Who We Are

Board Members

The AAI Board has responsibility and full executive authority for the operations and activities of Atheist Alliance International, subject only to compliance at all times with the provisions of relevant laws, AAI’s Bylaws and any policies passed at Board meetings.

President & United Nations

Howard Burman (USA)

president@atheistalliance.org
un@atheistalliance.org
Languages: English

Howard Burman is a writer with a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature and Theatre History. He is a Fulbright Scholar and has taught in Africa, Europe, Asia and the USA.

In grade school he was a believer; in high school, a doubter; in college, a committed atheist. He is the founder of Santa Cruz Atheists and passionate about promoting reason and science.

Vice President

Bill Flavell (United Kingdom)

vicepresident@atheistalliance.org
Languages: English

Even as a small child, Bill preferred to ask questions before believing things people told him and, although raised a Christian, by the age of 13 he concluded there were no good reasons to believe in God.

Bill pursued a career in IT, marketing and management consultancy and thought little about atheism until the 9/11 atrocity showed how religion could become lethal. This spurred him to engage in online debates with Christians and Muslims and to become active on Facebook; debating, creating memes and writing articles.

His online presence resulted in speaking invitations from atheist groups in several countries including; India, The Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya and South Africa. This work has developed to the point where Bill acts as a mentor to emergent atheist groups by advising on everything from organizational matters to debating techniques, PR and media training.

Bill teaches and promotes Street Epistemology as a way to help people to examine, and revise, their beliefs in a friendly and non-confrontational way.

Secretary & Treasurer

Fotis Frangopoulos (Greece)

secretary@atheistalliance.org
treasurer@atheistalliance.org
Languages: Greek, English

Fotis has a business administration background. He grew up paying little attention to religion as the majority in Greece does. He rejected Christianity in his late teens when he read about the way it was enforced by Roman emperors, how it destroyed the Hellenic civilization and established the Dark Ages. That marked a long period of unconcern during which he identified as non-religious and gradually found interest in secular issues.

By 2010 Fotis had gotten fed up of only words and theory but no action about state and church entanglement as well as the undeserved status and privileges that religions enjoy. He became a founding member of the Atheist Union of Greece (AUG) and served as president for 2013–2018.

He is the instigator and key operator of various AUG’s campaigns such as: the questionnaire and proposal to the political parties for the separation of Greek State and church, the conference for state-church relations, official complaints to authorities about the practice of illegally recording students’ religious views in public education and two litigations about the latter and the indoctrinating religious class taught in public schools.

In 2018, he edited, and the Union published, the “Dialogue about the Jerusalem Holy Light” about a Dark Ages scam that is nowadays indulged by the Greek government.

Fotis never gets tired of talking to people interested in atheism and secularism: Social media likes and shares are OK but they are just a start and a means of communication. Don’t get fooled: No religious authority ever got worried because of them.

If you want to really shake them get active, get involved in your local secular organizations (and/or AAI) and offer real contributions, be it volunteer time, financial aid, etc, whatever really helps! Action, not like buttons!

Tina Hamilton

Atheist Support Network Director

Tina Hamilton (USA)

ASN@atheistalliance.org
Languages: English

Tina Hamilton has been an out atheist for a little over a decade. She has studied multiple religions throughout her lifetime, starting with various Christian denominations and then spanned outside of Christianity to Judaism, Paganism, Druidism, Shamanism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism amongst others. Through her time studying these religions, she became a skeptic of supernatural, gods and gurus. In 2007, she realized she was an atheist but valued Buddhism as a philosophy and continues to practices secular meditation and mindfulness.

Tina is currently working on her Masters in Clinical Counseling. She plans to fill the niche for meeting atheists’ needs in counseling particularly “coming out“ atheists and grief without belief. She plans to specialize in working with cult survivors and individuals experiencing religious trauma as well as intimate violence survivors, LGBTQ individuals, and stress management.

