David Breeden, Co-Dean, is the Senior Minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, an explicitly humanist congregation. He holds an MFA degree from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School. He is a published poet and author, and a social activist.
Anne Klaeysen, Co-Dean, is also a Leader of the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Humanist Religious Life Advisor (aka chaplain) at Columbia University, and Humanist Chaplain at New York University. She was the first Humanist Chaplain at Adelphia University in Garden City, NY, and served the Ethical Culture Society of Long Island as Leader from 2002 to 2008. Anne holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hebrew Union College and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from New York University and German from the State University of New York at Albany. She is a graduate of the Institute (Class 10) and co-mentored Class 15.
Kristin Wintermute, Executive Director, has BA degrees in Psychology and Art Studio from the University of Montana and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maine, Orono. She has done post-graduate course work in Business Administration at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management; Web Design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design; and Accounting Certification at North Hennepin Community College. She worked for over seven years as a family therapist in a variety of settings, including private practice, a non-profit clinic for women and a for-profit health maintenance organization.
She is a life-long humanist who attended the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis (FUS) throughout her childhood and teen years. At first she was enrolled in FUS’s “Humanist Education Program” and in high school became a classroom teacher. As an undergraduate at the University of Montana, she used FUS’s “Humanist Education Program” curriculum at the Unitarian Fellowship of Missoula, Montana to form their first Humanist-oriented Sunday School. In 1998, she was hired by the North American Committee for Humanism (NACH) as Membership Director. In 1999, NACH and its subsidiary, The Humanist Institute, became one organization and she became its business manager and now is the executive director.
Emily Newman, Communications and Development Assistant, holds a BS in psychology and creative writing as well as a MA in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She is also Communications Coordinator of the American Ethical Union. Emily grew up in Ethical Culture and has been active with the Future of Ethical Societies, the National Ethical Service, and the International Humanist and Ethical Youth Organization. For over eight years, she has assisted local non-profits with social media, design, website development, and marketing.