Pastor Elizabeth Ide, Senior Minister
Elizabeth Ide is a Unitarian Universalist minister who graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 2017. She comes to Salem by way of Charlottesville, Virginia, where she recently completed a chaplain residency program at the University of Virginia Medical Center, and has also served the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence, Kansas as a ministerial intern. Before answering the call to ministry, she worked as a teacher, counselor, and non-profit manager. Joining her on most adventures are her spouse, Greg, and their dog, Nicolette. She is excited to begin building connections with the community of First Church.
Michael Kraft, Director of Music
Michael was appointed President in 2016 and is Senior Reed Voicer at C.B. Fisk. Earning his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he was a student of Garth Peacock and Lisa Crawford. His Master of Music degree is from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was an organ student of Yuko Hayashi. Michael joined the Fisk workshop in 1986, apprenticing as a pipemaker and reed voicer. Research trips to England, France and Germany have given him the opportunity to hear, play, and measure many historic organs, a significant influence on his conceptualizing and voicing of reed pipes. He oversees the design, construction, and voicing of all reeds, as well as the maintenance of and modifications to all Fisk instruments. Michael has been the Music Director of The Dover Church in Dover, Massachusetts since 1993 when Fisk Opus 107 was installed there. Michael and his wife Stacia, a singer and preservationist, are restoring and renovating a 1794 home in Salem where they live with their three children, John, Ilsa and Oskar.
Deborah DiGiulio, Religious Education Director
Deb has served as the RE Director at the First Church since 2006. She grew up in Salem and studied at the Art Institute of Boston, North Shore Community College and Salem State College. She has completed Renaissance Modules on both the History and Philosophy of Unitarian Universalist Religious Education, and is certified in Spirit Play. She lives in Salem with her husband, their two teenage children, and two pugs.
Catherine Bertrand, Congregational Administrator
Catherine was born and raised in Lynn, MA and has lived in Salem for the last since starting at Salem State University where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts from Salem State University and is an award winning stage director whose work has been seen in Boston and on the North Shore. Credits and passion for the theatre aside, she loves living and working in Salem and has been at First Church since 2011. She and her wife, Caroline, have a home here with their almost eight-year old son, Gavin and thirteen-year old pup, Nala.
Tricia Pini, Director of Henny Penny
Tricia has been fostering independence and a love of learning in young children on the North Shore for over fifteen years. Prior to Henny Penny she worked alongside at the innovative Fox Hill School in Danvers. When she is not at Henny Penny, Tricia's is schedule is filled with many roles, including being a member of Salem High's Career & Technical Education Steering Committee, Salem High School's Early Childhood Education Advisory Board, with the Salem High School Music Boosters, as a cooperating teacher for North Shore Community College interns, volunteering with Salem Jazz & Soul Festival, and meeting quarterly with like-minded Early Childhood Educators who are passionate about advocating to keep play as the primary work of children in preschool programs...and more! She is excited to instill a lifelong love of learning with the children at Henny Penny.
Barbara B. Hermann, Henny Penny Teacher
Barbara grew up in Reading, MA and studied Early Childhood Education at Fisher College and Salem State College. She was a professional singer with the “Sweetest Sounds” dinner theater group in Framingham, and was also in many community theater productions in the North Shore. But Barbara’s passion has always been working with children and she is proud of her work at Henny Penny Nursery School for the past 31 years. She lives in Lynn with her husband Paul, and has two children, Kenneth and Kimberly.
Stacey Dupuis, Henny Penny Teacher
After graduating from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Stacey began her career as Director at the COA in Chelsea. From there, she gained an interest in marketing and human resources, and up until a few years ago, worked in those positions at publishing, engineering and non-profit companies. She is certified in Kidding Around Yoga (a children’s yoga program) and enjoys sharing her love of yoga with the children at Henny Penny. She lives in Salem with her husband Dan and their two children Derek and Samantha.
Billy McCarthy, Sexton
Billy is a native of Salem and has worked as a custodian and painter for many years. Most recently he was the caretaker of the VWF in Beverly.