HSNM is a democratically-run organization. These are the current HSNM By-Laws, which were ratified in 2011 and revised in 2021. HSNM members in good standing may request a copy of the final document by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
President – Jerry Wesner
I was raised Methodist, and slowly realized my beliefs were melting away until I saw an article about HSNM in a free newspaper and called the person named in the article. At the end of an hour long conversation I realized I was a Humanist, and set about to join the group.
I’ve been a member of the Humanist Society of New Mexico since the late 1990s. I have been treasurer and produced the newsletter.
In 2000 I was elected president, then reelected in 2002 and 2004.
In 2003 we were named Chapter of the Year by the AHA. In 2005 we hosted the national convention at the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque. At least 20 of our members participated in the planning, and the event went off without a hitch.
Vice President – Terrence Sloan, MD
Dr. Sloan did his undergraduate work at Adams State College in Colorado (BS in Chemistry) Medical School at University of Colorado, and trained in Internal Medicine at UCLA and University of New Mexico.
He served Native Americans for 41 years in the Indian Health Service (a single payer health system) and is retired. He is a member of the American Humanist Society and Committee of Skeptical Inquiry.
Treasurer – Richard Grady
Richard is a retired accountant. He loves music, especially classical, opera and jazz, and sings in a barbershop chorus and quartet. He is a member of the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and also a trumpet player who once played in the Tulsa Philharmonic. His other principal hobby is Tournament Bridge. He has three children and 10 grandchildren.
Secretary – Cynthianne Yabut
Cynthianne is a retired technical editor, volunteering to do my bit to promote humanism and thus reason and civil rights in New Mexico. Otherwise enjoying retirement in New Mexico, with its great climate, scenery, history, and people.
Member at Large, Parliamentarian – Weldon Merritt
Member at Large, IT – David Stelle
Originally from the Boston area, David came out to San Francisco in 1984 after hitch-hiking through Holland and Germany. Earlier (1978) he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Windham College in Putney VT. First time in Albuquerque was for 7 years starting in 1998 after earning a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, which included a summer in Rome Italy and traveling around Switzerland. After living in several locations in SoCal and the Bay Area, David returned to Albuquerque in mid 2016.
Newsletter Editor – Randy Wall
Randy was born and raised in Artesia, New Mexico. In 1986, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at New Mexico State University. He has worked in a healthcare setting since, and is currently employed by Presbyterian Healthcare Services as an Administrative Secretary. His interests include the martial arts, science, popular culture and of course, Humanism.
Past President – Allen Robnett
Born in Brooklyn, Allen did not cross the Mississippi until my early twenties. With a BSEE from Princeton and an MSEE from UNM, worked at Sandia for fourteen years, but became disenchanted with the contract administration work, and with US involvement in Vietnam.
Allen took the required education night courses at UNM to become a science and math teacher in his mother’s hometown (which he considered heaven on Earth) near Nashville, Tennessee. While teaching, he also farmed, became an instrument rated flight instructor, created commercial programs for microcomputers, and thoroughly enjoyed being with his mother’s family in Tennessee.
Allen’s family was steeped in Church of Christ, Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, and Christian Science churches. Allen and his wife Charlene Baker recently “graduated” from the Unitarian Church.
HSNM Authors and Artists
David Stelle, sculptor, painter
Sculpture website (davidstelle.net)
Donald Gutierrez (1932 – 2013)
Feeling the Unthinkable: Essays on Social Justice
Paul H. Deal
Find Arden’s poetry at Amazon.com