Jim Potash is a native Louisvillian and has been active in the secular movement in Louisville for the past several years. He attends Reasonable Living ( a weekly secular alternative to religious Sunday school for adults) regularly and enjoys the book studies and discussions - even leading several. Jim has a strong belief in the separation of church and state and sees his work as part of the Kentucky Secular Society a means to support the intent of America's Constitution.
Dan Delaney is a database application developer and system administrator at a large ad agency in Louisville, Ky. He holds a bachelors degree in Philosophy with an emphasis on religious studies and anthropology, and is currently working toward a PhD in Sociology, conducting research on the ex-clergy, non-theists, and naturalistic spirituality. He has been studying religion, as a product of human culture, for over twenty years from many different perspectives. He is not, however, a member of any religion, but considers himself a naturalist and humanist with an affinity for Stoic, Buddhist, and Daoist philosophies.
Mikel Childers Hensley was born in 1980 in Louisville, KY, where she has lived all her life. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.
After realizing she was an atheist, she found out that a small group of atheists was meeting at a restaurant and went for a visit. This is how she first found the Louisville Atheists Meetup group which would eventually grow from about four attendees around 2006 to about 750 online members by the end of 2012. It was at a meeting of the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers that she met her wonderful husband Ed Hensley, and they have lead the group together since 2009. In the past few years they have helped organized many monthly meetups, three Kentucky State Fair booths, and the first Kentucky Freethought Convention. She also helped form the Kentucky Secular Society as a 501(c)3 to help support secular causes throughout Kentucky.
Ed Hensley is a husband, father, software engineer and atheist. Ed is the co-organizer of the Louisville Atheists and Freethinkers (LAF) and is married to LAF organizer Mikel Hensley. He has four children. Ed earned a BS and MS in Computer Science from Texas A&M University at Commerce. He is a Senior Database Administrator for UPS.
Ed was raised in the Southern Baptist sect of Christianity. Although he was taught that the bible was the literal word of god, Ed began to have doubts as he studied the bible in depth. He found the god of the bible to be evil, and the bible itself was filled with contradictions and bizarre stories. After six years of learning about early Christianity and the history the bible, Ed concluded that the bible was merely a very flawed book written by Bronze Age men. He became an activist after watching Christians try to alter the history and laws of the United States, destroy the separation of church and state, and teach creation mythology in public school science classes.