Board Of Directors

Dr. Darrel W. Ray, Board president

Dr. Ray is the founder and President of the Board of Directors of Recovering from Religion. He has been a psychologist for over thirty years and is the author of four books: two on organizational teamwork as well as "The God Virus-How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture" and "Sex and God-How Religion Distorts Sexuality".

Dr. Ray has been a student of religion most of his life and holds a Masters Degree in religion as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Anthropology with a Doctorate in Psychology. 

Shana Rubio, Board Secretary


Born and raised in Colorado as a Jehovah’s Witness. After awaking from the cult in 2017 she quickly started her own Ex-Jehovah’s Witness Meetup in the Denver metro area. She is an active member of The Secular Hub as well as managing the membership database for Jefferson Humanists. Shana was invited to participate in the A&E Leah Remini Scientology: The Aftermath Season 3 Special Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2018. She is passionate about helping fellow “awoke” members of society to help navigate in the secular world. She works as an Administrative Assistant for city government while enjoying all the beauty the rocky mountains have to offer.




Shanon Nebo, Treasurer

Shanon Nebo is the co-founder and President of Be Secular, an apparel company that promotes secularism and humanism with branding, image, and donations to secular organizations. Be Secular also facilitates interfaith discussions and events for and between theists and non-theists. 

She also blogs under Danthropology on Patheos about current events and her life as a secular mother to two children and volunteered for the Reason Rally managing their social media platforms. 

Shanon is a humanist, feminist, and atheist who advocates strongly for the ideas espoused in those labels. She might also describe herself as a coffeeist, believing firmly in the goodness inherent in it and its ability to inspire, motivate, and bring comfort to those who most need it. 


Nathan Phelps, Emeritus Board Member

Nathan  is an author and engaging speaker on religion and child abuse, as well as an outspoken LGBT advocate, and the Executive Director for the Center For Inquiry in Calgary. He has dedicated his life to spreading his message and has become an inspiration to those who grew up in oppressive religious families.

The son of the notorious Fred Phelps, Nathan was raised inside Westboro Baptist Church, America's most infamous church family. He grew up physically, emotionally and mentally bullied daily by his father, all in the name of God, until his 18th birthday when he managed to finally escape. Despite his background, Nathan hopes to continue spreading his message of healing, love, and acceptance through the goals and vision of Recovering From Religion. Currently, Nathan is completing a documentary with filmmaker Brad Johnson called Not My Father's Son, which chronicles his own journey from faith and fundamentalism to tolerance and freethought.

RJ Redden


RJ is a technology coach and marketing consultant with Black Belt Bots. She has a Bachelors degree in Theater, a Master of Public Administration degree, and a Master of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

RJ's motivation is best displayed using her own words: "The spark that drives me is the light in someone's eyes when they finally figure something out. My passion is teaching others to go beyond the boundaries of what they think they can do."