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Meet Our Staff

Dale McGowan · Executive Director

Dale McGowan · Executive Director

Dale is editor and author of books including Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising FreethinkersVoices of Unbelief and Atheism For Dummies. In addition to his work with FBB, Dale serves as National Director of Ethical Education for the American Ethical Union. He was named Harvard Humanist of the Year in 2008, created Foundation Beyond Belief in 2009, and launched the charitable giving program in 2010. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Becca, an elementary educator, and their three kids.

Kelly Wright · Communications Coordinator

Kelly Wright · Communications Coordinator

Kelly Wright grew up in western Colorado, but these days she finds herself living in Chicago with her husband Airan and their twin daughters. She has been an editor since 1998 and a skeptic for as long as she can remember. When she isn’t busy earning a paycheck by editing anything and everything sent her way, she splits her time between parenting, volunteering, writing, making music, reading good (and not-so-good) books, and—in precious stolen moments—lounging on a Lake Michigan beach.

Cathleen O’Grady · Administrative Manager

Cathleen O’Grady · Administrative Manager

Cathleen O'Grady is a South African writer and linguist whose charity work began at college, with her involvement in student organizations ranging from environmentalism to childhood literacy. She gets very excited about social development, education, environmentalism, and animal welfare, and enjoys friendly and productive debates about controversial topics. Cathleen currently works as a consumer ethics journalist in her hometown of Johannesburg. In her spare time she runs, reads, sings, and spends time daydreaming about all the different subjects she would still like to study.

Claire Vinyard · Social Media Coordinator

Claire Vinyard · Social Media Coordinator

Born and raised in Chicago, Claire attended college at UW Madison and is currently studying law at NYU. As social media coordinator, Claire keeps our accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Atheist Nexus, and elsewhere humming with news not only of the Foundation itself but of our past and present beneficiaries.

Airan Wright · Creative Director

Airan Wright · Creative Director

Airan is many things, including code monkey, visual consultant, woodwinder1, illustrator, photographer, diver, and sushi chef2. He lives in Chicago with his wife Kelly and their twin daughters. Airan serves as website administrator for various endeavors, including Foundation Beyond Belief and Mr. Deity, chairs the communications committee for his daughters' PTO, and likes to work quietly3. 1This is the preferred term; see The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman 2His sushi is edible, not beautiful 3Unless he is performing--then, not so much

Brittany Shoots-Reinhard · Beyond Belief Network Coordinator

Brittany Shoots-Reinhard · Beyond Belief Network Coordinator

Brittany Shoots-Reinhard is a PhD. Candidate in social psychology at The Ohio State University, where she researches how people’s thoughts about their attitudes, personality, goals, and other topics influence their judgments and behavior, as well as how jurors respond to statistical evidence. As director of special projects, Brittany is responsible for keeping all of our various initiatives on track. She has been a member of Foundation Beyond Belief since April 2010 and served as an intern in summer 2011. Brittany and her husband live in Columbus, Ohio.

Satyam Barakoti · Co-Director of Development

Satyam brings 15 years experience in the non-profit sector to her work with FBB, including work with Refugee Women’s Network, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legal Momentum, Asian and Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVRP) in Washington D.C., and Women’s Foundation of Nepal. She has interned and volunteered with organizations such as Men Stopping Violence’s "Because We Have Daughters" Campaign, Board Member at Raksha, and volunteer fundraiser with United 4 Safety, and more. She is currently co-owner and managing consultant of Durga Consulting. Satyam holds an M.A. in International Development from American University and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maine and from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Anantapur, India.

Tonja Holder · Co-Director of Development

Tonja Holder has spent more than 15 years working in university or nonprofit organizations, including extensive quantitative research and analytical work. She has raised more than two million dollars for small community-based nonprofits in the metro Atlanta area, including successful grant writing for federal, state and county grants, private foundation grants, comprehensive individual fundraising campaigns and special event planning. She is currently co-owner of Durga Consulting. Tonja’s education and experience include a Ph.D. (ABD) from Emory University in Political Science with an emphasis in civil and human rights and international relations. She has worked as a community-level organizer and advocate in Georgia, Florida, Michigan, and New Hampshire.

Conor Robinson · Director, Pathfinders Project/Humanist Service Corps

Conor Robinson · Director, Pathfinders Project/Humanist Service Corps

Conor Robinson founded the Yale Humanist Society as an undergraduate in 2008 and the Yale Humanist Alumni group after graduating in 2010. He is a Teach For America alumnus and founding teacher Castellanos Elementary School in the Salvadoran Corridor in Los Angeles. Conor is currently preparing to take humanist volunteers on a year-long service trip overseas with the Pathfinders Project, a pilot program for FBB’s eventual Humanist Service Corps.

Noelle George · Director of International Growth

Noelle George · Director of International Growth

Noelle is a chemical engineer with experience in engineering and project management. She has served as Ambassador Director for Atheists Alliance International and founded and served as President of SECULAR Center USA. Upon SCUSA's merger with Foundation Beyond Belief, Noelle became program coordinator for Volunteers Beyond Belief. She is originally from Seattle, and now lives in Houston with her husband and daughter Sonia. Noelle enjoys reading, writing, playing the piano, and rare occasions when she gets a full night's sleep.

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Volunteering Event Guide

Welcome to Volunteers Beyond Belief, a network of local freethought organizations putting compassionate humanism into action through community volunteering in 22 U.S. cities.

The national organization assists local teams in finding volunteer opportunities and in committing to a regular schedule of volunteer events, making hands-on volunteering a major part of their groups' activity and identity.

Volunteers Beyond Belief is a program of Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit organization created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate the generosity and compassion of secular humanists.

Organizations with a compatible humanist mission and identity are encouraged to consider joining the network by filling out the VBB team application online.

Fundraising Event Guide

Welcome to Volunteers Beyond Belief, a network of local freethought organizations putting compassionate humanism into action through community volunteering in 22 U.S. cities.

The national organization assists local teams in finding volunteer opportunities and in committing to a regular schedule of volunteer events, making hands-on volunteering a major part of their groups' activity and identity.

Volunteers Beyond Belief is a program of Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit organization created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate the generosity and compassion of secular humanists.

Organizations with a compatible humanist mission and identity are encouraged to consider joining the network by filling out the VBB team application online.

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