Dr. Paul Kurtz [1925-2012] Professor of philosophy (retired emeritus) at the State University of New York at Amherst (Buffalo) and founder of the Center for Inquiry Transnational and Prometheus Books. He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and humanist laureate and president of the International Academy of Humanism.
Jonathan Kurtz President of Prometheus Books
President and Public Policy Director
Toni Van Pelt is co-founder, president, and public policy director of the Institute for Science and Human Values, focusing on the importance of science, the use of empirical evidence as the basis for public policy, separation of church and state, secularism, and women's and LGBTQI rights. She launched and directed one of the first public policy offices of the secular humanist movement in Washington, DC as the vice president of the Center for Inquiry Office of Public Policy.
She regularly presents on a variety of issues including proposed federal legislation and regulations, human rights, how to effectively participate in federal and state government, and how to lobby legislative bodies. Further, she educates on, and advocates for the passage of Equal Rights Amendment and the United Nations Convention to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). As a secular humanist, feminist activist and citizen of the world, she serves on the board of the Institute for Humanist Studies, is the Chairwoman of Americans United for Separation of Church and State Speakers Bureau and on many of the boards and committees of the National Organization for Women. She has been recognized by the Veteran Feminists of America for her long time activism for women's rights.
Vince Parr Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, post doctorate at the Albert Ellis Institute and a co-founder of the Institute for Science and Human Values (ISHV).
Marcia S. Cohen, ISHV’s legal counsel, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Roosevelt University of Chicago, a Masters degree in Music Composition from Northwestern University, and received her Juris Doctor degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1984. Since becoming a member of The Florida Bar, she has practiced almost exclusively in the area of labor and employment law with a concentration in employment discrimination and sexual harassment. She is a member of the Legal Panel of the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and was the 2007 recipient of its Gardner Beckett Civil Rights Award.
D. J. Grothe, board member, has lectured widely on topics at the intersection of science and ethics at dozens of universities including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, UCLA and UC Berkeley. Once a professional magician, with special interests in the psychology of belief and processes of deception and self-deception, Grothe is formerly president and CEO of The James Randi Educational Foundation and served as vice president at the Center for Inquiry.
Soma Ilangovan M.D., (Gastroenterolgy), Founder, Director of Periyar International,USA
Saroja Ilangovan M.D., retired neuropathologist from Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
Robert Tapp Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Humanities, University of Minnesota, associate editor of Human Prospect.
Stuart Jordan Ph.D., Senior staff scientist (retired emer.) NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
International Advisory Board:
Mona Abousenne, Professor of English Literature, Faculty of Education, English
Department, Ain Shams University, Egypt
James E. Alcock, Ph.D., York University, Canada
Gwen W. Brewer, Ph.D., Prof. Emer., Calif. State University, Northridge
Arthur Caplan, Ph.D., Prof. (Bioethics), University of Pennsylvania
J. Beth Ciesielski, Ex. Dir. Fundatia Centrul pentru Constiina Critica, Romania
Margaret Downey, Founder, Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia
Sanal Endamaruku, Indian Rationalist Association
Hugo Estrella, Founder, Argentine Humanist Asscoiation/Co-Founder International Liasion Committee of Atheists and Freethinkers Professor and researcher, Pisa University (Italy)
Valerie Fehrenbach, Ph.D., clinical psychologist
Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Ph.D., philosopher, author
Sheldon F. Gottlieb, Ph.D., retired educator, Scientist (Physiologist, Biologist)
Douglas J. Grothe, President, James Randi Educational Foundation
James A Haught, Exec. Editor, The Charleston Gazette
Leo Igwe, Founder, Nigerian Humanist Movement
Soma Ilangovan, M.D. (Gastroenterology), Founder, Director of Periyar International, USA.
Leon Jaroff, former science editor Times and Discover
Lawrence Krauss, Ph.D., Foundation Prof. (Theoretical Physics) Ariz. State University
Valerie Kuvakin, Prof. Moscow State University
Elizabeth Loftus, Ph.D., Distinguished Prof. (Psychology), University of Calif. at Irvine
Innaiah Narisetti, Prof. Hydrabad University, India
Jean-Claude Pecker, Ph.D., astronomer, College de France
Steven Pinker, Ph.D., Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University
Howard Radest, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina-Beaqufort
James Randi, Founder, James Randi Educational Foundation
Robert Tapp, Ph.D., Professor emeritus of Humanities, Religious Studies, and Soth Asian Studies, University of Minnesota
Carol Tavris, Ph.D., Fellow, American Psychological Assn.
Lionel Tiger, Ph.D. Prof. (Anthropology), Rutgers University
K. Veeramani, M.A., B.L., President, Dravidar Kazhakam and Pro Chancellor Periyar Maniammai University
Mourad Wahba, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Faculty of Education, Ain Shams University, Egypt
J. Beth Ciesielski, Ex. Dir., Fundatia Centrul pentru Constiinta Critica, Romania
Elizabeth Daerr, Environmental Business Owner, Former Ex.Dir. CFI Washington DC
Stanley Friedland, Ed.D., Educator; Educational Consultant
Innaiah Narisetti, Prof., Hydrabad University, India.
Joe Beck, Founder, Humanists of the Treasure Coast