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California

Margaret Downey
Email: margaret@ftsociety.org
Phone: 610-793-2737, 610-357-9432
Website: http://www.secular-celebrations.com/

Margaret Downey has been conducting marriages and other secular ceremonies since 2001.

According to California Family Code Section 400, if you want to have a Secular Officiant perform your wedding ceremony, he or she must apply to become a “Deputy Commissioner of Marriages.” Doing so would grant Margaret the authority for one day to perform your ceremony. In order to become a deputy commissioner of marriages, Margaret would first obtain the application for appointment issued by the County Clerk.

To complete the application, Margaret will need the following information: date and place of ceremony, the bride and groom’s names and mailing addresses. She will need to provide a brief description of why she is seeking deputy commissioner privileges, sign and date the application, then return it to the county clerk. In most counties, a fee must be submitted with the application form. The fee may vary, but $85 is a typical amount. The application must be submitted at least six weeks prior to the ceremony. Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_5009515_become-marriage-officiant-california.html

Margaret is committed to secular principles and will guarantee that every event in which she is involved will be non-religious. For more information about Margaret and the celebrations she officiates, go to her website which is listed above.

Adriana Colón
Email: contact@adrianacolon.com
Phone: (818) 213-2851
Website: http://adrianacolon.com

“My calling is to hold space for others — to create, to meditate, to celebrate.”

Adriana Colón is an advocate for Agency – our capacity to make choices for ourselves and to act on our ideals. Her skills as a creative professional serve her well as a celebrant. “Ceremony, after all, is theater! Ceremony compels us to set aside a time and place to voice our intentions and speak of our authentic selves, making ourselves more familiar to those near and dear to us.” She enjoys crafting ceremonies that are meaningful to people’s experiences: both in times of joy, and in times of grief, and everything in between.

With her extroversion, relentless idealism, and humor – as well as her experience as a bilingual Harvard-educated queer woman of color – Adriana prides herself in cultivating a safe space for others to enjoy life.

**También estoy disponible para ceremonias en español.**

Steven Gibson
Email: steven@stevengibson.org
Phone: 562-900-2834

Steven Gibson has served on the Board of Directors of Atheists United in California and lead and supported secular and freethought meetups in Los Angeles for more than 6 years. He has been on the staff of non-profit organizations including AARP and American Friends Service Committee.  He has led trainings in community organizing and volunteered with community groups including as a founding board member of Latinos for America.  He is currently a student working toward a degree at California State University, Northridge.

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District of Columbia

Dr. Shirley Buzzard
Email: sbuzzard@live.com
Phone: 202-554-6316

Dr. Buzzard is an anthropologist who has worked in cultures all over the world. She has been active in the secular movement for five years. She works closely with clients to develop all types of ceremonies including weddings, memorial services, multicultural ceremonies marking any of life’s special events.

Nicholas Little
Email: nlittle@centerforinquiry.net
Phone: 703-258-4407

Nick Little is a Vice President and General Counsel for the Center For Inquiry. Located in Alexandria, VA, he is an accomplished orator, having won multiple public speaking awards. Educated at Oxford University and Vanderbilt University Law School, Nick will work with you to ensure that your wedding meets your needs, rather than a using pre-determined template defined by a particular religious grouping. Nick’s work centers on insuring that non-religious individuals do not face legal discrimination in the United States. As the number of non-religious grow, and as more individuals marry those of different faith backgrounds, the demand for non-traditional, non-faith based marriage ceremonies will increase. Nick is looking forward to working with couples, regardless of their beliefs, to ensure they receive the ceremony they want and deserve. Nick is also available to act as a secular celebrant in all types of life events, from welcoming a new child to saying farewell to a deceased love one.

John Shook
Email: jshook@pragmatism.org
Phone: 703-801-3645

John R. Shook, PhD (University at Buffalo, 1994) is a scholar and professor living in Washington, D.C. During 2000-06 he was a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University, and then he joined the faculty of the Science and the Public online EdM program at the University at Buffalo. Also, since 2006, he has served on the staffs of several secular and humanist organizations, including the Center for Inquiry, the American Humanist Association, the Humanist Institute, and the Institute for Humanist Studies, and for several years he was President of the Society of Humanist Philosophers. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books about pragmatism, ethics, science, and naturalism, and he edited a volume of Paul Kurtz’s writings on skepticism. He has also published many articles about secularism and humanism in magazines such as Free Inquiry, The Humanist, Humanist Perspectives, Think, and The Philosopher’s Magazine.

