Leaders and Staff
Susan Rose, Ethical Culture Leader
Susan Rose was raised in the Ethical Movement attending the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture's Children's Sunday Assembly from the age of three. After graduation from Sunday School, Susan remained involved with the Ethical Society. She was part of the first mother/daughter team to serve on the Board of Trustees, was an active participant in the Good Coffee House Committee, and an advisor to the youth group.
Susan was active in the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County, serving as president from 1988-1990. She served on the National Board of the American Ethical Union for five years and the National Membership Committee for over ten years. Susan was certified as an Ethical Culture Leader in 1999 and has served the Ethical Movement in various capacities, including Dean of the Leadership Training Program.
Susan's training to be an Ethical Culture Leader included extensive training in Interfaith Chaplaincy and education on Advance Planning for End-of-Life issues. She is passionate about helping people think about and take action on planning for medical decision making and thinking about the end of one's life. She sees this as having a strong impact in helping people think about how they want to live their lives.
Susan is also the Dean of the American Ethical Union Leadership Training Program and serves on the Assembly Planning Committee of the American Ethical Union. She is a graduate of Class VI of the Humanist Institute and now serves on the HI Board.
Susan is the mother of two young adults. She lives in Cambridge, MA.
Hugh Taft-Morales, Ethical Culture Leader, ESWoW Consulting Leader
Hugh Taft-Morales is an Ethical Culture Leader serving as a consulting Leader with the Ethical Society Without Walls and the Baltimore Ethical Society. In addition, he is the director of the Washington Ethical Society's Coming-of-Age program. Currently he is serving as Secretary of the AEU National Leaders Council.
Billy Dechand, ESWoW On-Line Administrator
Billy has been involved in Ethical Culture since about 2000, when he was living in Chapel Hill. There he was a member of the North Carolina Society for Ethical Culture Ad Hoc Chorus. In 2003 he moved to the Bronx, and became the Musical Director of the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. In 2005, he moved to St. Louis, where he is a member now.
Billy Dechand is a singer-songwriter-composer who has released several CDs, and also performs with various music ensembles.