Meet Our Staff

Kate Lovelady

Leader - klovelady@ethicalstl.org

Kate discovered Ethical Culture several years after graduating from college. Her life’s ambition at the time was to emulate Thoreau: to hole up in a pastoral cabin and write poetry and essays that would somehow make the world a better place—without having to leave her retreat. But it occurred to Kate that her quest for a better world would probably be more successful, and more fun, in concert with others. Her search for a community began. She visited many interesting philosophy and social-action groups, but longed for deeper connection between people. She visited many religious groups, but all seemed to require her to hold beliefs that she simply didn’t. And then she found Ethical Culture and had a “Where have you been all my life?” experience. The rest is history: Kate's been Leader of the Society for more than ten years now!

Kate Lovelady, Leader

James Croft

Outreach Director - jcroft@ethicalstl.org

James never stops talking, so it's lucky that his job requires a lot of it! As Outreach Director for the Society, James is a public face for the community, ensuring that Ethical Humanist values are represented at rallies and protests, in schools and universities, and in the media. James believes that our culture desperately needs a Humanist moral voice, and he's determined to provide one. You can often find James yelling through a megaphone or posting on Facebook. He loves Star Trek way too much, and tries to find a way to work a Star Trek reference into every Platform Address.

James Croft, Outreach Director

Rachel Valenti

SEEK Director - rvalenti@ethicalstl.org

Rachel's creative energy and compassion shine through our programming for children and youth. With more than twenty years of training and experience in education, community development, and non-profit social justice work, Rachel works to effectively include and engage every child. She leads our congregation in cultivating kids' capacity and passion for critical thinking, ethical decision making, and service leadership. When she's not directing our Sunday Ethical Education for Kids program, Rachel can be found exploring local live music, food, and dog friendly activities, or organizing to protect the rights of people with disabilities.

Rachel Valenti, SEEK Director

Mary Harden

Deputy SEEK Director - mharden@ethicalstl.org

Mary believes that all the important lessons in life can be found in a storybook somewhere. She admires the ethical core values taught in the SEEK program for how closely they reflect the moral lessons of storybooks. Beyond storybooks, Mary is a voracious reader and is always happy to talk about what she is reading. Mary is proud that community service is a priority for her family - they often participate in charity walks or help at the St. Louis Area Foodbank. After a decade as a professional chef, Mary is pursuing a degree in social work which she hopes will enable her to work for her community full-time.

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Nancy Jelinek

Office Administrator - njelinek@ethicalstl.org

Nancy is the Office Administrator and has worked at the Ethical Society for almost 20 years. Her job includes a variety of duties. She takes care of the payroll, pays the bills, posts the pledges, schedules building use, and mostly just tries to make sure everything is running smoothly around the office. She is happily married and the mother of two grown sons. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing games, and traveling.

Kitt Rogers

Facility Coordinator - krogers@ethicalstl.org

JD Brooks

Music Director - jdbrooks@ethicalstl.org

JD Brooks has been the Music Director of the Ethical Society since 2004. He enjoys coordinating music events at the Society along with performing a wide variety of music styles and genres ranging from instrumental to vocal. Working at the Ethical Society has helped to strengthen his belief in the human spirit and his commitment to nonprofit work. JD enjoys exploring the human connection through traveling and is inspired by other cultures' lifestyles, along with their music and art. Recently, dancing has become a hobby and passion for JD: he has become very active with Country Western and Ball Room Dance.

JD Books, Music Director

Louise Jett

Social Media Manager - ljett@ethicalstl.org

A lifelong learner herself, Louise is also an educator at heart. As Social Media Manager, she collects and shares Ethical Society stories and news in order to spread awareness of our awesome community. Louise considers herself a Humanist and is truly inspired by people who are dedicated to empowering others. In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Luke, their 14-year-old son, Keenan, and their numerous pets, which includes two guinea pigs named Gertrude and Francis.

Louise Jett

Debbie Bernett

Building - dbernett@ethicalstl.org

Debbie loves the Ethical Society and the people who are part of it, and she will always tell anyone who will listen what an interesting and wonderful place it is. She started out working the various events, which have varied from book signings by noted authors to performances by international musicians. She also works on Sundays, making coffee and tea and helping setup the audio-visual systems. Finally, she helps coordinate event workers for upcoming events.

Debbie Bernett