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 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/.

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 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

    David Buckley

    Hub Ambassadors Committee Member

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.