julia Sweeney, Alex Honnold, & Derren Brown, among others.
  • Check him out on Youtube here.

Topics Include:

  • The journey of creating "A Better Life" - from concept to published book!
  • Crowdfunding
  • A new way of looking at atheism
  • Atheism and Death
Jamie Kilstein
  • Located in Brooklyn, NY
  • Comedian and Co-Host of Citizen Radio
  • As seen on MSNBC, Conan O'Brien, Showtime, and more
  • Doesn't hate women
  • Performed at The Reason Rally, Global Atheist Convention etc
  • Twitter handle: @jamiekilsteind
Adam Lee
  • Located in New York, NY
  • Author of the blog Daylight Atheism
  • Cited in Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion
  • Won first prize in a science-writing contest judged by Steven Pinker
  • Was singled out in campaign attack ads in 2008 run by a Republican senator
  • Lifetime member of the Freedom from Religion Foundation
David Madison
Amanda Marcotte
  • Located in Brooklyn, NY
  • Political writer with an emphasis on feminism, secularism, and monitoring the religious right
  • Blogs at Pandagon, Slate's XX Factor, and RH Reality Check
  • Writes regularly for Slate, Alternet, and the Guardian
  • Has written two books, one on feminism and one on liberal politics with an emphasis on secularism and science
  • Has spoken on feminism, the religious right, right wing extremism, and the links between feminism and skepticism

North Carolina

Cecil Bothwell
  • Located in Asheville, NC
  • One of a small handful of openly non-theist politicians in the U.S., dubbed the most Courageous Elected Official of 2010 by the American Atheists.
  • Author of Whale Falls: An exploration of belief and its consequences, and The Prince of War: Billy Graham's Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire.
  • Winner of national and regional awards for investigative reporting, criticism, humorous commentary and slam poetry.
  • Author of Geoffrey Wasn't Rash (chapbook and tape) and Can We Have Archaic and Idiot? A collection of fictitious tropes.
Candace Gorham
  • Located in Durham, NC
  • Author of The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women are Walking Out on Religion and Others Should, Too
  • Former minister in a charismatic-style church
  • Member of The Clergy Project & The Therapist Project
  • Received Master's degree in counseling from Wake Forest University
  • Twitter: @EbonyExodus
  • Find out more on The Ebony Exodus Project on Facebook and at this website.

Ohio

Kelley Freeman
  • Located in Columbus, OH
  • Communications Associate for the Secular Student Alliance
  • Former intern for both the SSA and Foundation Beyond Belief
  • President/Officer of SSA at the University of South Carolina (2010-2013)
  • Founder and president of Forward Progressive Alliance at USC (2011-2013)
  • Contributor to Friendly Atheist
  • Has spoken at multiple conferences and freethought venues throughout the country
  • Twitter: @ramenneedles
Gordon Maples
  • Located in Columbus, OH
  • Manager of the Secular Student Alliance's Regional Program
  • Formerly SSA's Regional Campus Organizer for the Southeastern US
  • Founder of the Southeastern Collegiate Atheist Alliance
  • President/Officer of Alabama Atheists and Agnostics (2010 - 2012)
  • Has inadvertently appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, The Blaze, and Creation Today.
  • Has spoken at multiple conferences and freethought venues throughout the Southeast and the rest of the country
  • Twitter @SouthernHeathen

Miri Mogilevsky
  • Lives in NYC
  • Studied psychology at Northwestern University
  • Now studying social work at Columbia University
  • Blogs about social justice, psychology, and basically everything at freethoughtblogs.com/brutereason
  • Tweets @sondosia
  • Enjoys Russian literature and Cheezits

Topics Include:

