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.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Douglas Berger – President

Douglas is a co-founder of the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie.

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 – Treasurer

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).

Shawn is a licenced Humanist Celebrant in the state of Ohio and operates Secular Occasions for those who would like a non-religious ceremony or are seeking non-theistic pastoral care.

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.

Larry Brach – Vice President

Larry spent most of his career in the Hospital Pharmacy practice setting. He was the Director of Pharmacy for 15 years at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee, Ohio and retired from Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, Ohio last year. Larry has been a Strong Atheist for over 20 years and prior to that was an Agnostic. Politically, he is working on changing State laws of Ohio concerning the faith healing exemption to child protection laws and passing of legislation concerning Death with Dignity in Ohio. At this time, he spends too much time going to local physician visits as well as regular trips to Cleveland Clinic to treat his Progressive Supranuclear Palsy which was diagnosed May 2017. He is a part of two clinical trials for that disease, one yearly trial at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and a 14 month trial at the Cleveland Clinic. As a former college soccer player and a lifetime participant of athletic activities, he still enjoys going to the Perrysburg YMCA gym and walking at local parks. Larry is an avid reader of nonfiction subjects on Geology, Genetics and Medicine. He lives with Janet, his wife of 35 years, has two grown children, Laura and David, and a cat named Dante, aka Double Stuff and a grand-dog, Argos. Remember, “The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” John F. Kennedy Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11 1962.

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.

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.

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