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OUR MISSION

The Humanist Hub is a 501c3 non-profit organization; our mission is to be an inclusive community of atheists, agnostics and allies creating a new model for how humanists celebrate life, promote reason and compassion, and better the world for all.

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.

    Read her job description here.

    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.

    Read her job description here.

  • 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.

    Read his job description here.

    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.

    Read his job description here.

  • 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/.

  • Nina Lytton

    Community Leadership Intern

    Nina is the Community Leadership Intern at the Humanist Hub, acting as a Student Minister under the supervision of Executive Director Greg Epstein. She is a Humanist and a Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner. This anchors her call to support the next generation of leaders and to advocate for social and environmental justice.

    Nina is in the second year of the M.Div. program at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary. She is also engaged in the Humanist Institute Leadership Training Program.

    Nina comes to us after a long career as a strategy advisor in the tech industry. In this role, Nina was a confidential advisor to independent thinkers, with a lifetime of helping people make decisions, improve relationships, respond to opportunities, and cope with business crises. You will find her empathetic, open minded, strategic, positive, and useful. She has a long track record of community building.

    Along the way, Nina took a colorful detour in the slow food industry in Hawaii. Ask her to tell you about the brewery…

    Nina has a master’s degree in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University.

    Nina Lytton

    Community Leadership Intern

    Nina is the Community Leadership Intern at the Humanist Hub, acting as a Student Minister under the supervision of Executive Director Greg Epstein. She is a Humanist and a Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner. This anchors her call to support the next generation of leaders and to advocate for social and environmental justice.

    Nina is in the second year of the M.Div. program at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary. She is also engaged in the Humanist Institute Leadership Training Program.

    Nina comes to us after a long career as a strategy advisor in the tech industry. In this role, Nina was a confidential advisor to independent thinkers, with a lifetime of helping people make decisions, improve relationships, respond to opportunities, and cope with business crises. You will find her empathetic, open minded, strategic, positive, and useful. She has a long track record of community building.

    Along the way, Nina took a colorful detour in the slow food industry in Hawaii. Ask her to tell you about the brewery…

    Nina has a master’s degree in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University.

  • Meagan Campolong

    Big Question Lab Teacher

    A Columbia native and graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications (yes, I am a Gamecock), my focus was in public relations and ethical decision making within the highest levels of organizations. I was provided opportunities in critical roles contributing to the growth, leadership, and equality of our world. An unwavering advocate for social justice, Meagan has worked at the intersection of business and social impact for more than 10 years.

    Her first launch began with EdVenture Children’s Museum, a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to creating new generations of lifelong learners through museum experiences, after school programming and camps, with a mission to educate everyone; while inspiring children, youth, and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning. Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Board Member and a volunteer at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, raising over 100,000 for “Camp Kemo,” their flagship program; a week long summer camp experience for children with cancer and their siblings.

    While volunteering for UNICEF, a united nations program headquartered in New York City, that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries, it was evident that we have the ability to dream big, to ignore the status quo, and to achieve results will ensure that by working together every woman, man, and child has the opportunity to live a healthy life.

    Currently, I am completing a Masters in Architecture through the built environment. Architecture was a complete career change, but I noticed synergy between my prior work experience and potential of what lies ahead.

    After attending a lecture on Samuel Mockbee, founder of Rural Studio, an undergraduate program of the School of Architecture at Auburn University, that represents a vision of architecture that embraces not only practical architectural education and social welfare but also the use of salvaged, recycled, and curious materials to create an appreciation of place.

    I was convinced that everyone rich or poor deserves a shelter for the soul. Architecture did not have to be just about putting bricks to mortar, it is about taking the vision of creating a better world for others and making it tangible.

    Boston is the place I call home. I am passionate about children, social justice, authentic people, and being a first time Aunt to my niece, Chaplin Boyd. Please ask me about my little labradoodle, Baci, he is my heart and soul!

    Meagan Campolong

    Big Question Lab Teacher

    A Columbia native and graduate of the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications (yes, I am a Gamecock), my focus was in public relations and ethical decision making within the highest levels of organizations. I was provided opportunities in critical roles contributing to the growth, leadership, and equality of our world. An unwavering advocate for social justice, Meagan has worked at the intersection of business and social impact for more than 10 years.

    Her first launch began with EdVenture Children’s Museum, a not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to creating new generations of lifelong learners through museum experiences, after school programming and camps, with a mission to educate everyone; while inspiring children, youth, and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning. Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital Board Member and a volunteer at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, raising over 100,000 for “Camp Kemo,” their flagship program; a week long summer camp experience for children with cancer and their siblings.

    While volunteering for UNICEF, a united nations program headquartered in New York City, that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries, it was evident that we have the ability to dream big, to ignore the status quo, and to achieve results will ensure that by working together every woman, man, and child has the opportunity to live a healthy life.

    Currently, I am completing a Masters in Architecture through the built environment. Architecture was a complete career change, but I noticed synergy between my prior work experience and potential of what lies ahead.

    After attending a lecture on Samuel Mockbee, founder of Rural Studio, an undergraduate program of the School of Architecture at Auburn University, that represents a vision of architecture that embraces not only practical architectural education and social welfare but also the use of salvaged, recycled, and curious materials to create an appreciation of place.

