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milesMiles Lasater – Co-Founder

Miles Lasater is a Co-Founder of the Yale Humanist Community.  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.)

Christopher Kriesen – Chair of the Board of Directors 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.



Arnold “Chad” Chadderdon was brought up with one foot in the Episcopal Church and one in the Methodist.  He went to Colgate University for his B.A. and received his PhD from Yale University, all the while with his interest in Christianity declining so gradually that he was hardly aware of it.

His first “tenure track” teaching position was at University of Pennsylvania, followed by Whittier College in California where he served as department chairman for nine years.  When he moved back to Connecticut, he taught at Post College until retirement.

He has served as secretary of the Board for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, an advocacy group for youth.  He currently serves as the secretary of the Board for the New Haven Preservation Trust, volunteers at the Yale Center for British Art and is president of his small town cemetery association.  He is a member of humanist associations at the national, state and local levels.

Vlad ChitucVlad 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.


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.




tomkpubshot_loresTom 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 LasaterIke 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.



Additionally, our board includes rotating student representatives from the None/Others at Yale Divinity School and the undergraduate Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics group.



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