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.
All AAI Directors are volunteers.
President: Gail Miller (Canada)
Gail has been involved in secular activities for the past 10 years. She was elected to the Board for Atheist Alliance International in 2013. Gail first worked on the Asylum Project and then became Treasurer. In May 2017, she was elected Interim President of Atheist Alliance International.
Gail also founded The Critical Thinking Project with Dr. Christopher DiCarlo in 2016. This organization teaches basic critical thinking skills to students in Developing Countries. In 2009, she co-authored the children’s book “Why Don’t We Go To Church”.
Her background is in Social Work where she worked in the fields of child protection and mental health.
Vice President: Bill Flavell (United Kingdom)
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 is a Board Advisor to the Atheist Alliance of America. He 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: Howard Burman (USA)
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.
Social Media Director: CW Brown (USA)
CW Brown is the CEO and Founder of the Philosophical Atheism and Thinking Rationally online communities that were both founded in 2013.
In 2017 he was appointed Executive and Social Media Director of Atheist Alliance of America and he partnered with Mark W. Gura to help bring about a reformation of the fourth largest religion in the world, Buddhism. They hope to shed light upon its important secular qualities whilst pointing out its supernatural flaws.
He resides in Vermont, USA and has been an atheist, humanist, and freethinking activist since 2013. Previously, he had been a Christian for 17 years, and he uses many valuable personal experiences from those years to help others in their journey towards reason.
He holds an A.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Liberty University. He very strongly believes in putting human rights above those of age-old mythologies. He enjoys playing music (piano and guitar), reading and writing (music and articles), and building a reformed mind by consistently pondering the phrase “Question Before You Believe.”
Publications Director: John Richards (United Kingdom)
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.
Affiliates Director: Elisabeth Mathes (Austria)
Languages: German, English
Elisabeth was born in Austria, where she was educated and studied psychology and communication science/public relations at the University of Vienna.
In 2013 she moved to Canada with her husband and three children. The couple run a logging company introducing European logging technology to British Columbia.
Elisabeth is an outspoken atheist, anti-theist, and secular humanist. Her main interests are science (especially astrophysics and evolutionary theory), the history of Christianity, the Bible, logic and critical thinking. She lists her hobbies as reading, reading, and reading.
Elisabeth strongly believes that the separation of church and state is crucial to any free and thriving society and that the teaching of the scientific method along with logical and critical thinking should be part of every public school curriculum.
Elisabeth is AAI’s Affiliates Director and is also responsible for book collection in Canada for the ‘Book Drive for the World’ project. She can be contacted on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/elimatez
Merchandise Director: Christine Shellska (Canada)
Christine M. Shellska is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Communication, Media, and Film, Faculty of Arts, at the University of Calgary, Canada. Her research involves studying the strategies employed by the Intelligent Design Creationism movement, and her areas of focus include history, philosophy and sociology of science, Actor Network Theory, and rhetoric.
Christine is a current Director for the American Humanist Association, past President for Atheist Alliance International, and a regular co-host on the Calgary-based Legion of Reason podcast.
She has delivered presentations, lectures and debates at local venues, as well as at prominent conferences in Canada and the US, on various topics of interest to humanists and secularists.
Director: Professor Narenda Nayak (India)
Languages: English & nine Indian languages
Narendra was born in 1951 to a Brahmin family. Brahmin are supposedly the highest caste and should devote all their time to worship of the gods. After spending his early years playing, praying and learning the three Rs, at the age of eleven, he came to the conclusion that there was no God.
He was awarded a National Science Talent Search scholarship at the age of 16, and secured a bachelors degree in Chemistry and a Masters in Medical Biochemistry. He worked as a lecturer at a Medical College from 1978. In 2006, he quit his job to devote all his time to the rationalist movement.
He became the President of Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations and was given an award for outstanding services to humanism by the IHEU at a ceremony in Oslo. He continues the campaign for rational thinking in India through a mixture of media publications, public interactions, and investigations of claims of paranormal.
Membership Director: Matt Kovach
Matt was elected to the AAI Board in 2019 after working as a volunteer for ten years. During his time as a volunteer, Matt was heavily involved in managing the AAI Facebook pages, Twitter and Instagram accounts and accumulated considerable expertise using social media for organization-building.
Prior to his work with AAI, Matt worked as a full-time hairdresser.