Board

Matt Londen – Chair

MLonden_WEBMatt Londen is a dedicated skeptical activist who has organized dozens of skeptic- and science- themed events. He co-founded the Phoenix Skeptics in the Pub meetup group in January of 2009 and the Phoenix Area Skeptics Society in 2012, where he remains Organizer and President, respectively. Professionally, Matt is Vice President, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Risk Officer of a national life insurance company. For business and pleasure he studies economics, financial markets, psychology, decision-making, evolution, emergent properties, and complex and nonlinear systems. He has background in computer programming and a B.A. in Philosophy from Arizona State University.

 

 

 

Noah Nez – Vice Chair

NNez_WEBNoah Nez is a Native American skeptic born on the Fort Apache Reservation located in Eastern Arizona’s White Mountains; he is a member of the Phoenix Skeptics in the Pub and author of Native Skeptic, a blog that looks at scientific skepticism from a Native American perspective. He occasionally discusses issues that arise from being a minority in the skeptical movement, often highlighting the hope that science and critical thinking has to offer Native Americans and their communities. Even with an educational background and four years experience in the field of electronics and computer technology, it was not until searching through the various science podcasts that he found the true meaning of science and skepticism through resources like the Skeptics Guide to the Universe. Recently, he has become more active and focused on outreach with the goal of inspiring change to the publics’ perception of science and skepticism. In 2011, he began contributing a column in the Skeptical Briefs newsletter, which examines the crossroads between science, skepticism, and Native American belief and culture.

 

Rose Ford – Treasurer

RFord_WEBRose Ford is a life long skeptic and lover of science. She is currently studying Anthropology at ASU’s School of Evolution and Social Change. Her skeptical interests include maintaining quality science education and promoting regular use of vaccinations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Londen – Secretary

CLonden_WEBCaroline Londen is has been involved in the skeptic movement since 2011. She is co-organizer of the Phoenix Skeptics Book Club. Her skeptical interests include science education and alternative medicine, specifically regarding child rearing. She is currently a stay-at-home mother who enjoys fashion, reading, and candy. She holds a degree in fashion design.

 

 

 

 

 

Skyler Bingham – Director

SBingham_WEBSkyler Bingham is co-founder of the Phoenix Skeptics in the Pub meetup group. His interests include information security, machine learning, and data mining. Professionally, he is Senior Security Engineer at Level 3 Communications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Lippard – Director

JLippard_WEBJim Lippard has been active in the skeptical community in Phoenix and online for almost three decades. He founded the Phoenix Skeptics in 1985, was its executive director until 1988, and edited The Arizona Skeptic from 1991-1993. In 1987, he co-founded one of the first skeptic Internet email lists with Toby Howard of the Manchester Skeptics; started the forteana mailing list around 1994; and was active on Usenet’s sci.skeptic, talk.origins, and alt.religion.scientology newsgroups for many years. He registered the domain skeptic.com, was the webmaster for the Skeptics Society from 1994-1997, and organized the first SkeptiCamp Phoenix in 2009.  His published contributions to the skeptical literature have appeared in Skeptic magazine (U.S.), Creation/Evolution, Reports of the National Center for Science Education, in the books Psychic Sleuths (edited by Joe Nickell) and Encyclopedia of the Paranormal (edited by Gordon Stein), and online in the Talk Origins Archive (http://www.talkorigins.org/). He has an M.A. in philosophy (epistemology/cognitive science) from the University of Arizona and is currently a Ph.D. student in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at Arizona State University.  He has a particular interest in the history and philosophy of science and skepticism, social and cognitive factors affecting belief and trust, and the effect of the Internet on disputes over creation/evolution, anthropogenic global warming, and Scientology.

 

Robert Westerman – Director

RW portrait 120825Robert Westerman is a freelance photographer, world traveler, and keen observer of the human condition.  After bailing from college, Robert worked for years as a Paramedic. Despite the Peter Principle, he moved into management, serving two years as Operations Manager for the City of San Diego’s 9-1-1 ambulance system. Having spent most of his life thinking critically of others, Robert was intrigued to learn that critical thinking could be applied more generally. The introduction to Skepticism came after seeing a folded flier which read, “…in the pub.” Since then Robert has been inspired to separate reality from superstition, and to help others do the same.

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