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Staff Members

Phone: 631-427-9547
Fax: 631-423-1504

Public Courtesy Phone (in foyer): 631-385-1079
Email: info@uufh.org

OFFICE HOURS
Rev. Jude:
Monday and Wednesday 11 am – 3 pm and in the evenings by appointment.
Susie: Sunday through Thursday, 9 am – 2 pm.
Friday: Office hours will be 11:30 am – 1:30 pm manned by the UUFH office volunteers.

Staff members’ individual contact information is included with their information below:

2013-04-14Reverend Jude Geiger, UUFH Settled Minister as of August, 2013

Biography:

Rev. Jude Geiger serves the UU Fellowship of Huntington, NY as their Minister. Previously, he served the First UU Congregation in Brooklyn, NY. He has a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU Wagner, and a Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC. Rev. 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 five years in information technology as a supervisor, database administrator and project manager. Currently he serves on the UUA’s Council of Church Staff Finances; on the Guiding Team for Meadville Lombard Seminary’s Fahs Collaborative; and the Board of Trustees for the UU Metro NY District.

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 minister@uufh.org.


Starr Austin, Director of Religious Education (RE)

Starr Austin

Starr Austin serves as Director of Lifespan Religious Education.  She is an active member of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA), previously serving as vice-president of the southeast chapter, and facilitated the formation of a cluster group for colleagues in Florida.

 She is passionate about life long faith formation and considers religious education a shared ministry with the congregation.  Starr enjoys finding ways to use Gardener’s multiple intelligence theory to create vibrant worship and programming which bridges generational divides.

An advocate for gender identity and body positivity, Starr has created and led workshops on transgender and genderqueer identity, creating safe spaces, and supporting non-binary gender expression in children and youth.  She co-founded the Bare Beauty Project in 2010.  Bare Beauty Project works with individuals to combat body hatred through coaching, spiritual practice, and photography.  Starr has a deep belief in the right to self-identify and the freedom of self-expression as fundamental human rights.

Starr views coffee as sacrament and poetry as invocation.  

Please contact the Fellowship office (631) 427-9547 or dre@uufh.org for information about the RE program.


Nursery Coordinators

nursery-staffMeet our team of nursery coordinators!

Rose DiStefano began providing nursery care for UUFH in 2004.  Rose’s daughter Fran Ferro followed shortly after. In September 2006, Fran began to pursue her Masters Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. During that time Fran’s Daughter, Jacqueline began to fill in for Fran when necessary.

 The trio cares to children ranging from birth to the age of three. Whether  enjoying playing musical instruments, tumbling around  play sets or crawling through tunnels or reading books, imaginations are in full swing in our special baby sitting room. Rose uses her creative talents to draw and color. While Fran loves to read and stirs a love for learning. Jacqueline shares  her love of dancing with the children.   We have recently added a new member to the nursery care staff, Fran’s son, Thomas Joseph. He attends Half Hollow Hills  East High School. He is interested in a career in the Medical field.  His gentle manner in play allows the children to express themselves happily.

 Laughter, as well as some tears are always tended to with care, love and attention. We  take pride in having all the children feel comfortable and safe during their time with us. We believe that the  principles of Unitarian Universalism can be shared and developed at this earliest of ages.


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 music@uufh.org.


Isabella Eredita Johnson

isabellaphoto11-13jpegIsabella lives in Northport, and accompanies and teaches piano professionally. She was awarded a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music where she received both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees, studying with Constance Keene. She has won both the prestigious George Schick award for outstanding musicianship and 1st prize at the Mason & Hamlin Piano competition. Among her proudest accomplishments are the presentations of the Diabelli Variations and the Goldberg Variations. Each of these two concerts involved the gathering of over thirty fine pianists, each performing a single variation. Ms. Eredita is an active advocate for the arts on Long Island, and regularly hosts the “Opera Night” series on Long Island.


Susie Byrnes, Fellowship Administrator

susie-byrnesSusie’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.

Email: office@uufh.org
(631) 427-9547


 Bridgette Nicolini, Communications Specialist

bn-headshot-cropBridgette 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, artistic 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.

General inquiries: bn@rfimedia.com
Submissions to Flash and or the Beacon: webmaster@uufh.org

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington (UUFH)
109 Browns Road Huntington, NY 11743
631-427-9547 · info@uufh.org