Our Staff

Our staff is the backbone of our organization as they help carryout day-to-day operations. Each member brings specific expertise that helps our organization thrive and carry out our mission of offering “second chances” for individuals and families on their journey to independent living by providing assistance with their personal transportation needs.

Meet Our Team

Kati Hoffman

office mgr. and partner agency liaison

Kati joined Second Chances Garage in 2021. Her background is business process development, strategic marketing, writing, and communications. She has 5 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. Kati obtained her B.A. in Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her M.B.A. with a focus in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, gardening, and yoga.

John Grupenhoff

Sales and Service Manager

John joined Second Chances Garage in the Spring of 2016. He is the Sales and Service Manager, overseeing daily shop operations. During his time at Second Chances Garage, the organization grew from 2 on-site staff members to the facilities and operations seen today. John has been a small business owner since graduating from Towson University. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and working on old cars. John’s dream rides include the ‘06 AMG S65 and the S Works Epic.

Joe Hall

Lead Technician

Joe joined Second Chances Garage in 2017. He graduated, top of his class, from the Universal Technical Institute in 2009. He also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of Central America. Joe has over 10 years of Automotive Repair experience. He enjoys using his expertise to help the community and to provide a reliable resource.

Lester Gonzalez


Lester joined Second Chances Garage in 2021 as a Youth Apprentice. He was top of his class and came highly recommended. After graduating from the Youth Apprentice program, Lester was hired as a full-time Technician. He enjoys perfecting his automotive talents to better help the community. In his spare time, Lester likes to play soccer.