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Florida

Brian Bohmueller
Email: brian.bohmueller@gmail.com
Phone: 267-471-0264
Website: http://www.secular-celebrations.com

Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and his Masters of Science Education from Arcadia University. Professionally, he has worked as a helicopter safety systems engineer, as an information technology project manager, and as a middle school teacher of math, science and technology. Currently he publishes the mindfully, rationalist blog Goodness First while pursuing other projects as a writer, speaker and actor. He has served as Vice President to the Freethought Society and the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He is also a member of Toastmasters and supports the pursuit of a mindful, progressive society.

As a secular celebrant, Brian wants to leverage his diverse skills and experience to provide excellent secular ceremonies to meet the needs of non-religious clients. Through client conversation, ceremony personalization, and creative, heartfelt presentation, he seeks to meet your needs for these services.

Brian is available for services in the greater Philadelphia, PA area April through December and in the greater West Palm Beach, FL area January through March.

Andre Ryland
Email: bamoteun@yahoo.com
Phone: 850-725-0130

Andre graduated with a B.S. Degree from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1971. He then spent his working years in Wisconsin and Illinois in sales and management in both the restaurant and cabinetry-millwork fields. During those working years he also gave his time as an EMT and Certified Firefighter, and as an elected municipal trustee, while also coaching baseball for many years. He is now happily retired with Meredith in Pensacola, FL. He was raised as a Methodist and is now a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society. Andre is a Humanist and desires to offer Celebrant help and assistance to the secular non-theistic peoples of the Pensacola area as the community is heavily saturated with Catholicism and evangelicalism. Andre is also especially interested in ways for the secular community to expand it’s vocabulary in order to profess the wonderment of life as naturalists and furthering CFI’s mission to “foster a secular society.”

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Illinois

Galen Broaddus
Email: galen@centralillinoiscelebrant.com
Phone: 217-825-4181
Website: http://www.centralillinoiscelebrant.com

Galen Broaddus is a lifelong resident of Illinois. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Millikin University in 2009 and thereafter taught English for five years in a rural Illinois high school.

Galen’s work as a secular celebrant comes from his background in public speaking and poetry as an English teacher, his prior experience in (largely unofficial) ministerial roles, and his desire to help secular individuals fill a void in commemorating significant life events. He seeks to provide an offering to the central Illinois area that has not previously been available for both secular and religious individuals who may prefer a religiously neutral ceremony.

Galen also offers his experience as a writer and writing instructor to help individuals and couples customize ceremonies to match their unique interests, needs, and backgrounds.

He is currently in an interfaith (religious/secular) marriage with his wife, with whom he has two sons. They reside in the Decatur, IL area.

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Indiana

Elizabeth Anstak
Email: eanstak@gmail.com
Phone: 317-540-7647

Elizabeth Anstak is a Humanist and agnostic. She graduated from IUPUI with a bachelors in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Currently, she is pursuing a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Christian Theological Seminary. She is passionate about marriage equality and is comfortable with interfaith and intrafaith couples. She has been involved with CFI–Indiana for five years.

She lives in the Indianapolis area.

Robyn Black
Email: robyndblack@gmail.com
Phone: 574-322-5485

Robyn Black has a B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University South Bend and is currently working on her Master of Liberal Studies—also at IU-South Bend. Robyn is happy to support secular Americans in all stages of life.

She lives in Mishawaka, IN, in the South Bend area.

Cheri Harris
Email: cahmyf@gmail.com
Phone: 317-255-5881

Cheri is an Indianapolis attorney who worked for the ACLU of Indiana early in her career and continues to believe firmly in the separation of church and state. She and her husband were married 1994, in a secular service which they wrote themselves. She officiated at a marriage for the first time in 2000, and found it to be one of the most enjoyable activities of her adult life.

Cheri’s parents died in 2008 and 2009, giving her personal experience navigating the path to finding successful and appropriate ways to honor and memorialize loved ones in a secular fashion.

