The Humanist Hub is a place where you can connect
with other people, act to make the world better, and
evolve as a human being.

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OUR MISSION

The Humanist Hub is a place where you can connect with other people, act to make the world better, and evolve as a human being. We are a center for humanist life — a nonreligious community committed to the power of connection to help us do good and live well. We use reason and dialogue to determine our highest ethical values, we act on those values with love and compassion, and we help one another evolve as individuals, as we work to improve our world.

Founded in 1974 as the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard, we were a small organization serving Humanists, atheists, and agnostics at and around the University for over 30 years. In recent years we have evolved into a hub for secular community programs in Greater Boston and beyond.

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MEET OUR TEAM

GOOD WITHOUT GOD.

Staff

  • Sarah Chandonnet

    Program Director

    Since starting at the Humanist Chaplaincy in the Fall of 2009, Sarah has been involved with much of the programming. Since 2013, Sarah has been the Program Director, producing the flagship Sunday Programs and overseeing all aspects of Humanist Hub programming.

    A graduate of Harvard Divinity School (’09), she holds an MTS in Religion, Literature, and Culture. While at Harvard, she served as the editor-in-chief of Culture: The Harvard Divinity Graduate Journal of Religion, and as the vice president of the Harvard Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists (HASH). She also holds a BA (English, ’07) from Boston University, where she studied under Elie Wiesel. Sarah’s academic interests include 19th and 20th century American literature, and Judeo-Christian textual influences. She has written for Boston University’s Daily Free Press and The Journal of the Core Curriculum, as well as Harvard Divinity School’s The Wick, and the American Humanist Association’s Humanist Network News.

    Sarah Chandonnet

    Program Director

    Since starting at the Humanist Chaplaincy in the Fall of 2009, Sarah has been involved with much of the programming. Since 2013, Sarah has been the Program Director, producing the flagship Sunday Programs and overseeing all aspects of Humanist Hub programming.

    A graduate of Harvard Divinity School (’09), she holds an MTS in Religion, Literature, and Culture. While at Harvard, she served as the editor-in-chief of Culture: The Harvard Divinity Graduate Journal of Religion, and as the vice president of the Harvard Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists (HASH). She also holds a BA (English, ’07) from Boston University, where she studied under Elie Wiesel. Sarah’s academic interests include 19th and 20th century American literature, and Judeo-Christian textual influences. She has written for Boston University’s Daily Free Press and The Journal of the Core Curriculum, as well as Harvard Divinity School’s The Wick, and the American Humanist Association’s Humanist Network News.

  • Rick Heller

    Executive Assistant and Operations Manager

    Rick is the Operations Manager at the Hub, and the Executive Assistant to Greg Epstein. He can be reached at rick@humanisthub.org

    Rick Heller

    Executive Assistant and Operations Manager

    Rick is the Operations Manager at the Hub, and the Executive Assistant to Greg Epstein. He can be reached at rick@humanisthub.org

  • Antje Duvekot

    Music Director

    Antje Duvekot is the Music Director at the Hub. Antje is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Somerville, Massachusetts. She holds three top songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition’s Best New Folk Award, Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act, and Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her Debut record, “Big Dream Boulevard”, was voted #1 Folk Release of 2006 by the Boston Globe and was named to the Top10 Releases of the Year by National Public Radio’s Folk Alley. Over the past decade she has released several successful follow-up albums, toured the US and Europe many times, and much more.

    For a full bio and links to her albums, videos, mailing list, lyrics and more, see: http://www.antjeduvekot.com/.

    Antje Duvekot

    Music Director

    Antje Duvekot is the Music Director at the Hub. Antje is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Somerville, Massachusetts. She holds three top songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition’s Best New Folk Award, Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act, and Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her Debut record, “Big Dream Boulevard”, was voted #1 Folk Release of 2006 by the Boston Globe and was named to the Top10 Releases of the Year by National Public Radio’s Folk Alley. Over the past decade she has released several successful follow-up albums, toured the US and Europe many times, and much more.