Tina is involved in several atheist social media projects, such as being a team member in a support group for new atheists organized by Anthony Magnabosco. Tina has a great interest in learning and applying Street Epistemology, and is a strong advocate for critical thinking and science, as well as Separation of Church and State. Tina has a bachelor degree in Nursing and Psychology.

Manoj John

Development Director

Manoj John (India)

development.director@atheistalliance.org
Languages: English & four Indian languages

Manoj John is a journalist, writer and activist. He is at the forefront of creating scientific temper and eradicating superstitions in India. He is a staunch campaigner for the rights of atheists and non-believers. 

Manoj heads We The Sapiens, a non-profit organisation that fights for issues ranging from environmentalism, human rights and LGBT rights. Debunking pseudoscience and exposing godmen are his calling. He helped found Mumbai Rationalist Association and served as its Convenor for several years. He anchored a number of high-profile events and successful campaigns to further the causes of secularism and humanism.  

Manoj worked for several leading English national newspapers such as The Financial Express and Business Standard, which had editorial syndication tie-ups with international media houses. His roles have included journalist and head of newsroom. He now writes for various magazines. 

Manoj was born into an Oriental Orthodox Christian family in Southern India. He rejected Christianity in his teens, and faced extreme discrimination and exclusion as an apostate. He stood with true grit in turbulent times and established himself as a public figure and leading activist. He also had a stint with left-wing politics before becoming actively involved in building the freethought movement. 

Manoj holds post-graduate degrees in social science and journalism. His specific interests and researches are in the fields of film theory, social anthropology and early Christianity. Manoj is a film buff, with Jean-Luc Godard and Orson Welles making a deep influence on his aesthetic perspective. He is also a keen enthusiast of cuisines of various cultures and experiments with food. He writes on the finest gourmets of the world. 

Manoj observes world affairs from his perch in the City of Mumbai.

Publications Director

John Richards (United Kingdom)

secularworld@atheistalliance.org
Languages: English

John is a former science teacher and experienced campaigner for critical thinking. He was a local politician for ten years, specializing in Health Service issues, and ended up as Leader of the Opposition of a Sussex Council. Now retired, he writes books, makes videos, gives presentations and conducts debates on the interface between belief and science.

In his native UK, he has chaired a Skeptics in the Pub Chapter since 2013. His duties for AAI include editing both the quarterly journal, Secular World, and the member’s monthly newsletter. He also conducts and produces video interviews with celebrities.

Rosi Guastella

Social Media Director

Rosi Guastella (USA)

socialmediadirector@atheistalliance.org
Languages: Spanish, English

Rosi is a passionate Animal Rights Activist, a dedicated LGBTQ rights activist, a science lover, a talented writer, and a tireless atheist activist.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico with Spaniard-Italian heritage, Rosi is fluent in Spanish and English. She graduated from Sacred Heart University and has a BA in Public Relations, Communication, and Journalism. Even though she was raised under Catholicism, she began to question everything at around the age of 13. By 19, she was an agnostic and later she became the outspoken and unflinching atheist activist that she is today.

Rosi has dedicated most of her life rescuing animals and has been working for the past 12 years for the conservation of Monarch butterflies.

Her passion and organizational skills make Rosi the titan of AAl’s social media arm!

Larry Tepa

Regional Director, Africa

Larry Tepa (Zambia)

africa@atheistalliance.org
Languages: Bemba, English

Larry Tepa is President of Humanists & Atheists of Zambia, which is the only secular organization in that country. He is a spirited secular humanist and for several years has worked with other humanists in Zambia making a difference in his immediate communities.

He is passionate about encouraging secular communities to work together towards common goals and, as AAI’s Regional Director for Africa will commit his energy to create a unified fight for secularism across Africa.

In that spirit, he embraces an open door approach to communication and invites people to get in touch.

Regional Director, Europe

Andy Philips (United Kingdom)

europe@atheistalliance.org
Languages: English

Andy Phillips was brought up as a Christian, although never a believer. He went to church (Church of England) as a child, but never bought into a belief in god.