She believes that creative choice and expression unique to the individuals involved are important components of memorable rituals. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the George Washington University in Washington D.C. She also has a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics, and obtained her J.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington.

She lives in the Indianapolis area.

Nicholas Henry
Email: secular.celebrant.indy@gmail.com
Phone: 765-749-7292

Nicholas is a husband and a sales professional. He studied Classical Languages at Ball State University and appreciates the importance of myth and narratives in human life. When he and his spouse were married in 2011 their option for a non-religious wedding was a judge. While that suited their purpose at the time,  he wants to be a resource to all Hoosier couples seeking non-religious marriages celebrated according to their wishes and on their time. He will be happy to discuss other milestones or events as well.

He believes himself to be LGBQT friendly and is working to further his education on the subjects related. His hobbies are cooking, reading, table games, and the hand-crafts related to block printing and book making. He lives in Marion County.

Will Juntunen
Email: WMJuntunen@gmail.com
Phone: 231-760-3470

While studying business administration and philosophy at Michigan State University, Will Juntunen discovered the writings of Confucius, a Chinese philosopher who had a secular approach to ceremony and ritual. Thus, as a secular celebrant, he affirms that ceremonies are an ancient celebration of our humanity, rituals that are made for mankind to be performed in the presence of our community. Nothing more than language, poetry, music and sincerity are required to make the ceremony powerful, memorable and true.

As a published journalist, playwright and poet, he believes that each ceremony that marks a milestone in life has a script and also a deep human context, and he promises to seek out that context and make it manifest as he prepares and delivers the rituals of marriage as well the ceremony of funeral.

He lives in Michigan.

Sheila Suess Kennedy
Email: shekenne@iupui.edu
Phone: 317-502-4404

Sheila Suess Kennedy, J.D. is Professor of Law and Public Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. Her scholarly publications include nine books and numerous law review and journal articles. Professor Kennedy is a columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal and a frequent lecturer, public speaker and contributor to other periodicals. She blogs at www.sheilakennedy.net.

John Kiel
Email: jkiel77@gmail.com
Phone: 317-402-4301

John Kiel has an AAS from Indiana University. He is employed by Ford Motor Company as a safety trainer and pipefitter/plumber (skilled trades). He is a charter member of Humanist Friendship Group of Central Indiana and Center for Inquiry Indiana. He is a member of NOW, AU, ACLU of Indiana, FFRF, and UAW Local 1111. He has taken the Dale Carnegie Course—Public Speaking.

I currently live in Louisville, KY and officiate in the “Kentuckiana” area. I’m a member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 862, serving on the Communications and Community Services committees.

Susan Lantzer
Email: slantzer@att.net
Phone: 317-430-1221

Susan Lantzer has been a CFI Indiana Friend of the Center for three years. She is a Humanist, Freethinker, Spouse, Parent, and Professional.

As a Humanist, she is convinced that any couple who is willing to make a commitment to each other should have the freedom to do so, without limitations. As a Freethinker, she understands the need for non-judgmental, no-religious-strings-attached celebrations and ceremonies for our community. As a Spouse and Parent, she understands how important and emotional those occasions can be and also understands the desire to have those occasions be deeply personal and meaningful. In her professional life, she has noticed that all people share a need for a personal connection, respect, and dignity.

As a Secular Celebrant, she wishes to join our community in the celebrations of life, memorializing the importance of our humanity with love and respect for each other.

She lives in the Indianapolis area.

Patricia Lawler
Email: patricialawler2@me.com
Phone: 317-329-2779 (home), 317-652-2779 (cell)

Pat is currently semi-retired after teaching for 25 years. She currently teaches two English as a Second Language classes. She has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist church for 35 years. She has been a member of Center for Inquiry for 10 years. She has been a Girl Scout leader, active PTA member, and has been an active member of Indianapolis Hiking Club for 25 years. She has 4 children and 7 grandchildren. She is an advocate for caring for and promoting individual rights and protecting our Earth. She interjects her actions with love and humor.

She lives in the Indianapolis area.

