Outreach Staff

Jennifer Beahan Jennifer Beahan is Assistant Director of CFI–Michigan. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of CFI–Michigan and is working to build a secular community throughout Michigan. Her interests include volunteer management, program development and evaluation, secular activism, and women's rights. She holds a Bachelor's of Music Education (K-12), and in addition to her work for CFI she teaches private music lessons on piano and woodwinds. Prior to being hired as the Assistant Director, Jennifer volunteered at CFI-Michigan for 4 years and was the editor of a quarterly newsletter, assisted in Long-Term planning and founded several ongoing programs at CFI–Michigan.

Debbie GoddardDebbie Goddard is the Director of Outreach and the Director of African Americans for Humanism. She has years of experience in volunteering and campus and community organizing. Before coming to work for CFI as a field organizer, she volunteered for CFI On Campus with local groups and on the international level as Student Publications Director and Student President. She has been involved with church-state separation and secular activism, as well as with LGBTQ and progressive issues, for over a decade.

Melody HensleyMelody Hensley is the Executive Director of CFI–Washington DC. Ms. Hensley has a background in volunteering and community organizing. She has been involved with church-state separation and secular activism, as well as reproductive rights and progressive issues, in the DC area for over a decade. Prior to her latest role, she served as the CFI–DC event and volunteer coordinator.

Cody Hashman Cody Hashman is a campus and community organizer at the Center for Inquiry. Before working for CFI, he was founder and president of the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers. As UNIFI president, he organized the first ever Darwin Week, participated in and helped organize a monthly interfaith dialogue event called “Grab a Brew, Share Your View,” and coordinated an extensive set of intellectual and social events that helped UNIFI establish itself as a very successful group on campus.

Sarah Kaiser Sarah Kaiser is a campus and community organizer for CFI On Campus. Prior to her work at CFI, she got her start in the freethought movement as the co-founder and president of the Secular Alliance at Indiana University, where she helped organize a nationally recognized atheist bus ad campaign and large campus speaking events. As an atheist, a feminist, and a small part of the universe's way of understanding itself, she is thrilled at the chance to help advance CFI's mission through outreach to non-religious communities around the world.

Syd LeRoySyd LeRoy is executive director of CFI-New York City. Prior to their current role, Syd started as a student activist, completing their BA in Studio Art at CUNY Hunter College. They founded four student groups in the NY metro area dedicated to free inquiry and secular humanism, and interned for CFI–NYC for two years. Syd became assistant director in 2011 before eventually being promoted to executive director in 2012. Syd is passionate about social justice and free expression and is proud to be a part of CFI and applying their passion and creativity to support the movement while creating a diverse and inclusive local community.

Jefferson SeaverJefferson Seaver is a co-founder of CFI–Michigan and has served as its Executive Director for 14 years. He is a partner in a local marketing and design firm where he has been occupied for the past 18 years, and he has served on the ACLU of Western Michigan board for 10 years. Jeff was a committed, born again Christian of the fundamentalist Baptist variety for 20 years — even releasing an album as part of a Christian rock band. His deeply held religious beliefs led him to study the Bible, philosophy, apologetics, and comparative religion — which were ultimately their undoing. He reads voraciously especially about neuroscience and psychology, and has never let schooling interfere with his education.

Reba Boyd WoodenReba Boyd Wooden is Executive Director of CFI–Indiana as well as the director of CFI's Secular Celebrant Program. She started Humanist Friendship Group of Central Indiana in 1999, which became CFI Community of Indiana in 2005. On April 1, 2007, CFI–Indiana opened on the Indianapolis downtown canal walk at 350 Canal Walk, Suite A. Reba has a B.A from the University of Indianapolis with a major in Social Studies Education and a minor in Business Education, an M.S. from Butler University in History/Education, and an M.S. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University. She retired after 37 years in public education in 2005. She spent her last 13 years as a high school guidance counselor and the previous years in the classroom teaching mostly psychology and United States history. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of seven.  She has been a member of ACLU of Indiana Board of Directors for several years and is currently serving as the board's Vice President for Education.