Recovering from Religion is thrilled to have a diverse and talented group on board as our staff. Each staff member brings not only experience and skill, but a unique perspective on helping those who are dealing with the negative impact of religion in their everyday lives.
Gayle Jordan, Executive Director
Gayle is a former Southern Baptist who left the faith 10 years ago when her then-teenagers began asking questions she could not answer. Her research led her (and her children) into the light of reason and rationality. Years later, she still feels the effects, both positive and negative, of that dramatic shift in perspective and attitude. It is this sympathy and compassion that drives her to reach out to help others navigate the emotional and physical process involved in leaving one's faith.
Gayle is an attorney and former personal trainer. She lives on Freethought Farm in middle Tennessee, where she spends her days amongst her longhorns, goats, donkeys, chickens, and dogs. She blogs about life on the farm, endurance event training, and secularism at Happy. Healthy. Heathen.
Dr. Caleb Lack, Secular Therapy Project Director
Caleb is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Practicum Coordinator in the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma. A clinical psychologist licensed to practice in Oklahoma , Dr. Lack is the author of six books (including Critical Thinking, Science, & Pseudoscience: Why You Can't Trust Your Brain) and more than 40 scientific publications. In addition, Dr. Lack has presented nationwide and internationally at conferences on a variety of topics, including obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, paranormal belief and skepticism, innovative teaching and training methods, and more. He is on the editorial board of several scientific journals and a reviewer for both journals and granting agencies.
In addition to courses on his clinical and research specialties, Dr. Lack also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on critical thinking, science, and pseudoscience. These recently culminated in an wiki as well as a series of documentaries on pseudoscience and superstition in Oklahoma. He writes the "Great Plains Skeptic" column on the Skeptic Ink Network, as well as presenting about skepticism and critical thinking frequently. Dr. Lack is also the founding advisor of the UCO Skeptics, a campus group dedicated to the application and promotion of reason and scientific skepticism in all areas of life.
A native Oklahoman, Dr. Lack grew up in the rural community of Mountain View, where his parents still reside and farm and ranch on land that has been owned by the family for close to 100 years. He currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with his beautiful wife and brilliant son on a wonderful little property called Freethought Farm.
Brian Charles Fleming, Resource Curator
Brian sees to it that the links on the Resources page of our website are easily accessible and helpful to people making the move from faith to reason. The Resources include a mix of websites, blogs, podcasts, videos, books, and essays that are categorized for non-believers, believers, seekers & doubters, and those looking for mental health support. Brian welcomes Resource suggestions from our clients, volunteers, and supporters.
Brian studies philosophy, science, and the advice of great thinkers which he uses in his work in the auto industry and volunteer service helping people overcome addiction and irrational beliefs. He earned a Master of Liberal Arts & Science with a concentration in Ethics at Vanderbilt University and also holds two business degrees. He likes sports, music, and plays in a roots rock band. Brian is active in the secular community in Nashville and lives with his wife of 30+ years in nearby Franklin, Tennessee.
Rhonda Dorle, Support Groups Director
Born and raised in Oklahoma, Rhonda has been an activist in the secular community since 2010. She was appointed Vice President of the Atheist Community of Tulsa in 2011, where she co-founded the Oklahoma Freethought Convention (FreeOk), as well as created numerous atheist/secular community outreach programs for the area. In May 2011 her passion for free thought led her to help spearhead the Freedom from Religion Foundation's "Out Of The Closet" campaign in Tulsa, where she now resides. Rhonda currently is the head facilitator of the local chapter of Recovering from Religion. She is the former vice president of Camp Quest Oklahoma, a secular camp for kids with the expressed goal of teaching children "How to think" instead of "What to think".
As a manager and empathy coach in her daily life, she teaches others the importance of finding genuine human connections in their professional and personal lives.
Sharon Sanders, grant writer
Sharon Sanders is a retired professor of psychology with a masters degree in lifespan developmental psychology and a doctorate in experimental psychology, with a health concentration. She taught eighteen different psychology courses over twenty-four years for California State University, San Bernardino and the University of Cincinnati - Clermont College before retiring from teaching to settle in the warmth of the Nevada desert. Her research interests and fields of expertise are adult stress, child abuse, and human needs. She has extensive research training and uses her skills as a grant writer/researcher for fund-raising to help extend the scope of Recovering From Religion in supporting those of our community who are dealing with the consequences of their “de-conversion” from religion.
Sharon was raised in the Mormon church, but walked away at nineteen years of age. What followed was many years of study of all the world’s religions, more years spent with “new age” spirituality, agnosticism for twelve more years before fully embracing atheism. As is the experience of many others, she found herself socially isolated and estranged from family and some of her former friends when she went public in March 2017. Reaching out to find a community of like-minded people, she discovered Recovering From Religion and joined the helpline chat group for finding community which led to her desire to volunteer her skills in helping others in a similar situation.
Today Sharon lives, works, and plays in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the mother of two sons and grandmother of nine grandchildren. In addition to being a part-time promotions ambassador for Caesar's Entertainment, she is writing books of both fiction and non-fiction, is an avid oil painter, and a poet. Her home life is enlivened by four parakeets who sing and chirp all day making a great deal of racket!
Shana Rubio, volunteer coordinator
Born and raised in Colorado as a Jehovah’s Witness. After awaking from the cult in 2017 she quickly started her own Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Meetup in the Denver metro area. She is an active member of The Secular Hub as well as managing the membership database for Jefferson Humanists. Shana was invited to participate in the A&E Leah Remini Scientology: The Aftermath Season 3 Special Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2018. She is passionate about helping fellow “awoke” members of society to help navigate in the secular world. She works as an Administrative Assistant for city government while enjoying all the beauty the rocky mountains have to offer.