Board of Directors

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.

You can read our Board meeting minutes and view reports about our Treasury.


2021-2022 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.

Beverly Apel – Vice President

Bev at Graduation

I have been with the group for a couple of years now. I would like to be more involved in SHOWLE because I think it is a good organization. I would like to see us grow and get more involved in charitable and community events.

I am a graphics specialist and would be glad to do any design work – ads, brochures, business cards – that are needed.

Edward Schaperjahn Jr. – Treasurer

Ed Member

I believe that there needs to be a healthy community for people to share and help each other in times of need without tying our actions to a religious institution. People are for the most part good and we should work together to better the community. I think I can bring an different outlook from others since I am a recent transplant from another part of the country. Being on the board would allow me to help further the interests of the organization and hopefully increase participation.

I owned my own business for over 15 years. During that time I had to teach myself accounting and managing the business using QuickBooks accounting software. As a result of that learning experience, I was asked to teach a basic accounting and use of QuickBooks course for the local SBA Small Business Development Center at the SUNY Oswego business campus in Oswego, NY. I also ended up helping my office partner, an enrolled agent for the IRS, with bookkeeping auditing and record cleanups for her business clients. Additionally, I have been preparing audits for a local volunteer fire department in Granby, NY to submit to the NYS Comptroller for the last 8 years. Also during my time as a business owner, I was a member of the board of directors of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for 12 years serving as Secretary for two years, and a member of the board of directors of the Oswego Heritage FCU for 1 year and a member of the Supervisory Committee.


We are able to have up to seven people on our Board of Directors. If you are a voting member and interested in joining the Board, send us a note using our contact form.