Center for Inquiry



 Saturday, February 10, 2018

Conference-10:00 am-3:30 pm

Indiana State Library, 315 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, 46202

Wine and Cheese Reception--4:00 pm

Catered Buffet Dinner--5:00 pm

CFI-Indiana 350 Canal Walk, Suite A, Indianapolis 46202


Ticket Information

Conference Only: $15--CFI and AU members, $20--nonmembers, $10-- students. 

Conference and dinner:  $40--CFI and AU members, $45--nonmembers, $25 --students. Box Lunch--$10 [delivered at 10:00 am]

Wine and Cheese Reception--no charge to conference partricipants.

Dinner reservations and box lunches must be ordered by February 4. 

Light snacks will be available during the afternoon.  Weather note: The event will not be canceled because of weather unless the streets are closed by the city government.

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10:00 am--Library Doors Open

10:15 am--Registration

10:30 am--Introductory Remarks--Reba Boyd Wooden, Executive Director, CFI Indiana

10:45 am--Nicholas Little, Legal Director, Center for Inquiry.

11:30 am--Terri Jett, President of ACLU of Indiana Board of Directors

12:15 pm--TBA.

1:00--David Sklar, Assistant Director. Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council. Speaking about the Bias Crime Bill.

1:45--Patti Stauffer, Vice President, Public Policy, Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky.

2:30-Tim Skinner, Indiana Coalition for Public Education   Board President and former Indiana State Senator.

2:45--Jesse Kharbanda, Hoosier Environmental Council

4:00--Library Closes

4:00-5:00 pm--Wine and Cheese Reception at CFI-Indiana where more interaction can take place among participants and speakers. 

5:00 pm--Catered dinner

Conference attendance will be limited to the first 200 who register and the dinner to the first 60 who register. 




Reba Boyd WoodenReba Boyd Wooden is Executive Director of Center for Inquiry Indiana and Director of CFI’s Secular Celebrant Program.  She has a BA from University of Indianapolis with a major in Social Studies Education and a minor in Business Education, an MS from Butler University in History/Education, and an MS in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University. She retired after 37 years in public education in 2005. She spent her last 13 years as a high school guidance counselor and the previous years in the classroom. In 2017, she received a Women of Achievement Award from Ball State Univbersity.


nicholas little headshotNicholas Little is the Legal Director of the Center for Inquiry, based out of Washington, D.C. After his education at Oxford University and the University of Warwick in the U.K., Nick moved to the United States and received a law degree from Vanderbilt University. He joined the firm of Howrey, LLP and litigated national and international antitrust matters, as well as a series of pro bono engagements. Nick successfully represented an apostate from the Middle East, who faced deportation to and execution in his native Sudan for the crime of converting away from Islam, winning him asylum in the United States. He also worked with mentally ill New Yorkers to ensure adequate provision of state resources enabling patients to leave institutions and safely and productively live in the community; represented hearing disabled citizens in their efforts to ensure local hospitals provided sign language interpreters as required by the Americans With Disabilities Act; and represented individuals in complaints of malpractice against the D.C. Metropolitan Police. When his firm closed, Nick moved to the non-profit sector and accepted a position with CFI. Aside from internal legal work for CFI, Nick has filed amicus briefs in the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case and the Seventh Circuit challenge to unfair tax breaks given to housing allowances paid to religious ministers. Nick is always seeking cases in which CFI can involve itself, either as an amicus in an existing matter, or directly representing a plaintiff.

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Dr. Terri Jett is originally from Richmond, California and has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies,  M.P.A. from CSU-Hayward, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Auburn University (War Eagle!). Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Political Science, an affiliate faculty member of the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Program, the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, and Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusivity at Butler University. Her research interests and writings focus primarily around post-Civil Rights era community and economic development in the Black Belt of Alabama, as well as empowering pedagogical practices that create inclusive curricular and co-curricular spaces. Some courses she teaches include Activism, Black Political thought, Racial and Ethnic Politics, The Politics of Alice Walker, Political Humor and Politics Through Film. Dr. Jett is currently President of the Board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana (ACLU-IN) and also serves on the Trustee Board of the Indianapolis Public Library System, and is a member of the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank Board of Directors.   

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David Sklar has been Director of Government Affairs with the Indianapolis JCRC since 2007.  A lifelong resident of Greater Indianapolis David graduated from Ball State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Political Science and in 2013 with a Masters degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA).    

During his time lobbying at the Indiana General Assembly, David has become a leading advocate on various public policy issues including human service funding, poverty, civil rights, and immigration.  He also works extensively on the JCRC’s other priority activities including interfaith and intergroup outreach, community relations, Israel advocacy, and combatting anti-Semitism.  

David served a three-year term as President of the Indiana Coalition for Human Services and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Immigrant Welcome Center and Congregation Beth El Zedeck, He also serves as a member of the United Way of Central Indiana Public Policy Committee, and is a graduate of Class Forty of the Stanley K. Lacey Executive Leadership Series. 

He lives in Whitestown with his wife Sarah and children Max, 7 and Sydney, 5.    

Patti Stauffer

Patti Stauffer joined PPINK’s leadership team in June 2013. She is responsible for leading public policy efforts and key strategic projects across both states.  Stauffer has more than 25 years of administrative experience working to improve access to care for the medically underserved, with an emphasis on women and children. She is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs and began her career at Planned Parenthood in Bloomington.  Before coming to PPINK, she served as the center administrator for the University of Miami’s Institute for Women’s Health and was associate director for Florida International University College of Medicine’s Division of Research.


Jesse KharbandaJesse Kharbanda is the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization.  Jesse has spearheaded focusing HEC’s efforts on four core initiatives: clean energy, sustainable agriculture, 21st century transportation systems, and environmental justice.  Jesse has made it a priority of HEC to build bridges with groups that may not have been as engaged with the organization in the past, such as public health organizations, the business community, and faith-based groups.  Jesse’s leadership honors include being named to the “Forty Under 40″ list by the Indianapolis Business Journal, winning the Hulman Health Achievement Award for Public Policy Advocacy, and being awarded with an honorary degree by DePauw University.  Jesse has graduate degrees from Oxford University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Chicago.   Jesse's run for the State Senate last year ended with a margin of loss of just 37 votes out of 9,501 votes cast in the primary, which made it the closest election in Indiana that went through a recount in five years. 


Tim SkinnerTim Skinner is current President of ICPE, Indiana Coalition for Public Education. ICPE is a bipartisan group whose mission is to support public schools. They advocate for legislation that supports public schools and raise awareness of legislation that is harmful to public schools either financially or otherwise.  He received  BS and MS Degrees from Indiana State University in Social Science Education. Recently he retired after nearly 30 years of teaching economics, government, sociology, and geography to high school students. His career also includes coaching football, basketball, and baseball. He served on the Vigo County Council before being elected to the Indiana State Senate in 2002 where he served on the Education, Tax and Fiscal Policy, Pensions and Labor, Appropriations, and Budget committees during his tenure. 


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