Larry T. Decker, Executive Director
Larry T. Decker joined the Secular Coalition as its Executive Director in December 2015. Larry has spent nearly two decades in Washington, D.C. as a government relations professional in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. A native of Upstate New York, Larry graduated from Ithaca College, where he received his B.A., magna cum laude. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering as an EMT in suburban Maryland. He resides in Washington, D.C.
Find out more about Larry here.
Casey Brescia, Communications and Social Media
Casey Brescia graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in Philosophy, focusing on applied and practical ethics. While in college, he was founder and President of his campus freethought group which hosted debates, invited speakers, and interfaith dialogues. In his spare time he teaches a workshop for secular student groups on the art of cold reading and how to promote themselves by faking psychic powers.
Diana Castillo, Legislative Manager
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Diana Castillo was born and raised in Davis, California before transplanting to the East Coast, where she graduated from Smith College with a bachelor's in Government and Latin American Studies. A proud queerspawn, Diana has previously interned with COLAGE, an organization for youth with LGBTQ parents and guardians, helping organize their annual family week programming in Provincetown. In her free time, Diana enjoys reading, going to the beach, and cooking with friends.
Austin Leah Cooper, Director of Operations and Finance
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Austin Cooper received her Bachelor's in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Go Hokies!) Her areas of study include journalism and political science. Ms. Cooper has 12 years of professional experience in accounting, human resources and operations management. She has been with the Secular Coalition since January 2014.
Ms. Cooper is a supporting member of Break the Cycle, the Smithsonian, National Aquarium, National Park Service at Gettysburg, Secular Student Alliance, Secular Coalition, and the Greater Reston Art Center. She also supports and volunteers for the Wangari Gardens and Camp Quest.
Kelly Damerow, Director of Public Policy and Campaigns
Kelly Damerow joined the Secular Coalition as Research and Advocacy Manager in the spring of 2012 and was later promoted to Director of Federal and State Affairs, where she was responsible for the organization's lobbying efforts. Born and raised in Florida, Kelly received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education and her Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of Florida. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in the fall of 2011. Prior to joining the Secular Coalition, Kelly was a Legal Fellow in the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center. As a former collegiate improviser, Kelly enjoys attending live comedy shows. Kelly served as Interim Executive Director from December of 2014 to December 2015.
Dan Green, Development Associate
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Dan Green graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor's degree in Government, focusing on American Government. He was inspired to join the secular movement after extensively studying the founding of the United States and becoming aware of the influence of religion in all facets of the government. As a native of Nashville, TN, Dan loves the Nashville Predators, live music, and great food and drink.
Sarah Levin, Legislative Associate
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Sarah Levin graduated from American University cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies, focusing on the Middle East and Israeli domestic politics. She is passionate about secularism and concerned about the influence of religion in politics in the United States. Sarah loves to travel and study languages.
Previous Executive Directors
Edwina Rogers, Former Executive Director
Edwina Rogers was the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America from 2012 to 2014. Rogers has served in public policy positions in the US Senate, White House, private, and international sectors for over twenty years. She has worked for two Presidents and four Senators, and founded or directed lobbying firms for public health issues. Biography
Sean Faircloth, Former Executive Director
Sean Faircloth was Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America from 2009 to 2011. Following his role at the Secular Coalition he served as the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Biography
Lori Lipman Brown, Founding Director Emeritus
Lori Lipman Brown is a lawyer, an educator, and a former Nevada State Senator. From 2005-2009 she served as the first director of the Secular Coalition for America. Biography