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Trustees and Staff Page

  • Our Community Fetzer staff and trustees, spring 2014 Image Credit: Fetzer Institute

  • Sending Love Staff sends love to a colleague on his wedding day. Image Credit: Fetzer Institute

  • GilChrist Gardening Day Each spring staff gathers at our public retreat center in Three Rivers to prepare the gardens and grounds for the coming seasons. Image Credit: Fetzer Institute

    GilChrist Gardening Day 2014

The Fetzer Institute employs a "deep engagement" model to govern, organize, and nurture the Institute community. The name reflects the understanding of the relationship between the inner life with action and service, a commitment to nurturing loving relationships within various communities, and a responsibility for leading the process to define the Institute's program strategies. The deep engagement model guides our board in clarifying program priorities; determining how the Fetzer community can live its values; and developing and monitoring strategies to execute the mission.

Directory

Christina M. Adams

Vice President of Finance & Administration

Sherri K. Amaro

Information Technology Specialist

Dawn M. Andres

Program Assistant

Jacob Asperger

Culinary Services Assistant

Sharif Azami

Program Officer

Matthew R. Bambacht

Groundskeeper

Nancy E. Bell

Caretaker, GilChrist

April L. Bender

Research Assistant

Bob Boisture

Robert Boisture

President & CEO

Bob Boisture is president and CEO of the Fetzer Institute.

Bob has worked with the Institute continuously since 1993. From 1993 to 2011,…

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Bob Boisture is president and CEO of the Fetzer Institute.

Bob has worked with the Institute continuously since 1993. From 1993 to 2011, he served as a legal and governance advisor to the Institute's Board of Trustees. He has been a member of the Institute's board since 2011, became interim president and CEO in March of 2013, and has been president and CEO since September 2013.

From 1979 to 1986 and from 1993 to 2011, Bob was a lawyer in private practice, specializing in legal and governance issues affecting charities and foundations. Until 2008, he practiced at Caplin & Drysdale, a prominent Washington, DC law firm, where he became a nationally recognized expert in nonprofit law, headed the firm's Exempt Organizations Practice Group, and served on two occasions as president of the firm.
During this period, Bob's practice focused heavily on serving as a legal, lobbying, and strategic advisor to a broad range of cause-based charitable advocacy coalitions. These included coalitions working to protect the environment, reduce smoking, strengthen tax incentives for charitable giving, protect nonprofits' right to lobby Congress in support of their missions, and toughen the sanctions on nonprofit leaders who abuse their positions for private gain.

From 2008 through 2013, Bob continued to provide legal and strategy advice to nonprofits as the principal of Boisture Law.

From 1986 through 1992, Bob served on the staff of the YMCA of the USA, initially as associate general counsel and later as the national Y's first director of public policy. From 2003 to 2007, he served as director of YMCA Activate America, a major national public health initiative to combat the obesity epidemic. From 2011 through 2013, he served as director of the Y's Achievement Gap Initiative, an effort focused on pilot testing and scaling evidence-based programs to increase the school readiness and school success of low income children and youth.

Bob received his JD from Yale Law School in 1979. He also attended Princeton University (AB, 1974, Woodrow Wilson Scholar), and Oxford University (BA, 1976, Marshall Scholar).

Brown

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

Jennifer A. Cohen

Guest Services Associate

Fredrick Colbert

Groundskeeper

Ruthann E. Dobbins

Director of Program Administration

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 Officer

Tony M. Goode

Landscape Coordinator

Angela Graham

Program Officer

Linda Bell Grdina

Program Officer

Amy M. Harrington

Office Support Assistant

Deborah S. Higgins

Director of Programs

Kim L. Hillebrand

Administrative Assistant

John R. Howie

Caretaker, GilChrist

Tiffany W. Jackson

Program Assistant

Timothy J. Jones

Vice President of Operations

Wendy Karrick

Administrative Assistant

Christee L. Khan

Human Resources Director

Lehman

Robert Lehman

Rob Lehman chairs the board of trustees of the Fetzer Institute where he served as president from 1989-2000. Under his leadership as president,…

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Rob Lehman chairs the board of trustees of the Fetzer Institute where he served as president from 1989-2000. Under his leadership as president, the Institute developed a mission in support of mind-body-spirit health, which culminated in an Institute-funded PBS series. The groundbreaking and Emmy Award winning Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers featured the work of a number of scientists investigating the mind-body connection. The series and an Institute-supported study published concurrently in the New England Journal of Medicine shifted popular perceptions, established the strength and significance of the mind-body-health movement, and fueled new levels of understanding and adoption by mainstream medical institutions. As chairman of the board, Rob oversaw the Institute’s transition to its new mission based in love and forgiveness and has been instrumental in the development of the board’s “deep engagement” model of governance. Before joining the Fetzer Institute, he was vice president for international affairs at the Kettering Foundation, and prior to his association with foundations Rob was an associate professor of law at the Indiana University, Indianapolis Law School. He has a law degree and a master’s degree in theology.

Xiaoan Li

Program Officer

Laura M. Loveland

Program Administration Coordinator

Kellen M. Manley

Digital Media Specialist

Mary K. Marshall

Special Projects Assistant

Scott A. Matteson

Culinary Services Supervisor

Bradley S. Miller

Controller

Mohammed H. Mohammed

Program Officer

Nathan T. Moore

Administrative Assistant

Dena L. O'Flynn

Information Specialist

Sandra J. Oaks

Administrative Assistant

Angelica M. Pace

Human Resources Assistant

Anne Cullen Puente

Program Officer for Evaluation

Peggy M. Quinn

Senior Administrative Assistant

Carol H. Rhodes

Culinary Services Assistant

Michelle A. Scheidt

Program Officer

Nick Shepich

Culinary Services Assistant

Toni Smith

Culinary Services Assistant

Jackie K. Stack

Program Assistant

David Stewart

Caretaker, GilChrist

Kurian Thomas

Program Officer

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.  

V. Lynn Underwood

Receptionist

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Head Caretaker, GilChrist

Pamela S. VanDerKlok

Accounting Manager

Frances Vaughan

Frances Vaughan

Frances Vaughan, PhD, is an author and psychologist in Tiburon, California. Her books include Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing through spiritual…

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Frances Vaughan, PhD, is an author and psychologist in Tiburon, California. Her books include Shadows of the Sacred: Seeing through spiritual illusions, The Inward Arc: Healing in psychotherapy and spirituality, and Awakening Intuition. She is co-editor, with Roger Walsh, of Paths Beyond Ego and Gifts from a Course in Miracles. She has been a pioneer in the field of transpersonal psychology, and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Dr. Vaughan was formerly on the clinical faculty at the University of California Medical School at Irvine and founding faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. She has served as president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology and the Association for Humanistic Psychology and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She is currently on the faculty of the Metta Institute in Mill Valley, CA.

Sarah P. Wade

Senior Accountant

Gail Walters

Caretaker, GilChrist

Janelle R. Weesner

Administrative Assistant

Richard S. Whitney

Guest Services Assistant

Deborah L. Yeager

Senior Research Associate