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.

Ed BEck Ed Beck is Executive Director of CFI–Washington DC. Ed has been involved with the Center for Inquiry since 2007, taking on various roles across the organization's outreach, education, and research efforts. Currently Ed also serves as the Senior Policy Analyst for the Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy, its comprehensive legislative and lobbying program. Ed is a United States Marine Corps and Iraq War veteran, and holds a B.A. in International Politics and Anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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.

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.

Stef McGraw

Stef McGraw is a campus and community organizer at CFI and has degrees in philosophy and Spanish from the University of Northern Iowa. She spent four years on the executive team of the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers, which in that time became one of the most successful and active groups on campus. In addition to her experience at UNIFI, Stef served as the Speaker of the Senate for the Northern Iowa Student Government, and was active in LGBT rights and other progressive causes in Iowa.

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.

Jim UnderdownJames Underdown has been Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry–Los Angeles since 1999. He has written for both Skeptical Inquirer and Free Inquiry magazines. He is also the founder and chairman of the Independent Investigations Group in Hollywood, CA, one of the U.S.’s premiere paranormal investigation teams. He has publicly represented the CFI in church/state separation issues, as well as in promoting science and the philosophy of secular humanism. Jim is the creator of the Steve Allen Theater at CFI-L.A. He has appeared on numerous podcasts, radio and TV shows, and spoken at scores of conferences and other public gatherings to promote secular humanism and skepticism. He has also officiated at dozens of weddings, memorials, and baby namings. His many pre-CFI endeavors include writing and directing short films (A Day in the Life of Frank Sinatra, The Test, Dear Father), and directing his stage play, Party of 13, a secular re-telling of the Last Supper. Jim is a graduate of DePauw University (B.A., 1982)

Reba Boyd Wooden

Reba 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.