Officers, Execs, and Advisors

Fall 2016 Officers

Officers are elected annually, as laid out in our Constitution. Click here to contact the present executive council.

Ben Randall, Presidentrandall

Major: Business Information Technology

  • Organize club meetings
  • Organize Safe Zone or comparable training
  • Interact with the Advisory Board

Without deviations from the norm, progress is not possible.

— Frank Zappa

My main hobbies include reading, absorption of knowledge, listening to eclectic music, physical exercise, and eating food.

Vice President

  • Running business meetings
  • Helping the President run regular meetings as needed
  • Running food drives


14139414_1437082119641585_1528006529_oJesse Pinkman, Secretary

Major: Biological Sciences/Biochemistry
Minor: Chemistry

  • Weekly announcements
  • Listserv
  • Club communication

You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you’ll find that darkness is necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it.

— Annie Dillard

Non-binary atheist who loves Hokies, cats, and pizza. Pronoun: He


  • Collecting dues
  • Maintaining accounts
  • Assisting with advertisement

Advisory Board

Brian Farrell

Title: Project Associate
Department: Center for Geospatial Information Technology

  • Attending meetings and events
  • Providing background support

Science is basically an inoculation against charlatans.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

Brian somehow manages to do everything. He plays bagpipes, goes rock climbing, biking, and hiking, helps run the Freethinkers, and paints his fingernails.

RichardRichard Shryock

Title: Associate Professor of French
Department: Foreign Languages and Literatures

Ecrasez l’infâme.

Professor of French at VPI&SU since 1987. Specialist of 19th-century French literature.  Author of two books, several articles on French literature. Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 2006-2012. Faculty advisor to the Freethinkers since 1998.