About Us

The John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust preserves the legacy and vision of John E. Fetzer in collaboration with the John E. Fetzer Institute. We support the spiritual and scientific foundations of that vision and conduct programs including:
  • Documenting the life and spiritual legacy of John E. Fetzer.
  • Conducting the Fetzer Franklin Fund science program.
  • Supporting inner practice.

Our Board of Trustees

Louis Leeburg

Chair and Treasurer

Lou Leeburg is an independent business consultant in Phoenix, Arizona. He works as an investment consultant for the Fetzer Institute where he is responsible for maintaining and monitoring investments and advising on various other financial and legal matters concerning the Institute. He is also treasurer and a trustee for the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Lou received his BS in accounting from Arizona State University. He previously worked as a controller for AZL Resources, an audit manager for Price Waterhouse, and served as executive vice president of American Water Development.

Bruce Fetzer

President and CEO

Bruce Fetzer is President, CEO and a trustee of the Fetzer Memorial Trust, a former trustee and treasurer of the John E. Fetzer Institute, a former trustee and member of the Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG, an organization of the chief investment and finance officers of the largest 200 foundations in the world), chairman of the FFOG compensation survey, and advisor to other nonprofits. He has skills in strategic planning, budgeting, analysis, evaluation, and management. He has significant experience in investment management, non-profit compliance, grant management in addition to planning and managing scientific research programs. He holds a BS in chemical engineering and an MBA.

Michael Gergely

VP, Secretary and Legal Advisor

Mike Gergely has 45 years of experience in trial litigation and in the general practice of law. He received his bachelor of philosophy in 1960; his master's in international politics and economics in 1962; and his doctorate in jurisprudence in 1965, all from the University of Detroit. In 1966, Mr. Gergely became assistant prosecuting attorney for Kalamazoo County, working on trial litigation and handling appeals to the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court. In 1969, he formed what is now Gergely Law Offices. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, American Bar Association, and the Kalamazoo County Bar Association. He is a successor co-trustee for the John E. Fetzer Revocable Trust Fund and the John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust Fund. He was John Fetzer's personal attorney and attorney for the estate of John E. Fetzer. Mike's 10-year association and friendship with John Fetzer provides him with a deep perspective on Mr. Fetzer's insights, purposes, and goals for the Fetzer Institute.

Thomas Beaver

Senior Advisor for Founder's Legacy

Tom is a trustee of the John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust. He lived with John Fetzer as his personal assistant for the final five years of Mr. Fetzer's life. Tom holds a BS in aerospace engineering and an MA in education from the University of Michigan. He was a secondary school teacher and an aerospace engineer prior to his association with Mr. Fetzer, and has been a trustee of the Memorial Trust since Fetzer's passing in 1991.

Jan Walleczek, PhD

Fetzer Franklin Science Director

Jan Walleczek Ph.D. is Director of the Fetzer Franklin Fund, and a Trustee of the John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust. He presently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Previously he was Director of the Bioelectromagnetics Laboratory at Stanford University Medical School. Jan Walleczek studied biology at the University of Innsbruck in Austria, followed by doctoral work at the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, and post-doctoral work at the Research Medicine and Radiation Biophysics Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California at Berkeley. His research interests are diverse, and his scientific publications cover the fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, and physics. His work focuses on the application to living systems of concepts such as quantum coherence, emergent dynamics, and the flow of information, a long-standing interest which he summarized as an edited volume for Cambridge University press titled "Self-organized biological dynamics and nonlinear control". In addition to advanced research design and methodology, his current professional interests include the philosophy and foundations of science.

Bruce Carlson, MD, PhD

Bruce Carlson is professor emeritus at the University of Michigan. He was a faculty member and later chairman of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and then finished his career at the University of Michigan as director of the Institute of Gerontology. His research and teaching focused on problems of regeneration and transplantation (mainly limb and muscle) and embryology, along with a later emphasis on the biology of denervated and aging muscle. In conducting his research, he has lived for extended periods in Finland, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and New Zealand. Along with numerous research papers, he has authored 12 books on embryology and regeneration, as well as a recent book on lake biology, and has edited more than a dozen symposium volumes and translations. He is past president of the American Association of Anatomists and the Association of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurobiology Chairpersons. An avid fisherman and former fisheries biologist, he has written many articles for fishing magazines. He is presently conducting a ten-year field research project on the biology and growth of pike in an isolated north woods lake.

Jeremy Waletzky, MD

Jeremy Waletzky is a psychopharmacologist specializing in the treatment of patients with mood disorders. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at The George Washington University and a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Society. He has had a 30 year professional interest in mind, body, spirit health, and integrative medicine. Current board of trustee positions include the Earth Policy Institute, and Smith Center for the Healing and the Arts.

Trustee Emeritus

Robert Lehman


Frances Vaughan, PhD

Our Staff

Jimyo Ferworn

Manager of Finance and Grants

The Trust

The John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust is a private non-operating foundation. It is registered as a non-profit corporation in the State of Michigan.

The Trust only funds pre-selected projects, and does not fund unsolicited requests. For more information, please contact Bruce Fetzer, President at brucefetzer@fetzertrust.org.

Mail correspondence to:

John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust
1240 West VW Avenue
Schoolcraft, MI 49087, USA
(269) 679-5334