Thomas Sheedy

Thomas Sheedy is the President and Founder of Atheists for Liberty. His influence extends beyond the confines of the organization, as he has been featured in notable media outlets such as Vanity Fair and mentioned on The Joe Rogan Experience. Thomas has made appearances on various shows, blogs, and podcasts, establishing himself as a key advocate for atheist activism. With a background in public policy, he specializes in the largest growing demographic, atheism, and is a dedicated proponent of the separation of religion and government, as well as religious freedom. Thomas Sheedy holds a B.S. in Public Policy & Management from the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. His focus lies in addressing the escalating civilizational conflict between advocates of liberty and those who prioritize faith-based feelings over fact.

Cherry Teresa

Vice President
Cherry Teresa is the Vice President at Atheists For Liberty. She holds a Master of Science in Data Analytics from Western Governors University and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. She has over a decade in non-profit experience, working for both large and small organizations. Cherry previously wrote articles for the James Randi Educational Foundation's Swift Blog and Skeptic Ink Network, as well as blogging on her own site, Her written work on atheism and skepticism has been featured on the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science's website and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry's Skeptical Briefs newsletter. Cherry is also a classically trained musician. She's a keyboardist, vocalist, and bedroom producer. Her solo work includes atheistic, humanistic, skeptical, and political themes in styles ranging from baroque pop to synth pop. She has recorded and gigged in alternative, metal, and rock bands as well. Cherry Teresa currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and her hometown is Baltimore, MD.

James Cowell

Assistant to the President
James Cowell is the Assistant to the President for Atheists for Liberty. He's earned his degree in Political Science at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Before joining the AFL team James served in a multitude of roles, including President, Student advisor, Campus Coordinator for Turning Point USA at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and more. During his time in Knoxville, he brought famous culture war commentators to campus as part of his commitment to free expression and open debate. He was also a Campus Ambassador for the Leadership Institute. He has filled various roles for many different campus groups such as Young Americans for Freedom and the College Libertarians. Among many other extracurricular activities, James is also a columnist for the school paper. He plans to pursue a degree in International law after he completes his BA. In his free time, James greatly enjoys reading, writing, and debating. He is a strident Anti-theist and ardent defender of freedom of speech. His passion for these subjects led him to work for us.

Max Carlisle

Media Production Director
Max Carlisle is the Media Production Director at Atheists for Liberty. As a full-time YouTuber, musician, and former radio host, Max brings many years of public relations experience to AFL as well as his expertise in the video, photo, and graphics fields. Originally from Seattle, Washington, now living in Los Angeles, California, Max is an atheist and passionate supporter of enlightenment values such as separation of church and state, self-determination, individualism, constitutional government, and the pursuit of knowledge. Additionally, Max is a private pilot, paragliding pilot, science and military history enthusiast, and supporter of veterans organizations.

Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke is the Editor-in-chief at Atheists for Liberty. He's a writer, editor, and legal-tech professional based in Sacramento, California. He holds a JD with an emphasis in intellectual proper law from the University of the Pacific and a BA in psychology from Western Washington University. He previously served as the content manager for a number of startups in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently works for California’s judicial branch. As a writer, his articles have appeared in publications including Quillette, Aporia Magazine, The American Spectator, The Humanist, Free Inquiry Magazine, and Merion West. He regularly writes about technology, culture, and futurism for the Substack newsletter The Decadence Project. He’s also founder and editor-in-chief of Jokes Literary Review and host of the podcast Team Futurism.

Autumn Berend

Managing Editor
Autumn Berend is the Managing Editor. at Atheists for Liberty. She has worked for a variety of publications and is trained in classical journalism. She has largely worked from Portland, Oregon and covered the summer of unrest and protests from an impartial point of view, clearly labeling when her opinion is present. In addition to freelance journalism and photography, she is Editor-in-Chief for The Inquirer Magazine. In addition to maintaining journalistic integrity, she strives to maintain impartiality while presenting only the facts. She advocates for change such as always labeling opinion pieces as opinion and avoiding click-bait titles. She enjoys debating people, challenging preconceived notions, and playing devil's advocate, as needed, in order to promote healthy debate. Voice-acting is one of Autumn's hidden talents, and she can do a wide variety of celebrity and cartoon voices.

Justin Vacula

Outreach Manager
Justin Vacula is the Outreach 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.

Francis Trezza

Chief Information Security Officer
Francis Trezza serves as the CISO and interim IT department lead for Atheists for Liberty. His main role is keeping all AFL internet related systems safe and secure. His two greatest loves in life are Information Security and his fiancé Autumn. He holds a Certified Ethical Hacker designation from the EC Council among other high-level certifications, and works daily to secure the nation's critical infrastructure through defensive and offensive cyber operations in the public and private sectors. Seeing parallels in the failure of the New Atheism movement — driven by Atheism+ and the like — to what is currently happening in the information security community, he chose to join forces with Atheists for Liberty, as a group that protects constitutional rights and that considers Freedom of Speech to be directly related to the pursuit of knowledge. It is his dream to bring forth a future where freedom of expression and open sharing of ideas will be valued over conformity, censorship, gatekeeping, and the exclusion of those who think differently.

State Directors