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August E. Brunsman IV, Executive Director

August Brunsman is the executive director of the Secular Student Alliance. He has served in that position since 2001, and started getting paid for it in 2004. He also worked as a programmer for the Institute for Humanist Studies from 2001 to 2004. In 1997 he co-founded Students for Freethought at the Ohio State University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2001 majoring in psychology and minoring in mathematics and cognitive science.

He served as the Secretary of the Board of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio from 2009 through 2013. 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.

Tori Rehr, Executive Assistant

As the Executive Assistant, Tori Rehr works closely with August to support the SSA's leadership and office operations. She became involved with SSA after participating in interfaith work on campus and becoming frustrated with the lack of resources for non-theistic students. She previously worked as the 2013 Resource Development intern and co-founded the Secular Student Alliance at Juniata College, where she graduated with her degree in Psychology. Tori also devotes her time to reproductive justice advocacy, her local library, and the Capital Pride Band.
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Campus Organizing Team

Nick Stancato, Campus Organizing Manager

Nick Stancato manages the Campus Organizing Program and the SSA Annual Conference. He is also the go-to organizer for SSA groups in the northern portion of the US.

Nick ran the SSA at Ohio State, and successfully revived that group from its very inactive state. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in History as well as minors in Roman Classics and Religious Studies. He loves studying world mythologies and is an avid Roman history enthusiast. He enjoys video gaming in his off time.


Gordon Maples, Senior Campus Organizer

Gordon Maples is a former President of the University of Alabama SSA affiliate (the Crimson Secular Student Alliance), and founded the Southeastern Collegiate Atheist Alliance while in school in order to network with fellow secular student leaders from throughout the southeastern US.

Originally from Alabama, Gordon is passionately dedicated to improving the situation and standing for atheists and nontheists in the United States.

Pete Zupan, Campus Organizer

Pete went to the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Philosophy of Law, influenced by his passion for Church/State separation. He then went on to become the Vice President of the Secular Students and Skeptics Society and also the Volunteer Network Coordinator for the Colorado Regional SSA. He worked as an intern for Americans United for Separation of Church and State before coming to the SSA. He loves his dogs, science (particularly evolution), and Sci-Fi.


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