    For a full bio and links to her albums, videos, mailing list, lyrics and more, see: http://www.antjeduvekot.com/.

Hub Ambassadors

  • Susan Matheson

    Chair, Hub Ambassadors

    Susan is the Chair of the Hub Ambassadors Committee. She is a freelance writer and academic editor and lives in Cambridge where she especially enjoys its history, universities, and charming coffee shops. She’s married to Steve and is the mother of four young adults (or soon-to-be young adult).

    Susan Matheson

    Chair, Hub Ambassadors

    Susan is the Chair of the Hub Ambassadors Committee. She is a freelance writer and academic editor and lives in Cambridge where she especially enjoys its history, universities, and charming coffee shops. She’s married to Steve and is the mother of four young adults (or soon-to-be young adult).

  • Stephen Matheson

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Stephen is a biologist, Bardolator, beer lover, bicyclist, and baseball fan. He works in Cambridge as a scientific editor. Originally from Arizona, he is happily at home in Cambridge where he lives with ​​Susa​​n and a couple of their four amazing kids.

    Stephen Matheson

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Stephen is a biologist, Bardolator, beer lover, bicyclist, and baseball fan. He works in Cambridge as a scientific editor. Originally from Arizona, he is happily at home in Cambridge where he lives with ​​Susa​​n and a couple of their four amazing kids.

  • Andrea Kimbriel

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Andrea Kimbriel is a content manager for a medical website. She has been coming to the Hub for several years and appreciates the opportunities it offers to build connections with others who have shared values and experiences and to be challenged by those with different perspectives.

    Andrea Kimbriel

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Andrea Kimbriel is a content manager for a medical website. She has been coming to the Hub for several years and appreciates the opportunities it offers to build connections with others who have shared values and experiences and to be challenged by those with different perspectives.

  • Rob Laurent

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Rob has a background in political organizing and grassroots activism. He studied philosophy at Suffolk University, and has a passion for positive psychology, human behavior, and community organizing.

    He co-founded the Humanist Hub’s Monday night Discussion Group in 2014 and has facilitated over 100 small groups since then.

    He grew up in New Hampshire, moved to Boston for college, and has been here ever since.

    He loves dogs, can probably guess your Myers-Briggs type, and makes a mean bowl of ramen.

    Rob Laurent

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Rob has a background in political organizing and grassroots activism. He studied philosophy at Suffolk University, and has a passion for positive psychology, human behavior, and community organizing.

    He co-founded the Humanist Hub’s Monday night Discussion Group in 2014 and has facilitated over 100 small groups since then.

    He grew up in New Hampshire, moved to Boston for college, and has been here ever since.

    He loves dogs, can probably guess your Myers-Briggs type, and makes a mean bowl of ramen.

  • Traci Brown

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Traci has a passion for secular activism with a focus on science education for the public.  She draws inspiration from secular science educators such as Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, and Neil Degrasse Tyson.

    Traci is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health where she works as a scientist and health educator with an emphasis on teaching the science of happiness.  She received her PhD in Toxicology from the University of Montana in 2015.  In 2008 Traci co-founded the Missoula Area Secular Society, a 501©3 non-profit aimed at fostering a community of non-theists and providing secular-based educational programming.   She led that group until she moved to Boston in 2015. Shortly after moving Traci found her new secular home at the Humanist Hub and in 2016 she joined the Community Committee. She is looking forward to continuing to work and grow with the Humanist Hub as a secular activist and science educator.

    Traci Brown

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Traci has a passion for secular activism with a focus on science education for the public.  She draws inspiration from secular science educators such as Richard Feynman, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins, and Neil Degrasse Tyson.

    Traci is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health where she works as a scientist and health educator with an emphasis on teaching the science of happiness.  She received her PhD in Toxicology from the University of Montana in 2015.  In 2008 Traci co-founded the Missoula Area Secular Society, a 501©3 non-profit aimed at fostering a community of non-theists and providing secular-based educational programming.   She led that group until she moved to Boston in 2015. Shortly after moving Traci found her new secular home at the Humanist Hub and in 2016 she joined the Community Committee. She is looking forward to continuing to work and grow with the Humanist Hub as a secular activist and science educator.

