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Our Staff

The Rev. Jeff Barz-Snell, Minister of First Church

Rev. Barz-Snell is the thirty-first minister of the First Church in Salem and was ordained here in December of 1998.  His responsibilities include planning our weekly religious services, pastoral counseling, outreach and managing the staff and programs for our growing congregation.  Jeff works to develop ongoing programming including children's religious education, adult discussion groups, lectures and social functions like our Pancake Breakfasts and Family Fun Nights.  While he always finds enough to keep himself busy, he makes it a priority to be available for conversation and discussion about the various faith issues and/or challenges that inevitably arise in one's life.


Paul Madore, Director of Music

Paul is in his 31st year as Director of Music and organist at the First Church in Salem. He is founder and continuing director of the Paul Madore Chorale, has performed throughout the Boston and North Shore areas as solo pianist and organist, with various chamber groups and orchestras, and as accompanist to well-known singers and instrumentalists. He has given concerts in several of the major French cathedrals, including Bayeux and Chartres. A man with several professions, he is retired from Salem State College where he was a professor of French for many years, and he has worked in choral conducting under such well-known conductors as the late C. Alexander Peloquin, the late Robert Shaw and Lorna Cooke DeVaron. He maintains a vocal coaching studio in Salem for professional singers.


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 15 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 is the Artistic Director for Salem Theatre 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 with her wife Caroline, also a director and actress and their son, Gavin and dog, Nala.


Tricia Pini, Director of Henny Penny

After many years working as a business-to-business collections manager for a luxury hotel, a New England confectionery company, and an international public relations firm, Tricia decided it was time for a career change.  Since then she has spent the last fourteen years fostering independence and a love of learning in young children on the North Shore.  Immediately before her arrival at Henny Penny Tricia was Director & Lead Teacher at the innovative Fox Hill School in Danvers.  When she is not at Henny Penny, you might catch Tricia wearing one of her community volunteer hats lending a hand with the Salem High School Music Boosters, at a Northshore Y Theatre Company performance, or  behind the merchandise tenet at the annual Salem Jazz & Soul Festival performances in August.  Tricia lives in Salem with her husband, Doug, and their two sons, Dan 18 and Jacob 16.  She is excited to be working together with Barbara Hermann, Stacey Dupuis and the many Henny Penny families!

Barbara B. Hermann, Teacher at Henny Penny

Barbarba 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 23 years. She lives in Lynn with her husband Paul, and has two children, Kenneth and Kimberly, ages 29 and 27.

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.