Taylor Martin
Email: taylor@indymagicmonthly.com
Phone: 317-431-1320
Website: http://indymagicmonthly.com/main_performers_martin_t.html

Taylor Martin, as well as a secular celebrant, is a very well known professional magician. He has a flare for the theatrical and can become a character that will make your marriage memorable. Both male and female characters, he will add a touch of fun to your wedding. However, he knows your wedding is about you and will make it special to your requirements. If you need a flash of light or a magician appearance of the rings, you can arrange with Taylor to add this to your special day. Certain dates are not available, so if you are interested, get in contact with him as soon as possible. Taylor lives in Indianapolis.

Nancy Satterlee
Email: hostanan@gmail.com
Phone: 219-241-6835

Nancy was raised in the Lutheran church and school, but religion never made sense to her practical and scientific young mind. She is a self described free thinking, dirt worshipping tree hugger, avid gardener, cook and naturalist. She is looking
forward to a more equitable world where all people are fed, free, safe and loved.

Nancy has a nursing degree from Purdue University and worked as the director of the operating room at her community hospital for several years before going into business. She has supported and served on many not for profit boards in her community
that foster health and wellness for the underserved, provide affordable housing, and engage in legal environmental issues. She currently heads up a wildlife rescue advisory group and serves on the Lakes Area Conservancy Board.

Having sold her department store and gallery, as well as a coffee roasting business, and having raised and nurtured children, step children, foster children and grandchildren… horses, dogs, cats and chickens as well as various wild creatures - Nancy is ready for a new chapter..

She is looking forward to assisting couples of all persuasions in their wedding dreams in a non religious ceremony, as well as assisting in creating personal, meaningful, creative milestone life ceremonies of all types. Nancy lives in northwest Indiana.

Andrea Simmons
Email: andirose60@att.net
Phone: 317-919-4972

Andi Simmons has been an attorney since 1987, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army JAG Corps. She is also an anthropologist, with a Master’s in Human Biology. Andi is a member of the Center for Inquiry–Indiana, and lives in Zionsville, Indiana. She has traveled extensively throughout the world, is an avid scuba diver, an enthusiastic gardener, a mother of five children, and a lifelong student of music, history and science.

Andi sincerely enjoys assisting couples in planning their wedding ceremonies, and officiating them, because it is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of such joyous occasions. She is committed to marriage equality. As an experienced trial attorney and frequent public lecturer, Andi is quite comfortable officiating ceremonies of all sizes. She will assist you to structure a ceremony that embraces ancient, traditional or modern orations, poetry, music, and personal expressions of love and commitment. She celebrates and honors all comers—interfaith couples, secularists, blended families, and same-sex couples. Andi is also available for memorial and funeral services, and appreciates the importance of offering appropriate, tailored ceremonies to commemorate the passing of non-religious loved ones.

Scott Trout
Email: akefalos93@live.com
Phone: 317-430-0641

Scott is a humanist and is a founding member of CFI-Indiana. Scott has been with his partner for 19 years. Being gay and currently denied marriage equality in Indiana, he understands how fundamental it is for people to form loving and lasting relationships regardless of orientation. He strives to bring a creative secular expression to your ceremony that will celebrate your special day as a couple.

He lives in the Indianapolis area.

Reba Boyd Wooden
Email: rboydw@gmail.com
Phone: 317-797-5892
Website: http://www.weddingofficiantindy.com/

Reba Boyd Wooden is Executive Director of Center for Inquiry Indiana. She started Humanist Friendship Group of Central Indiana in 1999 which became CFI Indiana. She has officiated at numerous weddings and same-sex commitment ceremonies and some memorials and other ceremonies. She is a board member of ACLU of Indiana and and a member of several other progressive organizations. She is a regular blogger at CFI’s Free Thinking: Freethought from the Heartland.

She is co-director of the CFI Secular Celebrant Program. If you would like a Secular Celebrant training session to be held in your area, email indy@centerforinquiry.net.

She lives in the Indianapolis area.

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Kentucky

John Kiel
Email: jkiel77@gmail.com
Phone: 317-402-4301

John Kiel has an AAS from Indiana University. He is employed by Ford Motor Company as a safety trainer and pipefitter/plumber (skilled trades). He is a charter member of Humanist Friendship Group of Central Indiana and Center for Inquiry Indiana. He is a member of NOW, AU, ACLU of Indiana, FFRF, and UAW Local 1111. He has taken the Dale Carnegie Course—Public Speaking.

