On July 1, 2009, given the geographic proximity of the Clara Barton District (CBD) and Massachusetts Bay District (MBD), a collective desire to share program capacity and a commitment to serve congregations better, CBD and MBD agreed to operate under a staff sharing arrangement which allows each district to provide both general and targeted services to meet member congregations' needs.
Shared staff includes the:
- District Executive who holds all the accountability as a CEO for management and operations for both districts. In this capacity, Rev. Sue Phillips supervises the district-assigned UUA staff as well as administrative personnel. She interacts with congregations as needs arise and determines which staff person may best serve those needs.
- Director of Leadership Development who identifies, supports and trains key lay leaders in congregations to enable them to fulfill their congregation's mission. Doug Zelinski holds this position.
- Director of Faith Formation who helps congregations, professional and lay leaders implement a vision for multigenerational congregations that integrates the passions, experience and gifts of all of our people, including children, youth, young adults and elders. She can help your congregation develop strategies for addressing developmentally appropriate faith formation needs of every generation, and put infrastructure in place to support these strategies. Karen Bellavance-Grace holds this position.
- Director of Congregational Development who helps congregations develop their UU identity, form covenantal bonds, navigate change with guided interventions and workshops, succeed in ministerial transitions. Rev. John Gibb Millspaugh holds this position.
- District Administrator who oversees the daily operations of the districts, keeps financial records, and administers the district library. Judy Murray holds this position.
- Program and Justice Ministries Coordinator who coordinates district programs and registrations, handles marketing and communications and works with church leaders to inspire and support congregationally-based justice ministry at the heart of their congregation. Meck Groot holds this position.
To contact staff, click on the link provided with their names above.
Working together, district staff offers a comprehensive vision for programs that develop congregational capacity. We are continuing to learn that staff sharing serves both districts with talented and resourceful professionals while enabling each staff member to concentrate on targeted needs to build and maintain healthy UU congregations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.
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