The Reverend Janet C. Bush
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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.

Janet shares her ministry on our website via her sermons, which can be found on our Sermons page, and with her blog, FromtheMinister.

 

Gregory Hayes
Music Director

gregory hayes2Gregory 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.

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Lisa Britland
Congregational Administrator

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Lisa_for_websiteLisa 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.

 

 

Katherine Messina
Sunday Morning Assistant

KMessinaKatherine 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