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.

Neil Wehneman · Vice-Chair

Neil Wehneman · Vice-Chair

Neil Wehneman is a Humanist residing in Louisville, Kentucky. An attorney by education and licensure (Good Standing, Inactive), Neil served as the Development Director for the national offices of the Secular Student Alliance from 2013-16. Although a fundamentalist believer active in Campus Crusade for Christ, Neil de-converted at age 30 based on a critical examination of the relevant evidence. Neil has been a lifelong advocate for improving the human condition through non-profit causes, serving as founder, leader, donor, counsel, or executive at a variety of organizations. In addition to his law degree (awarded summa cum laude), Neil holds a business degree in Information Systems (awarded cum laude).

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.

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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