Public Courtesy Phone (in foyer): 631-385-1079
Staff members’ individual contact information is included with their information below:
Reverend Jude Geiger, UUFH Settled Minister as of August, 2013
Rev. Jude Geiger has a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU Wagner focusing on Community Development, and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary with a speciality in Christian Social Ethics. Jude has worked as a consultant for non-profits advocating for Affordable Housing and for the NYC Mayor’s Office working in Health Insurance Outreach for low and middle-income New Yorkers. Prior to his graduate education, he worked in information technology as a supervisor, database administrator and project manager. Rev. Jude most recently served as the Minister of Lifespan Religious Education at the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn. In addition to his ministry with Brooklyn, Jude served as the Summer Minister for the UU congregations in Summit and Morristown, NJ as well as the Ministerial Intern at Shelter Rock.
Active in denominational leadership, Jude is immersed in youth and young adult ministry at the district, regional and continental levels. He also leads weekend and week long workshops in Youth Ministry, UU Heritage, UU Identity, and Small Group Ministry. He currently serves on the UUA’s Council of Church Staff Finances.
Jude regularly blogs for the Huffington Post and can be found there at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rev-g-jude-geiger. You can read his writings and listen to his podcasts at http://revwho.com/. Or follow his public profile on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RevWho.
Jude is partnered to Brian Brewer. Brian works as the Director of Marketing and Communications for the Cancer Research Institute – a non-profit located near Wall Street in Manhattan.
Please contact Rev. Jude at (631) 427-9547 ext. 25 or email email@example.com.
Starr Austin, Director of Religious Education (RE)
In August, 2014, UUFH will welcome Starr Austin as our Director of Religious Education. The search team was impressed with Starr’s deeply rooted spiritual presence, ability to mediate conflict, and authentic speaking presence. She converted to Unitarian Universalism 14 years ago and has been a lay member or educator at Fellowships in Arkansas and Florida. She has chaired or been a member of various lay committees: Religious Education, Publicity, Sunday Programs, Interweave, and Stewardship, and has strong lay preaching experience. She is Vice-President of her Chapter of LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association) and convened her cluster of educators’ local collegial group in Florida.
She is passionate about faith formation, nurturing our children in beloved community, and sharing the joy of Unitarian Universalism through mission based work in the larger community. Starr considers the work of religious education a ministry shared by the entire congregation; RE is everybody’s business. She brings to her work a zest for community building, spiritual practice, and what she refers to as a “geeky love of Unitarian Universalism.”
Starr is a wordsmith, an advocate for gender identity awareness and body positivity, and loves to spend time on the water. She has a daughter, Olivia, and a miniature poodle. When she isn’t writing, reading, or hiking, Starr is catching up on Doctor Who.*
(*Rev. Jude swears the search team learned about her love of Dr. Who after she was selected. Although a major plus, it did not influence the search.)
In June, 2014, Transitional Director of Religious Education, Austen Petersen departed having completed transitional tasks related to a new era at UUFH: that of leadership by Rev. Jude, our new settled minister.
Please contact the Fellowship office (631) 427-9547 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information about the RE program.
Richard Hyman, Music Director
Richard Hyman has been UUFH Music Director since February, 1996.
A graduate of Queens College with an MA in Music from Columbia University and an MS in Education from Queens College, Richard Hyman is Director of Vocal Music at Francis Lewis High School in Queens, NY, and Music Director of the Northport Community Orchestra.
Richard has composed, performed and conducted music for film, television and live performances. He has been an annual recipient of the ASCAP Special Award for composer members since 1998. In 2006, the Hofstra University Chamber Singers performed the world premiere of his choral setting, “Written in Pencil”. In 2007, his setting of “Oseh Shalom” was performed at the Vatican. Also in 2007, he was honored as Queens Music Teacher of the Year, winning a Steinway piano and $29,000 for his school.
You can contact Richard at email@example.com.
Susie Byrnes, Fellowship Administrator
Susie’s education and background is in documentary filmmaking and live television production where she has written, produced and directed many long-form national programs for PBS on medical, cultural and public affairs topics. She co-produced “May the Road Rise to Meet You,” an hour-long cultural documentary about the Irish in America, and the PBS multi-part series “New York the Way it Was.” Medical documentaries include co-producing “A Woman’s Heart” and producing “A Time to Grieve.”
After working for several years as the Media and Events Director at Walt Whitman Birthplace, she joined the Board of the Long Island Poetry Collective and is active in the arts community on Long Island. She also loves film-going and swimming.
Her greatest joy is working with her husband, the musician Mike Soloway, on children’s music recordings where she can be heard singing as the voice of the “Little Chihuahua.”
Susie looks forward to meeting members of the Fellowship and to attending Sunday Services.
Bridgette Nicolini, Communications Specialist
Bridgette Nicolini is co-founder and president of Reach For It Media, Inc. a branding, design, web development and marketing company located in Huntington. She has been in the graphic design industry since 1988 and has been a Huntington resident since 1983.
Her spare time is devoted to one of her pet projects, Salon Women, which is a premier, membership based organization, hosting local social, educational and entrepreneurial events for women, and runs ongoing Law of Attraction workshops through the organization.
She was first introduced to the Fellowship in 1998, and was particularly impressed by the welcoming of the LGBT community, something that was not common practice at that time in any other church communities.
“I am grateful for the opportunity of working with the Fellowship in the role of Communications Specialist and look forward to becoming a regular attendee at services and events and part of the congregation,” she says.