A torchbearer is an inspiring leader of a
movement, and that’s exactly what CFI-NYC volunteers are. They are the
working limbs of this organization, and without them we would not exist.
Torchbearers organize events, pass out flyers,
represent us at our info tables, give their constructive feedback, bring
people of like-minds together, and many other things that make us the
community that we are today. We could not be doing this without their
help. They are not just volunteers, they are Torchbearers.
Dena Roth holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts Education from Hofstra University, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in sex education and human sexuality. They began volunteering for CFI-NYC in 2012, and is involved in the secular and skeptic communities in New York City. Dena is an activist and advocate for better public education and promoting critical thinking and reason among students and children. They co-organize CFI-NYC’s Queer Humanists, and Beyond Faith: An Ex-Christian Student Support Group.
Marc David Barnhill
Marc David Barnhill is an educator and activist based in New York City. He teaches English and Critical Thinking at New York University and the City University of New York, and his work sees literacy, skeptical inquiry, and social justice as inseparable and mutually informing concerns. He serves as Faculty Advisor to the Bronx Community College Secular Humanist Club, one of the most prominent secular student groups in New York. He is an active member of various humanist and secular organizations, including New York City Skeptics, the American Humanist Association, Harlem Humanists, and Center For Inquiry-New York City, with whom he has worked to organize a number of campus events. He has been a presenter and panel participant at the Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism and SkeptiCamp NYC, serves on the NECSS Organizing Committee and on CFI-NYC’s Volunteer Advisory Board, and is a recipient of CFI-NYC’s Freethinker of the Year award. He also organized the weekly Reasonable Running Group in Riverside Park.
Scott E. Weiner
Scott E. Weiner received his B.A. from Cornell University in Philosophy and Psychology and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at SUNY-Stony Brook with several years of doctoral research at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum in Germany. He is currently a learning strategist and corporate trainer for pharmaceutical/bio-tech companies, creating and implementing solutions to address training needs and communications challenges. Scott has has been a CFI-NYC Torchbearer for several years serving on the Volunteer Advisory Board, and was awarded CFI-NYC’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2011. He volunteers at several other organizations, including Gilda’s Club.
Scott Berjot-Stafiej has acted as a Torchbearer and community builder for CFI-New York City since 2009, serving on the Volunteer Advisory Board. He holds an MBA in Change Management from Southern Illinois University and has contributed to various New York-based secular blogs such as Rationally Speaking and the Gotham Skeptic. Scott co-organizes Nerd TV. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Corey Farach earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 2009. He now lives in Brooklyn and volunteers for secular non-profit organizations such as The Impossible Music Sessions, advocating the free expression of music; and CFI-New York City, advocating reason, science and secular values, serving on its Volunteer Advisory Board. Corey has volunteered for CFI-NYC since 2009, and was awarded our Freethinker of the Year award in 2010. He co-organizes Nerd TV.
Gary Gibson Jr.
Gary Gibson Jr began working as a volunteer for CFI-NYC in 2012 and is involved with several secular and skeptic groups in New York City including Black Atheists of America and Harlem Humanists (CFI-Harlem). He is an activist and advocate for scientific literacy, promoting critical thinking, reason, and equality. He is an unabashed physics enthusiast and plans to attend school to study physics. He co-organizes CFI-NYC’s Skeptics on the Mic Karaoke and Potluck in the Park during the warm months of the year. He is also a secularly inclined Hip-Hop artist know as Gifted Anomaly (G.A.) He lives in Bronx, New York.
Emily earned an associate’s degree in the liberal arts before becoming a student at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. There, she is working toward a B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration in the sociology of religion/irreligion. She is the founder and president of the Amherst College Humanists, a secular on-campus group supported in part by CFI. Emily served as the Center for Inquiry—New York City Intern during the Summer of 2012, assisting Executive Director Syd LeRoy, in all daily endeavors and lending a hand in advancing CFI’s mission of promoting science, reason, free inquiry and humanist values in New York City. Originally from Long Island, NY, she became involved with CFI-NYC in 2011 & continues to volunteer, proudly carrying the title, CFI Torchbearer.
Geoffrey M. Golia
Geoffrey M. Golia, LMSW is a clinical social worker and advocate for secular values and social justice. He holds a current, full-time position as a Social Worker & Case Planner at a social service agency in the Bronx. He is also the Social Media Manager of the Clinical Social Work Journal and a Junior Research Scientist at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work—where he received his Master of Social Work degree in 2012. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eugene Lang College at the New School University in 2005, with a concentration in Social and Historical Inquiry. He, along with Dena Roth, co-facilitates CFI-NYC’s Beyond Faith: An Ex-Christian Student Support Group. Geoffrey is particularly interested in helping atheist, agnostic, and Secular Humanist people who have left, or are in the process of leaving, religious communities. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his partner, Caitlin, their cat, Henry, and their dog, Frankie.
Raymond is an organizer for several communities in NYC, including a local chapter of THINK, a self-improvement group for people who want to have a big impact on the world. He also runs CFI-NYC’s Open Mind Open Mic, an artistic space for developing and sharing humanist performance art.
Michael Rosch holds a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University and a Master’s Degree in Media Studies from New School University. He’s been volunteering for CFI-NYC for several years, and is an activist and advocate in the secular and skeptic communities in New York City. He is a writer and filmmaker as well as the co-founder of stopjenny.com, a website devoted to dispelling the myths and misconceptions perpetuated in the popular media concerning vaccines.
Born and raised on Staten Island, New York’s forgotten borough, Michael Compton graduated from St. John’s University with a BA in Communication Arts. In the three years that followed, Michael wrote freelance film and book reviews for Fangoria Magazine, contributing to their 300th issue alongside Werner Herzog, Robert Englund, and Cherie Currie. Expressing a widespread interest in law, community relations and criminal justice, Michael currently works as a police officer in the NYPD. Despite an education at a Catholic institution, not to mention a fundamentalist Protestant upbringing, Michael identifies as an atheist, secular naturalist and proud skeptic. He organizes CFI-NYC’s Cerebral Cinema.