We’re thrilled to announce that over the summer we hired our first staff members! They have been working with our Board for the last few months on getting the organization running. As the academic year begins, we’d like to briefly introduce you to Paul Chiariello and Chris Stedman.
Paul Chiariello is our first Director of Operations. He has been working with the YHC since Fall of 2012 when he was studying Philosophy at Yale under a PhD fellowship. He is one of the YHC’s Co-Founders, along with Miles Lasater. Paul graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a double major in Philosophy and Anthropology and has also earned a Masters in Science from the University of Oxford in Comparative Education working on issues of conflict, curricula and ethno-religious identity formation in Bosnia. Paul also works with a number of Humanist and atheist organizations in addition to the YHC. Currently he is Director of Outreach for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers University and Editor in Chief of the associated Rutgers Humanist blog Applied Sentience. He is also a regular camp counselor at Camp Quest Chesapeake, and is the founding Program Director at Camp Quest New England in CT. He also works with the national Camp Quest Education Committee researching and designing Humanist curricula. For more on Paul, visit our staff page.
Chris Stedman is our first Coordinator of Humanist Life. He also currently serves as the Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University and the Values in Action Coordinator for the Humanist Community at Harvard. Chris is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious (Beacon Press/Random House), “an intimate and deeply affecting portrait… [that] proves [he is] an activist in the truest sense and one to watch” (Booklist, Starred Review). Previously a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for Interfaith Youth Core, where he helped shape their ongoing collaboration with the Obama administration, Chris brings a decade of experience as a community organizer to YHC, having coordinated Gay-Straight Alliances and an LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) drop in center for Minnesota’s St. Paul Public School District and later an after school education program for at risk youth on the South Side of Chicago. Chris received an MA in Religion from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago (with dual concentrations in Pastoral Care & Counseling and Religion & the Arts), for which he was awarded the Billings Prize for Most Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. A graduate of Augsburg College with a summa cum laude B.A. in Religion, Chris is an official advisor to nontheistic charitable organization Foundation Beyond Belief‘s Challenge the Gap initiative, as well as their new Pathfinders Project program. Click here to learn more about Chris, and read his welcome letter to the community here.
If you haven’t already met Paul and Chris (or even if you have), we encourage you to come to our first event of the academic year on Tuesday, September 10th at 7 PM to introduce yourselves! You can learn more about that event here. We hope to see you there!