NOSHA

New Orleans Secular Humanist Association
NOSHA Who's Who

Officers and Board of Directors

Charlotte Klasson - President
Charlotte Klasson - President

Charlotte Klasson has been active in New Orleans Secular Humanist Association since 2005 and is currently in her second term as board president. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.A in journalism and public relations and has worked in magazine editing, book publishing and advertising.

She is also a volunteer scuba diver at the Audubon Aquarium and is in her second term as a member of the national board for the National Organization for Women representing the Mid-South region. She is currently serving as the chapter president for New Orleans NOW and serves as the Louisiana state coordinator. Her chapter is proudly hosting the 2015 national NOW conference in New Orleans next June. 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.

 
Jennifer Porter - Treasurer
Jennifer Porter - Treasurer

Jennifer Porter is an Artist/Survey Researcher in New Orleans, LA. She attended Fort Wayne Institute of Fine Arts, Jones County Junior College, and Delgado Community College. She disavowed imaginary gods in 2008, and joined New Orleans Secular Humanists soon thereafter.

 
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 30 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
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."

 
Connie Gordon
CONNIE GORDON

Bachelor of General Studies degree from UNO. Employed at Louisiana Office of Public Health in the HIV/AIDS Program.

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

 
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.

 
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."

 
Marty Bankson
Marty Bankson

Semi-retired decorating and construction trades contractor, Bankson joined NOSHA three years ago. He has an Associate of Arts degree from Wharton County Junior College (Texas), and attended University of Texas, Austin until 1969. He adopted a skeptical mindset early, which was re-energized on witnessing the increasing politicization of fundamentalist Christianity and Islam. Current member of the "All-American" groups ACLU, AHA, AU, Democratic Socialists of America, and Southern Poverty Law Center. He's a volunteer for New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation and a contributor and copy editor for the NOSHA quarterly newsletter, The Humanist Advocate. Follow his blog ‘Bricolage’.