I currently live in Louisville, KY and officiate in the “Kentuckiana” area. I’m a member of United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 862, serving on the Communications and Community Services committees.

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Michigan

Will Juntunen
Email: WMJuntunen@gmail.com
Phone: 231-760-3470

While studying business administration and philosophy at Michigan State University, Will Juntunen discovered the writings of Confucius, a Chinese philosopher who had a secular approach to ceremony and ritual. Thus, as a secular celebrant, he affirms that ceremonies are an ancient celebration of our humanity, rituals that are made for mankind to be performed in the presence of our community. Nothing more than language, poetry, music and sincerity are required to make the ceremony powerful, memorable and true.

As a published journalist, playwright and poet, he believes that each ceremony that marks a milestone in life has a script and also a deep human context, and he promises to seek out that context and make it manifest as he prepares and delivers the rituals of marriage as well the ceremony of funeral.

He lives in Michigan.

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New Jersey

Richard J. Grzywinski
Email: richardgrzy@comcast.net
Phone: 609-742-1312

Beginning his life as a default Roman Catholic, the religion of his parents and community, by age 18 he rejected theism and found intellectual satisfaction in atheism and humanism. Until recently, he was a key leader in a Unitarian Universalist Congregation frequently speaking on life topics from a humanist perspective and serving as a national delegate. He is married to Cynthia with whom he practices Secular Buddhism.

Richard has been active in social justice issues related to LGBT rights, anti-poverty, promoting world peace, and animal welfare. He has served as a founder and member of the Board of Directors of a Hurricane Sandy recovery organization in his local community, and currently co-manages a community food pantry serving over 200 families per month. He has been a community volunteer and organizer for most of his adult life.

He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and an MBA in marketing and finance. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, now retired. He is also a member of South Jersey Humanists.

He finds that celebrating rites of passage from a secular perspective provides an invitation to find the best within our own humanity in a more meaningful and humanist way and to consider life’s mileposts in a reasoned, memorable and thought-provoking manner.

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New York

Martina Fern
Email: mfern@centerforinquiry.net
Phone: 716-636-4869 x426

Martina Fern is an atheist and freethinker in Western New York. As a secular celebrant, she focuses on funerals and memorial gatherings, working closely with family and friends to plan and conduct meaningful memorials. Martina is also available for people who would like to pre-plan their own funerals, and can conduct events in German if requested.

Leighann Lord
Email: LeighannLord@gmail.com
Phone: (917) 607-7735

Leighann Lord, nationally recognized author, speaker and comedian, is ready to fill your celebration with memories of fun!

She was the New York City face of the African Americans for Humanism outreach campaign sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and was also featured in The Atheist Book: A Better Life. And you may recognize her from TV appearances on Lifetime, VH-1, Comedy Central, HBO, The View or the Emmy-nominated StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the NatGeo Channel. 

Leighann brings her talents as a stand-up comedian, humorist and keynote speaker to her role as your Secular Celebrant. Whether it’s a wedding, relationship commitment, memorial or baby naming ceremony, have it celebrated with someone who understands, respects and reflects your nonreligious worldview. 

Life is about milestones and memories. Let’s mark it together with love and a laugh.

Joe Nickell
Phone: 716-636-1425 x310

Joe Nickell, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, 1987) is senior research fellow of the international Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), formerly the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), and an investigative columnist for Skeptical Inquirer science magazine.

James Oliver
Email: marfinwile1@gmail.com
Phone: 716-352-4131
Website: www.secularcelebrantwny.wordpress.com

US Navy veteran (Vietnam era) Honorable discharge. 1969-1972.
Alfred State Technical College Alumni.
15 Years in financial services industry.
Registered Representative Series 6 & 63.
Currently works at Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Western NY.
I worked as a church Sexton at a Anglican Church for 10 years, I had to be in attendance for all weddings and funerals as the church caretaker/ Sexton and I was always dismayed by every service be it wedding or funeral that each minister did the exact same service for the families, only the names were changed and very impersonal and stilted non caring feelings would fill the air.
Being a secular celebrant gives me the opportunity for people who are non religious to embrace life events that are important to them in a manner that makes it much more personal, with a format and content of their own choosing.
Jim is committed to secular principles and will guarantee through his role as a Secular Celebrant of CFI Transnational every event he is involved with will be non-religious.

