Jennifer Beahan is the Program Director for 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 by CFI–Michigan, Jennifer volunteered there for 4 years and was the editor of a quarterly newsletter, assisted in long-term planning, and founded several ongoing programs.
Debbie 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.
Stephanie Guttormson is the Interim Program Director for CFI–DC. She joined the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science in March of 2013 as the Outreach and Events Coordinator and now serves as the Operations Director. She was the leader of an award winning student group at the Metropolitan State University of Denver that developed widely successful, unique events such as Food for Freethought and The Pseudoscience Fair. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in linguistics and theoretical mathematics from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is the creator of ThinkSteptically, a YouTube channel focused on promoting critical thinking, where she covers topics ranging from faith healing to organic food. Stephanie appears monthly on the Dogma Debate radio show and the Road to Reason TV show, and also gives talks around the country educating folks about transgender people.
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.
Robert Ladendorf has been the Chief Operating Officer of CFI–Los Angeles since 2005. Under the direction of Executive Director Jim Underdown, Robert handles logistical operations and books speakers for the twice-monthly “Feed Your Brain” lecture series. He co-founded a skeptics’ group in Springfield, Illinois—the Rational Examination Association of Lincoln Land (REALL). Robert also co-founded Opening Minds Productions in LA, which produced Steve Allen’s Meeting of Minds teleplays as live theater at universities, a Free Inquiry conference, and for a monthly run in the Steve Allen Theater at CFI–LA. Robert earned a B.A. in communications from the University of Illinois Springfield, and an M.A. in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Before working for CFI–LA, he was a freelance writer; associate editor of Illinois Issues, a public affairs magazine; and a long-time Illinois state government executive, including serving as the deputy director of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Communications Department, where he garnered nine Master Communicator Awards. His two sons, Brett and Scott, live in Illinois.
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.
Nicole Orr is the administrative assistant for CFI–Portland. Working with youth has always been very important to her. In her teens, Nicole was an assistant team leader for a Search and Rescue Unit. There, she taught young people wilderness survival skills, as well as crime scene protocols. As an adult, Nicole strongly advocates the written word. She has helped run and participated in National Novel Writing Month for ten years and has been a freelance children’s author for five years. Nicole moved to Oregon from Indiana because it was the furthest she could get from that kind of religious mentality without hitting the ocean. In 2012, Nicole temporarily moved to Brisbane, Australia, and became fascinated at the religious differences culture to culture. She is a lifetime homeschooler and always delighted to prove that atheist homeschoolers, unlike God, do indeed exist!
Alice Pine has been working as the Office Manager for CFI–Los Angeles since 2005. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a B.F.A. with an emphasis on printmaking. Alice is also a cofounder of the Los Angeles Women’s Atheist & Agnostic Group (LAWAAG).
Jefferson 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.
James Underdown has been Executive Director of CFI–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–LA. 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 is Executive Director of CFI–Indiana as well as the director of CFI's Secular Celebrant Program. She started the Humanist Friendship Group of Central Indiana in 1999, which became the 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 the ACLU of Indiana Board of Directors for several years and is currently serving as the board's Vice President for Education.