Atheist Alliance International relies on and appreciates the assistance of a range of contributors to its operations and activities. Thank you everyone!
Matt Kovach (Social Media Coordinator)
Matt Kovach previously ran his own business as a hairstylist, but today considers himself a habitual volunteer and activist. He has volunteered for AAI since before its separation in 2011 and is currently also a volunteer with Responsible Charity. Matt's motto is "Two hands working can do more than a thousand hands clasped in prayer".
AAI News Team
Mark Kolsen (North America)
Hoping his students will understand the power of science and reason, Mark Kolsen teaches in suburban Chicago. A long-time fan of the "four horsemen" (and the late Victor Stenger), he strives to fully grasp scientific cosmology's standard model.
Melita Granger (AAI Board-News Team Liaison)
Melita is a freelance researcher and writer, and also writes fiction. A native of Melbourne, Australia, she is currently living in San Francisco. She holds a Masters degree in applied communications and research journalism, as well as other graduate degrees in the Arts/Humanities field. Melita is pleased to have the opportunity to help AAI fight the damage that religion inflicts all over the world.
Jo Stephanie (Africa)
Jo is an ex-Catholic from southern Africa and has been an atheist since her late teens. After several years living in a secular country, Australia, and returning to Africa, the privileged position which religion has on the African continent has become ever more clear to her. Black African, female atheists such as herself are possibly the least visible group among atheists globally and she hopes to add her voice to the few out there.
Anne Kelley (Australia)
Many times Anne has been admonished for nothing more than an outlook on life that isn't infinite. Living in her quiet city of Brisbane, she still sees a lot of injustice towards those who require medical and mental health care, and cannot receive it due to religious institutions. She hopes that by helping exposing religious prejudice bit by bit to the world it will help expand the idea that secularism does not have to be taboo.
Faran J. (Asia)
Faran is a Pakistani ex-Muslim atheist with a Masters degree in International Relations. He is a teacher by profession and a passionate education activist. Born and raised in a conservative Muslim family, he renounced religion in his late teen years after reading the Koran and the Bible.
Mohammad (Middle East)
Mohammad was raised in a very religious Islamic family. He used to go to mosques frequently and do religious tasks precisely. But, about five years ago, he found out that the religious things he used to do were nonsense. He felt what he was doing within the Islamic principles was meaningless. As a result, he decided to come out of superstitious world and go in to the real world. He looks for a better world and thinks in the absence of education and knowledge gods and supernatural powers are made. He believes by thinking rationally making such a world with peace is possible. Living in a country with the right of freedom of thought and expression and going to university are two of his aims.
Raymond Clevenger (North America)
Raymond Clevenger is a computer networking specialist who works for a state university. He was raised in a household devoted to the Society of Friends (Quaker), but began to heavily question his own religious belief early in life. Upon turning eighteen he joined the U.S. military and served in the First Iraq War. His experiences in the military and a constant bombardment of religious propaganda and coercion from acquaintances, friends, and family influenced him to become a more outspoken atheist, with a desire to encourage skepticism and reason in order to live in a healthier society based on freedom of thought instead of the constricted teachings of religion.
Born into a religious community and raised by religious parents, Nadim's journey as an atheist has not been easy. Lebanon is a place full of sectarian and religious struggles. Clashes and wars in the name of religion caused Nadim to look for a brighter future for himself and for all of mankind. Journalism takes a huge part of his everyday life as he tries to always find the real story, exactly what happened when he decided to get rid of the fairy God.
Eduardo Feliz Arias (Germany)
Eduardo is originally from Spain and was raised in a traditional Catholic family. After some years of military education, he left Spain to labour within the social development industry in countries such as Chile, Colombia and Bolivia. He later moved to India working as a project manager and administrator for private charitable organizations. Later on he went back to Central America where he supervised a project in education. Due to the fact that religious objectives unnecessarily superseded development strategies and outcomes in his work, he turned to humanism and atheism as the basis of a secular life.
Eduardo has been married for more than thirty years and lives now with his German wife in the Lower Rhine region, surrounded by lakes and in between the Rhine River and The Netherlands. He holds an MBA in Leadership and Sustainability from the University of Cumbria (UK).
