After earning an MBA and pursuing a career as a strategic consultant in the corporate and venture capital sectors, Pastor Cindy returned to seminary, graduating with honors as a Merit Scholar from The Boston University School of Theology. For almost twenty years, she has merged her entrepreneurial skills with her passion for ministry, playing a leadership role in the church vitality movement. As Senior Minister of The United Church of Christ in Keene, she loves the space where church meets spirit, creating a dynamic environment in which new ideas are always blooming and everyone is empowered to play a part! She is also proud to carry on the Church’s long legacy of service to the Keene community. When she is not working long hours, you can find her on a lake in her kayak, traveling the world, or spending time with her six young grandchildren.
As Church Administrator, Julie brings extraordinary gifts to this often chaotic and demanding role. Through a series of corporate and non-profit positions, Julie’s background includes marketing, sales, finance, communications, and management. Her most important ability is making everyone feel welcome! Whatever you need, Julie is there in the Church Office with a smile, even on the most stressful days. After a time away, Julie is delighted to be back in New Hampshire with her son, Gabe, She also enjoys hosting periodic visits from Lindsey and Lezlie, her children who grew up in the Monadnock Region but who now live in different parts of the country.
Beverly Caldon is delighted to be back at The United Church of Christ in Keene after a 10-year hiatus, where she serves as Music Director, Organist, and Choir Director. Beverly earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education (organ) from The University of New Hampshire in Durham. She has taught organ as a faculty member at Keene State College as well as with the Young Organists’ Collaborative on the seacoast. She also taught public school music for ten years. Beverly is a coveted accompanist, performing in concerts and recitals for a variety of artists and events, including Messiah Sings, and faculty recitals at Keene State. Beverly has accompanied concert tours to Germany and Italy with the Monadnock Chorus, and a tour of Russia with the NH Friendship Chorus. She has been an active member of the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Director’s Association. Bev lives in New London with her husband Jack and two lively Australian cattle dogs. Her hobbies include photography, reading, gardening, sewing, spending time with grandchildren, and making dessert.
Diantha Dorman has directed two handbell choirs in playing our five octaves of bells and another five octaves of chimes for 17 years at The United Church of Christ in Keene. Leading the choirs at several handbell festivals, she served as New England Area 1 Handbell Chairperson for 3 years. Formerly choir director/organist at Rockville Methodist Church in Connecticut, she is interim organist and choir director here as the need arises, along with being a guest organist at several area churches. Diantha earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education at Fredonia State University of New York. In addition to leading twice weekly bell choir rehearsals and monthly performances in our sanctuary, Diantha co-chairs the annual Women’s Fellowship Christmas Fair and manages the flower committee. She lives in Keene with her canine companion, Mandy.
Margie brings over a decade of experience working with UCC Churches in Vermont and Western Massachusetts to her role as Bookkeeper for The United Church of Christ in Keene. A self-described “numbers nerd”, Margie has worked with non-profits throughout the region, managing financial data and implementing new systems and technology. In her free time, she writes for an arts magazine, volunteers with the refugee resettlement program in her hometown, and follows her two grown children (virtually) on their adventures around the globe. A lifelong resident of Guilford, Vermont, Margie considers it a blessing to be surrounded by nature in all seasons.
Maintenance & Security
Shana Smullen, Maintenance Director
Jason McCarthy, Maintenance Assistant
Gordon Kent, Sunday Sexton and Chair, Safety Committee
Don Hackler, Sound and Equipment
Amy Vaughn, Video Host
Mark Skinner, Audio Assistant
Jim Vander Hooven
''At the very first service I attended at UCC-Keene, I knew I was home when I saw all the smiles and warm greetings and heard the familiar hymns and the beautiful bell choir. I was warmly greeted and felt relieved to have found ``my church.” Since then, I have been invited to join purposeful committees, help with community service events and programs, and attend fun and inspiring social gatherings with friends that now feel like family. I've never felt pressured to help or participate, or judged if I had to decline invitations. In all of my interactions with Pastor Cindy and this congregation of kind souls, I'm left feeling needed, celebrated and valued, and I feel the same way about them. Love really does live here.''
~ Amy, Videographer and Volunteer
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