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Ohio

Will Juntunen
Email: WMJuntunen@gmail.com
Phone: 231-760-3470

While studying business administration and philosophy at Michigan State University, Will Juntunen discovered the writings of Confucius, a Chinese philosopher who had a secular approach to ceremony and ritual. Thus, as a secular celebrant, he affirms that ceremonies are an ancient celebration of our humanity, rituals that are made for mankind to be performed in the presence of our community. Nothing more than language, poetry, music and sincerity are required to make the ceremony powerful, memorable and true.

As a published journalist, playwright and poet, he believes that each ceremony that marks a milestone in life has a script and also a deep human context, and he promises to seek out that context and make it manifest as he prepares and delivers the rituals of marriage as well the ceremony of funeral.

He lives in Michigan.

Chris Kenney
Email: info@secularcelebrant.com
Phone: 513-910-8870

Over the past several years Chris attended funerals that were more of a “come to Jesus” sermon than a celebration of the deceased’s life so he decided to do something about it and became a certified secular celebrant in 2009. Being a celebrant is a natural fit for his positive worldview, enjoyment of public speaking, and genuine interest in people’s unique stories.

Chris is a CFI Indiana Friend of the Center and a member of the American Humanist Association.

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Oregon

Victoria Cummings
Email: tricker62@hotmail.com
Phone: 503-753-6456

Celebration and ritual go far back in human history and are an essential part of human nature and the connections we have to others through all circumstances. I believe that celebrations are as individual as the people they involve and I write the ceremonies specifically geared for each person and occasion, drawing on their life stories, literature and poetry. Working as a naturalist and now volunteering in the same field, the connection we all have to the natural world is as close as our next breath and as expansive as the nearest star. This connection informs my worldview and the understanding that our relationship to one another is based on reason and the constant infusion of new scientific understanding that allows us to grow and thrive as part of this whole.

Victoria Cummings has a B.A. in Science from Marylhurst University. She is a science educator, naturalist, owner of Northwest Naturalist, Outdoor Education volunteer, now retired.

Paul Andor Nagy
Email: paul.andor.nagy@msn.com
Phone: 503-775-6186

Paul Andor Nagy is a secular humanist and an active member of Center For Inquiry-Portland. Paul can officiate at your wedding, birth celebrations, death memorials, and other rites of passage in a non-religious way and with respect for your personal views and feelings. You have the freedom to create your own vows, ceremonies and traditions or let Paul help you design your life celebrations. Paul can also assist in melding different customs, celebrating the commonalities while respecting the differences.

A child of immigrants, Paul was baptized, raised and confirmed as a Catholic and started questioning the power of God around the time he reached the age of reason. Paul lived with and befriended many foreign exchange students while studying at Portland State University and has traveled much of the US and Europe. He has studied many different cultures, ethnic groups and religious groups that make up this world. Paul has always pursued humanistic morality and he finally let go of God when he learned of secular humanism. Paul created the Facebook group FreeThought Motorcyclists, World-Wide so that freethinkers can share stories of their motorcycle travels and their personal enlightenment. Paul is a member of the committee for the Portland Humanist Film Festival and he volunteered on presidential campaign.

Paul is happily married to Sylvia Benner and he enjoys dirt-biking with their son. A former Motorcycle Safety Instructor, Paul loves adventure motorcycle-touring with his wife who is also a rider!

Paul endorses the Center For Inquiry’s mission to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values. Paul supports the concept of separation of church and state. Paul imagines John Lennon’s ideal of a world with no religion and endorses the concept that, for the legal right to wed, “Love is all you need”.

