Board of Directors

  • Jennifer Kalmanson

    Jennifer Kalmanson


    Author. After 16 years of providing space system engineering support to the Hubble Space Telescope servicing Mission 4, the Dawn mission to the asteroid belt, solar sail spacecraft designs, she has taken up the pen full time, writing about risk in the space industry, the human capability for lying, and how to best manage remotely distributed work teams.

  • Roy Speckhardt

    Roy Speckhardt


    Executive director of the American Humanist Association where he actively promotes the humanist perspective on progressive political issues. He’s appeared on CNN Headline News, Fox News, NPR, Good Morning America, and has spoken to dozens of local humanist groups across the country.

  • John Hooper, Ph.D.

    John Hooper, Ph.D.

    Board Member

    President, UU Humanist Association ( and Treasurer, The Humanist Institute. Former research scientist and R&D executive. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University in 1969.

  • Toni Van Pelt

    Toni Van Pelt

    Board Member

    Co-founder, along with Paul Kurtz and Vince Parr of the Institute for Science and Human Values, Inc. (ISHV). She currently serves as the president and public policy director. A congressional lobbyist, she focuses on the importance of science, separation of church and state, human, women’s and LGBTi rights.

Past Board Members

  • Larry Jones

    Larry Jones


    Founder and head of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Humanist Studies. He founded IHS in 1999 originally as a non-profit humanist organization in Albany, New York. IHS would later transform its mission into a think tank and moved its operations to Washington, DC. Larry is a past vice-president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) and represented the IHEU as the non-governmental organization delegate to the United Nations.

  • Charles Debrovner

    Charles Debrovner

    Board Member

    Summa cum laude graduate of Yale University. He graduated from NYU School of Medicine in 1960. He has been a member of the New York Society for Ethical Culture since 1984 and served as its president for six years. He was the president of The Humanist Institute for twelve years. He has served on the board of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools for over 20 years. He was the former chair of the OB/GYN department at the French and PolyClinic Hospitals in New York and an Emeritus Senior Attending Physician at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital. Though retired from clinical practice, he remains a clinical professor of OB/GYN at NYU School of Medicine.

  • Warren Wolf

    Warren Wolf


    Served as president of the Institute for Humanist Studies from 2009 until his death in April 2014. He was past president of The Humanist Institute (Class 11 graduate) and a member of the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association. He received a B.S. in material science from Penn State, a Ph.D. in engineering from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from Xavier. His professional career was primarily with Owens Corning, where he retired as vice president and chief scientist. He holds fifteen patents in the field of glass, served as U.S. representative to the International Commission on Glass and as president of the American Ceramic Society.

  • Carol Wintermute

    Carol Wintermute


    Co-dean of The Humanist Institute. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Denison University in Ohio. She did her post graduate work in psychology at the University of Minnesota.

  • Amanda Knief

    Amanda Knief

    Board Member

    Managing Director and In-House Counsel for American Atheists. She's formerly worked as the Government Relations Manager at the Secular Coalition for America and as legal counsel for the Legislative Services Agency, the nonpartisan division of the Iowa Legislature, and she co-founded the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers.

  • Bart Worden

    Bart Worden

    Board Member

    Executive director of the American Ethical Union and Leader of the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester, a role he has served since 1998. He delivers addresses for Sunday meetings, develops programs for the society, performs community outreach, officiates at ceremonies, and offers pastoral counseling.