Our Ministers and Staff
Rev. Wendy grew up in Massachusetts and earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Ann Maria College (MA) in 1989/90 (graduation ceremonies were held at the completion of 4 years of coursework for students (back then) and the diploma was issued after an additional 6 months required internship.) Rev. Wendy then moved to … Continued
Lifespan Religious Education
Julie Rigano is the Director of Lifespan Religious Education as of July 2015. She served at the Religious Education Intern at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY before beginning at UUSS.
Monday 1-4pm, Tuesday Day Off
Wednesday, Thursday, 11am-3pm
Phone: (518) 374-4446 Ext. 6
Congregational Life Coordinator
Kristin Cleveland, a native of Liverpool, NY, comes to UUSS with a background in communications and program coordination. She has worked for a New Hampshire land trust, a New York agricultural research institute, farmers’ markets, a zoo, a teacher’s union, and the Adirondack Museum. She has also served as the Coordinator of Member Support & Development for the First Unitarian Society in Newton, MA.
Phone- (518) 374-4446 Ext. 7
Gareth “Gary” Griffiths has served as our music director since 1992. She has a BA from Connecticut College and did graduate work at the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in New York City (now the Yale Institute of Sacred Music). Before coming to Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady (UUSS), she had been an arts administrator in the Capital Region for many years, serving as general manager of the Empire State Youth Orchestra, then the Albany Symphony, and also as concert manager at the Performing Arts Center at the University at Albany.
At UUSS in 1993, she was the founder of our medieval solstice celebration, Yuletide Revels, and ever since has served as its producer and music director. This major event in the life of the church is now presented every other year and about 100 congregation members are involved in the production.
Gary directs the entire music program at UUSS, finding guest artists, and leading both the Society Choir and the Junior Choir. She is an avid gardener and paddler and serves on the Board of the Empire State Youth Orchestra.
Phone – 518-374-4446 Ext. 9
Helen Freeland has the skills to operate everything from a database to a bulldozer
In her extremely varied career, she has driven construction vehicles, operated heavy equipment and managed a production database. She worked as a corrugator operator in Amsterdam; a sandblaster in Scotia; a cleaner at Proctors Theater; and most recently served as custodian at the First Reformed Church in the Stockade area.
Phone: (518) 605-5551 Ext. 9
Phone: (518) 374-4446 Ext. 8
Originally from Utica NY, Susan came to the Capital District and started working part-time for a new Advertising Agency. She stayed and grew along with the agency for over twenty years. From 2001-2005 Susan had the wonderful opportunity to serve as Office Manager at Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital District where she was responsible for a variety of functions. Susan is now pleased to be able to contribute to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady!
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm
Phone: (518) 374-4446 Ext. 4