Hal R. Arkes is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Ohio State University. He received his B.A. from Carleton College in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Psychology in 1971 from the University of Michigan. He served as a program director at the National Science Foundation in Washington during 1993-1995 and again in 1998-2000. In 1996-1997 he served as the President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. His research interests are in judgment and decision making, principally medical and economic decision making. He has over 100 publications in these areas Dr. Arkes has won several teaching awards, and a few of his research papers have also won awards. He has served on the editorial board of every major journal in his field. He has team-taught in the Department of Economics and in the law school at OSU. His most prolific contribution is serving tens of thousands of meals as a cook in the US Army.
Jon Behar is the COO and Director of Philanthropy Education at The Life You Can Save. In those roles, he helps shape the organization's strategy and manage its internal programs. Jon also run's The Life You Can Save's Giving Games program, having invented this approach to philanthropy education and incubating it at his startup, A Path That's Clear. He has also spent time serving on the board of the charity evaluator GiveWell. Prior to working on effective philanthropy full time, Jon spent ten years working at a prominent hedge fund primarily in the areas of portfolio optimization and risk management.
Bob Bhaerman is a former elementary school teacher and college instructor in the area of curriculum development and the philosophical foundations of education. He taught at Hunter College in the Bronx (now Lehman College), the University of Delaware, and the State University College at Oneonta, New York. He also served as director of research for the American Federation of Teachers and as associate dean of research in the College of Education at Wayne State University in Detroit. From 1998 to 2004, he served as coordinator of school-based service-learning in Learn and Serve American at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
In addition to serving as director of the American Humanist Association’s Kochhar Humanist Education Center, Bob is now an educational consultant to the AHA. He also developed 36 curriculum resources and lesson plans for the Ethical Society Without Walls (ESWoW) of the American Ethical Union. He received his B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Wilkes College; his M. Ed. degree in Elementary Education from the Pennsylvania State University; and, in 1965, his Doctor of Education degree in Teacher Education from Rutgers University.
August Brunsman is the executive director of the Secular Student Alliance. He has served in that position since 2001, and started getting paid for it in 2004. He also worked as a programmer for the Institute for Humanist Studies from 2001 to 2004. In 1997 he co-founded Students for Freethought at the Ohio State University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2001 majoring in psychology and minoring in mathematics and cognitive science.
He served as the Secretary of the Board of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio from 2009 through 2013. He has volunteered in a number of roles for Camp Quest since 1999. August served as the Secretary of the Board of the Secular Coalition for America from 2006 through 2012. He is a member of the Humanist Society and performs nontheistic weddings, naming ceremonies, and memorial services as a humanist celebrant. His hobbies include cycling, painting, drawing, gardening, cooking, and programming.
Lynne V. Gauthier, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Ohio State University and director of the Neurorecovery and Brain Imaging Laboratory. She earned a B.A. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University, received her Ph.D. in Medical (Clinical) Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed her clinical internship at Brown University. She has served as a peer reviewer for the American Heart Association, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and UK Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Gauthier also co-chairs the Neuroplasticity working group for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and is a member of the Stroke Interdisciplinary working group. Her laboratory has secured 7 years of continuous funding from competitive institutes, including the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the American Heart Association. Her research focuses on increasing access to treatments for motor disability for underserved populations through the use of technology. Her lab also studies how different motor treatments change the brain. Dr. Gauthier is also a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in rehabilitation.
Joe Guada, a professor of Social Work at Ohio State University, practiced as a social worker for approximately 16 years in a variety of mental health settings. This experience informed his decision to go into academia, where his research interests include families with a loved one with schizophrenia and integrating mental health care in primary care settings for underserved populations. He is currently starting a research project on health outcomes associated with a sense of meaning and purpose in life. His research has appeared in several journals that focus on mental health care in community settings, and he has presented his findings at both national and international conferences.
Susan McLean is a grant writer and prospect researcher in Northern California. Her interests include nonfiction writing, biological sciences, geology, hiking, and humor. Her master's degree in mass communication makes imperious people respect her expertise, while her bachelor's degree in art frightens no one.