The Reverend Janet C. Bush
The Reverend Janet C. Bush began her ministry with USNF in August of 2009.
She has served on the Board of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity since 2012, and is currently also a member of the Cooley Dickinson VNA Hospice Advisory Board and the Steering Committee for Welcome Home: the Northampton Refugee Resettlement Effort, established in July 2016.
Janet came to ministry with a long and varied resume in business and education. She has held leadership positions in many organizations, with a consistent interest in facilitating interpersonal and organizational relationships. She served as a CFO in several biotech companies in the Boston area. She also worked in a job-training program for disadvantaged adults, most of them welfare recipients, teaching them office skills, helping them to write resumes and prepare for interviews, and to find job placements.
Janet is a former Board member and Treasurer of Discover Roxbury, a Boston non-profit whose mission is to build community pride and create bridges of understanding by increasing knowledge of Roxbury's historic and cultural contributions and foster economic empowerment.
She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School, a Master's in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master's in Management from the Yale School of Management, and a Bachelor's degree in French from Yale College.
Janet served as a hospice chaplain in training with VNA Care Network of Needham, MA, and spent two years as ministerial intern at First Parish Church (UU) in Dorchester, MA. Her husband, Booker Bush, is a primary care physician practicing in Springfield. They have two adult sons, and three grandchildren.
Lynne Nicole Smith
Director of Religious Education
Lynne Nicole Smith is in her first term as Director of Religious Education for the Unitarian Society. She has worked since 2002 as a Movement Practitioner teaching yoga, tai chi, qigong, dance and fitness classes to both children and adults in the Pioneer Valley. She has also worked as a Physical Education teacher offering mindfulness and the healing arts as a vehicle for expression, healing, focus, and deeper connection to self and peace in the hearts of children. She hopes to integrate some fun and useful tools from her previous experiences into the RE program along with meditation music to promote a peaceful classroom experience.
Lynne's previous work experiences include an Activity Director in Worcester, an After School Director in Holyoke, a Community Educator in Hartford, CT, a Substance Abuse Counselor in Southbridge, MA, a Violence Against Women Prevention Coordinator at The University of Connecticut, and a Field Hockey Coach at Hartsbrook School among other work in the past.
Lynne’s work in education, human services and in the healing arts has been a tapestry and fusion of offering programs, curriculums, psycho-educational groups and classes rooted in the spirit of promoting healing and values that facilitate the mending of the human heart. Lynne, among so many of us shares a deep concern for all the destruction that has and is occurring to the planet and the amazing beings we share this planet with…the elephants, chimpanzees, lions, hawks and all of the life forms we share this great mystery with. Social justice and environmental justice are core values she shares…a fun fact, Lynne is making an album in an effort to give voice to some of these issues. She believes music is a great healer of the broken heart.
Lynne Nicole Smith intends every day to do her best to promote the values that Unitarians hold dear in all of her work in the community and at the church with both adults and children alike. She is looking forward to learning and growing in relationship to the larger community. Through music, art, movement, meditation in motion, dramatic play, writing, and other creative outlets and colloborations, along with the UU Tapestry of Faith curriculum…may there be a positive inquiry in the hearts of our children to know they are our future and they will indeed have impact on the evolution of humanity, social justice and planetary healing, whether that be through small deeds or larger ones to come.
Gregory Hayes has been Director of Music at the Unitarian Society since the fall of 1983. He is a busy chamber musician and orchestral keyboard player, and has appeared as soloist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. He plays harpsichord, piano, and celesta regularly for the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Vermont Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s (New York). He has participated often in the New England Bach Festival and Marlboro Music Festival, and on the Mohawk Trail Concerts series.
Greg has taught piano and occasionally harpsichord at Dartmouth College since 1991, where he also coaches chamber music. He has previously taught at Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges, among other institutions. For fourteen years he directed Da Camera Singers, an auditioned chorus based in Amherst, and has also served as interim conductor of choirs at Amherst and Dartmouth Colleges. Greg is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and the Manhattan School of Music. He has also studied at the Hartt School of Music and, for several summers, at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College. His teachers have included Ming Tcherepnin, Kenneth Fearn, Dora Zaslavsky, and Raymond Hanson. He has written frequently on music, including liner notes for many recordings and articles and reviews for magazines and newspapers. He has also typeset and helped edit scholarly editions of music by Buxtehude, Kuhnau, D’Anglebert, and Doles. He lives in Goshen, Massachusetts and has taught for many summers at Greenwood Music Camp in nearby Cummington. In his free time he enjoys playing squash and building stone walls.
Lisa has been the Congregational Administrator at the Unitarian Society since the fall of 2010. Prior to coming to the Society, she worked as an Administrative Assistant for human resource agencies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, as a paraprofessional in Maine public school districts, owned and operated a restaurant along with her husband, and was a technical writer in an environmental toxicology lab. Lisa lives in the hill towns along with her husband, son and daughter.
Sunday Morning Assistant
Katherine served as our "Clerk of the Works" for eight years, and she now helps out after the service on Sunday mornings September through June.
Frank Taillon -- Custodian