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.
2020-2021 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
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.
Shawn Meagley – Secretary
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).
Mylinda Ogundipe – Treasurer
Mylinda is a recent transplant to Toledo, Ohio as well as a recent addition to the Board of Directors. Prior to moving to Ohio, she lived in Bismarck, North Dakota with her husband and daughter. Her background is in Political Science and Public Administration. She is currently a stay at home mom for her daughter with Sickle Cell Disease and offers peer to peer support to mothers of children with sickle cell disease.
Edward Schaperjahn Jr.
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.
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.