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

Barbara Swanhart

Executive Director

Barbara comes from a diverse background in marketing, event management, nonprofit development, and real estate. This background has helped develop her management style, which is best described as leading by example.  She possesses strong communication skills and has a results-driven work ethic. Barbara grew up in Germantown, MD, and graduated from Seneca Valley High School and East Tennessee State University. She planted her roots in Frederick County in 1989 and has been supporting the community by volunteering and being active with civic organizations, ever since. 

When she’s not involved with the community, she enjoys spending time with her large family, staying fit, fishing, and hitting the beach. 

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.

Teya Lowe

Office Manager and Partner Liason

Teya joined Second Chances Garage in January 2023. She is the Office Manager and Partner Liason, overseeing the daily operations and developing relationships with partner companies. She has been in the auto industry for 5 years and in customer service for 20 years.  She enjoys working with people and wanted a fulfilling career giving back to the community, which lead her to Second Chances Garage. Teya enjoys everything that Second Chances Garage is able to do for the community and all the people that have been helped. In her spare time, she loves being outdoors, hiking, fishing, and exploring. 

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.