Board Member Bios


Board Member Bios


Herb Silverman, President  

Herb Silverman - President Emeritus
Herb Silverman served as president of the Secular Coalition through December of 2012 and again from 2014 to 2017. 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 >>

 Bob Kresek, Board Member    


Bob Kresek- President
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.


Michael Trollan, Vice President


Bill Norsworthy- Vice President
Bill has been an atheist/freethinker 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.


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.



Alexander Satorie-Robinson (ex-officio, non-voting)

Alexander Satorie-Robinson previously spent one year on the Board of the Secular Coalition for America in 2014 as Treasurer. 

Alexander has an MBA from Penn State University with an emphasis on Accounting and Business Management. He is president of Satorie-Robinson & Associates which provides executive coaching, nonprofit fundraising, strategic communications, public policy and financial planning services. He is currently serving as Senior Development Associate for the Transformative Justice Coalition. He is also Tax Manager for the Center for Urban Families where he supervises IRS certified tax preparers who prepare individual tax returns for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Programs. Alexander is also Vice President Operations for Living with Earth, a Maryland Benefit Corporation, which provides individual and communities with environmentally safe and sustainable short-term lodging and community living.



Doug White

Doug White, a long-time leader in the nation's philanthropic community, is an author, teacher, and an advisor to nonprofit organizations and philanthropists. He is Co-Chair of the FoolProof Foundation's Walter Cronkite Project Committee, a board member at Tiny Spark, and became an advisory board member of the Secular Coalition for America in 2017.

Doug is the author of four books: "Abusing Donor Intent," published in 2014; "The Nonprofit Challenge: Integrating Ethics into the Purpose and Promise of Our Nation's Charities," published in 2010; "Charity on Trial: What You Need to Know Before You Give," published in 2007; and "The Art of Planned Giving: Understanding Donors and the Culture of Giving," published in 1996. He has written several articles for a variety of magazines and periodicals, including Trusts and Estates, the Journal of Gift Planning, Charitable Gift Planning News, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

He is the former director of Columbia University's Master of Science in Fundraising Management program, where, in addition to his extensive management responsibilities, he taught board governance, ethics and fundraising. He is also the former academic director of New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising. He has also been an advisor to BoardSource, the nation's leading organization dedicated to "building exceptional nonprofit boards and inspiring board service."

  Madison Paige
Madison Paige is a graduate of Penn State University with a BA in communications and journalism with a minor in black studies. She founded her first business at the age of 21, an environmental consulting firm conducting materials testing and EPA and OSHA compliance monitoring throughout the metro DC area. In 1998 she moved to Florida and started her next business, a boutique web design firm that delivered unconventionally media-rich websites to large and small brands, businesses and organizations. Her clients included major brands such as Mercedes-Benz, and hundreds of small and medium size businesses.

Fifteen years of being in media, design, and video production and having helped ambitious, budget- challenged small businesses to build their brands prepared her for helping similarly situated political candidates. In 2013 she launched Bold Blue Campaigns, a political services firm focusing exclusively on serving Democratic state and municipal candidate nationwide. Their model has been to fight everywhere and keep costs low for candidates through grassroots support.

Madison describes herself as an atheist, anti-theist, humanist, and rationalist. She says she brings a passion and deep belief in secular and humanist values - and, more importantly, a desire to use her skills to work with the Secular Coalition to positively influence our nation - socially and politically - toward secular values and secular government.


Bob Kresek, Board Member


Michael Trollan 
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.  


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.

  Ron Lindsay
Ron Lindsay, a lawyer and philosopher (JD, University of Virginia; PhD, Georgetown University), has been a secular activist since the early 1980s, when he began representing the Council for Secular Humanism in various legal matters on a pro bono basis. He was a member of the Council's board of directors for one term in the 1990s. In 2006, he left the law firm he had been with for twenty-six years to become in-house counsel for the Center for Inquiry (CFI). In 2008, CFI's board of directors appointed him to the position of president & CEO, a position which he held for the next eight years. Ron is no longer is an employee of CFI, receives no compensation from CFI, and no longer plays a role in managing the organization.

During his tenure at CFI, Ron increased the level of cooperation between CFI and other secular organizations, a process which included making CFI a member of SCA. Ron also helped bring about the 2016 merger of the Richard Dawkins Foundation and CFI. His last book, The Necessity of Secularism (Pitchstone 2014), argues for the critical importance of keeping religion out of politics and public policy matters.





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