The Reverend Terry Sweetser, Interim Minister
A born Unitarian, a fifth-generation Universalist, and a parish minister for forty-six years, Terry has served liberal religion as a volunteer, parish minister, fundraiser, consulting minister, executive of the Ballou Channing District, Interim Senior Minister of All Souls Church in Washington, DC, Special Assistant to the President of the UUA, Senior Advisor to the UUA President, UUA Vice President for Stewardship and Development, Interim Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church in Summit, NJ and Interim Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills, MA and now Interim Senior Minister of the First Church in Salem, MA.
Terry is married to the Reverend M. Susan Milnor, Interim Senior Minister at the First Religious Society of Burlington, VT. Their daughter, Abigail, is a 2012 graduate of Smith College and received her MFA (2017) at the Actor’s Studio in New York. Abby is currently with San Francisco Shakespeare Company.
EDUCATION: Diploma, Northfield Mount Hermon Schools, 1964, Magna cum Laude, McVeigh Award, English Speaking Union Fellow, Cum Laude Society; Eltham College, London, 1965; A.B. Oberlin College, 1969, Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude; B.D. Harvard Divinity School, 1973 in Ethics.
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, Church Administrator
Catherine was born and raised in Lynn, MA and has lived in Salem for the last 18 years. 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. Catherine was the previous Artistic Director and President of the Salem Theatre Company and is a current director with the company. She has also been honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab. Credits and passion for the theatre aside, she loves living and working in Salem. She and her partner, Caroline, also a theatre lover and actress, have a home here with their five-year old son, Gavin and ten-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.