Board Of Directors
Dr. Darrel W. Ray, Board president
Dr. Ray is the founder and President of the Board of Directors of Recovering From Religion. He has been a psychologist for over thirty years and is the author of four books: two on organizational teamwork as well as "The God Virus-How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture" and "Sex and God-How Religion Distorts Sexuality".
Dr. Ray has been a student of religion most of his life and holds a Masters Degree in religion as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a Doctorate in psychology.
Susi Bocks, Board Secretary and Volunteer Manager
Susi is a blogger, writer, and contributes in any way she can in making this world a better place. A catalyst for good would be a good description of Susi. She shares her written thoughts at PhiloSusi - featuring a collection of poetry, quotes and essays. Firm opinions about politics, religion and relationships can be found at Susi’s Soap Box .
Her staff position is to process volunteer applications and help applicants through each step of the way to becoming active volunteers. In addition, she offers support to each of the programs that Recovering from Religion offers.
Shanon Nebo, Treasurer
Shanon Nebo is the co-founder and President of Be Secular, an apparel company that promotes secularism and humanism with branding, image, and donations to secular organizations. Be Secular also facilitates interfaith discussions and events for and between theists and non-theists.
Shanon is a humanist, feminist, and atheist who advocates strongly for the ideas espoused in those labels. She might also describe herself as a coffeeist, believing firmly in the goodness inherent in it and its ability to inspire, motivate, and bring comfort to those who most need it.
Nathan Phelps, Emeritus Board Member
Nathan is an author and engaging speaker on religion and child abuse, as well as an outspoken LGBT advocate, and the Executive Director for the Center For Inquiry in Calgary. He has dedicated his life to spreading his message and has become an inspiration to those who grew up in oppressive religious families.
The son of the notorious Fred Phelps, Nathan was raised inside Westboro Baptist Church, America's most infamous church family. He grew up physically, emotionally and mentally bullied daily by his father, all in the name of God, until his 18th birthday when he managed to finally escape. Despite his background, Nathan hopes to continue spreading his message of healing, love, and acceptance through the goals and vision of Recovering From Religion. Currently, Nathan is completing a documentary with filmmaker Brad Johnson called Not My Father's Son, which chronicles his own journey from faith and fundamentalism to tolerance and freethought.
RJ is a technology coach and marketing consultant with Queen Ninja Guru. She has a Bachelors degree in Theater, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Working with a dedicated group in the Omaha area, RJ has been instrumental in bringing Apostacon to life each year. Billed as the 'sauciest freethought conference in the Noodleverse', RJ's talent is seen in the web design and graphics for the conference. Providing a fun and educational conference to the atheist community is the driving force behind her work with Apostacon.
RJ's motivation is best displayed using her own words: "The spark that drives me is the light in someone's eyes when they finally figure something out. My passion is teaching others to go beyond the boundaries of what they think they can do."