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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.

Lyz Liddell, M.Mus., Director of HR and Finance
[lyz DOT liddell AT secularstudents DOT org]

Lyz Liddell became the Director of HR and Finance for the Secular Student Alliance in late 2015. She has previously served as Director of Campus Organizing from 2008-2015, during which time she grew the campus organizing program substantially. Lyz has volunteered with the organization since early 2005.

Lyz can be found in a variety of communities in the Columbus, OH area, including as a core member of The Early Interval (the resident ensemble in the Columbus area for medieval and renaissance music), cycling, local/sustainable food, tabletop RPGs, and more.

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. 

In late 2015, Neil began serving as the SSA's Development Director in a volunteer capacity.

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.


Campus Organizing Team

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.


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

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