Board of Advisors

Lake Institute Board of Advisors

The board of advisors assists Lake Institute in fulfilling its mission, shaping ongoing dialogues, and providing strategic direction.


Karen D. Buttrey
Board Chair
Chief Governance Officer
Young Presidents’ Organization, Inc.
Vice Chair
Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program

Board Members

Associate Professor of Formation, Youth, and Culture
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
AME pastor
Warren S. Woodbridge Professor, Department of Religion, Tufts University
Vice President
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
President and CEO
Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA)
Board of Visitors, Lifetime Member
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Temple Shalom


Donald B. Johnson
Chair Emeritus
Don Johnson and Associates

Past board members

Scott Alexander, PhD
Donald Buttrey, JD*
Karen Lake Buttrey*
David Daniels III, PhD
Shakeela Z. Hassan
Carol F. Johnson, PhD
Fred Kniss, PhD
Elizabeth Lynn, PhD
JB Miller
Jerry Nunnally*
Dennis Sasso, DMin
Sandy Sasso
Daniel Schipp
David Smith, PhD
Safaa Zarzour


Karen Lake Buttrey (1945-2010)

“We were eager to replicate the philanthropic mentoring role that my father (Thomas H. Lake) played for so many people. But we also wanted there to be time for conversation and reflection. Dad was very thoughtful, but with a practical bent. He loved getting people together to talk and to look at things from different perspectives.”

Karen Lake Buttrey (1945-2010)