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Noelle George · Executive Director

Noelle George · Executive Director

Noelle is a secular activist who grew up in Seattle, Washington, but didn't become passionate about secular activism until she moved to Houston, Texas, and was constantly asked "Where do you go to church?" She has worked as a degreed chemical engineer and project manager, but moved to secular activism in 2009. Since then, she has leveraged her previously learned professional skills to help multiple national secular organizations and has also traveled around the country consulting with local groups on the topics of volunteering, leadership, organizational skills, and feminism.

In addition to her work at FBB, Noelle is the founder of Mothers Beyond Belief, is on the advisory board of Secular Woman, and is on the American Humanist Association's LGBTQ Humanist Alliance Advisory Council. 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 husband and their young daughter.

AJ Chalom · Humanist Grants Coordinator

AJ Chalom · Humanist Grants 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. She balances life with her children, her busy husband, and always finding another cause to expend her energy. 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.

As the humanist grants program coordinator at FBB, AJ focuses on researching and selecting potential beneficiaries.

Cleo Blacke · Humanist Service Corps: Ghana Co-Administrator

Cleo Blacke · Humanist Service Corps: Ghana Co-Administrator

Cleo has worked closely with Conor for Humanist Service Corps: Ghana, and now works with Wendy to administrate and coordinate the program. 

Cleo 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, Cleo 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 year and a half ago.

Conor Robinson · Programs Director

Conor Robinson · Programs Director

Conor Robinson is a humanist speaker and activist from Los Angeles, California. He received Foundation Beyond Belief’s 2014 Humanist Visionary award in recognition of his work on Pathfinders Project, a yearlong global humanist service trip. Conor subsequently joined FBB to launch the Humanist Service Corps.

Conor is the now the Programs Director at FBB, overseeing all programs, including Humanist Grants, the Humanist Service Corps, the Beyond Belief Network, and Humanist Disaster Recovery. 

Emma Renfrew · Development Director

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.

Jennifer Brown · Technical Fixer-Upper and Problem-Solver

Jennifer Brown · Technical Fixer-Upper and Problem-Solver

Jen is a website and software developer who speaks English as well as Geek. She earned her degree in Computer Science from Yale and loves problem-solving.

Jen’s other roles include violinist, knitter, humanist, and age-grouper triathlete. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, her two teenage sons, and their ever-so-cute canine companion, Lily the mutt. She loves snow, good science fiction novels, and Irish Breakfast tea.

Julia Rigler · Marketing Director

Julia Rigler · Marketing Director

Raised in an Irish Catholic family, Julia discovered feminism and humanism during her undergrad studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She became active in the secular world in 2012, when she joined the Dallas Fellowship of Freethought, needing a secular community having moved back to Texas after living in the Northeast for several years. 

Julia has twenty years of marketing experience; focusing on communications, insights and strategic planning. After working for some of the largest brands in the country, in recent years she has switched her focus to consulting for non-profits. She is passionate about animal rescue, and serves as Marketing Director and North Texas Area Coordinator for All Border Collie Rescue, the largest Border Collie rescue in the U.S. She lives in a Dallas suburb with her husband, his twin sons, and her three Border Collies, plus an ever changing array of foster dogs. 

Kate Simonson · Communications Manager

Kate Simonson · Communications Manager

Born in Iowa, Kate traded life in a liberal college town for the bright lights of the Twin Cities for college.  Then, once parenthood came knocking, she and her husband traded rush hour traffic and a Target on every corner for life in a tiny farm town where they now raise their three children. A freelance writer with a passion for volunteering, she enjoys positions on many boards in her town, especially those aimed at helping children or making quality education available to everyone.

Rebecca Vitsmun · Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams Development Coordinator

Rebecca Vitsmun · Humanist Disaster Recovery Teams Development Coordinator

Many remember Rebecca Vitsmun coming out of her atheist closet on live national television after saving her and her son’s lives from a tornado that destroyed her home. Shortly after, while standing in the rubble of her home and being proselytized to by volunteers, Rebecca made the decision to find a humanist disaster recovery team to become involved with, only to discover none existed. She has teamed up with Foundation Beyond Belief to use her award-winning background in volunteer coordination to develop our HDR Teams program. Rebecca’s favorite thing in life is about 3 feet tall and goes by the name of Anders.

As HDR Teams Development Coordinator, Rebecca is collaborating with secular groups leaders, potential volunteers, and experts in various areas of disaster recovery to develop the first national disaster recovery volunteer program for our community.

 

Wendy Webber · Humanist Service Corps: Ghana Co-Administrator

Wendy Webber · Humanist Service Corps: Ghana Co-Administrator

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 Service Corps. She then served as the Humanist Disaster Reponse Coordinator and Beyond Belief Network Coordinator for FBB. Wendy is currently living in Ghana in her role as the Humanist Service Corps: Ghana Co-Administrator.

Wendy writes about religion, humanism, and interbelief engagement primarily for her blog (interbelief.com), State of Formation, and NonProphet Status.

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