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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.


Campus Organizing Team

Nick Stancato, Progam Manager

Nick Stancato manages the Campus Organizing Team, the SSA Annual Conference, and other SSA programming. He has been with the SSA since 2010, when he first began as an intern. In college Nick was the Chair of the SSA at The Ohio State University, where he successfully revived it from its previously inactive state. He also helped to found the first IFYC-sponsored interfaith group on campus.

He graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in History as well as minors in Roman Classics and Religious Studies, and is also a Board Member of the Ohio chapter of American United for the Separation of Church and State. Nick has spoken at the President's Interfaith Community Service and Campus Challenge, Creating Change, and is a member of the Executive Planning Committee for the NASPA 2017 Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Convergence event.

Originally from Northeast Ohio, Nick is also an avid gamer and a huge Star Wars nerd.


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.


Sam Farooqui, Campus Organizer

Samreena Farooqui graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in Psychology. She was a founding officer of SSA at Florida State University, where she went on to organize the first ever Southeast Secular Student Regional Conference (S3RC). At FSU, she was also part of the executive board of The F-Word at FSU, where she organized Ladyfest 2014 and Take No More Fest 2015, which featured artists with marginalized identities with the purpose of benefitting the local community. She served as the Treasurer for Planned Parenthood: Generation Action at FSU and as an FSU Senator as well. She worked as an outreach intern for the Center for Inquiry, a social media intern for the American Humanist Association, and the Communications Director for CFI-Tallahassee prior to becoming a campus organizer for the SSA. She focuses on intersectional and nuanced social justice, particularly within a secular worldview.

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