One of the strengths of any religious community is its dedicated staff, and we are fortunate to have such a group leading and supporting us here at UU Wellesley Hills. Offices for all the staff are in Rice House, which is located just east of our building complex toward the rear of the property. Offices are on the second floor, with the first floor used for meeting space.
All members of the staff can be reached by calling the church office at 781.235.7423, or via EMAIL. The church office is generally open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM from late August through mid-June. Mail and telephone calls are monitored and responded to year round.
Our Minister, Reverend Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason
The Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason began her settlement at UU Wellesley Hills in August 2018, having been called as its thirteenth Senior Minister in April. She arrived here from New York City, where most recently, she served as the Community Minister with the First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn and acted as Managing Director for the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute in Manhattan.
Her extensive and varied ministries have all been devoted to integrating spiritual wisdom with psychological insight in the sacred service of helping individuals, healing communities, broadening interfaith understanding, and fostering human flourishing. Rev. Kelly has occupied a number of positions since her ordination by The Community Church of New York, Unitarian Universalist in 2006 – in higher education, counseling centers, and UU faith communities. She has also been a panelist and presenter at local, national, and international programs for colleges, institutes, professional organizations, retreat centers, and hospitals. READ MORE...
Our Music Director
Since returning to the Boston area, Suzie Cartreine has worked extensively in church settings, including a nine-year tenure as Director of Music at the First Parish Church of Stow and Acton Unitarian Universalist, where she grew a thriving music program with three choirs, involving more than 100 volunteer musicians each year. Her youth and children’s choirs enjoyed frequent interfaith collaborations, and hosted and performed with The American Boychoir on their 75th Anniversary Tour. As a conductor Suzie welcomes and gently challenges singers of all ages and levels of experience; former choir members have described her as “the most patient perfectionist I’ve ever met.”
Suzie performs regularly on harpsichord and piano, on series such as Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concerts, MIT Concert Series, SoHIP, Lincoln Laboratories, Music of Norway Pond, and Bach Around the Clock/Trinity Artist Series in New Orleans. She has appeared on WGBH and WBUR radio, Stow TV, and provided the soundtrack for the documentary “The Experience of Disaster Research.” With an affinity for music of the French Baroque, she has been hailed for her “expressive and well-nuanced performance” which “fully captured the seventeenth century sensibility.” Current projects include learning the six concerti for solo harpsichord by J. S. Bach.
Suzie has a DMus in Historical Performance from Boston University, a MMus in Piano Performance from Temple University (Pi Kappa Lambda), and a BA in Physics from Macalester College (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude). When not making music, Suzie enjoys yoga, swimming, playing cards, and spending time with her husband and two young sons.
Our Ministerial Intern
Joan DeArtemis is our Intern and Summer Minister, and she came here to UU Wellesley Hills from Southern California in June 2019. She provided pulpit supply for her area and was a regular guest preacher at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside, in addition to officiating at weddings, funerals and baby blessings. Joan also served as a hospice chaplain after completing a 13-month chaplaincy residency at Yuma Regional Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center where she received specialized training. Additionally, Joan also has made herself available to assist seniors with memory issues with the use of their computers, a task which she likes to call “Technical Pastoral Care.” Click HERE to read more.
Our Acting Director of Educational and Family Ministries
Michael Packard, a native Massachusetts resident, comes to us after previously having served as a volunteer at his home church in Framingham, and on staff at the First Parish UU Church in Northborough and First UU Church of Milford, MA. Michael’s passion for church life and traditions began when he was a young altar server in the Catholic Church he grew up attending. Since then, Michael has served in almost all aspects of church life, from Religious Education Director, to chair of a major church fundraiser, to co-founder of a young adult group.
Michael has been married since 2003, rescued 2 cats in 2006, and welcomed his twin daughters into the world at the end of 2009. Michael’s wife, a lifelong UU, and children (also lifelong UUs) are active members at their home church.
In 2017, Michael completed a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies, with a concentration in Religious Education, from Andover Newton Theological School. His Capstone Project focused on building interfaith relationships. Michael earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from Providence College. Outside of academia and church, Michael elates in nature: taking walks, tending both a mature garden and a nursery of tree saplings and selected produce seeds, and observing the wonders of life alone or with fellow wonderers.
Fernando Cristancho began work as Sexton for our Society in 1993. He has had extensive maintenance supervisory experience with two major New England corporations. In addition, Fernando has several other business interests: he is a Notary Public and prepares legal documentation required for work and travel by the Colombian people; he has a multi-service office in Lowell where he prepares income taxes; and each summer he coordinates guided tours of Niagara Falls, NY; Washington, DC; and New York City. Fernando’s background includes work as a bookkeeper and professional folk dancer in his native Colombia. He is the father of two grown daughters and continues to enjoy music and dance performances.
Our Congregational Coordinator
Amanda Spinazzola came to us as temporary office support and soon proved herself invaluable this past spring utilizing her background in hospitality and event management by assisting at Membership Sunday, the Installation Service, and our 2019 Silent Auction. Amanda became a professional member of the Association of UU Administrators.
She is available in the UU Wellesley Hills office every Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and at church every Sunday from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm.