Board of Directors
Kenneth R. Miller, President
Kenneth R. Miller is Professor of Biology and Royce Family Professor for Teaching Excellence at Brown University. His honors include the AAAS's Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology as well as NCSE's Friend of Darwin award. He testified for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover. His books include Finding Darwin's God (1999), Only a Theory (2008), and The Human Instinct (2018). He became president of NCSE's board of directors in 2017.
Lorne Trottier, Vice President and Treasurer
Lorne Trottier is the cofounder of Matrox, a computer company that specialies in graphics, and of the Trottier Family Foundation, which supports scientific, environmental, and educational causes in Canada. He holds honorary doctorates from McGill University and the École Polytechnique de Montréal, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He has served as vice president and treasurer of NCSE's board of directors since 2013.
Robert M. West, Secretary
Robert M. West is the principal of Informal Learning Experiences, a museum and informal learning consultancy firm. A paleontologist by training, he is a former director of the Carnegie Museum of Natural history and the Cranbrook Institute of Science. He has served as secretary of NCSE's board of directors since 1994.
Vicki Chandler is the Dean of Natural Sciences at Minerva Schools at KGI. A leading plant geneticist, Chandler is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, serving on its governing council from 2007 to 2010, and of the National Science Board; she was formerly Chief Program Officer for Science at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. She joined NCSE's board of directors in 2017.
Michael Haas is the founder of Orion Renewable Energy Group LLC and the co-founder of RDC Developments Ltd. He also founded Alliance for Climate Education, a non-profit organization that presents climate change and solutions to millions of high school students. He joined NCSE's board of directors in 2014.
Richard B. Katskee
Richard B. Katskee is the legal director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. He was among the litigators who successfully argued for the unconstitutionality of presenting "intelligent design" in the public schools in Kitzmiller v. Dover in 2005. He is a recipient of NCSE's Friend of Darwin award. He joined NCSE's board of directors in 2013.
Naomi Oreskes is Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. With Erik M. Conway, Oreskes wrote Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming (2010). Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication, and NCSE's Friend of the Planet award. She joined NCSE's board of directors in 2017.
Barry Polisky is currently a consultant for a number of companies developing interfering RNA-based therapeutics. After a successful academic career as a molecular biology researcher at Indiana University, he served as chief scientific officer for a number of biotechnology start-ups, including Sirna Therapeutics and Marina Biotech, and as research vice president at Merck and Co. He joined NCSE's board of directors in 2016.
Benjamin D. Santer
Benjamin D. Santer is a climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship, and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, he was also a major contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change studies that won the IPCC the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. He joined NCSE's board of directors in 2012.