Current Board

The 2022 Board

Minnesota Atheists is a democratic organization with elected representatives who serve on the board for a one-year term unless reelected. Nominations are in January and elections are in February with the new board taking effect March 1st. Nominees need to be paying members in good standing for at least one year prior to the date of election; Director-at-Large nominees need only be members for six months prior. If you are interested in joining the board, find out more here and let us know that you’re interested!

You may click on the board member’s position to email them directly. General inquiries to the board can be sent to board@mnatheists.org.

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President, Stephanie Zvan

I’ve volunteered with MNA since 2009: on the radio show, on TV, at community events, building governance processes, representing us to other organizations, and on the board. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished and determined to address our challenges. I’m looking forward to serving as the organization’s president this year.

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Associate President, Michelle Morlan

I am excited to have the opportunity to continue on the board of Minnesota Atheists. I joined in August last year as a director at large to fill a vacancy after a resignation, and I would love to continue. I have really enjoyed getting to know how the organization works, and thinking of ideas for the future! I am a STEM professional, and I’m passionate about how critical science and reason are to society at large.

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Chair, Heather Hegi

I have been a dedicated volunteer and member of the board of Minnesota Atheists since 2012. I am happy to serve the board as Chair as it’s the position I have held for most of my time on the board. I look forward to being a part of this year’s board as we continue to work as a team to keep Minnesota Atheist relevant and active through this pandemic.

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Associate Chair, Mike Trombley

Hello. I’ve been an atheist ever since I was expected to think for myself — around 2nd grade, I’d say. I didn’t have a name for myself — I wasn’t an “atheist” yet, I just wasn’t what I was expected to be either.

For most of my life since then, it wasn’t something I gave much thought. I’d say I was an atheist if asked but never emphasized it. After all, there’s a lot of things I don’t believe, “god” just happens to be in the list. I was a passive atheist.

Now I recognize the benefit(s) of being an active atheist. The primary one is that being visible helps others recognize that the option to be an atheist is reasonable, viable and, other than “going to hell” for it, painless. The second main benefit is to ensure that my government isn’t being determined by some arbitrary religion’s dogma.

I want MN Atheists to become a widely known, well populated group of atheists, showing the world that religion isn’t a necessity for ourselves, others, or a society. Big goal but pretty easy when you think about it.

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Secretary, Alyssa Ehni

I am excited to have been nominated to continue serving Minnesota Atheists as Secretary. I so enjoy this community and the many wonderful people in it. The past year was difficult and I have seen (and been on the receiving end of) our community supporting one another. Continuing to foster fellowship and build our community in the ways we are currently able are important tasks for the coming year.

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Treasurer, Chris Matthews

I am a Minnesota native and a life member of Minnesota Atheists. I personally value positive atheism and the separation of government and religion. I have served on the board as treasurer since 2011. I am proud to help provide the infrastructure that the organization needs to pursue goals that we collectively find worthwhile, and I look forward to continuing in this role.

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Director-at-Large, Hertzey Hertz

Many years ago I found myself looking for an atheist social circle. I had read lots of blogs and even started to listen to a couple of podcasts. But I missed having events to go to on a regular basis. I found, through Meetup, the Minnesota Atheists, and specifically the Newbie Night and Godless Gamers. Through these events, I found many friends and events to occupy my extroverted self. As I enjoyed the events, I became curious about the leadership and started to attend board meetings as a general member. It did not take long for me to become a Director at Large. During my tenure I held multiple roles on the board, planned the Solstice Dinner of 2016 and 2018, and was head of the radio show. After a sabbatical, I have accepted the nomination for Director at Large. I am very excited to see how I can help our community grow and flourish. Thank you!

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Director-at-Large, August Berkshire

I have been active, to varying degrees, in the atheist movement since 1984. I am a past president and newsletter editor for Minnesota Atheists and serve on the Public Policy Committee. I have also served on the American Atheists national board of directors. My main emphasis this year will be to try to create accessible atheist/humanist/freethought lending and research libraries for the Twin Cities community.

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Director-at-Large, Ben Blanchard

I have served on Minnesota Atheist’s board for the last several years, and I am excited to be nominated to continue on the board of Minnesota Atheists as Director at large. I started off as a young member of my university’s SSA chapter, eventually growing into a leader in my local community, then working with national secular organizations, and spending a year working with the Foundation Beyond Belief on an international humanist service trip. When I decided to put down roots, I knew it would be in Minnesota because it is the best place in the world, with good weather, good food, and good people. The community I have found within Minnesota Atheists has been a constant in the last few troublesome years, and I hope to continue to work to make things better for us all.