The Bylaws of the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie require a Board of Directors be formed to manage the day-to-day business of the group. The Board elects officers from among its members.
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Douglas Berger – President
Douglas is a co-founder of the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie. He is also host of the Glass City Humanist podcast.
He first got active in the secular humanist movement as a member of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio where he served as newsletter editor from 1996 to 2007, President in 2001 and 2002 and many other smaller roles over the past 20 years. HCCO named Douglas their Humanist of the Year in 2013. He also served as co-chair for Secular Coalition for Ohio from 2013-2018.
When not working, Douglas spends his time enjoying movies, music, reading books, and arguing politics on the Internet.
Shawn Meagley – Vice President
Shawn is a co-founder of Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie and champion explorer of rabbit-holes.
She found her way to Secular Humanism via typical childhood indoctrination with an encouragement to learn about the world. A mom of two adult children who share her secular perspective, Shawn has a passion for advocacy of those unable to advocate for themselves; a champion for the underdog. Like many, the current climate of political and social tension has created a sense of urgency to be more aware and involved. Most recently Shawn has participated in direct action events in support of women’s reproductive health issues, Center for Inquiry’s Secular Summit (2017) and attended the Freedom From Religion Foundation National Convention (2017).
Margarette Webster – Secretary
Margarette is a former high school English teacher, a mother of four grown children, wife of 25 plus years, and an avid alternative board game player. Margarette was raised catholic by her father and her paternal grandparents, but after 9/11 rejected the notion of a supreme being and religion.
“I believe in helping others because the need is there. I want to impact my community and other people in a positive and caring way with my actions and my values.”
Rev. Tim (TK) Barger
TK is the minister at First Unitarian Church of Toledo. TK had a previous editorial career and studied liberal arts, library science, and journalism including completing a Ph.D. in communications. Rev. Tim earned a graduate certificate in humanist leadership from The Humanist Institute and a master of divinity degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School. TK was the religion editor of The Blade, Toledo’s daily newspaper, from 2012 until 2017. Published work includes scholarly articles on humanism in the Journal of Liberal Religion and Religious Humanism; an essay in Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism; and other writing.
Mylinda Ogundipe – Treasurer
Speaker and Media Inquiries:
Douglas and Shawn are available to speak to the media, your meeting or your group about SHoWLE, Humanism, or to give a secular viewpoint on issues of the day.
Please fill out the contact form on this page.