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August E. Brunsman IV, Executive Director
[august DOT brunsman AT secularstudents DOT org]

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.

Neil Wehneman, J.D., Development Director
[neil DOT wehneman AT secularstudents DOT org]

Neil Wehneman has served as the Development Director of the Secular Student Alliance since early 2013.

Prior to joining the Secular Student Alliance, Neil litigated commercial disputes, conducted intellectual property transactions, and drafted scientific expert witness testimony. Neil maintains an Indiana law license (Good Standing, Inactive) as well as admission to the United States Patent Bar. In addition, Neil holds degrees in Information Systems (cum laude from Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business) and law (summa cum laude from Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law).

Raised fundamentalist Christian, Neil was active in Campus Crusade for Christ at Ohio State. Following law school, Neil solicited book recommendations from his atheist and fundamentalist friends so he could critically re-examine the faith of his childhood. After considering the best arguments the leading sides had to offer, he abandoned Christianity as not only unproven but affirmatively contrary to the evidence.

An avid board gamer, Neil previously served as the Assistant Director of the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund, a leading gaming charity.

Kelley Freeman, Communications Associate
[kelley DOT freeman AT secularstudents DOT org]

Kelley Freeman is the Communications Associate for the Secular Student Alliance as of October 2014. 

Kelley graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in Russian and a minor in sociology. She was the president of SSAUSC and is a former intern for both the Secular Student Alliance and Foundation Beyond Belief. During her time in college, she also founded a progressive student coalition at the University of South Carolina and was service director for her university chapter of Omega Phi Alpha, national service sorority.

Currently, Kelley is one half of the Secular Start Up team. When not at work, Kelley is an avid tea drinker, cat lover, and enjoys crocheting and reading. 


Amber Scott, Development Associate
[amber DOT scott AT secularstudents DOT org]

Amber Scott is the Development Associate for the Secular Student Alliance, supporting our fundraising and other efforts. She initially served as an SSA intern during the summer of 2009, and re-joined our staff in February 2014 as a Campus Organizing Assistant. In her spare time Amber enjoys bicycling, crafting, and practicing trapeze.

Kate Donovan, Social Media Contractor
[kate DOT donovan AT secularstudents DOT org]

Kate Donovan is the Social Media Contractor for the Secular Student Alliance. She was the president of Northwestern's Secular Student Alliance and the 2013 SSA Communications Intern, as well as an intern for Foundation Beyond Belief. She's pursuing a degree in human development and psychological services and intends to become a therapist. When she's not picking out couches for her future office, Kate likes bad puns, reading psychometrics research, and knitting. 

Kate Donovan

Joe McNally, Administrative Assistant
[joe DOT mcnally At secularstudents DOT org]

Joe McNally is the Administrative Assistant for the Secular Student Alliance. He was historian, newsletter coordinator, and president of Students For Freethought at The Ohio State University (now SSA at Ohio State). He studied Computer and Information Science and Management and Information Systems. He sings in a church choir, plays kickball with the Columbus Curling Club, and is a big fan of the Buckeyes, Browns, and Blue Jackets.


Campus Organizing Team

Lyz Liddell, M.Mus., Director of Campus Organizing
[lyz DOT liddell AT secularstudents DOT org]

Lyz Liddell is the Director of Campus Organizing for the Secular Student Alliance, coordinating the campus organizing team to deliver the SSA's services and resources to affiliate groups and individual students. She leads development of new resources and helps build relationships with other organizations to promote acceptance of secular students.

Lyz was the volunteer editor-in-chief of the SSA's eMpirical from 2006-2009, joining the SSA staff full-time in 2008. She volunteers with her local off-campus organization, the Humanist Community of Central Ohio, and serves in an advisory role to several national secular organizations. When not herding cats, she takes part in a wide spectrum of activities ranging from cycling to classical music.

Nick Stancato, Affiliate Program Manager
[nick DOT stancato AT secularstudents DOT org]

Nick Stancato started at the SSA as an intern and has held several positions on his way to his current position. His focus is on service/resource delivery and development for affiliate groups, as well as the SSA Annual Conference.

Nick ran the SSA at Ohio State for 2 years before stepping down. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in History as well as minors in Classics and Religious Studies. He loves studying world mythologies and is an avid Roman history enthusiast. He enjoys video gaming in his off time.


Pete Zupan, Student Program Specialist
[pete DOT zupan AT secularstudents DOT org]

Pete is the Student Program Specialist and former intern for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. His focus is on individual student resource development, normalization programs like Secular Safe Zone and Openly Secular, and Alumni services.

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 loves his dogs, science (particularly evolution), and Sci-Fi.


Gordon Maples, Regional Program Manager
[gordon DOT maples AT secularstudents DOT org]

Gordon Maples is the Secular Student Alliance’s Regional Program Manager, and former Regional Campus Organizer for the Southeast. He is additionally 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.


Jessika Griffin, Mideast Regional Campus Organizer
[jessika DOT griffin AT secularstudents DOT org]

Jessika Griffin is the Regional Campus Organizer for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. She is a former President ('12-'13) and Outreach Director ('11-'12) for the Indiana University Bloomington student group, Secular Alliance at Indiana University. She is a graduate of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington with a BS in Public Management.

Jessika was raised in a somewhat Catholic household and experienced a few years of Catholic school, but never fully accepted religion and spirituality. She has a passion for helping secular students and also enjoys learning about urban planning, bicycle commuting, sustainable farming, and human & animal rights. 


Cara Zelaya, Southeast Regional Campus Organizer
[cara DOT zelaya AT secularstudents DOT org]

Cara Zelaya is the Regional Campus Organizer for Albama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. 

She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the fall of 2013 after being an active member of the Secular Student Alliance at UCF. Cara also worked as Social Media Coordinator for the Florida Humanist Association.  


Dan Pemberton, Southwest Regional Campus Organizer
[dan DOT pemberton AT secularstudents DOT org]

Dan Pemberton is the Regional Campus Organizer for the Southwest region. He was President of the Secular Student Alliance at Sacramento State University, and has volunteered with Camp Quest West.

Dan's passion is for everyone to become a better critical thinker, no matter what his or her religion is.


Tori Rehr, Campus Organizing Assistant
[tori DOT rehr AT secularstudents DOT org]

Tori Rehr is the Campus Organizing Assistant, managing the Group-Starting Program and supporting the operations of the Campus Organizing team. She became involved with the 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. When not at the SSA, Tori is probably attempting to speak Spanish, reading literature with obnoxious titles, or being a general nerd.

Tori Rehr, CO Assistant

Nick Farr, 2015 Design Intern

Nick Farr is the 2015 graphic design intern for the Secular Student Alliance, providing design work for the organization's upcoming events, branding, social media, and more. He is a recent graduate from Berea College, where he studied technology and design. Nick also helped establish the college's first ever secular student group, in which he utilized his abilities in  graphic design to bring more awareness to the group.

Never truly having a connection with religion, he instead identified more with his creative side, starting with learning how to play guitar in middle school and later taking an interest in design during college. When not busy with design work, Nick's hobbies include composing music, playing video games, running on nature trails, and (most recently) karaoke.

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