United Nations Special Consultative
Rustam Singh (Project Lead)
Rustam Singh is nearing completion of his Master’s degree in journalism and mass communications and based in India. He is the editor of the Secular World magazine since 2014 and has participated in nearly three dozen national level Modal United Nations conferences, in nearly every designation and won multiple awards in the same. His previous writing experience includes feature news in the local supplements of India’s largest daily English newspapers, the Hindustan Times Punjab & the Times of India (Chandigarh).
John Rafferty is a long-time liberal activist and retired journalist who has worked and resided in New York City since retiring from the military at the close of World War II. He is the current president of the Secular Humanist Society of New York and publishes its monthly newsletter. He regularly attends and reports on conferences and committee meetings held at the UN Center in New York City for AAI.
Nada is a dual-citizen resident of Geneva, Switzerland and Zagreb, Croatia, where she is the co-founder of the AAI Affiliate group Center for Civil Courage. She regularly attends and participates in conferences and Human Rights committee meetings held at the UN consulate in Geneva for AAI.
Public Relations Team
Roger Chao is a social and policy researcher, managing numerous Government, NGO, and University research projects. In his spare time he also works as an independent scholar, publishing in and reviewing for journals in the field of ethics and philosophy of religion. He has been active in the secular community since the early 2000s and his extensive travels around the world, and passion for the outdoors have helped cement his secular outlook on life.
Christopher Myrick has worked in international journalism and corporate communications for more than a dozen years, primarily serving for international news agencies and corporations within East Asia. He currently is based in Toronto, Canada, providing editorial and communications services for major financial institutions, as well as speechwriting and consulting services to global clients.
Mark is a committee member of the Atheist Foundation of Australia (AFA) and was involved in the organisation of both the 2010 and 2012 Global Atheist Conventions in Melbourne. He works full time as an I.T. Project Manager. Mark was raised a Catholic but decided that it was all just a bit silly, and lapsed after leaving home and going to university. Reading Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" turned indifference into atheism, and Mark now helps out the atheist cause wherever he can.
Peter Caires (Animator)
Former Catholic church-avoiding Peter Caires is currently finishing his BA degree in Animation - with hopes to continue at master level. His skills are generally centred around creative output, from short films, music production, poster and logo design to a splash of web design. A love of science and a passion for dinosaurs was always likely to banish religious superstition from his mind, despite taking 21 years to do so! His favourite heroes include Noam Chomsky, the late Christopher Hitchens (yes both!), Richard Dawkins, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. Peter's YouTube channel is www.youtube.com/peterlikesthis.
Jack Karpinski (web architect, StudioExcel)
Passionate about making the world a better place, dedicated dad and round-the-clock web development addict. With 100+ websites under his belt loves a challenge and always tries to push the envelope. Favourite motto: "Like doing something, love somebody, don't be a shmuck, live your life meaningfully".
Jake Stollery (Graphic Design)
As a passionate thinker, creative and technologist, Jake Stollery consumes his energy exploring the space between the beautiful and the binary. Besides working across fashion, music and lifestyle brands, he is a passionate atheist and thinks that a better world is one where religion no long hiders the progress of humanity :)
Linda Thomsen (Graphic Design)
Linda Thomsen has extensive experience in graphic, multimedia and web design, direct sales and marketing. Linda has assisted AAI with project logo design.
- THOUGHTcam (3D Animation, Broadcast, Motion and Interactive Graphics, Rich and Multi Media ) We like clients that promote atheist ideals! Anything from movies, TV, disc, print or web, and we love logos! See our work at http://www.THOUGHTcam.com, http://www.youtube.com/user/THOUGHTtube and for AAI here.
Leandro Yampolsky (Website Manager)
Leandro Yampolsky has been a member of ArgAtea (Asociación Civil de Ateos en Argentina) since December 2008. He has volunteered in many campaigns organized by ArgAtea, such as the Atheist Picnic in Buenos Aires to support the 09/27/2009 Atheist Public Display in Mexico and the Buenos Aires 10:23 Challenge 2011 against homeopathy. In April 2010, at the Second National Congress (Mar del Plata, Argentina), he participated in the introductory speech of ArgAtea. He was webmaster of ArgAtea's website from June 2009 until November 2010. Leandro was co-anchor of the first Argentine radio program on atheism, skepticism and critical thinking, Nuevos Ayres Criticos, in 2009. He has written articles promoting scientific thought, criticizing the Catholic Church and discussing abortion, which have been published in the Argentine magazine "La Res Pública" and in ArgAtea's freethought magazine. Leandro was an AAI Director for a one year term from June 2011 to May 2012.