Kathleen Green – Executive Director
Kathleen Green is Yale Humanist Community’s Executive Director. Before focusing full-time on her doctorate degree, Kathleen served Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations for 10 years, in Illinois, Wisconsin, California, and New Jersey. She has a long history of interfaith and social justice work which includes, after several years of advocating for marriage equality, officiating the first legal same sex marriage ceremony in Bergen County, NJ. Over the past decade, Kathleen has provided a humanist perspective in the work on issues of immigration reform, moral budgeting, clean water, and gun violence prevention through involvement with the Unitarian Universalist legislative ministries of both California and New Jersey. She is a past member of the Faith and Reproductive Justice Leadership Institute at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, and current member of the Feminist Caucus of the American Humanist Association, the UU Society for Community Ministers, and was recently appointed by the Old Lyme, CT, Board of Selectmen to serve the community as its representative to the Regional Mental Health Board.
Kathleen considers herself a ‘believer in humanity’ and concurs with the words of John Lovejoy Elliott (1868-1942): I have known many good people who did not believe in God. But I have never known a human being who was good that did not believe in people. Her skill in bringing people together, and gift of public speaking, will be central to Kathleen’s work with YHC. She is dedicated and passionate about promoting a positive humanist voice, and working with others to create secular humanist communities of exploration, support, and service. She facilitated a panel discussion (Conversations Among Humanists, Atheists, and Religious Believers) at the 2015 Parliament of World Religions, has been published on Humanist.com, and is the author of an upcoming book, The Flourishing Humanist, as well as a book of humanist reflections for children, Goodness Gracious, due out by the end of 2017.
As a humanist interfaith activist, Kathleen is part of the teaching faculty at Claremont Lincoln University; teaching courses in the Master of Arts in Interfaith Action program. She received her undergraduate degree from Thomas Edison University in NJ, her Master of Divinity degree from Meadville-Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and expects to receive her doctorate degree in multifaith studies from New York Theological Seminary in New York City in May of 2018. Additionally, Kathleen is a certified Positive Psychology Practitioner and Humanist Celebrant.
Kathleen and her husband, Mitchell, live in the quiet shoreline community of Old Lyme, where the wild turkeys and deer often stop by to say ‘hello’!
Nancy Kelly – Director of Operations
Nancy Kelly has been in business management for more than twenty years holding executive positions with Marathon Entertainment, a fifty-two store retail chain serving Northern California and Nevada; Finet Mortgage Corporation, a billion dollar financial organization headquartered in San Francisco and trading on the NASDAQ; and the Peterson Group, an advertising agency in Newport Beach, CA serving Fortune 200 clients, major charities and the movie industry. She also served on the Board of Directors of Direct Financial Lending Group until moving from Newport Beach to New Haven, CT in 2008.
Her philanthropic commitments included chairing the Balboa Island Day Parade for the City of Newport Beach, Board of Directors for Voyagers Yacht Club, President of the Balboa Island Business Association, Board of Directors for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa supporting the largest dental clinic for underprivileged children in Orange County, CA, and Chair of the ALNM Medallion Ball held at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.
Her service to the arts and for humanitarian issues continued in Connecticut with involvement at New Life Corporation providing free tax preparation services and financial counseling for poverty and low-income families, business management support on behalf of the New Haven Ballet, and ongoing support for several orchestras and choirs throughout the region.