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Pennsylvania

Brian Bohmueller
Email: brian.bohmueller@gmail.com
Phone: 267-471-0264
Website: http://www.secular-celebrations.com

Brian received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and his Masters of Science Education from Arcadia University. Professionally, he has worked as a helicopter safety systems engineer, as an information technology project manager, and as a middle school teacher of math, science and technology. Currently he publishes the mindfully, rationalist blog Goodness First while pursuing other projects as a writer, speaker and actor. He has served as Vice President to the Freethought Society and the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia. He is also a member of Toastmasters and supports the pursuit of a mindful, progressive society.

As a secular celebrant, Brian wants to leverage his diverse skills and experience to provide excellent secular ceremonies to meet the needs of non-religious clients. Through client conversation, ceremony personalization, and creative, heartfelt presentation, he seeks to meet your needs for these services.

Brian is available for services in the greater Philadelphia, PA area April through December and in the greater West Palm Beach, FL area January through March.

Margaret Downey
Email: margaret@ftsociety.org
Phone: 610-793-2737 (office), 610-357-9432 (cell)
Website: http://www.secular-celebrations.com

Margaret Downey has been conducting marriages and other secular ceremonies since 2001. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania allows for a couple to obtain a Self-Uniting Marriage License. This provision allows couples to use the services of a Secular Officiant without government interference. This is not the case in most other states.

Margaret is committed to secular principles and will guarantee that every event in which she is involved will be non-religious. For more information about Margaret and the celebrations she officiates, go to her website which is listed above.

Richard J. Grzywinski
Email: richardgrzy@comcast.net
Phone: 609-742-1312

Beginning his life as a default Roman Catholic, the religion of his parents and community, by age 18 he rejected theism and found intellectual satisfaction in atheism and humanism. Until recently, he was a key leader in a Unitarian Universalist Congregation frequently speaking on life topics from a humanist perspective and serving as a national delegate. He is married to Cynthia with whom he practices Secular Buddhism.

Richard has been active in social justice issues related to LGBT rights, anti-poverty, promoting world peace, and animal welfare. He has served as a founder and member of the Board of Directors of a Hurricane Sandy recovery organization in his local community, and currently co-manages a community food pantry serving over 200 families per month. He has been a community volunteer and organizer for most of his adult life.

He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and an MBA in marketing and finance. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, now retired. He is also a member of South Jersey Humanists.

He finds that celebrating rites of passage from a secular perspective provides an invitation to find the best within our own humanity in a more meaningful and humanist way and to consider life’s mileposts in a reasoned, memorable and thought-provoking manner.

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Texas

Donn Barnes
Email: donn@phudpucker.com
Phone: 817-403-5931

Donn is a semi-retired fraud investigator currently living in Johnson County, Texas. He is a near life-long skeptic, freethinker and atheist, a member of American Atheists, the Freedom from Religion Association, American Humanists, the Family Motor Coach Association – Freethinkers chapter, Escapees RV Association – Freethinkers chapter, a recent member of the Centers for Inquiry and currently attends casual meet-ups of the Freethinkers of Fort Worth and Metroplex Atheists. Donn is available for secular celebrations & ceremonies all over the North and Central Texas areas and the Hill Country.

Steve Bratteng
Phone: 512-454-0977

Steve Bratteng is a semi-retired science teacher who teaches biology part-time at Austin Community College. He is the director of Center for Inquiry-Austin, a board member of Atheist Community of Austin, and one of the founders of the secular political activist group, Secular Texas. He helped found and served as President of Humanists of Austin. One of his interests is making cryptic crossword puzzles.

Eric McCutchan
Email: ericmccutchan@gmail.com
Phone: 574-596-3968

Eric is a freethinker who has been a member of CFI since 2010. He has a master’s degree in athletic training & sports medicine from Indiana State University. He is a member of Metroplex Atheists, Hispanic Secular Humanists of North Texas, was the 2014 representative from North Texas Skeptics to the Dallas-Ft Worth Coalition of Reason, and is presently an at-large board member of the Fellowship of Freethought in Dallas. Located in Irving, Eric is available for secular celebrations & ceremonies all over the DFW metroplex.

