Meet the Board

Foundation Beyond Belief currently has seven 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 Chair

Clare Wuellner · Board Chair

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.

Clare started her work in secular 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.  Her activism centers around community-building and science education.

Clare received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology at The University of Kansas.  A postdoctoral position at The University of Texas brought Clare to Austin in 1997, and she found she just couldn’t leave. She jumped off the “Academia Train” to raise a family. In addition to her social activism, she pursues a career in art.

Alice Ashton · Secretary

Alice Ashton · Secretary

Alice Ashton is a humanist nearing her retirement from the United States Navy and plans to start a new profession in journalism. She is also an intern with the Ask & Tell Project. She has a history of leadership and task management through the military and volunteer work she has done.

She left the LDS Church in 1998, but didn’t fully accept her atheism until 2005. She eventually came to accept that she was transgender and came out while serving, being one of only about 1,400 transgender service members serving openly under the current regulations. She worked to mentor younger transgender service members on how to navigate the military healthcare and administrative systems, co-founded a local transgender support group, and aided 15 service members in getting their diagnoses before the new ban took effect.

She got involved in Atheist Conventions in 2015 and moved into more social justice oriented activism in 2017. She works to bring a better understanding of all marginalized groups to the general public through elevating those marginalized voices and helping share their stories.

Alix Jules · Treasurer

Alix Jules · Treasurer

Alix Jules is an advocate for social impact and applying innovation for positive human change. He’s authored numerous articles and blogs on inequality, reform, educating and raising children, and sustainable communities. He's been featured in Ebony Magazine, Time Magazine, and quoted in the Oxford Journal of Sociology of Religion on conceptualizing identities.

Alix co-founded the largest humanist group in Texas (The Fellowship of Freethought) and has various affiliations with national skeptic organizations, humanist groups, and STEM associations. He's spent most of his professional career in technology enablement, analytics, and research. He’s recently undertaken enabling social entrepreneurs and developing impact strategies with an international team at HEC Paris.

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.

Phil Session · Board Member

Phil Session · Board Member

Phil Session was born and raised in Texas in two church homes, one Baptist and the other a Free Church of God in Christ.  After getting involved with the secular community in 2013, his efforts centered around volunteerism and community service projects. That passion led him to organize and/or attend hundreds of volunteer activities in groups centered around non-belief in Austin and San Antonio.

Phil is the volunteer coordinator for the Freethinkers Association of Central Texas and serves as its acting Vice-president. He is also the head organizer/coordinator for Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless and is on the board of Recovering from Religion. Phil previously served as Vice-president and volunteer coordinator for the Atheist Community of Austin, a co-host for The Atheist Experience, producer for Godless Bitches 2.0 and served as a lay leader at the Atheist/Humanist Meeting on Lackland Air Force Base.

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