Board Member Bios


Board Member Bios


Herb Silverman, President  

Herb Silverman - President and Founder
Herb Silverman served as president of the Secular Coalition through December of 2012 and again beginning in December of 2014. Born in
Philadelphia, Herb received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Syracuse University and is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the College of
Charleston. He has published over 100 research papers in mathematics journals, a couple of books on Complex Variables, and is the recipient of
the Distinguished Research Award. Full bio >>



Michael Trollan, Vice President



Michael Trollan - Vice President
Michael Trollan has over 20 years of experience in the advertising agency world as a digital technology consultant, working with Fortune 500
clients as large as Verizon, Ralph Lauren, MasterCard, Samsung, the New York Stock Exchange, and many more. His projects have won a
Telly award, a PR Week award, one Clio, and three nominations for Webby awards. Michael is the founder of, a platform
which collects and publicizes actions that new activists to the secular community can take to get involved. He has served as a founding
board member of Sunday Assembly New York, and as an advisory board member and donor for Women's Education Project, a nonprofit
which helps women in India to transition out of poverty into college and careers.  


Bonnie Cousens - Secretary
A member of the Humanistic Movement for more than 35 years, Bonnie Cousens served as A member of the Humanistic Movement for more
than 35 years, Bonnie Cousens served as Executive Director of the Society for Humanistic Judaism from 1995 to 2015. Upon joining the
Birmingham Temple, she quickly lent her talents and expertise to the national movement. First, as editor of the journal Humanistic Judaism,
then as a conference planner and publications director for the Society and the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism, and later
as assistant director of the Society, before becoming its Executive Director. She has helped organize communities, created programs and
celebrations, written, designed and edited brochures and publications, recruited members, raised funds, led workshops, created public
relations campaigns, and been involved in virtually every aspect of this Movement. She has served on the boards of non-profit organizations
for more than 40 years.





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John Hooper
Dr. John Hooper is a retired scientist and research director, having pursued a career in molecular imaging and spectroscopy. Shortly before
retiring, he received a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts degree in an area of avocational interest: epistemology. Hooper has held local and
national leadership positions in organizations involving naturalism, Humanism, and Unitarian Universalist social action. He is immediate
past president of the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association (; treasurer of the American Humanist Association and
The Humanist Institute; a board member of the Secular Coalition for America and president of the SCA Education Fund; and a board
member of The Institute for Humanist Studies. John is a cofounder of the Humanists and Freethinkers of Fairfield County (CT).  He and his
wife, Dr. Gail M. Pesyna, a retired foundation executive, now live in Pittsburgh, PA. 




  Ron Millar - Treasurer
Ron has spent more than thirty years in the Washington DC area working for nonprofit education and advocacy groups. He was the second staff member employed by the Secular Coalition for America, serving as associate director from 2005 to 2009. Earning a PhD from Virginia Tech, his dissertation explored organizational learning among groups litigating church-state cases before the Supreme Court. He was appointed treasurer in February 2015 and is a non-voting member of the board.






Bob Kresek, Board Member



Bob Kresek
After 20 years in Silicon Valley high tech sales and marketing management, Bob spent the next 20 years building and running an independent financial advisory firm serving high tech executives.  He "retired" about 2 years ago and started actively exploring organizations promoting Humanism and the separation of church and state. He has become a member and/or financial supporter of over half of the SCA Member Organizations and many other secular organizations.  Bob is currently on the Board of the Los Altos Community Foundation, a member of its executive, finance, and investment committees, and chair of its development committee. He previously was a Board Member of the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford for six years, serving as president of the Board for two years.  Bob graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign with a BS in Electrical Engineering.

John Levin





John Levin
John Levin has over 30 years of business experience as an investment and finance professional for top tier organizations such as JP Morgan and Credit Suisse. He graduated Yale University and received his MBA from Stanford. He's been active in his local secular community for over 20 years.



  Michael Lewis 
Michael Lewis co-founded Stellar Semiconductor where, as CTO, he developed 3D-rendering semiconductors. Later he co-founded Cryptic Studios where as CEO he led the company to develop several successful massively multiplayer online role-playing games. Both companies were sold to publicly traded companies, a process which ultimately led him to his current interest in corporate transparency. Michael is currently the founder and CEO of a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting research on radical transparency for business. Michael earned his B.Sc. in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and resides in Los Angeles, CA.


Bill Norsworthy


  Bill Norsworthy
Bill has been an atheist/free thinker for his entire adult life. He has supported organizations that encourage free thinking and has been a longtime Unitarian Universalist because it encourages "the use of reason." He is the co-founder and facilitator of Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater Humanist Group, member of the steering committee for Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason, event coordinator for a Richard Dawkins event in October 2015, and member of Humanists of Florida Association. His professional background is in health care management and finance. He received his undergraduate degree in finance from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.
    David Niose
David Niose has served as president of the Secular Coaltion for America (2013), and is an attorney, activist, and author of "Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans." Before becoming SCA president in January 2013, Niose served two terms as president of the American Humanist Association, an SCA member organization. Niose has appeared widely in national and local media, addressed groups across the country, and debated religious leaders as an advocate for the secular movement and staunch opponent of the religious right. He also writes the popular Psychology Today blog, Our Humanity, Naturally.
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Shelley O'Brien

Shelley Rogers O’Brien has excelled in development and leadership positions in the non-profit sector for over 20 years.  She has raised revenue for universities to start-up non-profits all with the goal of increasing social justice. Currently as the Director of Major Gifts for NARAL Pro-Choice America, Shelley works closely with individual donors who support the mobilization of America’s pro-choice majority.  Previously, she successfully worked with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to expand recreational opportunities for veterans in parks and summer feeding programs for children. For many years, Shelley worked for her alma mater, the University of Kansas, to fundraise for the School of Social Welfare. This included fundraising for scholarships, professorships, and community projects in the Kansas City area.
As a volunteer, Shelley currently serves on the nominating and governance committee of the United States Olympic Committee and is an advisor to the National Alliance for Accessible Golf. She is a former board member of the Junior League of Washington DC and former member of the Lawrence (KS) Arts Commission.  


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