  • Rocky Reichman

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Rocky’s main interest lies in the development of interventions aimed at improving the way humans respond to traumatic events.

    His background includes training in emergency response (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic), crisis counseling outreach, clinical research, social entrepreneurship, and medical clowning. Drawing on these experiences, he developed the Brandeis Clown Corps., a team of clowns that were on-call to respond to students across the Brandeis University campus in need of immediate stress relief.

    Rocky is working with the Humanist Hub to develop programs that build social support in secular and non-religious communities. Read more about the project here.

    He currently works as a Clinical Research Assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital and volunteers there as an Emergency Room Tap Dancer. He maintains a digital resume and portfolio on his website at www.RockyReichman.com.

    Rocky Reichman

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Rocky’s main interest lies in the development of interventions aimed at improving the way humans respond to traumatic events.

    His background includes training in emergency response (Emergency Medical Technician-Basic), crisis counseling outreach, clinical research, social entrepreneurship, and medical clowning. Drawing on these experiences, he developed the Brandeis Clown Corps., a team of clowns that were on-call to respond to students across the Brandeis University campus in need of immediate stress relief.

    Rocky is working with the Humanist Hub to develop programs that build social support in secular and non-religious communities. Read more about the project here.

    He currently works as a Clinical Research Assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital and volunteers there as an Emergency Room Tap Dancer. He maintains a digital resume and portfolio on his website at www.RockyReichman.com.

  • Elka Kuhlman

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Elka comes to the HUB via Brooklyn, Burlington VT and Austin TX. She loves her NY pizza, a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and a cool long neck beer.   She is a math coach in a public school system focusing on elementary ed.

    Elka Kuhlman

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Elka comes to the HUB via Brooklyn, Burlington VT and Austin TX. She loves her NY pizza, a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and a cool long neck beer.   She is a math coach in a public school system focusing on elementary ed.

  • Veronica Lane

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Veronica is passionate about secular activism, specifically  LGBTQ rights, STEM education, and mental health awareness. She is also active in the secular and interfaith communities at MIT. She is currently a master’s student at MIT studying computer science with a focus in artificial intelligence and robotics.

    Veronica Lane

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Veronica is passionate about secular activism, specifically  LGBTQ rights, STEM education, and mental health awareness. She is also active in the secular and interfaith communities at MIT. She is currently a master’s student at MIT studying computer science with a focus in artificial intelligence and robotics.

Board of Directors

  • Kirsten Waerstad

    President, Board of Directors

    Kirsten Waerstad holds a degree in pharmacy from Auburn University and a degree in environmental science from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.  After moving to Boston in 2000, she completed a year certificate program in graphic design at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She founded Creative Earth, a small design and marketing firm that primarily serves local nonprofits. Its mission is to assist nonprofit organizations in expanding their reach through social media, web content creation, as well as traditional print design projects.  Kirsten lives in Brookline with her husband and son, where she is actively involved in local environmental and educational organizations. Kirsten is an ardent Humanist and free thought advocate. She believes it is important for Humanists to collectively create a recognized space in society, to question widespread beliefs that have no evidentiary basis, and to build an alternative and supportive community for nonreligious people.

    Kirsten Waerstad

    President, Board of Directors

    Kirsten Waerstad holds a degree in pharmacy from Auburn University and a degree in environmental science from the University of Alabama, Birmingham.  After moving to Boston in 2000, she completed a year certificate program in graphic design at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  She founded Creative Earth, a small design and marketing firm that primarily serves local nonprofits. Its mission is to assist nonprofit organizations in expanding their reach through social media, web content creation, as well as traditional print design projects.  Kirsten lives in Brookline with her husband and son, where she is actively involved in local environmental and educational organizations. Kirsten is an ardent Humanist and free thought advocate. She believes it is important for Humanists to collectively create a recognized space in society, to question widespread beliefs that have no evidentiary basis, and to build an alternative and supportive community for nonreligious people.