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Sarah Hargreaves -- President
Sarah Hargreaves graduated from the University of Kansas in December 2009 with a BGS in English Literature. In July 2010 Sarah became a member of several Kansas City Skeptical and Freethought meetup groups to expand her social circle. Sarah founded the KC Skeptical Women’s meetup group in January 2011 to increase female membership and participation in the Kansas City skeptics/freethought community. That group now has over 120 members.
As an ex-Christian, Sarah recognizes how much religion and church fulfill the need people have to belong to a community and feel as though they are contributing to a meaningful cause. One of Sarah’s primary focuses as a supporter of the atheist movement is to work to achieve a strong sense of belonging, shared purpose and meaning within the atheist community. As part of this goal, Sarah is committed to creating a community that is welcoming to children and families.
Joshua Hyde -- Vice President
Joshua Hyde was raised a Christian and, by the age of 12, was a young-earth creationist, pro-life opponent to the legalization of gay marriage. By the age of 24, he was a Darwinist, an atheist, and a vocal supporter of LGBT equality -- all because of some atheists he argued with on the Internet (don't let anyone convince you that atheists arguing on the Internet is a waste of time!). When he's not working to build a society of reason and compassion, he can be found buried in a book or behind a karaoke microphone.
Kimberly Dobbs -- Treasurer
Kimberly Dobbs is a graduate of Columbia College with three undergraduate degrees and a master's degree in business administration. Although raised as a Catholic, she was also taught to be independent and to think for herself. In her late teens, she began to question Catholicism and found herself on a path to determine her beliefs. Ultimately realizing that there is no proof one way or another, she turned to atheism. In looking for a way to find the community feeling often provided by churches, she sought out alternatives and offered her financial mind to KCAC as a treasurer. She currently works as a financial analyst. When not poring over numbers, she can be found reading and playing video games (yes, Virginia, there *are* girl gamers!).
Sarah Nessel -- Secretary
Sarah Nessel is a graduate of Drury University and holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. She has had a longtime interest in skeptical thinking and secularism, fueled largely by her concerns regarding the problem of evil -- how an all-good and all-powerful god could allow widespread suffering throughout human history -- and her concerns regarding the moral implications of worshiping such a god. She decided to become involved in the secular community in 2011, when she joined several Kansas City-area freethought groups. Her interest in showing the wider community the positive side of atheism led her to join KCAC shortly after the organization formed. She is married and has a young son.
Dr. David Burger -- Director of Activism
Dr. David Burger graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in Information Systems.
The taste for expunging the infection that is a street corner evangelist began in college where he co-founded the MSU Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, bringing the Holy Gospel of Noodles to the masses. This grew into his doctorate work, so as to have equal footing to any creation "scientist."
He currently works for a software company in Kansas City. In the unlikely event of being faced with the judgement of god, he plans to punch god in the face and demand a taco.
Veronica Brown -- Director of Design
Veronica is a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute with a degree in Design. Although raised in the Baptist religion, she was brought up to analyze and question everything. Upon taking up residence in the Kansas City area, Veronica sought out the secular community and found friends and fellowship in the Skeptical Women's group, among other freethinking social groups. A drive to give back to the community and promote positive atheism prompted her involvement in the founding of KCAC.
When not promoting godlessness on the street corners or designing the latest t-shirt, she enjoys being pretentious (read: neurotic) about cooking, reading the lates fantasy novel, or cuddling on the couch with her husband and watching Star Trek re-runs on Netflix.