Meet the Team
Mitch founded Knucklebones in 2004, after realizing his true passion for bringing athletic opportunities and inspiring play to all ages. He holds a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Hofstra University, a master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado and spent 5 years backpacking around the world. Mitch is an Eagle Scout, wants to empower youth around the world (www.tusi.org), loves taking pictures of the natural environment (www.awncreel.com), has been writing a book of short stories, and loves to walk and bike everywhere.
Erin joined the Knucklebones team in the summer of 2008 after meeting Mitch while watching a Red Sox game. Sharing Mitch’s love for athletics, children and play, she realized what a special company Knucklebones was growing into. Prior to Knucklebones, Erin graduated from Rhodes College, where she was a member of the Women's Basketball team and worked in various summer camps. In her free time, she enjoys getting stuck in foreign countries due to volcanic eruptions and commuting around the city on her bike.
Corey joined Knucklebones in the spring of 2010 after spending 10 years as a child care teacher. Growing grew up in Revere, Corey went on to receive his undergraduate degree from the University of Tampa in early childhood. When not working he enjoys working out, traveling and playing sports. He is also an avid Boston sports fan!
Wes joined the Knucklebones team in the fall of 2012 after graduating from Springfield College with a degree in Recreation Management and a minor in Business. Growing up in Watertown, MA, he found a passion for sports, especially action sports. Wes currently has a black belt in Kenpo Karate, a high school basketball state title and has won Skateboard and Snowboard competitions. In his free time, Wes plays the drums and performs gigs with his "pops".
Gwen joined Knucklebones is 2013 after spending seven years in child cares. While originally from Pittsburgh, Gwen graduated from Lesley University in 2007, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood. Gwen took a short break to work at a local YMCA but, shortly came back to us as she missed the opportunity to work with such a diverse and varied age range.
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Darrell joined the Knucklebones team in spring 2018. Growing up in Weymouth, moving to Pembroke and back to Weymouth, Darrell graduated from Porter & Chester Institute with a certificate in Architectural and Engineering CADD Technologies. He’s involved in both our Play and Design programs He find that being active brings out his best side and loves to spread joy through teaching snowboarding and play. In his spare time, Darrell pursues his passion for snowboarding mountain biking, camping, and anytime activity with his dog as his source of happiness. Darrell is always looking to help others and thrive in a teamwork environment.
DC hails from Dorchester, MA and graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a major in sports and entertainment management in 2011. She leaped into Knucklebones after graduating, quickly becoming our basketball specialist and winning over participants with her effervesent personality, inspiring work ethic and uncanny ability to never run out of energy. Today, she's moonlighting with Knucklebones while working for our greatly admired colleagues at Playworks..
Brett joined the Knucklebones team in 2014, working during school vacations and throughout the summer. He also works full-time as a PE teacher and Athletic Director at a school for students with special needs in Boston. Brett graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Physical Education Pedagogy for students K-12. When not teaching, he enjoys working out, taking his dog (Arya Stark) for runs, coaching, and rooting for his NEW YORK YANKEES!
Matt joined the Knucklebones team full-time in the spring of 2018. As a licensed teacher and a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. With Knucklebones Matt is both a Coach in the Play Program and works in our Design Program. Born and raised in Winthrop, Matt played high school, college and semiprofessional football and still enjoys flag football during his spare time.
Clarissa joined the Knucklebones team in the spring of 2018 after obtaining her degree from Westfield State University in Communications & Marketing. While in college, she played soccer and lacrosse competitively, coached soccer for youth athletes and spent time working in childcares and after school programs. In her free time Clarissa likes to longboard around the city of Boston, as well as travel to new destinations.
Kayla got involved with Knucklebones after working with them for three years through the Charles River Conservancy’s Summer Parkland Games. She studied Psychology and Elementary Education at Northeastern University and has taught 5th grade ELA in Lynn the past four years. She earned her Master’s in Special Education at Boston University and works part time at the Museum of Science. She enjoys spending her free time traveling internationally.
Andrew joined the Knucklebones team in the fall of 2018. Hailing from Brookline, Andrew is an experienced track and field athlete and coach. He has been a volunteer coach for the Brookline HS boy’s track team since graduating in 2017. Andrew attended Marquette University during the 2017-2018 school year, studying biomedical engineering with a concentration in biomechanics. He competed on the Division 1 Track & Field team at Marquette, competing at the Big East Conference Championship meets, where he helped his team to a Big East title outdoors and broke a 78-year-old Marquette school record as part of a relay team. At Brookline High School, he was the All-State champ in the 55m Hurdles and the All-State runner-up in the Long Jump, also earning Boston Globe and Herald All-Scholastic selections as a senior. He also played soccer and football. Andrew is still a competitive athlete and hopes to qualify for the Olympics one day.
Sasha joined the Knucklebones team in the spring of 2018 before graduating from Emmanuel College with a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Health Psych and counseling. She grew up in Cross River, NY alongside her two older brothers playing sports. While she focused on basketball and soccer, she also played softball and tennis. Sasha was a part of the Emmanuel Colleges women’s basketball team from 2014 to 2018. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends and go to the beach.