  • Psychology & mental health (especially as they relate to skepticism)
  • social justice
  • sexual health
  • LGBT/women's issues
  • writing/blogging/activism
  • social media
Gleb Tsipursky
  • Located in Columbus, OH
  • I am Co-Founder and Ideator-in-Chief of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to promoting rational thinking, emotional intelligence, and social intelligence
  • I am a history professor, specializing in analyzing decision-making processes and outcomes in various historical contexts
  • I am the former president of the New York University secular student group
  • I am an activist of the secular humanist group in Columbus, OH (The Humanist Community of Central Ohio)
  • I am an activist of the atheist group in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) church in Columbus, OH (UU Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists)
  • Twitter: @Gleb_Tsipursky
Callie Wright
  • Located in Cincinnati, OH
  • Host of the Gaytheist Manifesto Podcast, and blogger at The Gaytheist Manifesto on Patheos
  • Queer, transgender woman with a passion for the intersection of atheist and LGBTQ activism
  • Twitter: @gaytheistcallie
Frank Zindler
  • Located in Columbus, OH
  • Editor of American Atheist Press
  • Linguist
  • Spent twenty years as a teacher and professor of biology, psychobiology, and geology
  • Outstanding debater and public speaker

Oregon

Peter Boghossian
  • Located in Portland, OR
  • Philosopher in the Portland State University Philosophy Department
  • Has helped countless people to lose their faith
  • Will teach you how to help others lose their faith
Karen Garst
  • Atheist, Author, Feminist
  • PhD University of Wisconsin
  • Former executive director - Oregon State Bar
  • Former executive director - Oregon Community College Association
  • Former field representative - Oregon Federation of Teachers
  • Book of essays of women who have left religion to be published by Pitchstone Publishing in Fall 2106.
  • Blog at www.faithlessfeminist.com
  • YouTube Channel and Facebook Page under Faithless Feminist
Robert Parker
  • Located in Portland, Oregon
  • Has partnered with CFI, Sunday Assembly, and AHA
  • Law student and former journalist

Can speak on:

  • Legal Systems
  • Secular Law
  • The Rise of the Nones

Pennsylvania

Fernando Alcantar
  • Born and raised in Mexico under Catholic tradition.
  • Former State Leader of the Foursquare denomination youth in Baja California, Mexico.
  • BA and MA from Azusa Pacific University, the second largest Christian college in the nation.
  • Former globetrotting missionary leader, leading hundreds of churches in Mexico, and thousands of missionaries from all over the US and Canada.
  • Former head of youth and young adult ministries for the almost 400 churches in the Southern California-Hawaii region of the United Methodist Church.
  • Left Christianity and eventually realized my identity as a gay man.
  • Experienced a traumatizing gay-bashing from zealot members of the Mormon church in the state of Utah.
Julien Musolino
  • Based in Philadelphia, PA
  • Born and raised in France
  • Professor of psychology and cognitive science
  • Author of The Soul Fallacy
  • Expert Blogger for Psychology Today
  • Has appeared on national television, radio and podcast programs in the US and abroad
  • Faculty advisor for Rutgers Humanist Community
  • Twitter @JulienMusolino
Andy Norman
  • Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Philosophy prof at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Author of the Humanist Network News's "Brainstormin" series
  • Contributor to Free Inquiry magazine

South Carolina

Matthew Facciani
  • Sociology PhD student
  • Broadly studies the sociology of religion and gender
  • Writes for Patheos about religion, atheism, science, and social justice
Herb Silverman
  • Located in Charleston, SC
  • Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the College of Charleston
  • Founded and was faculty advisor to the Atheist-Humanist Alliance
  • President of the Secular Coalition for America
  • Former candidate for Governor of South Carolina
  • Founded Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in South Carolina

