The Board and Officers

Wendell Benevides is a board member and webmaster for the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers. He was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in Brazil.

Tod Billings is the founder of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers. He served as its leader, chairman, president, advocate and primary activist until 2011, shepherding the group through a major federal lawsuit that required the Arkansas Secretary of State to allow seasonal displays on the State Capitol lawn that represented non-religious reasons for the winter holiday season. Under his leadership, multiple organizations joined together under the mantle of the non-profit Arkansas Society of Freethinkers that he had incorporated in 1996.

Chris Borecky, a former president of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and current member of the board, began his freethinking journey as a child in Catholic school where none of the teachers could answer questions such as, “Why doesn’t God show itself?” and “How can a just God send people to hell for being born into other cultures?” Chris spent his college years studying the psychology of beliefs, then earned an MBA in 2010. He discovered ASF in 2008 and acted as the group’s first  Fundraising Committee chair. Chris believes freethinkers should develop innovative social networks that provide a variety of valuable benefits and generate genuine enthusiasm. He is active on the Facebook Group and can be seen at many of our events. He’ll be the one with the adorable toddler. Chris is the primary contributor to ASF’s blog.

Roger Hall is the Social Media chairman and a board member.

Mason Hargett is a board member, a Satanist, and a heck of a lot of fun. He manages ASF’s Twitter feed. Tweet him!

Susan Heffington is a board member and is a past president of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers. Currently, she chairs the Leadershipo Development Committee, Membership Committee. In 2005, she founded Central Arkansas Freethinkers, one of several secularist groups that came under ASF’s umbrella in 2011. She served as a council member for Atheist Alliance International. She has been an RN for 28 years, and as an nontraditional student working on her B.S. in nursing, was active in the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She helped organize the Secular Student Alliance at the University of Central Arkansas and has helped organize many of the secularist groups that currently exist in Arkansas. Her tireless efforts and unflagging positive attitude get things done with a cheerful smile.

Anne Orsi is the current President and has been a board member since  2010. She has also been Vice President, Secretary, and chaired several committees over the years. She acts as one of the designated spokespersons for the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and is a co-organizer of Reason in the Rock. She is an attorney and writer.

Jim Linsley is an ASF  board member. As chair of the Social Committee, he works to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all nonreligious people, and especially to those who are still “in the closet” or are getting their first taste of living without deities.

Mark Love is a board member and serves as Treasurer of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers. He is committed to science education and has a master’s degree in instrumental science, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and worked as an electronic engineer for 20 years, designing both hardware and software. He  helped to create the Winter Solstice Display that graces the state capitol lawn every December, as well as the ASF holiday float used in Little Rock’s Big Jingle Jubilee holiday parade.  He chairs the Leadership Development Committee. As the primary videographer of the lecture series and Reason in the Rock, he manages the YouTube Channel for the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers. He is a strong atheist and skeptic who, in almost any situation, challenges delusional thinking directly. He claims he actually looks forward to Jehovah’s Witnesses coming to his house, just for the stimulating debate.

Karen Seale is the Registrar of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers. She is an active member of the Freespeakers Toastmasters.

Serena Smith is a board member of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers.

LeeWood Thomas co-chairs the Activism Committee. He is a devout Pastafarian. He has been a freethinker most of his life. He is the primary spokesperson for the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers and the Central Arkansas Coalition of Reason; in addition to making statements to local media, he appears on radio talk shows, podcasts, and anywhere else someone might be listening. He co-hosts the Pink Atheist Podcast on Blog Talk Radio. He volunteers with other community organizations, too: as vice president of his neighborhood association and  as media contact and stage manager for the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He co-founded the newest Arkansas freethought group, Saline Atheist & Skeptic Society (SASS). LeeWood has been along for the ride since the very beginning of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers in 1996, and usually can be found in the thick middle of things with a grin on his face. Add him to your friends on Facebook – LeeWood is always looking to grow his network of freethinkers.

Phillip Vines

Jennifer Wisniewski joined the board of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers in 2017.

 

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