Katherine McCutchan, PhD (Spanish Speaker)
Email: kplatt11@hotmail.com
Phone: 317-730-2546

Dr. Katherine McCutchan is Co-President of Hispanic Secular Humanists of North Texas; a member of the Center for Inquiry, Fellowship of Freethought-Dallas, and Metroplex Atheists. She earned her PhD in Latin American Studies from SUNY-Albany and currently teaches Sociology at a community college in Dallas. Dr. McCutchan is a native of Panama City, Panama. She now lives in the Dallas, TX area.

La Dra. Katherine McCutchan es Co-Presidenta de Hispanic Secular Humanists of North Texas; miembro de las siguientes organizaciones: Center for Inquiry, Fellowship of Freethought-Dallas, y Metroplex Atheists. Ella tiene un Doctorado en Estudios Latinoamericanos de la Universidad del Estado de Nueva York en Albany. Actualmente enseña Sociología en un colegio comunitario en Dallas. La Dra. McCutchan es de la Ciudad de Panamá.

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Virginia

Michele Shaw
Email: shaw.michele1@gmail.com
Phone: 317-531-4000

Celebrating rites of passage, rituals, and memorial gatherings are important to so many of us. Milestones and memorials help make life more fulfilling because shared experiences are powerful. They bring people together and enhance each person’s individual experience. I hope to be able to help those with a non-religious world view prepare and hold a celebration of a life milestone in a meaningful and secular humanist way.

Michele Shaw is a secular humanist and a strong supporter of the Center for Inquiry, FFRF, and the Secular Coalition for America.  Michele is happily married to James and has raised two children free from religion.  She has a B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. She has worked for Fortune 100 companies in Information Technology management positions and now works for a small environmental consulting company. She enjoys spending time outdoors playing tennis, gardening or walking her four legged rescue friends.  She is an activist who has lobbied at both the local and national level for human rights, women’s rights and secular humanist special interests.

Michele will be honored in officiating your secular celebration or ceremony in the Northern Virginia area. As a Virginia circuit court appointed civil celebrant, Michele is authorized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia to perform and celebrate the rites of marriage anywhere in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Michele will take great pleasure in assisting you in commemorating your special life event.

Nicholas Little
Email: nlittle@centerforinquiry.net
Phone: 703-258-4407

Nick Little is a Vice President and General Counsel for the Center For Inquiry. Located in Alexandria, VA, he is an accomplished orator, having won multiple public speaking awards. Educated at Oxford University and Vanderbilt University Law School, Nick will work with you to ensure that your wedding meets your needs, rather than a using pre-determined template defined by a particular religious grouping. Nick’s work centers on insuring that non-religious individuals do not face legal discrimination in the United States. As the number of non-religious grow, and as more individuals marry those of different faith backgrounds, the demand for non-traditional, non-faith based marriage ceremonies will increase. Nick is looking forward to working with couples, regardless of their beliefs, to ensure they receive the ceremony they want and deserve. Nick is also available to act as a secular celebrant in all types of life events, from welcoming a new child to saying farewell to a deceased love one.

John Shook
Email: jshook@pragmatism.org
Phone: 703-801-3645

John R. Shook, PhD (University at Buffalo, 1994) is a scholar and professor living in Washington, D.C. During 2000-06 he was a professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University, and then he joined the faculty of the Science and the Public online EdM program at the University at Buffalo. Also, since 2006, he has served on the staffs of several secular and humanist organizations, including the Center for Inquiry, the American Humanist Association, the Humanist Institute, and the Institute for Humanist Studies, and for several years he was President of the Society of Humanist Philosophers. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books about pragmatism, ethics, science, and naturalism, and he edited a volume of Paul Kurtz’s writings on skepticism. He has also published many articles about secularism and humanism in magazines such as Free Inquiry, The Humanist, Humanist Perspectives, Think, and The Philosopher’s Magazine.

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Wisconsin

Scott McAndrew
Email: scott549@yahoo.com
Phone: 608-259-0549

Scott McAndrew is a Court Commissioner for Dane County, Wisconsin, located in Madison. He is authorized under the laws of the State of Wisconsin to perform wedding ceremonies and seeks to afford those without religious affiliation the opportunity to participate in weddings and other formal ceremonies with a format and content of their own choosing.

Scott and his family are enthusiastic supporters of CFI and the secular humanist community. In his spare time, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and three boys and is an avid distance runner, music fan, and rock musician.

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