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Meet the Board

Foundation Beyond Belief currently has five board positions with a three year term each.

To contact the board about FBB-related matters, email info@foundationbeyondbelief.org. Please give your name and organization, and state the purpose of your email. The board cannot consider requests unrelated to FBB business; such requests will not receive a response.

To learn more about the FBB board structure, terms, and roles, please view our bylaws (PDF). 

Clare Wuellner · Board President

Clare Wuellner · Board President

Clare started her work in secular humanist activism at a Unitarian Universalist church as Chair of the Social Action Committee.  From there, involvement in Center for Inquiry Austin lead to a four-year tenure as Executive Director.  It was during her time with CFI that she discovered her passion for community-building and science education.  

She is on the board of the Atheist Community of Austin and is involved with several of their media productions, including Godless Bitches and Parenting Beyond Belief.  She has been a guest on The Atheist Experience and The Atheist Roundtable to provide basic explanations of evolution and other science topics that are often misunderstood by theists.  

Foundation Beyond Belief’s vision and mission excited Clare from its inception in 2009 and she has been proud to serve on the FBB Board of Directors since 2012.

Rajani Gudlavalleti · Board Treasurer

Rajani Gudlavalleti · Board Treasurer

Rajani Gudlavalleti is Community Organizer for Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition which mobilizes community members for the health, dignity, and safety of people targeted by the War on Drugs and anti-sex-worker policies. She received her master’s in public policy from Hopkins, focusing on gender-specific and racially equitable approaches to criminalized issues such as drug use and sex work. For over a decade, she has worked at the intersections of social justice, public health, and the legal system. Rajani is also a consultant with Baltimore Racial Justice Action and co-organizer of Baltimore Asian Resistance in Solidarity. A lifelong atheist dedicated to social responsibility, Rajani joined the FBB Board in March 2016.

Dale McGowan · Board Secretary

Dale McGowan · Board Secretary

Dale McGowan was the founding executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief. He is the author and editor of several books including Parenting Beyond Belief and Atheism for Dummies. He was named Harvard Humanist of the Year in 2008 for his work in nonreligious parent education.

Dale holds a Ph.D. in music composition and is currently at work on a book about how music communicates emotion. He lives with his family in Atlanta.

Janet Heimlich · Board Member

Janet Heimlich · Board Member

Janet Heimlich is an award-winning journalist and the founder of the national nonprofit organization, the Child-Friendly Faith Project, which raises awareness of religious child maltreatment. She is the author of Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, the first book to fully examine the issue of child abuse and neglect enabled by religious belief. 

Janet has been a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and has written articles for such publications as Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, and the Texas Observer. She has won more than nine journalism awards and honorable mentions, including the regional Katie. In addition, she is a professional copyrighter and website content creator. Janet graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in communications and a minor in English. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her teenage daughter.

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