Name: Casandra Zimmerman.
Where and when I was born: Dodgeville, Wis., in 1997. My cesarian delivery was scheduled so the doctor would be able to attend the opening season of deer hunting.
Education: Associate’s degree in liberal arts, a certificate in gender and women’s studies from Madison College and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Family: I love my parents and brothers, but I want to give a shout-out to my grandmother, Rita Zimmerman, who is part of the reason I care about FFRF’s mission in the first place.
How I came to work at FFRF: I got lucky enough to work here because of my experience with writing and editing and my belief in the separation of state and church. I was still living in Milwaukee when I got the job.
What I do here: I am the editorial assistant/content writer. I write press releases and action alerts and send them out to members and media. I do various other tasks like writing the FFRF Victories report for Freethought Today and managing the Twitter account.
What I like best about it: Working with a purpose and not making money for a greedy corporation.
What gets old about it: Moderating Facebook comments or driving on John Nolen Drive every day. I can’t decide which is worse.
I spend a lot of time thinking about: Dogs and traveling.
I spend little if any, time thinking about: Whether there is an afterlife.
My religious upbringing was: Catholicism, loose Catholicism. While I had to attend an after-school religious ed class and have maintained a never-ending core of Catholic guilt, my dad was nonreligious and my mom wasn’t extremely strict or conservative.
My doubts about religion started: When I was 5 or 6. I started to question the logistics of God and Christianity. Then, I wondered why Catholics hated so many people. Then, finally, at age 12, I made up my mind that I don’t believe a god or gods exist and religion wasn’t for me.
Things I like: Coffee, travel, music, cozy couches. Preferably all simultaneously.
Things I smite: Spending an extended period talking about myself. People with no empathy or compassion.
Favorite quote: “We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.” — Novelist and poet Charles Bukowski.
Future plans/goals: Spending as much time as possible doing what I love with the people that I love.