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 – 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.

Vice President – David Stelle
Originally from the Boston area, I came out to San Francisco in 1984 after hitch-hiking through Holland and Germany. Earlier (1978) I 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, I returned to Albu-quirky in mid 2016. I’m interested in good design, systems thinking, software development, user interface, pro ice hockey (Bruins, Sharks, Avs), skiing, hiking, art, music, board games, culture, happiness and generally having fun. I see this group as a valuable source of support and social connection for every one of its members.

Treasurer – Richard Grady
I am a retired accountant and have lived in Albuquerque for 6 years, but I have been a member of AHA quite a bit longer than that. I love music, especially classical, opera and jazz, and sing in a barbershop chorus and quartet. I am the treasurer of the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and also a trumpet player who once played in the Tulsa Philharmonic. My other principal hobby is Tournament Bridge. I have three children and 10 grandchildren. I love movies and read voraciously.

Secretary – Cynthianne Yabut
I’m 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 – Cheryl Gatner
Originally from Canada, I have lived in the US for the past 21 years. I worked as an RN in Canada, Saudi Arabia and here in the US. Being brought up our family
was Secular for the most part, though I did attend the United Church of Canada several times and really never understood what their premise was until I was in my early 20’s. I have always lived as a Humanist. My interest and passions vary but I am now interested in social justice causes, women’s rights, and I have helped coordinate the Humanist Sunday School Family CoOp.

Member-at-Large – Jeanette Smith
I’m originally from Ohio, graduated from St. Vincent’s Girls Academy, and went on to earn two Master’s degrees from UNM. I worked 23 years in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, then 20 years in the Albuquerque schools. I’ve been retired 3  years now and am enjoying myself. I’m divorced, with one adult son. I’ve been a Humanist for about 20 years.

Past President – Ananda E. Parnell D.Div, CPE, MBA, M.Ed.
Ananda Parnell is a native New Mexican, born in Albuquerque and raised in the Manzano Mountains. With BA degrees in English and German and an MBA (2006), Ananda started teaching in 2004 and is currently a teacher at Highland High School. She sponsored the Gay Straight Alliance at Eldorado High School, as well as Highland, where she now co-sponsors the Humanists of Highland, an atheist group on campus.
Ananda is a professional chaplain (Doctor of Divinity) and an interfaith, nondenominational minister. Her D.D. dissertation was on spiritual needs in the transhuman age. Her faith base is a “New Age” practice called Agni Yoga, closely related to Buddhism.

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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