Board of Directors
Thomas Sheedy is President and founder of Atheists for Liberty. Sheedy is an entrepreneur from Long Island, New York. He is an undergraduate in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the University at Albany, where he serves as an Auxiliary Officer for the University at Albany College Republicans. He has appeared on multiple podcasts, blogs, and YouTube video interviews, and has participated extensively in student atheist activism. Sheedy was an Assistant State Director for American Atheists, President of the Long Island Atheists, a member of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State‘s Youth Advisory Council, Event Organizer for Center for Inquiry Long Island, President and founder of the Ward Melville High School Secular Student Alliance, and a member of the Center for Inquiry Student Advisory Committee from Fall 2015 to Summer 2016. In 2015 he received the Richard and Beverly Hermsen Student Activist Award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation and was FFRF’s student of the year. He also holds memberships with Turning Point USA at SUNY Albany, Louder With Crowder Mug Club, the National Rifle Association of America, The Ripon Society, and the American Conservation Coalition.
Michael Trollan is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Atheists for Liberty. Trollan is a digital technology consultant working in the advertising agency space for over 20 years, with Fortune 500 clients as large as Verizon, Ralph Lauren, MasterCard, Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, 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. In a nonprofit capacity, he has served as Chairman and acting President of the Secular Coalition for America, a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) advocacy organization whose mission is to protect the secular character of our government and increase the visibility of and respect for non-theistic viewpoints. Michael is a founding board member of Ideas Beyond Borders, an international 501(c)(3) which promotes the free exchange of ideas and defends human rights through education, partnerships, research, and technology to counter extremist narratives and authoritarian institutions. He has served as a founding board member of Sunday Assembly New York, a social enterprise that helps people to “Live Better, Help Often and Wonder More”; 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.
Erich Hartmann grew up in Southwestern Virginia, and has spent the last 25 years in New York working in some of the best ad agencies the world, and leading ground-breaking creative efforts for some of the best brands in the world. When he’s not leading day-to-day creative and strategy as the CCO and Founder of SpaceBaby LLC – a branding and ideation agency – Erich generally tries to be helpful by working with charities, not for profits, and other good causes. Politically, Erich is a fan of freedom and individual liberty, and generally believes that robust, adult conversation are a good thing for everyone.
Justin Vacula is the Public Relations Manager at Atheists for Liberty. Justin engaged in separation of church and state activism as spokesperson of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Freethought Society most notably opposing a religious display at Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County Courthouse and winning a lawsuit against a transportation agency that refused a bus advertisement with the word ‘Atheists.’ He has organized formal debates and discussions with religious leaders; was a guest speaker for college-level courses; was featured in local, national, and international news; and has been invited to speak at various national, local, and statewide events. He graduated from Marywood University’s Master’s-level Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and received bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from King’s College.
Dr. Michael Shermer is the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to Time.com, and a presidential fellow at Chapman University. His latest book is Heavens on Earth: The Scientific Search for the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia. He has been a college professor since 1979, also teaching at Occidental College, Glendale College, and Claremont Graduate University, where he taught a trans-disciplinary course for Ph.D. students on “Evolution, Economics, and the Brain.” As a public intellectual he regularly contributes opinion editorials, book reviews, and essays to The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Science, Nature, and other publications. He has appeared on such shows as The Colbert Report, 20/20, Dateline, Charlie Rose, and Larry King Live (but, proudly, never Jerry Springer!) His two TED talks, seen by millions, were voted in the top 100 of the more than 1,000 TED talks.
Peter Boghossian, PhD
Dr. Peter Boghossian is a full time faculty member in the Department of Philosophy at Portland State University, an Affiliated Assistant Professor at Oregon Health Science University in the Department of General Internal Medicine, and a visiting fellow at Reason Foundation think tank. He’s an international speaker for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason and the Center for Inquiry, and has an extensive publication record across multiple domains of thought. His popular pieces have been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, The Spectator, City Journal, The American Mind, The Philosophers’ Magazine, the LA Times, National Review, USA Today, New Statesman, etc. He’s the creator of the Atheos app and his most recent book, with translations in Mandarin, Polish, German, Romanian, is How to Have Impossible Conversations.