Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Arthur Jackson, Immediate Past President

Arthur Jackson is the immediate past president of the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley. He came to this area in 1969 to experiment with developing a model chapter to help American Humanist Association chapters become more firmly based by employing a full time paid executive director of the chapter. He has been active in the American Humanist Association since 1962, worked as assistant director from 1965 to 1969.

Arthur is the author of numerous articles and two books, The Humanist Chapter of the Future and The Future of Humanism (1982-1993), and How to Live the Good Life: A User’s Guide for Modern Humans (2011). For him, humanism comes closest to what is needed to change the world for the better, so he has spent the bulk of his life working to improve and advance it. Email: Arthur AT ArthurMJackson DOT com

Greg Alexander, Treasurer


angottiCarl Angotti

Carl Angotti has been a member of the Humanist Community for 40 years. Over that period he has served on the Board several times, and on various committees. He is the current Chair of the HCSV Investment Oversight Committee, and a member of the HCSV Financial Oversight Committee.

Carl has been an Electronics Product Development and Project Management Consultant for more than 40 years. He is presently serving on the Board of the Professional and Technical Consultants Assoc. and the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society.

havasyAlex Havasy, Recorder

Alex Havasy, a member of the Humanist Community since 1990, has served on the board several times, has been editor of the newsletter since 2013, and is a member of the Program Committee. He joined the board in June of 2016 and has served as recorder since then.

Alex moved to the bay area in 1972 and worked in the electronics industry for 31 years before retiring.

In 1995, he and Sena were married in a Humanist Ceremony at the American Humanist Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Pam Erwin

Paul Gilbert

Alfred Jan OD, MA

A practicing optometrist, Alfred believed in humanist principles dating back to his Unitarian Church days as an early teen. As a freshman at the University of California at Berkeley in 1967, he supported the anti-war and anti-draft movements and was a card-carrying member of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

During the 1980s to the mid-1990s, Alfred published freelance art criticism and earned a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy with an Aesthetics emphasis. He was active in the artworld by participating in panel discussions on art and criticism at many San Francisco Bay Area art colleges and art departments, and curated an exhibition titled “Stage Presence: Sculpture as Used in Performance”.

Starting from 2001 to the present, Alfred compiled and edited six collections of mystery and detective stories from the pulp magazines of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. These can be found on his Author’s Page on Amazon.

Alfred recently joined the American Humanist Association and the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley, because he felt this organization suits his need for cognitive value and his desire to further the cause of humanism.

Susan Shalit

Susan Shalit has been coming to this chapter of the Humanist Community for over 25 years and has enjoyed the warmth, intellectual stimulation, openness and, of course, the social events. As a first time board member, she has interests in extending the HCSV to the larger community, bringing more events to Humanist House, and engaging more active participation to grow the community for all ages.

Susan was born in Boston, MA., the youngest of 4 children. She grew up in the SF Bay Area, went to college in Berkeley and SF State. In the 1980’s she moved to the Silicon Valley area for a job change. She currently lives with her partner, Roy Elder, and has one son and daughter-in-law and 3 wonderful grandchildren.

Susan has a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley, and over 30 years of software systems development and business analysis at several major corporations. She also owned and managed an independent coffee house.

She has owned and rebuilt 6 homes, most recently, her second home in Jamestown, CA where she enjoys the beauty and serenity of the Sierra foothills in addition to learning the geography and history of the Mother Lode Country (the original place where gold was found in 1849). She and Roy are volunteering at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. Susan is also involved with the Happy Dragon Thrift Store for Uplift Family Services which offers mental health treatment, foster care and social services that help families recover from trauma, abuse and addiction.

Susan has started an on-going computer workshop at Humanist House, introduced the community to advertising Humanist forums on Nextdoor online and Peerspace, the rental website for the community.

Marie Stephens

William Weyer, Vice President

Board meetings are held the third Monday of every month. Members of the Humanist Community are welcome to attend meetings and may vote in the election of the board every February.

In addition to being members of HCSV, all directors are required to members of the American Humanist Association (AHA).

Executive Director

Debbie Allen joined the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley as its executive director in October of 2016.

Debbie has been a board member of the American Humanist Association since 2013. She currently serves as secretary of the board, and chairs the Chapter Services Committee which supports local humanist groups. Her primary interests lie in nurturing grassroots efforts to promote humanism, and in creating easily accessible humanist education programs for children and families. She also serves as president on the board of the Humanist Society, an adjunct program of the AHA that certifies and educates Humanist Celebrants

Debbie has been active in the humanist movement since attending her first local chapter meetings in 2007 and her first AHA conference in 2008. In 2009 she founded the San Diego Coalition of Reason. a cooperative coalition of atheist, humanist and freethought groups. San Diego CoR is recognized as a leading secular organization in southern California.

Debbie is the immediate past president of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego, president of the San Diego Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, co-founder of the San Diego Recovering from Religion Meetup group, and founder of the San Diego Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers Meetup group. In 2011 Debbie became certified as a Humanist Chaplain in order to better serve and advocate for non-theists in the military. She established the first ever humanist meeting at a military base in San Diego, and established volunteer opportunities for Humanist Chaplains at the VA hospital in La Jolla.

Prior to her activism in secular causes, Debbie was an active member of her Reform synagogue (“out” as a nontheist), serving on the board of directors and chairing several committees including Education, Social Action, Outreach to Interfaith, and Membership. She is retired from a career as a psychotherapist in private practice and investigator in neuropsychological research at the UCSD School of Medicine. Email: ED AT humanists DOT org

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