Who’s Who on Teen Skepchick
When she’s not writing bios about herself in the third person, Rebecca is leading a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org and TeenSkepchick.org, co-hosting the weekly podcast The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, hosting her public radio show Curiosity, Aroused, producing pin-up calendars, and attending rock shows. She currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where she works as a copywriter in order to fund her hardcore skepticism habit. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. She does nothing in moderation and hopes it shows.
Mindy is the Teen Skepchick site administrator. She has a serious addiction to NPR and is a Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me Listener Limerick Champion. Mindy graduated law school in 2010 with a certificate in international and comparative law, with a special emphasis on human rights, with an even more special emphasis in the human rights of women and sexual minorities. Her only flaw – if you can even call it that – is that she will watch anything featuring Colin Firth. ANYTHING.
Vy is a muddling, aspiring science researcher or maybe science writer. She fell in love with science during freshman year of college, after spending hours listening to SGU and reading Skepchick
archives. Although she loves thinking about the universe and its mysteries, she’ll also spend her free time obsessed with the outdated hobbies of sewing, knitting, crocheting, and writing on paper.
Olivia is a young adult, venturing out into the world with a degree in philosophy and religion, combating woo and silliness everywhere. She is particularly interested in the intersections of skepticism, atheism, feminism, mental health, and class. She currently works for a mental health nonprofit and hopes to continue on to grad school in order to continue doing nothing of use but reading books and writing about things she cares about. In her spare time, Olivia plays taiko, swing dances, rock climbs, and writes on her personal blogs.
Ali Marie is an 18-year-old, a second-year college student and a self-proclaimed museum geek and paleo nerd. Her skepticism and interest in how the world around her works began as a young child, who wouldn’t stop asking “why?” She’s since taken classes at museums and schools to learn as much as she can, and volunteers at museums to share that knowledge with anyone willing to listen. She discovered the skeptical movement a few years ago through the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe,
and is now involved in skeptical and athiest groups at her college. She also cowrites a blog to translate the language of science into layman’s terms, and share the awesome discoveries about the world science is making every day. When not spreading science, reason, and critical thinking, Ali enjoys reading, writing, drawing dinosaurs, playing an absurd number of musical instruments, and living in awe of our amazing universe.
Katie has been an active member of the atheist/skeptic community for 8 (or so) years. While she’s not a teen (unless you want to say that she’s celebrated her 19th birthday 7 times) her focus has been on youth outreach and student-activism. She gets a new cell phone every six months due to her new-tech-toy obsession, watches movies during every spare second of her life and is about to start her PhD on complex systems and ecosystem management at the University of Waterloo. Katie was born and raised in Corn-Field-Heaven, Canada but has since migrated to Toronto.
Melanie is a freelance editor and writer and currently lives and works in Minneapolis. She wishes something like Teen Skepchick had been around for her growing up and is thrilled to be a part of this project for teens of today (and for her own future teens). When she’s not wrangling commas and making colon jokes, she spends her time raising her two young kids to be critical thinkers.
Lauren is really quite a big fan of reality. She hails from the southern hemisphere of this place we call earth, is 19 years of age, and is working towards a science degree in maths and physics. When not
valiantly trying to understand the perplexing nature of the universe, she enjoys all things skeptical, reading, swimming, netball and the occasional hearty debate.
Beccy is a 16 year old Scottish chick. She enjoys blogging, writing, reading, and generally geeking out. When she’s not doing that however, Beccy can be found playing rugby, ballet dancing, drawing, acting, or preparing for the zombie apocalypse. She is still at school, but plans to study English and Italian at Edinburgh University- and if she ever grows up, and she wants to be a journalist. As a final note- Beccy loves animals. She has three rabbits and two labradors, and yes, they are super cute.
Kate is an outspoken atheist, feminist, demisexual, stigma-busting student in Chicago studying psychology and human development. She juggles occasionally, would knit you something warm if she knew you, and reads anything she can get her hands on. She was raised believing alternative medicine worked, and now spends her time making skeptical faces at it.
Xe’nedra De Almeida
Xe’nedra is a pre-teen free thinker who can often be found with her nose in a book. She is an expert at rolling her eyes and making her parents sigh in exasperation. Skateboarding and golf is on her list of sporting activities and she would love to study Forensics or Medicine (which is better than being Gwen Stefani which was her aspiration at age 3). Her personal blog can be found at thesceptickid.blogspot.com
Lux (Elly) Pickel (formerly Elly Pemberton)
Lux/Elly is an 18-year-old female-bodied genderqueer living in Kansas. She works, plays World of Warcraft, and loves on her kitties. Two things she hates are hypocrisy and willful ignorance, which leads to a healthy anti-theistic worldview. She believes that many problems can be solved through education. Someday, she hopes to work in the freethought community, touting the importance of separation of church and state and preventing the impending attempted theocracy.
Eddy is an ecology student at Nottingham Trent University, England. When he’s not rushing to meet a deadline he blogs (obviously), writes fiction and songs and generally spends too much time on a keyboard ranting like a madman. He hopes to get into the evolutionary/paleontology side of the sciences and get recognized for his as yet unseen novels. He’s also really bad at writing about himself, especially in the third person.
Skeptical Sasquatch is an amateur tabloid photographer and filmmaker, beauty expert, and jetsetter (for security purposes). Tired of all the lies spread about him by cryptoloonologists and backwoods crackpots, he joined Teen Skepchick to speak for himself about the skeptical issues of the day and to add species diversity. His mission is to support teens on their critical thinking journeys.
See those giant footprints in the sand? That was when Skeptical Sasquatch carried you.