HWF Board of Directors

2014-15 HWF Board of Directors

President: Buz Ryland

Vice President: Suren Shah

Treasurer: Buz Ryland

Secretary: Kay Rudolph

Members-at-large: Michael Kimball, Chas Stauffer, Amanda Kondrat’yev, and Sedona Strong

Andre “Buz” Ryland

Buz is retired and has experience with working on various boards and has also served on the task force that created the Humanists of West Florida.

“I believe I would offer the skill sets of prior board experience and the new board of Humanists of West Florida would also benefit from my years of being a member of, and being interested in, the AHA and the national humanist movement.”

Buz’s skills, experience, and interests include: finance, accounting, personnel, human resources, administration, management, nonprofit experience, community service, policy development, and program evaluation.

Suren Shah

Suren is the VP of Operations of Wind Turbine & Energy Cables and has served on several boards.

“I have worked on the Interim Board of Directors, the task force that got together to form the HWF group and write the By-laws, etc.

More importantly, I am enthused about the mission of HWF, especially the Community Service aspects of HWF and hope to make a positive contribution.”

Suren’s skills, experience, and interests include: finance, accounting , personnel, human resources, administration, management, nonprofit experience, community service, policy development, program evaluation, public relations, communications, education, instruction, and fundraising.

Amanda Kondrat’yev

An outspoken atheist and activist, Amanda currently spends a lot of time at University of West Florida’s College of Business. Amanda is also a parent stressing the importance in education. Amanda wants to help people, but also wants people to be able to help themselves.

Amanda’s skills, experience, and interests include: finance, accounting , personnel, human resources, administration, management, community service, public relations, communications, education, instruction, special events, grant writing, fundraising, information systems, social media, photography, and live streaming.

Kay Rudolph

Kay has experience teaching, developing training programs, researching, and organizing and presenting data–based on ten years teaching in K-12; ten years in environmental work (at US EPA where, in the process of developing and implementing national policy, prepared and presented both technical and leadership training programs, and at non-profits conducting research and editing monthly journal); and current work studying to earn certification as a family historian (conduct research and prepare and present a weekly genealogy class). Science background from environmental work is supplemented by previous experience in US Navy in the electronics field and work as electronics technologist/project coordinator at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Kay has been an active member attending many HWF events and projects in spite of the long drive from her home in Navarre.

Chas Stauffer

I have managed organizations for almost 50 years and would like to apply the knowledge and skills toward realization of the HWF mission.

Charles’ skills, experience, and interests include: finance, accounting , personnel, human resources, administration, management, community service, policy development, grant writing, outreach, and advocacy.

Sedona Strong

Sedona has had many life experiences which have influenced her interest in activism and humanism including surviving severe child abuse and hunger. Through scholarships she was able to graduate college with a B.S.N. in Nursing. For 20 years she worked as a Home Health Hospice Nurse traveling the country. Through her work in Hospice she found it necessary and helpful to better understand patients coming from different religious traditions which led her on a very unexpected turn into seven years of intensive theological studies and an Ordination in 2 religions, both non-denominational. Sedona had been raised in Dual-Religions of Baptist and Jewish so learning the truth about how the New Testament was really put together was an eye opener.

Sedona has medical challenges that have also influenced her becoming a very open, compassionate, flexible person, enabling her to put herself in others shoes. She has also learned from personal experience that it takes only one injury to thrust one at mac speed into homelessness.

“With any position you have to have compassion and an ability to see in the future with positive ideas and desires and be able to assist others along when they are challenged, which of course as a nurse, I have spent my life doing.”

Sedona’s skills, experience, and interests include: administration, management, Community service, Program evaluation, public relations, communications, education, instruction, outreach, advocacy.

Michael Kimball

Michael is involved in the local secular/freethought movement. As an active board member of the HWF and the SSA at UWF he works as a liaison between the two groups. He is passionate about helping the community and providing a positive environment for those who are not religious.

Michael’s skills, experience, and interests include: computer administration, public relations, communication and education.

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