University of Wisconsin–Madison

Current officers


Co-Programming Chair

Melissa (pronouns: she/her/hers) is one of the Co-Programming Chairs of AHA. She is a senior majoring in Biology. When Melissa came to UW Madison, one of her goals was to find a more diverse group of people with beliefs that differed from the conservative, republican beliefs she had grown up with. AHA proved to fit her goal nicely,and she has been coming to meetings ever since. In her spare time, Melissa likes to watch the daily show, bake, cook, run, and weight train.



Shaina (pronouns: she/her/hers) is currently a senior studying Actuarial Science and Risk Management. She joined AHA as a freshman and has been treasurer for two and a half years. She enjoys making complicated (but user-friendly) spreadsheets, wasting too much time on the internet, and frying her ears with loud music. Her favorite part of AHA is meeting new people in the secular community and learning valuable leadership skills.

Ben Adams


Ben (he/him/his) is a senior studying Economics and Spanish from Oshkosh, WI. He has been in AHA since his freshman year, and has been Secretary for about a year. He enjoys history and philosophy and even took part in the debate with Badger Catholic last year. His favorite parts of AHA are checking out books from the Freethought Library and hanging out at the Union with other members.

Emmalee Amundson


Emmalee (pronouns: she/her/hers) is currently a freshman majoring in actuarial science. She joined AHA her first semester as a volunteer officer in order to be more involved on campus,and she has been co-treasurer since November 2017. She appreciates being in AHA because it’s a secular community of people that talk openly about their ideas and values.

Meghana Brandl

Outreach Chair

Meghana (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a Senior majoring in history and wants to eventually go on to get her Masters in International Relations and become a diplomat. She grew up in the suburbs of Austin, Texas in a mainly Catholic household with strong Hindu influences. Meghana became an agnostic atheists at age 10 after a friend’s sudden death. She was initially hesitant to join AHA, as she imagined it would just be a bunch of angry people grumbling about religion every week. She was pleasantly surprised when she actually attended a meeting and found it to be filled with thoughtful and thought provoking discussions. At the end of her Freshman year she applied to be an officer and during her Sophomore year she was one of the Co-Secretaries. Meghana left the position her Junior year to study abroad for a year in Madrid, Spain. She then came back to AHA for her Senior year and is currently the Outreach Chair. In her current position, she aims to get the secular community more involved in social justice and interfaith work.

Jessica Iverson

Technology Chair

Jessica (pronouns: she/her/hers) is currently a freshman studying Computer Science. She joined AHA freshman year, started as a volunteer officer, and then became the Technology Chair. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, deep emotional talks, and everything space. Her favorite part about AHA is how she can have intellectual conversations every week on an array of topics. AHA has created a community for Jessica that she cherishes and values greatly. She hopes to be able to change lives for the better through her AHA work.

Emily Pyszora


Emily (pronouns she/her/hers) is a junior that is majoring in social welfare and sociology and is planning to get a master’s degree in social work. In her spare time, Emily loves to spend time with her friends, family, and cats. She enjoys to golf, play volleyball and kayak in the warmer months. She also loves to travel and see new places as much as she can. Her favorite part of AHA is the friendships and support system that she and members can gain from this community.

Gwen Salm

Co-Programming Chair

Gwen (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a sophomore studying biology. She came to UW-Madison in the fall of her sophomore year in pursuit of intellectual conversation with genuine people and found that in AHA. Outside of school and work, Gwen enjoys playing guitar and attending rock and indie concerts as often as possible.

Cassidy Slinger

Vice President

Cassidy (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a Senior majoring in Pharmacology & Toxicology, who hopes to go into a career in the healthcare field. She joined AHA as a freshman because she enjoyed the thoughtful discussions and the social environment, and she’s stayed because of the friendships she’s made. In her spare time she enjoys crafting, musical theater, and watching Vine compilations on YouTube.

Jasmine Wyant

Volunteer Officer

Jasmine (pronouns: she/her/hers) is a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Science degree from the Department of Landscape Architecture, focusing on Ecological Restoration.She has always wanted to be a part of a secular community but she has always lived in areas too rural to provide much of one. Jasmine was very excited to come to AHA and have a community to be a part of and have a fun venue at which to make like-minded friends.