Deana Williams

Deana Williams (she/he) is a quirky queer writer, director and producer, a mother of a very witty 10 year old and a proud member of the LGBT community. Deana began questioning religion as early as middle school while growing up within the Catholic tradition. It wasn’t until 2018 that she put her faith to the test, and the result was her deconversion. 

Deana studied film at The Art Institute’s Miami International University of Art & Design. While in Miami, Deana worked as a manager for the Film Equipment Room at Miami Dade College’s School of Entertainment & Design Technology while also teaching camera and lighting at the Florida Film Institute. Deana has directed award winning short films such as Tracks and Torn that have been selected in over 20 film festivals world wide. Deana is also the co-creator of Name Dropping, the frustratingly fun movie card game. 

Shortly after coming out, Deana realized she didn’t know a single black atheist until she found Mandisa Thomas and Black Nonbelievers. Subsequently, she was a presenter at the 2022 Women of Color Beyond Belief conference, and BN SeaCon (same year). Deana has felt supported within all the intersections of her life by this vibrant community, and looks forward to helping it grow through her leadership.