Our Team

Our amazing and dedicated team, of 22 people, hails from 10 countries. Each brings their own energy and talents to make HandUp the impactful organization we strive to become.

  • Rita

    Director of Recycling Operations

    Rita manages the mattress recycling operations. She is from Chile and, along with her family, is eagerly exploring all that the South coast area of MA has to offer. 

  • Isabel

    Director of Upcycling

    Isabel leads our upcycling/resale efforts. She is full of energy and great ideas. Isabel is from Chile and settled in the New Bedford area with her family.

  • Bereniz

    Dispatch Manager

    Bereniz is at the heart of HandUp. She schedules all the pickups and drop offs and now knows where all the towns are located in Massachusetts.

  • Aghostinho

    Mattress Deconstructor

    Aghostinho is originally from Guinea Bissau and has the most experience deconstructing mattresses and can take down a pile quickly and efficiently.

  • Alex

    Machine Operator and Driver's Assistant

    Alex has learned to operate the steel shearing machine and is quick and efficient. He is also always available to help with deliveries and unloading trucks. He is originally from Guatemala.

  • Armando

    Machine Operator and Forklift Driver

    Armando quietly and diligently operates our steel machine day in and day out. He also loves to drive the forklift whenever he has the chance. He quickly learns and operates each of his jobs efficiently and skillfully. He originally comes from Guatemala.

  • Celia

    Mattress Sanitizing Operator
    Celia is a great assistant to Digna and is learning how to clean and sanitize a mattress so that they will be ready to be resold. She is originally from Ecuador and lives with her family in Fall River.

  • Cirilo


    Cirilo is the driver that goes anywhere, anytime the need arises - no matter how narrow the street or confusing the directions. Originally from Guatemala, Cirilo somehow finds the energy to work out and play soccer on this time off. 

  • Digna

    Mattress Sanitizing Operator

    Digna is a master at cleaning and sanitizing mattresses to give them a second life. She is constantly looking at how we can improve our approach, and her attention to detail is so appreciated. She is originally from Honduras and is the proud mother of three wonderful children. Because of her extensive knowledge about mattresses she is now selling them on Saturdays.

  • Domingo

    Forklift Driver & Driver

    Domingo began his work as a driver's assistant and has consistently moved up the ranks to an expert forklift driver and Driver. He hails from Guatemala and continues to impress with his willingness to learn and grow.

  • Edu

    Mattress Deconstructor

    Edu works quietly and efficiently deconstructs mattresses day in and day out and always has a smile to brighten up the room. Edu is originally from Cape Verde but calls New Bedford home.

  • Gabriel

    Machine Operator

    Gabriel is always singing and smiling. He is the first one to offer to help and is our resident jack of all trades doing whatever is needed around the factory. He is originally from Senegal.

  • Jared

    Driving Assistant/Machine Operator/Salesperson

    Jared has been helping as a Driving Assistant and a Machine Operator and is filling in wherever he is needed. He has an outgoing personality and has been selling mattresses on Saturdays and doing a great job at all three of his jobs. He brings enthusiasm and dedication to his career.

  • Juan


    Juan is always ready to do whatever is needed while out collecting mattresses or in the facility. He is originally from Guatemala and lives with his family in New Bedford.

  • Julia

    Mattress Deconstructor

    Julia is the heart of the mattress deconstructing operations, and she has learned to spot a tricky mattress a mile away. She hails from El Salvador and is heavily involved in many community groups and activities, including community gardening.

  • Michael

    Driver's Assistant

    Michael is dependable, hardworking, and consistent. He is a New Bedford native. Michael is out on the truck each and every day helping to pick up mattresses from all corners of the state.

  • Nestor


    Nestor is always the first person to arrive at work and is a consistent and dependable driver. He is originally from Puerto Rico but has lived in Massachusetts for many years.

  • Lucely

    Mattress Deconstructor & Machine Operator

    Lucy has slowly been learning and advancing at many jobs in the factory. She is enthusiastic and is great at trying new things. She is originally from Guatemala and lives with her family in New Bedford.

  • Olga

    Mattress Deconstructor and Driver's Assistant
    Olga is a quick learner and a hard worker. She enjoys working alongside her sister deconstructing mattresses but also is the first to offer help to the drivers. She always has a smile on her face. She is originally from El Salvador but calls New Bedford home.

  • Vania

    Mattress Deconstructor
    Vania is our newest employee and is learning quickly and efficiently how to take apart mattresses. She is originally from Cape Verde but calls Fall River home.

Join us on our mission to ensure a more sustainable future by recycling your unwanted mattress and buying a HandUp Upcycled mattress.