Our Community

Trustees and Staff Page

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  • Our Community Staff and trustees engage during a strategy session

  • Our Community Staff at Seasons meeting house 

"I am sure that as you listen, you will hear the ring of truth, first and foremost trying to create a community of freedom…it is here you will find the answers to the final definition of the institute’s purpose…. Remember, whatever the final verdict will be, its summary will be unconditional love."

— John E. Fetzer, 1989

At the Institute and as individuals, we seek how best to build the spiritual foundation for a loving world. We ask:

  • What is the spiritual common ground on which we can all stand?
  • How can we strengthen what unites us?
  • How can we support each other in our own chosen spiritual paths?

Our staff and board members each bring a unique lens to this work. We describe ourselves as Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Jews, agnostics, and some of us claim no specific name or tradition. We seek a sense of connection through religious and spiritual paths, through contemplation, being in nature, and the wonders of the scientific world.

All of us are drawn into community by our shared understanding that we’re part of something more, and a shared sense of sacred connection to ourselves, each other and our planet. We are called to a life of love.

Our culture is rooted in trust, authenticity, inclusion and love—values we practice every day along with a healthy dose of humor and joy.

Directory

Sherri K. Amaro

Information Technology Specialist

Dawn M. Andres

Program Assistant

Sharif Azami

Program Officer

Leanna Balden

Culinary Services Assistant

Matthew R. Bambacht

Groundskeeper

Nancy E. Bell

Caretaker, GilChrist

April L. Bender

Research Assistant

Bob Boisture, Fetzer Institute President and CEO headshot in suit coat and tie

Robert Boisture

President & CEO

Bob Boisture has served as president of the Fetzer Institute since 2013. Under his leadership, the Institute has adopted as its new mission...

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Carolyn T. Brown

Carolyn Thompson Brown is a trustee of the Fetzer Institute and retired director of the Office of Scholarly Programs and the John W. Kluge Center...

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Carolyn Thompson Brown is a trustee of the Fetzer Institute and retired director of the Office of Scholarly Programs and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. In that capacity she provided vision and direction to programs that fund the world’s most accomplished and most promising scholars for periods of residency to conduct research in the Library’s collections. She also organized conferences, seminars, and other scholarly events. The Poetry and Literature Program, which hosts the Poet Laureate of the United States, was also under her direction. Previously, she led the Collections and Services Directorate, overseeing collections development, collections management, reference, and public outreach for the general, special, and Area Studies collections. This followed several years leading the Area Studies collections and the Federal Research Division. Her professional writings examine the interrelationship of literature, culture, and psychology with special focus on modern Chinese literature. Carolyn holds a BA in Asian studies, an MA in Chinese literature both from Cornell University, and a PhD in literature from the American University.

Bruce Carlson

Bruce Carlson

Bruce Carlson is professor emeritus in anatomy and cell biology at the University of Michigan. He previously served as Chair of the Department of...

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Bruce Carlson is professor emeritus in anatomy and cell biology at the University of Michigan. He previously served as Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the Medical School and was also Director of the Institute of Gerontology. His research has been on limb development and regeneration and on the regeneration and transplantation of skeletal muscle, with recent emphasis on regeneration after long-term denervation and during aging. In conducting his research, he has lived in Finland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union. Along with numerous research papers, he has authored a dozen books on embryology and regeneration and has edited thirteen symposium volumes and translations. He is past president of the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Chairpersons and also of the American Association of Anatomists. An avid fisherman and former fisheries biologist, he also writes articles for fishing magazines and recently published a book on lake biology.

Kathleen M. Cavanaugh

Planning Officer/ Corporate Secretary

Janis Claflin

Trustee Emeritus

Janis served on the Fetzer Institute's Board of Trustees from 1988-2014.

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Janis served on the Fetzer Institute's Board of Trustees from 1988-2014.

Jennifer A. Cohen

Operations Associate

Fredrick Colbert

Groundskeeper

James Ennest

Culinary Services Assistant

Amy R. Ferguson

Communications Specialist

Julie A. Gant

Director of Information Systems & Services

Cherri L. Glowe

Program Assistant

Gillian K. Gonda

Program Director, Engagement

Tony M. Goode

Landscape Coordinator

Angela H. Graham

Program Director, Partnership

Karen Griffin

Operations Assistant

Amy M. Harrington

Office Support Assistant

Deborah S. Higgins

Vice President of Program

Kim L. Hillebrand

Program Coordinator

John R. Howie

Caretaker, GilChrist

Tiffany W. Jackson

Program Assistant

Timothy J. Jones

Vice President of Operations

Wendy Karrick

Executive Assistant

Christee L. Khan

Human Resources Director

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Robert Lehman

Since 2001, Rob Lehman has chaired the Fetzer Institute Board of Trustees, where he served as president from 1989 to 2000. Under his leadership as...

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Since 2001, Rob Lehman has chaired the Fetzer Institute Board of Trustees, where he served as president from 1989 to 2000. Under his leadership as president, the Institute contributed to the development and mainstreaming of the fields of mind-body-spirit health, social and emotional learning, contemplative practice, and scientific research on love and forgiveness, in furtherance of fostering the integration of the inner life of mind and spirit with the outer life of service and action. As board chair, Rob has helped to establish a deeply engaged model of governance and to articulate the Institute’s current mission of “helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world.”Rob also served as board chair of the John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust from 1991 to 2014. Before joining the Fetzer Institute, he was vice president of the Kettering Foundation, and prior to his work with foundations, Rob was associate dean and professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He holds a law degree and a master’s degree in theology.   

