Robert Ray Executive Director

A lifelong atheist and Humanist, Robert began his secular activism as the Vice President of The Humanists of North Puget Sound in 2011 and later became President. He worked as the social media director and webmaster for the Northwest Freethought Alliance from 2011 to 2013. He became a Humanist Celebrant in October of 2013 and still performs weddings and invocations. Most recently he gave the first ever Humanist invocation at the Washington State House of Representatives in March of 2015.
He is the former co-Host of the Secular Yakking podcast.

He now focuses on separation of church and state issues, especially if they surround our motto.






Thomas Essel, Assistant Director

Thomas Essel is a writer, historian, and secular activist. Thomas serves as Assistant Director for The Original Motto Project. In addition, he writes for the blog Danthropology on the Patheos network and is a contributor to Ye Olde Journalist. From 2015 until 2016, Thomas served at the State Chair for the Secular Coalition for Missouri. Thomas lives in San Diego, California.



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Chris McDowell, Outreach Coordinator



Christapher McDowell serves as the Outreach Coordinator for The Original Motto Project. He is a secular activist and a member of the American Humanist Association. An agnostic all his life, Chris got his start in secular activism by opposing the use of In God We Trust in Greene County, Missouri; his opinions on the subject have appeared in the Springfield News-Leader. Originally from San Diego, Christapher currently lives in Springfield, Missouri with his girlfriend, Ashley, and their army of cats.


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