Advisory Board

Chair: Brian D. Engler is an active volunteer for CFI–DC and member of the Outreach Committee. Brian's background includes service in the U.S. Navy, in industry as an operations research analyst, and in the non-profit sector as Executive Vice President of an international professional educational association. He has earned a BS in Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, an MS in Operations Research, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting. An amateur photographer, his work has been published in Secular Nation, Skeptical Inquirer, and several northern Virginia newspapers. A long-time resident of the National Capital area, Brian is committed to community volunteerism, critical thinking, science, reason, and a secular society. Brian received the Center for Inquiry–DC's Freethinker of the Year 2009 award.

Vice Chair: Jeffery Zavadil has been an active volunteer at CFI–DC since 2009. He received his PhD from Arizona State University and his MA from Penn State, both in political theory, earning multiple academic awards and fellowships. He has presented papers at national and international conferences, published in academic volumes, and is currently writing a novel of green political science fiction. In addition to teaching college courses in political ideologies, democratic theory, political metaphor, and American political thought, he has taught English in South Korea and served as a youth mentor. He is also an activist on labor issues. Jeffery deployed overseas as an Army Reservist from 2002-2003 and currently works for the Defense Department. He believes in the humanist ideal of active citizens working together for the common good and the flourishing of all. Jeffery received the Center for Inquiry–DC's Freethinker of the Year 2010 award.

Treasurer: Simon Davis has been volunteering at the DC Center since 2007. Simon has a B.A. in Economics from the American College of Greece. In his day job, he is a CECommerce Director for a healthcare publications company in Falls Church, Virginia. Simon received the Center for Inquiry's Outstanding Volunteer Award 2010.  

Member at Large: Beth Kingsley is a graduate of Oberlin College with a major in Russian Language and Literature, and has a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She works at a small law firm representing nonprofit organizations. She has held a personal commitment to the ideals of the Center for decades, but only discovered the organized skeptical movement a few years ago. Beth became a Friend of the Center in 2009 and is excited to support CFI–DC as a member of the Advisory Board and Outreach Committee. She is a cat person.