Xiaoan Li

Program Officer

Laura M. Loveland

Program Information Manager

Kellen M. Manley

Digital Media Specialist

Mary K. Marshall

Special Projects Assistant

Scott A. Matteson

Culinary Services Supervisor

Brad Miller

Director of Finance

Mohammed H. Mohammed

Program Director, Research, Discovery, and Development

Nathan T. Moore

Administrative Assistant

Dena L. O'Flynn

Information Specialist

Sandra J. Oaks

Administrative Assistant

Anne Cullen Puente

Program Director, Learning Integration

Michelle A. Scheidt

Program Officer

Nick Shepich

Culinary Services Assistant

Toni Smith

Culinary Services Assistant

Devin Smith

Operations Assistant

Jackie K. Stack

Program Assistant

Maurice F. Strong

Trustee Emeritus

Kurian Thomas

Program Director, Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Communities

Lynne Twist

Lynne Twist

Lynne Twist, an author, speaker, and consultant, is the founder and president of The Soul of Money Institute. She and her husband, Bill, are the...

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Lynne Twist, an author, speaker, and consultant, is the founder and president of The Soul of Money Institute. She and her husband, Bill, are the co-founders of The Pachamama Alliance, working in the Ecuadorian Amazon with indigenous people to preserve the world’s tropical rainforests. A former long-time executive of The Hunger Project, she continues to be an advocate and spokesperson for ending world hunger and empowering women in cultures throughout the world. She serves on the boards of The Global Security Institute, Educating Girls Globally, and the Kudirat Institute for Nigerian Democracy (KIND). She serves as president of The Turning Tide Coalition and is author of the award-winning book, The Soul of Money.  

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Head Caretaker, GilChrist

Pamela S. VanDerKlok

Accounting Manager

Frances Vaughan

Trustee Emeritus

Frances Vaughan served on the Fetzer Institute Board of Trustees from 1996-2015.Of her sudden passing on September 23, 2017, Fetzer Institute Board...

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Frances Vaughan served on the Fetzer Institute Board of Trustees from 1996-2015.Of her sudden passing on September 23, 2017, Fetzer Institute Board Chair Rob Lehman noted, "Frances’ life  was a gift to the  Institute as it was to so many others. Her presence as a trustee lifted everything she was involved in to higher levels of wisdom and grace. She was fond of the phrase 'Love is the way I walk in gratitude,' and the whole Fetzer community is remembering Frances with our deepest gratitude and love."One of the great transpersonal pioneers, Frances Vaughan contributed to the field in many ways as a superb teacher, author and speaker. She also served as an editor of and frequent contributor to The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, as president of the Association of Transpersonal Psychology, and as a board member of the International Transpersonal Association.She was, by any standard, a truly remarkable woman. She was clearly brilliant, graduating from Stanford in only three years and as Phi Beta Kappa (the highest academic honor). Her life was subsequently transformed when she was a subject in one of the legal studies of psychedelics and had a mystical experience so profound that her description of it has been cited and reprinted many times https://erowid.org/psychoactives/writings/vaughan_perception.shtml . This inspired her to explore multiple spiritual traditions and to go back to school so that, as she put it, “my intellect could catch up with my experience.” She received a PhD in clinical psychology, and was eventually also awarded two honorary doctorates for her many professional contributions.She raised two children and loved five grandchildren while offering a full time psychotherapy practice, and was widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost transpersonal therapists. She was a faculty member of The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and of the University of California, and recently served on the board of the philanthropic Fetzer Institute.She published over a hundred articles and nine books including the classic transpersonal texts Beyond Ego and Paths Beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision. Her other books include the classic introduction to intuition, Awakening Intuition, and an integration of psychotherapy and spirituality titled The Inward Arc. She also published a collection of exquisite quotations titled Gifts from A Course in Miracles, and a beautiful study of spirituality, Shadows of the Sacred which Stan Grof described as “a brilliant and groundbreaking exploration of the promises and pitfalls of the spiritual path written by one of the pioneers of transpersonal psychology.”But what were most remarkable were her personal qualities and interpersonal skills. She was, as Ken Wilber wrote in a foreword to one of her books, “the wisest of wise women” and her deepest value was love. Extraordinary wisdom and extraordinary love: what a combination! On her last day a friend asked about her spiritual practice and she replied, “I'm practicing gratitude.” For more information see http://www.francesvaughan.com/

Sarah P. Wade

Senior Accountant

Jeremy P. Waletzky

Trustee Emeritus

Jeremy served on the Fetzer Institute Board of Trustees from 1990-2002.

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Jeremy served on the Fetzer Institute Board of Trustees from 1990-2002.

Gail Walters

Caretaker, GilChrist

Janelle R. Weesner

Information Technology Assistant

Judith Skutch Whitson

Trustee Emeritus

Judith Skutch Whitson served on the Fetzer Institute Board of Trustees from 1987–1995. 

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Judith Skutch Whitson served on the Fetzer Institute Board of Trustees from 1987–1995. 

Deborah L. Yeager

Senior Research Associate