The Reverend Janet C. Bush
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The Reverend Janet C. Bush began her ministry with USNF in August of 2009. 

Janet feels blessed to have found her way to UU ministry and to have been called to our congregation.  She recently ended a six-year term on the Board of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, where she continues as a member of the Finance Committee.  She is currently a member of the Cooley Dickinson VNA Interfaith Hospice Advisory Board, and was also a member of the Steering Committee for Welcome Home: the Northampton Refugee Resettlement Effort, a group which advised Catholic Charities of Greater Springfield's Northampton program from July 2016 through September 2017.

Janet came to ministry after a varied career in business and educational settings.  She held leadership positions in many different organizations, always with an interest in facilitating interpersonal and organizational relationships.  She served as a CFO in several biotech companies in the Boston area, and also worked in a job-training program for disadvantaged adults, most of them welfare recipients, teaching office and communication skills and guiding them in the job search process.

She was active in her local UU church on boards and committees, as an RE parent volunteer, and in the choir.  She also served as a 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 fostering economic empowerment.

She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School, a Master's in Education from the 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.

She 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.

 

Lisa BritlandLisa_for_website
Congregational Administrator

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Lisa 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 with her husband, son and daughter.

 

Jessica Harwood, M. Ed.
Director of Faith Development and Community Engagement
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Jessica

Jessica's position covers lifespan faith development, crawling babies through adults. In terms of Community Engagement, she works with committees and teams that are directly involved in social justice and other aspects of congregational life, and works to strengthen connections both within and beyond the USNF community. Jessica loves the myriad opportunities to connect people in our community, build relationships, learn together, and have fun. In any given day, she might get to play on the floor with a 3 year old, observe a group building game with middle schoolers, facilitate a racial justice planning meeting, and discuss sexuality with parents. 

Jessica has worked in education for more than 20 years, as an environmental educator and administrator, a counselor for youth with mental illness, and a classroom teacher. Community service, leadership development, and hands-on experiences are vital to her teaching. 

Jessica lives in Easthampton, with her wife and dog. 

 

Lemuel Gurtowsky
Music Director
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Lemuel Gurtowsky is a pianist and composer living in Hadley, MA. He works as a staff accompanist for UMass Amherst, Smith College, and the Springfield Symphony Choir. He is also the musical director of Act Too Studio’s opera workshop, a summer program for teens based out of South Hadley, MA.  As a composer and songwriter, Lemuel has toured extensively, performing at The Music Hall of Williamsburg (NYC), Reading and Leeds Festivals (UK), and SXSW (Austin, TX).  His songs have appeared on NBC’s Parenthood and MTV’s Fantasy Factory. Lemuel received his master’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he studied under Nadine Shank, and holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory from The Hartt School in West Hartford, CT.

 


Youth Director 
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Emma Gaudreau
Early Childhood Teacher
Emma joined the USNF staff in the spring of 2020.  She grew up in Wilmington MA where her family attended the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading, MA, and fell in love with Western MA when she attended Westfield State to study education. Currently, Emma is a preschool teacher in Agawam.  When she is not teaching Emma loves to hike, play with her adorable cat, visit the ocean and cook!  

Frank Taillon
Custodian

Frank Taillon has been helping us keep our building clean and well maintained since 2015. He is a resident of Easthampton.