Dr. Hector Garcia is the author of the groundbreaking books: Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression, and Sex, Power, and Partisanship: How Evolutionary Science Makes Sense of Our Political Divide. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and a clinical psychologist specializing in PTSD among combat veterans.
Gayle Jordan is the Executive Director of Recovering from Religion. She ran for state senate in rural Tennessee in 2016 and 2018 as an open atheist, and faced a profoundly unconstitutional attack on religious liberty. Gayle is a former Southern Baptist who left the faith when her then-teenagers began asking questions she could not answer. Her research led her (and her children) into the light of reason and rationality.
Candace R. M. Gorham MA, LPCS is a licensed professional mental health counselor. She is a former ordained minister turned atheist-humanist activist, researcher, and writer on issues related to race and religion. She is a member of the Black Humanist Alliance advisory board, The Secular Therapist Project, and The Clergy Project. Candace is also the author of The Ebony Exodus Project: Why Some Black Women Are Walking Out on Religion—and Others Should Too.
Kevin Bolling is the executive director of the Secular Student Alliance. With over 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience, Kevin's career has included 15 years of student association management and on-campus program development from Los Angeles to Boston. Before joining the SSA, Kevin served as the Director of Philanthropy at the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, a major LGBTQ arts advocacy organization, whose youth outreach work has moved thousands of hearts and minds across the US towards embracing LGBTQ equality.
Nick Fish is the President of American Atheists. A seasoned civil rights and civil liberties activist with more than a decade of political, organizing, and leadership experience with many of the nation’s most prominent political organizations and progressive non-profits, Nick was appointed President in 2018.
Fraidy Reiss is the founder and executive director of Unchained At Last, the only organization dedicated to ending forced and child marriage in the U.S. through direct services and advocacy. Reiss is recognized internationally as an expert on forced and child marriage in the U.S. Her writing on the subject has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and countless other publications.
Lorelei is a Rochester NY native who calls Detroit home. During her time in Rochester, she helped on the board of the Atheist Community of Rochester and was a member of the Rochester Humanists. In 2017, she co-founded the Western New York Satanists. Currently, her major project is resurrecting the Detroit chapter of The Satanic Temple.
Adriana Buenaventura-Martinez is a human rights and secular activist with a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies from American University.
Dr. Zachary Moore was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been active within the American atheist community for over a decade, having previously served as the Board Chair for Foundation Beyond Belief, Board Treasurer for Camp Quest Texas, Executive Director for Fellowship of Freethought Dallas, and Coordinator of the Dallas–Fort Worth Coalition of Reason.
Heron Greenesmith is a Senior Research Analyst at Political Research Associates, where they focus on LGBTQI justice. Heron has worked in LGBTQ advocacy for over a decade with the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the Movement Advancement Project, Family Equality Council, and the National LGBTQ Task Force.
Josiah Mannion is a photographer, artist, and activist. His background and experience — philosophical, theological, career, and activism — feeds into how he conscientiously approaches photography as a means of making the invisible visible, and moving things that are on the margins and edges of vision or society to the center.
Debbie Goddard is American Atheists’ Vice President, Programs. With more than two decades of experience as an organizer and activist, Debbie joined American Atheists in 2018 after serving as a field organizer, campus outreach coordinator, and outreach director at the Center for Inquiry. Debbie is also engaged in LGBTQ activism, civil rights work, and training new organizers in her community.
Dr. Erica Klein
Dr. Erica Klein is an industrial organizational psychologist who lives in Minnesota and works in the public sector as a management consultant. She has worked as, among other things, a swimming pool liner welder, bookstore manager, abortion clinic scheduler, computer programmer, animal shelter kennel cleaner, software consultant, and HR professional. Her doctoral dissertation was about racial bias in resume screening. She's been through two layoffs and ran a job search support group for atheists.
Alison M. Gill is American Atheists’ Vice President, Legal and Policy. She is an accomplished attorney and a nationally recognized expert on LGBTQ law. Alison directs American Atheists’ legal and legislative advocacy strategy, trains state and local advocates, and represents American Atheists in Washington DC.
Kevin Bradley is on the Board of Directors for Final Exit Network, which is the largest national organization supporting end-of-life freedom for anyone of sound mind facing an intolerable quality of life due to unbearable pain or disease. He is a writer, speaker, stress management counselor, and an ordained humanist chaplain.
Noelle George is the Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief. Noel first joined FBB as a volunteer in 2011 after merging and incorporating Secular Center, a group she founded, into FBB’s Volunteers Beyond Belief program, now called the Beyond Belief Network. Noelle has traveled around the country consulting with local secular groups on the topics of volunteering, leadership, and organizational skills. Noelle also founded the Mothers Beyond Belief Facebook group and is on the advisory board of Secular Woman.
Frank Zindler has served on the American Atheists Board of Directors for nearly 40 years and as interim President in 2008. He is a veteran of hundreds of radio and TV talk shows and debates and is widely recognized as one of the most effective debaters defending state-church separation, evolution education, abortion, and equality.
Geoffrey Blackwell is litigation counsel for American Atheists. He responds to reports of possible violations of the separation between religion and government, works with government officials to find mutually acceptable solutions to potential issues, and manages litigation if issues cannot be resolved amicably.
Kent Mulcahy has been with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for over eight years. As the Grants Resource Librarian, he oversees the planning and presentation of all grants related classes and events for the library, and works directly with the Foundation Center to maintain the highest quality and most up to date materials for grant seekers.
Dale McGowan was the founding executive director of the humanist charity Foundation Beyond Belief and is a current board member. His ten books include Raising Freethinkers, Parenting Beyond Belief, and Atheism for Dummies. He served as Director of Ethical Education for the American Ethical Union and was named 2008 Harvard Humanist of the Year for his work in nonreligious parent education.
Anthony Magnabosco is a worlwide promoter and practitioner of of Street Epistemology, of which he is a worldwide promoter and practitioner, which is a conversational method for respectfully challenging claims by asking probing questions to uncover the reliability of one’s belief formation process.
Stephanie is the associate president of Minnesota Atheists and serves on the board of Secular Woman. She's one of the hosts and interviewers for Atheists Talk radio. She speaks on science and skepticism in a number of venues, including science fiction and fantasy conventions, and she co-founded the Secular Women Work conference. You can find her writing at Almost Diamonds at The Orbit.
Eli Bosnick is a comedian and podcaster and host of God Awful Movies, in which he, Heath Enwright and Noah Lugeons team up for a weekly, Mystery Science Theater 3000-like dive into bad religious movies in a misguided attempt to prove that if god existed, his PR couldn’t possibly be this bad.
Heath Enwright is co-creator and co-host of the Puzzle in a Thunderstorm podcasts, including The Scathing Atheist, God Awful Movies, The Skepticrat, and Citation Needed, where he's settled into his role as "the wildcard."
Heath will be co-hosting the God Awful Movies event Friday evening.