Miles Lasater – Co-Founder
Miles Lasater is a Co-Founder of the Yale Humanist Community and currently serves on the Board of Directors as its Chair. An alumni of Yale himself, Miles has a BA in computer science.
Active in the New Haven community, Miles is on the board of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and on Yale’s Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility. In the recent past he has served as a member of the Port Authority of New Haven, on the Board of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society, and was founding Board member of MakeHaven, New Haven’s makerspace. Recipient of the Elm-Ivy Award, Miles was recognized by the Mayor of New Haven and the President of Yale for strengthening partnerships among the New Haven and Yale communities.
As an extension of his interest in civic life, social entrepreneurship and technology, he co-founded SeeClickFix, a Government 2.0 start-up which is growing quickly. He has served as volunteer tax preparer and is the creator of New Haven’s Cluefest, an annual city-wide scavenger hunt. (Yes, it’s silly, but fun! He invites you to join in some time.)
Vlad Chituc is a research associate in the Center for Advanced Hindsight in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. He graduated from Yale in 2012 and was the president of the Secular Student Alliance at Yale. Independent of his professional research, he is interested in developing and promoting an accurate and responsible picture of religion better informed by the social sciences. He edits the blog NonProphet Status and contributes to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post‘s Religion Section.
Kathleen A. Green – Chair of the Board of Directors is a Unitarian Universalist (UU) minister who has served congregations in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, and New Jersey. She received her undergraduate degree from Thomas Edison State College in NJ, her Master of Divinity degree from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and is currently a doctoral candidate in multifaith studies at NY Theological Seminary in New York City. Kathleen has a long history of social justice work including involvement with the UU legislative ministries of both California and New Jersey, serving on the board of the latter. As well, she recently served on the board of the Metro NY district of Unitarian Universalists, served as Treasurer of the Ridgewood Interfaith Religious Leaders, and was a member of the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. Currently, Kathleen is a member of the Interfaith Alliance, American Humanist Association, and the Feminist Caucus of the AHA. Rev. Green is most passionate about the strength of interfaith relationships that include humanists in the struggle for social justice.
April Ruiz is Dean of Calhoun College at Yale University. Dean Ruiz was the first in her family to go to college and graduated from Yale with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. She went on to earn the Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of St Andrews and later returned to Yale for a postdoctoral research position. Her work focuses on social cognition in non-human primates, which has allowed her to meet and mingle with monkeys in the United States, France, United Kingdom, Japan, and Puerto Rico. She is co-author of several scholarly articles and book chapters exploring a cognitive ability called theory of mind, and she teaches in the Psychology and Cognitive Science departments. Before becoming Dean of Calhoun College, Dean Ruiz served as a freshman and sophomore adviser at Yale and was Assistant Director for Yale College Fellowships at the Center for International and Professional Experience. In this latter role, she advised students on identifying summer opportunities that fit their goals and guided them through the process of applying for funding to support their plans.
Tom Krattenmaker is Communications Director at Yale Divinity School and a writer specializing in religion in American public life. He is a contributing columnist for USA Today and the author of two books, Onward Christian Athletes (2009), critiquing evangelical Christian engagement in professional sports, and The Evangelicals You Don’t Know (2013), on the “new evangelicals” in post-Christian America. A speaker at the American Humanist Association conferences in 2010 and 2013, Krattenmaker has received awards from organizations including the American Academy of Religion, Religion Newswriters Association, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (his home state until recently) and the Muslim Educational Trust.
Ike Lasater is co-founder of Mediate Your Life, a training company devoted to unleashing positive human potential by re-wiring people’s responses to conflict. With his training partner, John Kinyon, Lasater has spent the past decade refining their Mediate Your Life approach, which combines mind-body practices and Nonviolent Communication (NVC) skills within a “three-chair” mediation framework. He is the co-author of the forthcoming Choosing Peace: New Ways to Communicate to Reduce Stress, Create Connection, and Resolve Conflict. The latter is the first book in a seven-volume “Breaking Down Barriers to Communication” series that Lasater has authored with Kinyon and Julie Stiles.
Adam Garner is a Campaign Manger at DoSomething.org, where he works with 4 million young people to make the world suck less. Previous to that, he worked at Interfaith Youth Core where he helped build the student interfaith movement. He graduated from the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Philosophy.
Christopher Kriesen is a lawyer, teacher, storyteller, and a persistent innovator. He is a participant in a year-long program in innovation offered by the Stanford GSB and holds degrees from the University of Connecticut School of Law, Trinity College, and Villanova University. He is also a formal student of Zen at Zen Mountain Monastery.
Additionally, our board includes rotating student representatives from the None/Others at Yale Divinity School and the undergraduate Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics group.