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Officers and Board of Directors

Charlotte Klasson - President
Charlotte Klasson - President

Klasson has been active in NOSHA since 2005. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.A in journalism and public relations and is a former magazine editor and book publisher. She is a volunteer scuba diver at the Audubon Aquarium and was voted to be a member of the national board for the National Organization for Women to represent the Mid-South region in March 2012. She enjoys photography, good food, creative cocktails and New Orleans culture.

 
Jim Dugan
Jim Dugan - Vice-President

Born in Philadelphia, lived in California for 20 years, working as a Silicon Valley computer geek. He got bored with that and decided to go back to school. He is now a PhD-Candidate in Anthropology and an adjunct instructor at Tulane, working mostly in linguistic anthropology.

His side interests include social conflicts between modernity and tradition, including how they manifest in the Creation-Evolution debate and censorship attempts in the present-day U.S.

 
Rose J. Mort - Treasurer
Rose J. Mort - Treasurer

Mort is a marketing and communications professional in the convention and tourism industry. She completed her elementary and high school education at New Orleans area Catholic schools, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Orleans. A NOSHA member since 2009, Rose has served on the annual banquet committee, the American Humanist Association convention committee, and coordinates volunteer activities for the NOSHA Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

 
Rita Premo - Secretary
Rita Premo - Secretary

Premo has lived in New Orleans since 2008 and joined NOSHA a couple years later in search of like-minded individuals and a respite from religion in the public sphere. An academic librarian by trade and a reader by nature, she doesn't quite trust people who have no interest in learning. The book The Demon-Haunted World and the fact that she only heard about pre-Judaic religions in the Middle East after her formal education both played large roles in her religious devolution. A native of West Virginia, she holds a master's degree in information science from the University of Tennessee. Outside of work, Rita spends a great deal of time knitting, trying not to be a crazy dog lady, and reading all the things. She is also a volunteer with Planned Parenthood and a writer for the web site School of Doubt.

 
Ricky Adams
Ricky Adams - Website

I dabble in programming and music. I'm very unfocused and lazy. I found NOSHA, through meetup.com, while searching for something to do on the weekends.

My journey from theist to atheist began one morning about 25 years ago. I remember waking up and saying, "I just don't believe this anymore."

 
Harry Greenberger - President Emeritus
Harry Greenberger - President Emeritus

C.P.A. B.A. in Business Administration and M.A in Psychology. Has held offices in numerous business and activist organizations. Elected as first President of NOSHA.

 
Dave Schultz - Vice-President, Membership
Dave Schultz

Associate Professor of Biology at Nicholls State University. PhD from the University of Michigan. Expertise in fish ecology and evolutionary biology.

"I'm a founding member of NOSHA and am committed to helping NOSHA bring science and reason to the greater New Orleans region."

 
Steven Darwin
Steven Darwin

Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University. Teaches courses in botany, evolutionary biology, and the history of Darwinism.

"I've been a member of NOSHA since 2002, and enjoy the fellowship of other rational thinkers. Good people and good programs; and the advancement of free thought is a very worthwhile cause."

 
Beth Deitch
Beth Deitch

Beth Deitch has a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Tulane University and is currently a professor in the Department of Management at the University of New Orleans. Her main areas of research are workplace discrimination and employee well-being. She's involved in a wide variety of local organizations, including Mardi Gras krewes, charitable endeavors, and political organizations. Hobbies include graphic design and reading as much as possible about everything (but especially physics, politics, social psychology, identity, and cognition).

 
Grant Smith
Grant Smith

Smith graduated from LSU in 1969 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He is currently a Process Design Advisor with Albemarle Corp. in Baton Rouge. He has been a member of NOHSA for 12 years. He's also a member of ACLU, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Planned Parenthood, and People for the American Way.

 
William Gautreaux
William Gautreaux

Gautreaux teaches all levels of high school French in Jefferson Parish. He especially enjoys teaching students in Levels 1 through 5 in the International Baccalaureate Program. He holds Master's degrees in both French literature and in Curriculum and Instruction from LSU. He enjoys writing one-act plays in French for his students to perform each year at a French play festival.

He discovered NOSHA in 2008 and was ecstatic to discover other non-believers like him.

 
Chad Matise
Chad Matise

Matise has an Associate of Science degree in Computer Networking Technology. A NOSHA member since 2010, hd has served on the annual banquet committee and the American Humanist Association convention committee. He counts Freethought personalities Richard Dawkins, Matt Dillahunty, and the late Christopher Hitchens among his influences.

"Searching for atheism is not what led me to be an atheist; searching for the truth is what led me to be an atheist."

 
Chris Baudot
Chris Baudot

Baudot works as a photographer in New Orleans, and is a graduate of Southeaster Louisiana University with a degree in Fine Art. "As a young child I have always been interested in religion from across the world. As I studied theology on an academic level I began to gravitate to a more humanist and secular way of thought. After joining Meetup, I found the NOSHA group and have not looked back."

 

Famous Quotes

First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me. - Steve Martin

NOSHA Events

Happy Hour Meetups

Every month NOSHA organizes happy hour gatherings so everyone can have a chance to meet informally and get to know each other better.

NOTE: We are adding another secular happy hour to our calendar. Now you can join our merry band of skeptics on the FIRST Wednesday and THIRD Tuesday of each month.

Contact Ricky Adams at ricky125@yahoo.com or 504-813-5276 for more info about our monthly happy hour events.

NOSHA News

Membership

Becoming a member, or renewing a membership, is easy. Go to the About Us page, and click on the membership button. Membership is $20.00 per household. It's fast, easy, and mostly painless.

Newsletter

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