Our Purpose & Our People
We’ve gathered an inspiring group of humans who keep ChangingGears on track towards creating a brighter future.
Trying to “Be the change you want to see in the world,” Joel and his wife, Marnie, started ChangingGears to help clients experience the freedom of private transportation. When he’s not dreaming up where ChangingGears is headed next, you can find him hiking, reading, or spending time with his family. For Joel, the most rewarding part about ChangingGears is “being part of a team that’s being the hands and feet of God as we run after those in need.”
Katie’s papa once told her, “If you don’t look ahead, you won’t ever get there.” Considering that it’s Katie’s role to materialize dreams into actions, she clearly took his advice to heart. In addition to keeping all of our programs moving without a hitch, Katie enjoys spending her time dabbling in calligraphy, cross stitching, and CrossFit. Katie’s favorite part about her job is “celebrating when our clients get the keys to their car, and again once they’ve paid off their loan and get the title!”
Rob manages all the operational aspects of our shop so we can turn donated cars into poverty fighting machines. When he’s not supporting the clients, volunteers and staff in our shop, he’s probably exploring a new park with his family, playing baseball with his son, or watching a Sal DiBlasi video to prepare for his next house project. His favorite part of working at ChangingGears is talking with clients and getting things fixed.
Spend any time with Katie and she’s going to recommend a great podcast, ask you to donate your car to ChangingGears, or remind you that Iowa is an actual state. Her small town roots fostered a passion for serving others that is summed up with her favorite MLK Jr. quote, “Everyone has the power for greatness, not fame, because greatness is determined by service.” At ChangingGears, Katie serves others by bringing in the resources to impact the lives of more clients.
“Always be humble and kind” is the best advice Todd has ever received and, if you donate a vehicle to ChangingGears, you will get to see him living out that advice. Prior to joining our team, Todd’s family donated multiple cars to ChangingGears and he left his corporate job to live out the mission. One of his favorite parts about working here is seeing the smiles on vehicle donors’ faces when they realize how their ‘old’ car is fueling change in someone’s life. In Todd’s spare time, he enjoys refinishing wood furniture and vacationing in Hilton Head with his family.
You won’t find Marnie repairing any cars at ChangingGears as she once “fixed” the bumper of her Nissan Sentra with duct tape, but she loves people and parties so you will find her pouring into our staff and planning our awesome events. As a co-founder of ChangingGears, Marnie continues to be motivated by seeing our clients empowered when they pay off their car loans and knowing the trajectory changing impact of each car extends to the entire family of every client.
Although Eric’s role requires acute attention to detail, his life mantra is to “stop stressing about what you can’t control.” Eric is an ASE certified Master Technician, so you can rest assured that every car that drives off our lot is in tip-top shape. While he knows his way around a car engine, his favorite part about working at ChangingGears is interacting with clients. “Seeing them pay off their title is just awesome! And it’s even better when I get to see them driving around town.”
Rob has loved fixing cars since the engine blew out on his first vehicle, a 1989 Ford Tempo. Though his first job was washing dishes, Rob is now an ASE certified Master Technician who empowers people with kindness, prayer and advice on how to care for their vehicles. When he’s not working on cars or talking about cars, he enjoys the thrill of mountain biking and home renovation. Rob’s favorite part of working ChangingGears is the sense of community because it binds the employees and clients together.
We’ve teamed up with some stellar organizations committed to breaking the poverty cycle in Greater Cincinnati.