Texas

Matt Dillahunty
  • Located in Austin, TX
  • President, Atheist Community of Austin
  • Host of The Atheist Experience Live!
  • Co-Host of The Non-Prophets
Russell Glasser
  • Located in Austin, TX.
  • Professional software engineer with a Master's Degree from the University of Texas.
  • Raised as an atheist with a Jewish cultural background, by two Ph.D physicists.
  • Has been participating in the Atheist Experience TV show since 2000.
  • Founding member of The Non-Prophets radio show in 2002.
  • Active blogger on Freethoughtblogs.com.
  • Has been in dialogues with Ray Comfort, Matt Slick, and Charles Colson.
Anthony Pinn
  • Located in Houston, TX
  • Harvard University PhD (1994)
  • First African American to hold an Endowed Chair at Rice University
  • Author/editor of 28 books - including several on humanism
  • Director of research for the Institute for Humanist Studies
  • Named the Harvard University Humanist Chaplaincy "Humanist of the Year" in 2006
  • Received the African American Humanist Award from the Council for Secular Humanism in 1999
Aron Ra
  • Located in Dallas, TX
  • Producer of the 'Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism' video series
  • Regular co-host of the Magic Sandwich Show on BlogTV
  • Occasional co-host on the Atheist Experience TV show
  • Member of American Atheists and the Fellowship of Freethought
  • Over 80,000 subscribers on Youtube
  • Host of the podcast "Ra-Men"
  • Contributing member of the Global Secular Council
  • Founder of the Philogeny Explorer project
  • Producting educational classroom supplement videos according to Next Generation Science Standards

Virginia

Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar
  • Located in Houston, TX.
  • Born in June 16th 1991, right after first gulf war, lived all childhood under Sanctions and Saddam Hussein Nationalist and Islamist Dictatorship.
  • The 2nd chapter of my life starts with the U.S Intervention in 2003 and the Civil War between Sunnis and Shias
  • Late 2007 my eldest brothers was killed in Iraq by Al Qaeda which ruined the family since then.
  • I lived in exile from September 2009 in many countries across the Middleeast east and South East Asia.
    March 2013: I arrived to the United States.
  • Education: Computer Science (Started 2011) going to continue here in the United States
  • Self Study: Philosophy and Macro economics since age 8 (which is the reason why I am an Atheist since birth).

    Projects created:

  • Global Secular Humanist Movement - its roots started from a local group I created in Iraq, today it has more than 195,000 Followers and growing.
  • Branches: 5 so far across the world. And 7 will be created this year.
  • Secular Post - Media platform for Secularists from all over the world to publish their ideas and thoughts (especially in countries with limited free speech and Atheists are prosecuted)
  • Written for publications such as : Big Think, National Post, Washington Post
  • Speeches: Found on YouTube
David Tamayo
  • Located in Reston, VA
  • President and Founder of non-profit Hispanic American Freethinkers
  • Host of the secular HAFree Podcast (in Spanish)
  • Freemason for over 15 years
  • Teaches critical thinking seminars to high schools in Northern Virginia (Washington, DC suburbs)
  • BS in Computer Science from George Washington Univ.
  • MS in Management of Information Technology, University of Virginia
  • Twitter handle: @davidfromhafree

Washington

Patrick Elliot
  • Located in Madison, WI (frequently travels to Minnesota)
  • Attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • Spokesperson on state/church issues with the media, including the Los Angeles Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Fox News, MSNBC and other national news sources covering state/church issues.
  • Speaking engagements have included freethinker groups, conventions, legislative testimony, and training for school administrators.
James Sutter
  • Located in Seattle, WA.
  • Co-creator of the Pathfinder RPG, currently the best-selling tabletop roleplaying game in the world.
  • Professional author, game designer, and worldbuilder.
  • Author of the novels Death's Heretic and The Redemption Engine, a fantasy series about an atheist in a world where gods are objectively real.
  • Ranked #3 on Barnes & Noble's Best Fantasy Releases of 2011. Finalist for an Origins Award and the Compton Crook Award for Best First Novel, and winner of numerous ENnie awards for setting and game design.
  • Regular guest speaker at Gen Con, World Fantasy Convention, Norwescon, Paizocon, Clarion West Writer's Workshop, and more.
  • Twitter: @jameslsutter
Rebecca Vitsmun
  • Located in Pullyallup, WA
  • Development Coordinator of Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams for Foundation Beyond Belief, the first national disaster recovery program for the secular community
  • Co-host and writer for broadcast radio program, Ask an Atheist.
  • Outed on live national television by Wolf Blitzer after a tornado destroyed her home
  • Board member of Humanists of Washington
  • Twitter: @ActuallyAtheist