    I was convinced that everyone rich or poor deserves a shelter for the soul. Architecture did not have to be just about putting bricks to mortar, it is about taking the vision of creating a better world for others and making it tangible.

    Boston is the place I call home. I am passionate about children, social justice, authentic people, and being a first time Aunt to my niece, Chaplin Boyd. Please ask me about my little labradoodle, Baci, he is my heart and soul!

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.

  • Rocky Reichman

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    Rocky is an aspiring physician interested in the psychological and physiological response of human beings to potentially traumatic events and extreme environments.

    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 is an aspiring physician interested in the psychological and physiological response of human beings to potentially traumatic events and extreme environments.

    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.

  • David Buckley

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    In his previous life David was involved in several radically progressive Christian communities devoted to mutual support and social justice. His interest and aspirations for the Humanist Hub are rooted in these experiences. Although he now identifies as a secular Humanist he appreciates what can be learned and applied from the best of religious life and practices.

    David is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in private practice. He enjoys hiking, running, and belting out sweetly depressing songs on his acoustic guitar.

    David Buckley

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

    In his previous life David was involved in several radically progressive Christian communities devoted to mutual support and social justice. His interest and aspirations for the Humanist Hub are rooted in these experiences. Although he now identifies as a secular Humanist he appreciates what can be learned and applied from the best of religious life and practices.

    David is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in private practice. He enjoys hiking, running, and belting out sweetly depressing songs on his acoustic guitar.

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.

  • Jennifer Ibrahim

    Director, Board of Directors

    More info coming soon.

    Jennifer Ibrahim

    Director, Board of Directors

    More info coming soon.

  • Sam Ribnick

    Director, Board of Directors

    Sam is passionate about science, education and exploring what makes our world complicated, wondrous and beautiful. He and his wife have been involved with the Hub since it first opened in December 2013, and Sam wants to be a part of making the Hub into the sort of vibrant secular community he would want for his own children (who both had naming ceremonies at the Hub).
    Outside of the Hub, Sam works for District Management Group, a company that provides consulting and software to help public school districts manage more effectively. As a long-time consultant and former science teacher, Sam is excited about helping districts harness the talent and energy of their people, so that school leaders, teachers and community members can work together to do more and better for students.
    Sam enjoys reading secular-leaning webcomics such as XKCD and the irreverent Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (like this one!), and for anyone who loves Richard Feynman, he strongly recommends reading the Caltech commencement address about “cargo cult science”.

    Sam Ribnick

    Director, Board of Directors

    Sam is passionate about science, education and exploring what makes our world complicated, wondrous and beautiful. He and his wife have been involved with the Hub since it first opened in December 2013, and Sam wants to be a part of making the Hub into the sort of vibrant secular community he would want for his own children (who both had naming ceremonies at the Hub).
    Outside of the Hub, Sam works for District Management Group, a company that provides consulting and software to help public school districts manage more effectively. As a long-time consultant and former science teacher, Sam is excited about helping districts harness the talent and energy of their people, so that school leaders, teachers and community members can work together to do more and better for students.
    Sam enjoys reading secular-leaning webcomics such as XKCD and the irreverent Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (like this one!), and for anyone who loves Richard Feynman, he strongly recommends reading the Caltech commencement address about “cargo cult science”.
  • Narath Carlile

    Director, Board of Directors

    Narath Carlile is the Chief Medical Information Officer for ACT.md / Physician in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

    Narath is passionate about the beauty of life, the potential of all living beings, extending caring to all in need, and science as a way of knowing. Narath, his wife and children have been members of the Hub for over 3 years, and are committed to helping creating communities of good that can nurture and allow humanist families to thrive.

    Narath oversees technology strategy, development and clinical integration for ACT.md. He is also a practicing physician in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. As a medical informaticist Narath has led a number of global projects including development of an open source paging system for hospitals in Africa, mobile decision support for community health workers in Mexico, interactive voice response systems for medical clinics, and educational software. Previously, he served as a director of engineering and as the director of a software development center for an international startup. Narath holds a BS in Computer Science from York University, an MD from Dartmouth Medical School, and an MPH from Harvard University. He completed his medical training in Internal Medicine and Global Health & Social Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Narath has served on numerous volunteer committees for global health, healthcare improvement, and innovation in medical education.

    Narath Carlile

    Director, Board of Directors

    Narath Carlile is the Chief Medical Information Officer for ACT.md / Physician in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston.

    Narath is passionate about the beauty of life, the potential of all living beings, extending caring to all in need, and science as a way of knowing. Narath, his wife and children have been members of the Hub for over 3 years, and are committed to helping creating communities of good that can nurture and allow humanist families to thrive.

    Narath oversees technology strategy, development and clinical integration for ACT.md. He is also a practicing physician in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. As a medical informaticist Narath has led a number of global projects including development of an open source paging system for hospitals in Africa, mobile decision support for community health workers in Mexico, interactive voice response systems for medical clinics, and educational software. Previously, he served as a director of engineering and as the director of a software development center for an international startup. Narath holds a BS in Computer Science from York University, an MD from Dartmouth Medical School, and an MPH from Harvard University. He completed his medical training in Internal Medicine and Global Health & Social Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Narath has served on numerous volunteer committees for global health, healthcare improvement, and innovation in medical education.

  • Joseph Gerstein

    Director, Board of Directors

    More info coming soon.

    Joseph Gerstein

    Director, Board of Directors

    More info coming soon.