Austin Humanist Community envisions a world in which secular people express themselves without judgment, find community with other compassionate, inquiring individuals, and positively impact the lives of others by applying humanist values.
We are proud to be an affiliate organization of the American Humanist Association. To learn more about secular humanism, send us an email. Click here to view our Member Code of Conduct. Click here to view our Sexual Harassment Policy.
Our Board of Directors
John Waters – President
John is a retired computer systems designer whose experience includes managing teams and departments for small startups and multi-national corporations, and he is currently a life coach. He has long been active in the AHC and is passionate about building a secular community that will meet the needs of not only Austinites but also humanists around the globe.
Joysa Wannas – Vice President
Joysa is currently a data analyst for the Texas government and has previously held many different roles. She was born and raised in Indonesia and moved to the US to attend college (Roll Tide). She met her husband there and has lived in a variety of places in the US ever since. Much of her free time is spent playing with her son and exercising. At the AHC, she feels included in a group that truly wants what’s best for the world. This community has created a safe space for her and for like-minded others and she’d like to see it succeed.
Jimmy Joe Natoli
Jimmy Joe is a talented Austin area musician who has been finding great musical talent to perform at our Sunday gatherings. He manages AHC’s social media accounts and continues to contribute his time helping the AHC thrive.
Kevin is a retired Registered Nurse who has also been a high school English teacher, speech coach, and auditor. Kevin has been assisting with AHC MCing duties and coordinating volunteer activities, and continues to contribute his time helping the AHC continue as an organization and grow as a community.
George Agich – Treasurer
George is a retired professor. From graduate work in philosophy to post-graduate work in the medical humanities and medical ethics, he became a pioneer philosopher specializing in bioethics and clinical ethics. He has worked in academic medical centers and medical schools in the US and as a visiting professor abroad. He now pursues an active retirement lecturing and directing the major clinical ethics international conference annually. After too many decades in the north, he returned to Austin in 2011 to enjoy the lively cultural community and the absence of snow. Diversity and tolerance are important values for him coupled with critical inquiry and discussion. The Austin Humanist Community is a perfect fit.
Laurel Anderson – Secretary
Laurel is a hospice nurse and case manager living in Austin. In her hospice work, Laurel strives to bring human dignity to families and patients facing life’s final chapter. She enjoys knitting and the thoughtful camaraderie of the Austin Humanist Community. Laurel is originally from Portland, Oregon, where her two grown sons reside. She has bachelor’s degrees in German and Nursing. She and William Wiest translated the book, The Dark Abyss of Exile: A Story of Survival, by Ida Bender. The book is an account of the author’s deportation and exile to Siberia in 1941 through her immigration to Hamburg, Germany, in 1992.