Mark LaPointe took on the post of Director of Religious Education for the First Parish Church in August of 2011. He comes to first parish after serving for nearly three years as the DRE at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church.
Mark has spent most of his career in higher education, teaching most recently at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he also sat on the board of the Meadville UU Church. He holds a BA in English, with minors in Women’s Studies and African-American Studies from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He has completed graduate work in Journalism and Communication at the University of Nevada, Reno and at the University of Washington in Seattle. He occasionally teaches courses at Endicott College in Beverly. Mark sees education as a radical, spiritual action that is at the center of Unitarian Universalist principles.
Mark is a native of Lakeville, Massachusetts. He currently resides in Salem with his husband, Jim and their son, Bryce. As a family, they love spending time outdoors, camping and enjoying nature. Their collective ambition is to visit as many national parks as they can.
Libby has been involved in youth education and empowerment for most of her life. A performer, educator, and youth mentor, she takes a hands-on approach to working with young people and often brings together her creative expertise and her passion for social justice. Libby has a BA from Holy Cross where she majored in Theater and minored in Deaf Studies. She also holds an MA in Theology and the Arts from Andover Newton. Her work experience has been as an educational performer, a drama instructor, and as the DRE for First Parish Church United in Westford, MA. She currently resides in Chelsea and will continue to pursue her community-based work, performing puppet shows that educate youth about issues like bullying and disabilities. email@example.com.
Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell is an acclaimed pianist and an experienced music director. Trained in England, France and at the Juilliard School, he has performed and recorded as a piano soloist, as an accompanist, and as a chamber musician (including with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra) throughout America and in Europe, including at Carnegie’s Weill Hall. His 30+ classical and popular music CDs have sold over one million copies.
Roderick's conducting experience spans the choral, opera and orchestral genres, as well as straight theater, musical theater and popular musical styles. He has taught at Queen's College, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas and lectured in many venues, including at the Concord School of Philosophy in Concord, Mass., on many musical and cultural subjects.
Roderick is the founder of Amadé Music, which provides comprehensive music services to an international clientele. He lives in Cambridge whidh his wife Marilène, an award-winning oil painter, poet and shortstory writer.
Originally from upstate NY, Kate has always enjoyed singing in worship and performing in the community. Kate has recently completed her Master’s in Mind, Brain, and Education at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, which allowed her to focus her research on children’s development and music. She has a bachelors in Music Education and Voice from Westminster Choir College, and a masters in Music Theory from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. With over 5 years of experience conducting children, she is excited to be back at First Parish working with the Children's Choir and Youth Group. Also, this fall she is opening up a private voice studio for interested members of the parish. She wants to encourage any one who is interested to speak with her and join the fun! Kate joined the First Parish staff in January, 2011. firstname.lastname@example.org
Susanna is a life-long Unitarian Universalist, now an active member of First Parish in Lexington. Her past church roles include vice-president, co-chair of membership, and on RE and other committees. She comes to us with impressive list of professional credentials including ten years in the Congregational Life group at the UUA. Prior to that she served as DRE at Melrose UU Church and worked for five years in London for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Most recently she has served as a Project Management Consultant assisting clients with program and curriculum development as well as project management. Susanna lives in Lexington with her husband Jonathan Kinghorn and their three children. Susanna is currently studying acting in her spare time.