Kristin Wintermute, Director of Education, has BA degree in Psychology and a minor in Art Studio from the University of Montana and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maine, Orono. Wintermute has done post-graduate coursework 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 later the executive director. In 2018 The Humanist Institute became the American Humanist Association Center for Education.
Emily Newman, Education Coordinator, holds a BS in psychology and creative writing as well as a MA in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She worked for The Humanist Institute before it merged with the American Humanist Association to become the AHA Center for Education. She also was the Communications Coordinator of the American Ethical Union for about ten years. Emily grew up at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and has been active with the Future of Ethical Societies, National Ethical Service, and Young Humanists International. Over the years, she has assisted local non-profits and small businesses with social media, design, website development, and marketing.
Tamara M. Ashton, Program Assistant, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with a focus in African American Literature and Minor coursework in Pan African Studies from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys arts and community service and has worked in administrative and coordinating positions in several local businesses and non-profits in the Washington, D.C. area.