Dale created Foundation Beyond Belief in 2010. He is also editor and author of books on nonreligious parenting, mixed-belief marriage, atheism and humanism and serves as National Director of Ethical Education for the American Ethical Union. In 2008, Dale was named Harvard Humanist of the Year for his work in nonreligious parenting.
Dale holds a B.A. in evolutionary anthropology and a Ph.D. in music composition and theory. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Becca and their three children.
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.
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.
Media Relations Coordinator
Ed Brayton has a long history of activism in the atheist/humanist community. In that vein, he is the owner of the Freethought Blogs network, the voice behind the popular blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars, and recipient of the Friend of Darwin Award from the National Center for Science Education. He also spent several years working as a fellow with the Center for Independent Media and as a reporter and editor for the American Independent News Network. He has appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show, the Thom Hartmann Show, and C-SPAN.
Director of Outreach
Emma is an actress, writer, and producer in LA. She has guest starred on such shows as NCIS, CSI:NY, and Monk and performs extensively on stage and in film, including Joss Whedon's upcoming adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing.
Being the offspring of two scientists and having a love for the arts has resulted in a passion for studying how science and the arts support and augment each other; being a part of what C.P. Snow referred to as "the third culture." She has helped raise the profile of the humanist movement by writing and producing a viral video of Richard Dawkins reading his hate mail; helped to select and facilitate Seth MacFarlane receiving The Harvard Humanist of the Year award in 2011; and directed a video of George Takei accepting the LGBT Pride Award for the AHA. She serves on an advisory board for the American Humanist Association and is a fellow for the Humanist Community Project at Harvard.
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 Korea with her husband and daughter Sonia. Noelle enjoys reading, writing, playing the piano, and rare occasions when she gets a full night's sleep.
Humanist Giving Coordinator
AJ lives in suburban Chicago, where she enjoys lake walks, classical music, and all life throws her way. She is passionate about the work of Foundation Beyond Belief. That passion translates into a true commitment to the important work of Foundation Beyond Belief, which has added significantly to her life. A lifelong humanist, she has worked extensively within the Humanistic Jewish movement. She has worked as a geologist, a historic preservation researcher, and a teen organizer.
Beyond Belief Network Coordinator
Brittany Shoots-Reinhard has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from The Ohio State University. She uses her expertise in human attitudes, judgment, and behavior in running Beyond Belief Network and writing the Science of Giving series for the FBB blog. She has been a member of Foundation Beyond Belief since 2010 and served as an intern in summer 2011. She was also FBB’s Director of Special Projects until the creation of Beyond Belief Network in 2013. Brittany lives with her husband and son in Central Ohio. In her spare time, she does freelance marketing consulting, blogging, and teaches psychology at Ohio State (i.e., she frantically tries to work while chasing her son around and telling him to stop touching stuff).
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.
Social Media Coordinator
Claire is quickly becoming penniless, living in New York and attending NYU School of Law, but as long as she can get food delivered at 3AM, she isn't moving. As social media coordinator, Claire keeps our accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere humming with news of the Foundation, our past and present beneficiaries, our amazing Beyond Belief Network teams, and Crisis Response campaigns to recent and ongoing disasters.
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 the creative director of Foundation Beyond Belief, the web administrator for Mr. Deity, 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
Cathleen O'Grady is a South African writer and linguist living in Edinburgh, Scotland. She's interested in everything, but especially human evolution, language, health, and education. In her spare time she runs, reads, sings, and spends time daydreaming about all the different subjects she would still like to study.
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 at Castellanos Elementary School in the Salvadoran Corridor in Los Angeles. Conor is currently one of four humanist volunteers on a year-long service trip overseas with the Pathfinders Project, a pilot program for FBB’s eventual Humanist Service Corps.
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