Leadership

HSNM is a democratically-run organization. These are the current HSNM By-Laws, which were ratified in 2011. HSNM members in good standing may request a copy of the final document by writing to president@humanistsocietyofnm.org.

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.

Vice President – Charlene Baker

Charlene Baker is a long-time Albuquerque resident. She has a BA from Tulane, and after raising four children, went to UNM for training in Nutrition and Dietetics, completing her internship in 1982. After serving as dietitian for long-term care and senior retirees, she became a small business owner, retiring in 1996.

Charlene leads an international folk dance group, sings in a mixed chorus, gardens enthusiastically, and enjoys cross-step waltz with her husband, Allen Robnett. Relatively new to organized humanism, she has roots in liberal religion.

Treasurer – Richard Grady
Allen is a retired accountant and has lived in Albuquerque for 6 years, but has been a member of AHA quite a bit longer than that. He loves music, especially classical, opera and jazz, and sings in a barbershop chorus and quartet. He is the treasurer 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 – 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.

Member-at-Large – 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.

Past President – 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.

HSNM Authors and Artists

Donald Gutierrez (1932 – 2013)
Feeling the Unthinkable: Essays on Social Justice

Zelda Gatuskin (Former HSNM President)
Bibliography  Artwork  Humanist Essays

Fred March (Former HSNM President)
The Bible Through the Eyes of its Authors
The Many Faces of Humanism: An On-Line Course

Paul H. Deal
Find Paul’s many titles at Amazon.com

Arden Tice
Find Arden’s poetry at Amazon.com

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