Foundation Beyond Belief has a small, highly dedicated and qualified paid staff. Staff members strongly believe in the FBB mission and bring that passion to their jobs.
FBB also relies heavily on equally dedicated volunteers to operate as efficiently as possible. A special thanks goes to our talented volunteer staff.
Scroll down to meet the faces of FBB!
Noelle George · President
Noelle is a secular activist who grew up in Seattle, Washington and studied chemical engineering at the University of Washington. She has identified as an atheist since 1996, but didn't become passionate about secular activism until she moved to Texas in 2004, and was often asked "Where do you go to church?" After graduating from UW, she worked as a chemical engineer and project manager for a Fortune 500 company, and started volunteering for secular activist causes in 2008.
Prior to joining FBB as a volunteer in 2011, Noelle worked with multiple national secular organizations - she is the former Ambassador Director for Atheist Alliance International, has consulted with American Ethical Union, and has founded two secular nonprofit organizations. One of those organizations, Secular Center, was merged into FBB in 2011 and incorporated to begin a new program called Volunteers Beyond Belief (now our Beyond Belief Network). Noelle has traveled around the country consulting with local secular groups on the topics of volunteering, leadership, and organizational skills. Noelle also founded the Mothers Beyond Belief Facebook group and is on the advisory board of Secular Woman.
In her free time Noelle enjoys reading, writing, playing the piano, and the rare occasions when she gets a full night's sleep. She currently lives in Houston with her daughter.
Wendy Webber · Programs Director
Wendy is a graduate of Yale Divinity School, where she was a founder of an atheist, agnostic, and multifaith community that continues to foster interbelief dialogues and initiatives on campus. She was a Volunteer Coordinator with the Yale Humanist Community.
At Foundation Beyond Belief, Wendy spent a year with Pathfinders Project, an international humanist service project designed to find the location to launch Foundation Beyond Belief's own Humanist Action: Ghana. She then served as the Humanist Disaster Recovery Coordinator and Beyond Belief Network Coordinator for FBB, and Humanist Action: Ghana: Ghana Co-Administrator. Wendy is now back in the US and serving as the coordinator of FBB's programs.
Wendy writes about religion, humanism, and interbelief engagement primarily for her blog (interbelief.com), State of Formation, and NonProphet Status.
Yvonne Nyahe · Humanist Action: Ghana Administrator
Yvonne administrates and coordinates the Humanist Action: Ghana program
Yvonne is a secular humanist/atheist from the Volta Region of Ghana. From an early age, she was driven to expand her knowledge of the world through music, books, and movies. She is still very passionate about music and credits that love for her humanistic perception of the world. After graduating from high school, Yvonne studied graphic design for a year and worked as a secretary for a small company in Accra before taking a short course in child care and working as a nanny in Saudi Arabia. She also spent a year in South Africa working again as a nanny and touring the country. During that time, she joined the Durban Freethinkers of SA, which led naturally to her joining the Humanist Association of Ghana when she moved to Accra a couple of years ago.
Emma Renfrew · Development Director
Emma Renfrew has spent her career in various roles at nonprofits both large and small, and is thrilled to bring her experience to bear as Development Director with Foundation Beyond Belief. Raised to believe in the tenets of humanism and secular Judaism, Emma feels right at home with the mission of FBB.
Emma currently lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and daughter, though her heart remains in her hometown of Cleveland. In addition to wrangling a headstrong toddler, Emma spends her time reading; hiking the hills of Pittsburgh; learning to sew; and fantasizing about writing the Great American Novel, though her many and diverse talents do not extend to the writing of fiction.
Seráh Blain · Communications Director
Seráh Blain is a mom, an activist, and a humanist communications expert. With more than 20 years of political and nonprofit communications experience, Seráh has dedicated her career to advancing social justice through public policy and grassroots community organizing. She is currently Partner and Senior Strategist at Spectrum Experience (a humanist brand and PR firm), and a producer and co-host for the Humanist Experience podcast. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Secular Coalition for Arizona, the Prescott Pride Center, and the Arizona Interfaith Movement. Seráh was the recipient of Foundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Innovator of the Year Award in 2014.
Eric Zaklukiewicz · Communications Manager
Eric Zaklukiewicz is a communications professional who has specialized in nonprofit and progressive political advocacy since 2016, often largely working in the sphere of humanistic and secular issues. His work has included fielding writing, design, and other communications needs for clients such as Secular Coalition for Arizona; progressive government affairs firm Fortitude AZ; and humanist public relations firm Spectrum Experience. He is also a past producer of the Humanist Experience podcast featured by FBB. He has assisted in fundraising, communications, field organizing, and PR work for numerous political candidates running on humanist values platforms. Eric is also a creative professional, having cultivated his many of his communications skills studying film, producing music, and working for over a decade as a professional theatre actor.
Leah Franco · Admin Assistant
Leah is an experienced administrative professional and a committed secular humanist from Houston, Texas. She joined the FBB team in 2019 and is excited to be able to use her talents and skills to support a cause she believes in.
Leah holds an Associate in Science and would someday like to become a sex educator. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, particularly fantasy and science fiction, crochet, LARP, and spending time with her chosen family.
Chris Schertenlieb · Technical Director
Chris is a website and software developer who grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan. He has a degree in Computer Science from Grand Valley State University. He is well versed in English, Spanish, and a plethora of programming languages.
Chris also serves on the board for Camp Quest Michigan, a humanist residential summer camp for children, and served two years as President of his university's Center For Inquiry group. He lives in Michigan with his soon-to-be wife and their 3 cats: Ellie, Arya, & Rambo. When he isn't knee-deep in code, Chris loves to spend his time reading, cooking, and gardening.
Regina Esi Takyi · HA: Ghana Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in Accra Ghana. Schooled in the Central region of Ghana through high school and her tertiary education being Cape Coast Technical University. Studied Administration (HND Accounting option). Top up education in University College of Management Studies (Bsc Accounting). She joined FBB- HA Ghana in March 2020 when she moved to Cape Coast and also because she is passionate about charity work, eager to learn more, and excel in this field and make a difference. She loves to listen to music in her leisure time. Her best talent is to sing, and she sometimes sings backup vocals for some friends who are musicians.