Larry T. Decker, Executive Director

Larry T. Decker, Executive Director 

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Larry T. Decker joined the Secular Coalition as its Executive Director in December 2015. Larry has spent nearly two decades in Washington, D.C. as a government relations professional in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. A native of Upstate New York, Larry graduated from Ithaca College, where he received his B.A., magna cum laude. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering as an EMT in suburban Maryland. He resides in Washington, D.C.
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Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen, Deputy Director

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Debbie Allen became involved in the freethought movement in 2007 after her search for nonreligious, likeminded social justice advocates led her to local humanist and atheist groups in San Diego. While assuming leadership roles in several organizations, she started a Recovering from Religion support group,a MAAF Meetup, a chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and she volunteered two summers for Camp Quest West. Debbie has been the local coordinator of the San Diego Coalition of Reason since 2009, and from 2015 to 2017 she served on the board of Reason Rally 2016. She has also served on the boards of the American Humanist Association, the Humanist Society, and the Freethought Equality Fund PAC.

Before becoming a secular activist, Debbie was a psychotherapist in private practice and a research associate in neuropsychology at UCSD Medical Center. When not listening to her favorite podcasts, she loves to dance, hike, visit museums, watch films and eat spicy ethnic food.

Casey Brescia

Casey Brescia, Senior Communications Associate and Spokesman

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Casey Brescia graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in Philosophy, focusing on applied and practical ethics. While in college, he was founder and president of his campus freethought group which hosted debates, invited speakers, and interfaith dialogues. In his spare time he teaches a workshop for secular student groups on the art of cold reading and how to promote themselves by faking psychic powers.

Rebecca Robinson Brown, Senior Development CoordinatorRebecca Brown

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Rebecca Brown joined the Secular Coalition in April 2017. She graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a degree in Cinema and Media Studies. In addition to promoting secularism, Rebecca is passionate about women's healthcare, science-based policies, and bad reality television. 

Austin Leah Cooper, Director of Operations and FinanceAustin Cooper

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Austin Cooper received her Bachelor's in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Go Hokies!) Her areas of study include journalism and political science. Ms. Cooper has 13 years of professional experience in accounting, human resources and operations management. She has been with the Secular Coalition since January 2014. 

Ms. Cooper is a supporting member of Greater Reston Art Center.  She also supports and volunteers for Camp Quest

Mark Dann, Director of Governmental Affairs Mark_Dann

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Mark Dann  Mark Dann is the Director of Governmental Affairs with the Secular Coalition for America. Previously, Mark served as the Federal Affairs Director for Compassion & Choices where he lead efforts to pass federal laws and policy changes to improve care and increase autonomy at the end-of-life. Before that, Mark worked as a Democracy Development Consultant with the National Democratic Institute in Moldova and Iraq. Mark lives in Washington, DC with his husband, Sultan and their two spoiled little dogs. One of them was a finalist in the 7th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas. 

Sarah Frey, Grassroots Coordinator Sarah_Frey

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Sarah Frey  Sarah Frey joined the Secular Coalition in April 2018. She received a dual Bachelors in English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies from the College of New Jersey. Sarah has worked on numerous political campaigns and issue-based community organizing efforts, and worked for her NJ Congressman both in-district and on the Hill. In her free time, Sarah enjoys practicing Martial Arts and is a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.  

Sarah Levin, Director of Grassroots and Community ProgramsSarah M. Levin

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Sarah Levin graduated cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies from American University, where she served as president of the university’s Secular Student Alliance affiliate. Since joining the Secular Coalition in 2013, she has managed and grown the Secular Coalition’s state chapter program and implemented various grassroots campaigns on the national and state level, including: the 2014 “Knit a Brick” campaign to protest the Hobby Lobby v. Burwell decision; the 2015 (now annual) Bad Bill Madness; and a new intiative in 2016 which culminated in the first ever Secular Caucus at the Texas Democratic Convention, where three secular policy resolutions were incorporated into the party platformPrior to joining the Secular Coalition, Sarah completed her AmeriCorps service by serving low-income immigrant and refugee families as a community liaison at the Greenbrier Learning Center in Arlington, Virginia. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys learning new languages, planning her next trip abroad, and putting Frank's Red Hot sauce on everything.  


Previous Executive Directors

Edwina Rogers, Former Executive Director

Edwina Rogers was the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America from 2012 to 2014. Rogers has served in public policy positions in the US Senate, White House, private, and international sectors for over twenty years. She has worked for two Presidents and four Senators, and founded or directed lobbying firms for public health issues. Biography 

Sean Faircloth, Former Executive Director

Sean Faircloth was Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America from 2009 to 2011. Following his role at the Secular Coalition he served as the Director of Strategy and Policy at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Biography

Lori Lipman Brown, Founding Director Emeritus

Lori Lipman Brown is a lawyer, an educator, and a former Nevada State Senator. From 2005-2009 she served as the first director of the Secular Coalition for America. Biography

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