About New Jersey Humanist Network

Board of Directors, 2014

Elected term in parentheses
President: Lisa Ridge, Ewing (2013-2015)
Vice President: Michael Jacobson, Plainsboro (2014-2016)
Secretary: Linda Mastellone, Ewing (2013-2015)
Treasurer: Timothy Ridge, Ewing (2014-2016)
Gary Brill, Somerset (2014-2016)
Tamar Kieval Brill, Somerset (2013-2015)
Patrick Colucci, West Orange (2014-2016)
Marilyn Francis, Bridgewater (2013-2015)
Nick Mellis, Lawrence (2013-2015)
Janice Rael, Clayton (2013-2015)
Bill Schlegel, New Brunswick, NJ (2014-2016)
Jennifer Vriens, Lawrenceville (2013-2015)

Janice Rael is the designated representative for
New Jersey Humanist Network - Gloucester County

Board Members Emeritus:
Harley Brown, Founder and President Emeritus
Sara Brown
Jack Walsh
Linda Kiesling

Committee Chairs

Program: Michael Jacobson
Membership: Lisa Ridge
Finance: Timothy Ridge
HumanLight: Pat Colucci
Communications: Nick Mellis

Webmaster: Timothy Ridge

Organizational Bylaws

In Memoriam: Joe Fox
February 19, 1959 - June 16, 2012

Our dear friend, Joe Fox, died at his home last summer.

Joe was a long-time member of NJHN and a passionate Humanist. He served on our board of directors for many years and was the motivating force behind many of our programs. Along with NJHN President Gary Brill, Joe was a co-founder of HumanLight, our secular holiday celebrated in December each year.

After Joe moved from New Jersey to Pennsylvania, he reinvigorated the Humanist Association of Greater Philadelphia, winning the American Humanist Association's Humanist Chapter of the Year in 2006. He then co-founded a new group, Lehigh Valley Humanists, which has grown and flourished with Joe's leadership.

Joe also was well-respected in many national organizations, including the American Humanist Association, Council for Secular Humanism, Center for Inquiry, and Camp Quest. His passion and commitment to Humanist activism, his leadership, his warm and welcoming personality, and his wonderful friendship will be greatly missed.




In Memoriam: Lance Wilhelm
January 19, 1951 - March 30, 2008

Lance Wilhelm

Our very good friend, Lance Wilhelm, died suddenly, in his sleep, at his home in Piscataway.

Lance was a member of NJHN's Board of Directors and also the National Outreach Director for American Atheists.  Easily recognizable by his white hair and full beard (a James Randi lookalike) and his provocative freethought attire, Lance was a proud atheist, heavy metal music advocate, ardent fan of Dr. Who from its beginning, and a great cook!  Lance was a regular at all kinds of NJHN events - meetings, dinners, book discussions. He will be missed - and remembered.

An Atheist loves himself and his fellow man instead of a god. An Atheist knows that heaven is something for which we should work now - here on earth - for all men together to enjoy. An Atheist thinks that he can get no help through prayer but that he must find in himself the inner conviction and strength to meet life, to grapple with it, to subdue, and enjoy it. An Atheist thinks that only in a knowledge of himself and a knowledge of his fellow man can he find the understanding that will help to a life of fulfillment. Therefore, he seeks to know himself and his fellow man rather than to know a god. An Atheist knows that a hospital should be built instead of a church. An Atheist knows that a deed must be done instead of a prayer said. An Atheist strives for involvement in life and not escape into death. He wants disease conquered, poverty vanquished, war eliminated. He wants man to understand and love man. He wants an ethical way of life. He knows that we cannot rely on a god nor channel action into prayer nor hope for an end to troubles in the hereafter. He knows that we are our brother’s keeper and keepers of our lives; that we are responsible persons, that the job is here and the time is now. 

Madalyn Murray (later O’Hair)