In his early teenage years, he started reading the Bible purely out of fascination as to why people would believe in a god that was never present and only talked about. On reading the Bible, he decided that he could not believe the notion of God and could not understand why anyone would worship a god that was foolish, jealous, petulant and cruel.

He questioned his Vicar, who at first dismissed his questions and finally simply stopped engaging with him. Over his young years, he read other religions books, questioned more theists who also got tired of his difficult questions especially regarding morals. Had a dalliance with Paganism and finally decided that he was an Atheist.

Over the last few years, he has become more active and vocal about rationality and critical thinking which inevitably leads to questioning belief. He is also increasingly disturbed with the treatment of people around the world who simply lack a belief.

Andy is a public speaker, writer and musician who plays in the band Vine Messiah.

Jason Frye-Kolarik

Regional Director, North America

Jason Frye-Kolarik (USA)

n.america@atheistalliance.org
Languages: English, some Spanish

Jason has a long history in Freethought organizing. Chairing the Humanist Association of San Diego since 2003, Jason organized and hosted regional conferences, engaged in community building and organizing, has given secular invocations to the city council, participated in interfaith efforts, lectured, and led community service projects.

At the national level Jason has been involved with the American Humanist Association serving in various roles (e.g., Chair of the Executive Committee of the Chapter Assembly, Coordinator for the LGBT Humanist Council, and as a member-at-large on the Humanist Society Board).

Jason has performed over 200 nonreligious weddings as a Humanist Celebrant and serves as the CEO of the Secular Policy Institute. 

With a special focus on religion and politics as well as an emphasis on public policy, Jason has a master of arts in political science and one of his bachelors degree is in religious studies. 

Jason and his spouse currently live in the Austin Texas metropolitan area with their miniature pinscher and can often be found on a late-night five-mile to pandemic-decompress. 

Shirley Rivera

Regional Director, Central & South America

Shirley Rivera (Puerto Rico)

cs.america@atheistalliance.org
Languages: Spanish, English

Shirley Rivera is President and Founder of Atheists of Puerto Rico and, for five years, was Director of American Atheists in Puerto Rico.

Shirley studied Psychology at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. She has excelled as a reporter, writer and commentator in various Spanish-language media. She has worked for such networks as the Oklahoma National Newspaper, Telemundo Oklahoma City, Tulsa Univision, and The X 100.7 FM.

She founded Atheists of Puerto Rico in 2014 with her partner Elisaul Rodriguez. “Ateístas” educate, provide free legal representation, and defend atheists of the island. Atheists of Puerto Rico has filed several lawsuits against the Puerto Rican government for violations of church and state separation. Since 2008, Shirley has been a very popular atheists video blogger in Spanish on YouTube.

She has appeared on many television programs and has spoken at conferences in Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Oklahoma City and Florida about secular education, a primary focus of her activism. In 2015, she organized a massive protest in the San Juan Capitol against the government of Puerto Rico for removing education with a gender perspective from schools.

Shirley lives in Missouri where she works for the U.S. Government.

Staff

Michael Sherlock

Executive Director

Michael Sherlock (Tasmania)

exec@atheistalliance.org
Languages: English, Japanese

Michael is originally from Sydney, Australia but spent a large part of his adult life living in Japan. Michael now lives with his two children in Tasmania, Australia.

Michael has been an outspoken atheist activist and champion for human rights for the best part of a decade. He is the author of seven books on atheism and religion. He holds a BA in political science and sociology and a Master’s in Religious Studies.

Michael’s work has received mention from Ricky Gervais, Richard Dawkins and other well-known atheists. Michael has also had several essays and articles published on the Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.

Michael is deeply passionate about normalizing atheism, promoting secularism, and helping the most vulnerable atheists on the planet.  He is also a confident public speaker, having delivered speeches at conferences around the world.