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 and Humanist Religious Life Advisor (aka chaplain) at Columbia 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 B.A. 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 7 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. After pursuing a career as a family therapist, she made a decision to leave the field of social work to become a stay-at-home mother. She looked for part-time work from home and was hired by the North American Committee for Humanism (NACH) as Membership Director in 1998. In 1999, NACH and its subsidiary, The Humanist Institute, became one organization. She became its business manager and now is the executive director. She is married to Joel Stromgren and the mother of Anya and Ari and the step-mother of Eva.
Kevin W. Jagoe, Marketing and Development Director, holds a BA in anthropology and criminal justice as well as a Master in Nonprofit Management from Hamline University in Saint Paul. He is a graduate of the Humanist Institute (Class 17) with a Certificate in Humanist Studies and Leadership and is currently studying for his Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School. For over eight years, Kevin has worked with nonprofits and small businesses as a marketing, communications, and development professional with expertise in web design, brand management, and social media engagement.
Kevin is an active member of First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis where he also serves as Youth Director. He helped found Hamline University’s Values in Action Program, the first to bring the program developed by the Humanist Community at Harvard to another campus. He currently volunteers with the American Humanist Association as the LGBTQ Humanist Council Coordinator.