Religious Education Staff:
Rev. Wendy Pantoja, Director of RE for Children & Youth
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The Rev. Wendy Pantoja is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who served as our first summer minister in 2008. A graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, she has been a Unitarian Universalist since 1999 when she discovered our religious movement at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield. Before answering the call to Unitarian Universalist ministry, Rev. Wendy was a teacher for many years in the New York City public school system.
She returns to us as our Acting Director of Religious Education for children and youth. Religious education has been a long-time passion of Rev. Wendy’s. In one of her favorite sermons she writes:
“Even the youngest among us wonders about how we humans came to be, how we should be in the world, what happens after we die, who or what is God, whose are we. And we also have questions about who we are as individuals, as members of our families and society, about who we are as Unitarian Universalists.”
Rev. Wendy resides in Westfield, New Jersey where she is currently settling in once again. She enjoys reading, crafts, and “reinventing” her house. She is also an intern in the Master Gardening Program of Union County.
Judy Donovan-Lifschulz, Religious Education Assistant
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Mary Doan, Sunday Morning Childcare provider
Mandi Huizenga, Congregational Administrator
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Mandi Huizenga has been our Congregational Administrator since 2013. She is a volunteer in the UU Metro District of NY’s annual meetings and a co-founder and co-director of a network program for district administrators. Prior to her time with us Mandi worked at the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation providing program support, managing the annual reporting and archiving the financial and program history of the Foundation. Mandi is the mother of two beautiful children and a small, sleek, and sassy grey cat named Calliope. In her spare time, she gardens, embroiders, cooks, bakes, and writes. Her favorite thing to do is end a day on the front porch with neighbors, friends, good food and great drinks.
Katy Julich, Finance Coordinator
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Katy Julich joined the Fellowship staff in March of 2014 as the Finance Coordinator. Katy holds a MBA in finance from Seton Hall University and a BS in finance from Penn State University. Prior to coming to the Fellowship, Katy was a Nursery School Director and an Accounting Manager at AETNA/Prudential Healthcare. Katy is married to Greg Julich and they reside with their 3 teenage sons and 2 dogs in Florham Park, NJ.
Dr. Jim Blanton, Director of Music
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The multi-faceted career of Dr. Jim Blanton has encompassed his diverse abilities as Musical Director, conductor, vocal soloist and pianist/organist. He has been Conductor and Artistic Director for the Delaware Valley Opera and the Delaware Valley Chamber Orchestra as well as Conductor and General Director Emeritus for New York’s celebrated Goliard Ensemble and Director for the Warwick Music Festival and the NYC KidsClassics series, among many others. As a soloist, Dr. Blanton has toured the United States and Canada with the Goliard Ensemble, Romberg Remembered, the Banff and Blossom Festivals and in numerous opera and oratorio performances. He has been a choral clinician and has given vocal master classes throughout the eastern U.S. in universities, arts centers and schools. At the Fellowship, Dr. Jim directs the Adult and Children’s Choirs, Morris Consort (vocal chamber ensemble), Instrumental Ensemble and Youth Ensembles. He also coordinates the music for Sunday Services, special events and semi-annual concerts.
Marili Quintos, Custodian
Sergio Rojas-Lopez, Custodian