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.
Lori Fazzino, MA is a member of the Atheist Research Collaborative, and a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she specializes in religion/irreligion, culture, and social movements. Lori is currently finishing her dissertation research that examines organized atheism in Las Vegas.
Lori is committed to social justice and secular activism. She is a strategy consultant who’s worked with secular non-profit organizations, such as the Secular Student Alliance and Openly Secular Coalition. Lori has also served on the board of directors for the Humanists and Atheists of Las Vegas (HALV). She has spoken on a variety of topics relevant to humanist issues at religious and non-religious venues, including the President’s Fourth Annual Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, the 2015 ACPA Student Affairs
Professionals Annual Conference, Sunday Assembly Las Vegas, the HALV General Monthly Membership Meeting, and for the Interfaith Council of Southern Nevada. Through her scholarship and activism Lori raises awareness of religious privilege, anti-secular discrimination, and continues to help pave the way for humanist interfaith engagement and secular community building for non-religious individuals.
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.