Our Team


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 also co-hosts the weekly podcast Secular Yakking with his wife Amy. He is very active in the secular community as the President of two Humanist groups in the Seattle area and sits on the board for the Humanists of Washington. He has been a guest on Ask an Atheist, Atheist Nomads, Secular Radio and Road to Reason TV.
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Tom Essel Content Manger

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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Nikki Moungo Public Relations

Nikki Moungo
Public Relations

Nikki is a self-employed mother, activist, and church and state advocate. She rallied residents and supporters to form alliances when a proposal for an “In God We Trust” plaque was to be voted on in her city. Working with various organizations, the new collective created an organized opposition in weeks. Their efforts and strategy paid off, the city of Ballwin voted the plaque down with a vote of 6-2. Nikki has guest blogged for Hemant Mehta’s “The Friendly Atheist,” was a guest on Freethought Radio with Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, is an organizer for Gateway to Reason’s secular conference in St. Louis, and has cultivated campaigns through the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Nikki seeks to end religious harm, promote diversity and inclusion, while opposing the conservative American push for a theocracy. Currently, Nikki is administrator to The Satanic Temple, St. Louis Chapter.

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