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
Jan Heimlich – President
Jan is an award-winning journalist and the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, the first book to fully examine the issue of child abuse and neglect enabled by religious belief. In 2012, Jan founded the Child-Friendly Faith Project, a nonprofit that raises awarness of religious child abuse and neglect. Jan is is a co-host of the podcast, “Parenting Beyond Belief” and serves on the board of Foundation Beyond Belief. She lives in Austin with her teenage daughter.
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 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.
Christine is a lifelong Atheist and Humanist who hopes to bring ideas, input, and support to AHC. She worked for over 25 years in the dental field and is now learning dog grooming. As a child, Christine was part of a poor minority and grew up to realize that, as a white person, she has certain privileges. Those disparate experiences have given her a good perspective on life and social justice. Christine loves to make contacts and connections with people, groups, and businesses.