Chris Stedman – Executive Director
Chris Stedman is a Fellow of Silliman College at Yale University and Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community. Previously a Humanist chaplain at Harvard University, he is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious. A Contributing Editor at Religion News Service and advisor to Religion Dispatches, Chris is a committed Humanist and interfaith activist and previously served as the co-founder and Emeritus Managing Director of State of Formation at the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, as the atheist columnist for RNS, and as a Content Developer and Adjunct Trainer for Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC). Details magazine named Chris as one of “five next-gen gurus who are disrupting religion’s status quo” and Mic called him “the millennial who’s busting every stereotype about atheists.” He has appeared on CNN, msnbc, and Fox News, and has written for publications including Salon, CNN, msnbc, The Advocate, USA Today, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post. Click here to learn more about Chris’s background and training; to set up a meeting with him, please email yalehumanists [at] gmail [dot] com and include “meeting request” in the subject line.
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Nancy Kelly – Director of Operations
Nancy Kelly has been in business management for more than twenty years holding executive positions with Marathon Entertainment, a fifty-two store retail chain serving Northern California and Nevada; Finet Mortgage Corporation, a billion dollar financial organization headquartered in San Francisco and trading on the NASDAQ; and the Peterson Group, an advertising agency in Newport Beach, CA serving Fortune 200 clients, major charities and the movie industry. She also served on the Board of Directors of Direct Financial Lending Group until moving from Newport Beach to New Haven, CT in 2008.
Her philanthropic commitments included chairing the Balboa Island Day Parade for the City of Newport Beach, Board of Directors for Voyagers Yacht Club, President of the Balboa Island Business Association, Board of Directors for the Assistance League of Newport-Mesa supporting the largest dental clinic for underprivileged children in Orange County, CA, and Chair of the ALNM Medallion Ball held at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.
Her service to the arts and for humanitarian issues continued in Connecticut with involvement at New Life Corporation providing free tax preparation services and financial counseling for poverty and low-income families, business management support on behalf of the New Haven Ballet, and ongoing support for several orchestras and choirs throughout the region.
Fiona Riebeling – Children’s Program Coordinator
Fiona Riebeling is a junior at Yale College. She is majoring in psychology and is an Education Studies Scholar. At Yale, Fiona is a Consent and Communication Educator, working to prevent sexual violence and foster a positive and respectful campus climate. She also provides free English lessons for immigrants through Bridges ESL, teaches mindfulness and stress management strategies to high schoolers through the Yale Undergraduate Mindfulness Education Initiative, and is a Peace Coach for the Teaching Peace Initiative. She is the president of the Yale Undergraduate Humanist Society and is co-president of Life Worth Living, a fellowship through the Yale Center for Faith and Culture that creates space for critical discussion of the good life. Fiona also plays for the Yale Women’s Club Soccer team and enjoys hiking, traveling, and eating raw cookie dough.