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WAYNE EVERETT ORGAR
I was born in Rochester, NY in 1952 and was raised in a fundamental evangelical Christian family. Although I was involved in many church activities as a young person, I became an atheist in my mid-twenties. Trumpet playing and a love for jazz occupied my early years. My BA (1974) was from the State University of New York at Fredonia, NY, where I started out as a music major. I changed my major to Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. Later, I earned an MA from the University of Georgia with a major in Rehabilitation Counseling (1983). I also completed a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO (1998). I belong to the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
Some of my volunteer community service activities have included telephone counseling for the Fredonia Help Service, trailbuilding and maintenance for the Appalacian Trail Conference, organizing and moderating the 1999 Oregon - Toward Rational Living Symposium, working with a political campaign for a state representative, and being a Citizen Monitor for the St. Louis chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. I also served in the United States Air Force from 1977 to 1981 where I was a munitions maintenance specialist.
Wayne at age 60
My working life has been primarily in vocational rehabilitation and social services, although I have worked as an IRS account adjuster, teacher, quality im provement team leader and service representative. I have also worked as a county mental health case manager, as a trumpet player, as a janitor, as a farm worker, as a grill cook and as a laborer in a seed mill. I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Currently I am an analyst with the California Department of Rehabilitation.
Some of my interests have included hiking, backpacking, black-water canoeing, jazz, cycling, and non-fiction. I also belong to various atheist/humanist/freethought organizations. For more personal information see:Why I Rejected Christianity.