Ben “SweaterVest” Blanchard

Ben “SweaterVest” Blanchard is kind of a bad ass. Not the “Ben will meet you in the parking lot if you piss him off” kind of a bad ass. He’s more of the “world-traveling, child-educating, malaria-defeating, English-teaching, SSA-engaging as-he-looks-classy” kind of bad ass.

Ben is an activist who literally changes lives on a daily basis by working with the Student Secular Alliance stateside and the Pathfinders Project internationally. Ben has been all over the globe from Cambodia to Guatemala with Pathfinders, tutoring English and working with residents to develop low-impact environmental processes by encouraging respect for nature. Ben helps the SSA crew to empower students for a secular future. Go science!

Ben is so addicted to caffeine that we hear he doesn’t sleep any more. He waits… probably for his first official speaking appearance at Skepticon. I think the only person more excited than Ben himself is his favorite SweaterVest, Suzy-Jo. (Yes, he’s named them all.) There’s some less impressive things we decided to throw in at the end to take up space… something about having time to save the world *and* be a Microbiologist/Pre-Med Student. No wonder he doesn’t have time to sleep.