West Virginia

Roger Scott Jackson
  • Located in West Virginia
  • Sam Singleton is the world's first and only full-time Atheist Evangelist, so far as we know.
  • Brother Sam is a fictional character created and portrayed onstage by Roger Scott Jackson.
  • He is the author of PATRIARCHS AND PENISES, A Comedy in Two Acts, (2008) TOO BIG FOR GOD, (2009) and IF THE OCEAN WAS WHISKEY AND GOD WAS A DUCK, The Humorous Tale of a Child Evangelist (2010).
  • He has performed his comedic works in more than a hundred venues and towns in the US and Canada, in saloons, theaters, universities and at conferences.
  • Brother Sam has frequently and favorably been compared to Mark Twain, Clarence Darrow, George Carlin, and Foghorn Leghorn.
  • Brother Sam, or his creator, Roger Scott Jackson, is also available for extemporaneous discussions, question and answer sessions, interviews and debates on many subjects, but neither one will debate the existence of god.

Wisconsin

Dan Barker
  • Located in Madison, WI
  • Former evangelical minister
  • Co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • Author of Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist
  • Author of Godless: How An Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists (with a foreword by Richard Dawkins)
  • Author of The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God
  • Dynamic Speaker and Debater (and singer!)
  • Frequent media appearances including the Phil Donahue show, Maury Povich, Hannity & Colmes, and Oprah Winfrey
  • Co-host of Freethought Radio
Annie Laurie Gaylor
  • Located in Madison, WI
  • Co-founder and Co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • Editor of Freethought Today (1985-2009; now executive editor not acting editor)
  • Author of "Woe to the Women: the Bible tells Me So", "Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children", & "Women Without Superstition: No Gods - No Masters"
  • Twitter: @algaylor
Rebecca Markert
  • Located in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Senior Staff Attorney for Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • Received a B.A. in political science, German, and international relations from the University of Wisconsin
  • Received her J.D. from Roger Williams University
Steve Martin
  • Located in Ripon, WI
  • Professor of Communication at Ripon College, in Ripon, WI
  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Address from Penn State University
  • Teaches courses on the rhetoric of social movements, U.S public address, political campaign communication, public speaking, argumentation theory, and metaphor and social problems
  • Advises the Secular Student Alliance at Ripon College
Andrew Seidel
  • Lives in Madison, WI and loves to travel
  • Degrees include:
    • Bachelor of Science in neuroscience and environmental science, cum laude
    • Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
    • Masters of Law, summa cum laude
  • Speaking events:
    • Andrew has given more than 30 talks at universities and law schools across the country.
    • He has given talks and workshops at the last three SSA conferences in Columbus and has debated Bill O'Reilly.
    • He frequently writes for FFRF's blog: http://ffrf.org/new/blog
  • Awards include:
    • FFRF Graduate Student Essay Contest, Second Place 2010
    • Haber J. McCarthy Excellence in Environmental Law Award
    • Outstanding Masters of Law Student, Denver University Law School
  • Forthcoming book on international human rights
  • Attorney, Photographer, Writer, and Former Grand Canyon Tour Guide.

Canada

Nathan Phelps
  • Located in Alberta, CA.
  • Born and raised in the "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.
  • Left home on the night of his 18th birthday and ostracized from my family since.
  • Was married for 23 years and raised four children.
  • After another 20+ years in mainstream Christianity he reasoned his way to atheism.
  • Executive Director of the Centre for Inquiry Canada in Calgary, Alberta.
  • On the board of directors of Recovering From Religion.
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