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the Unitarian Church of Staten Island The Rev. Darrell Berger, Minister
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 Leadership: Minister & Staff, Board of Trustees and Program Committees


One of the most important keys to congregational health and vitality, along with a clear purpose, is a cohesive leadership team. Our leadership team comprises the Minister and Staff, the Board of Trustees and our Program Committee Chairs, all of whom play a vital role in the shared ministry of our Church. Pictured Above, Officers and Members of the UCSI Board of Trustees, 2015-16: Front row (l) Carolyn Clark, Nominating Committee; Stan Hellman, Treasurer; Harry Hicks, Trustee; Linda Santlofer, President; Robin Locke Monda; Trustee. Back row (l) John Adrian,Trustee; Steve Nutt, Trustee; Marge Becker, Secretary; Diane Matyas, Nominating Committee. Not pictured: Sarah Dolinar, Vice President.

The Rev. Darrell Berger


Reverend Darrell Berger

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The Unitarian Church of Staten Island has welcomed Rev. Darrell Berger as Interim Halftime Consulting Minister. Rev. Berger was born in Toledo, Ohio and attended Vanderbilt University and Divinity School. He has over 25 years experience as a UU minister, mostly serving on a full-time basis. He has served churches in North Carolina and Massachusetts. Closer to Staten Island he has served the Fourth Universalist Society in Manhattan and until now as a Halftime Consulting minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex County in Orange, NJ. He has experience with smaller congregations and historical buildings.

"This will be the fourth congregation I've served with an historic church building," Rev. Berger said. "The task of ministry to the building and the congregation is the same: carefully maintain what still works and renovate what doesn't."

He enjoys preaching and his topics range widely, always returning to the central themes of social justice equality. "Theologically, I'm a Transcendentalist," Rev. Berger said. "Emerson used Buddhism and poetry to help realize an American spirituality that bends toward justice. I try to follow that path."

Dr. Carolyn Clark, D.M.A., Director of MusicDirector of Music
Dr. Carolyn Clark, D.M.A.

Carolyn Clark is a native of Pasadena, Texas. She has been playing keyboards and directing choirs in churches since the age of 14. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Manhattan School of Music. As a French hornist, Carolyn has performed throughout the United States and Canada with symphonies, opera companies, and Broadway shows. She currently performs in and serves as executive director of the Staten Island Philharmonic.

Church Secretary
Stella Ann Fishman office -at-

Stella, a life-long New Yorker, attended Brooklyn College. She has held several positions, including secretary to a Rabbi/congregation in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, legal secretary to an estate planning attorney, secretary to the president of an insurance company and office manager/secretary for the regional office of Women’s American ORT on Staten Island. She has been the church secretary with the Unitarian Church of Staten Island since 1998.


Building Superintendant

Brian Fontana

Building Attendant
Cleo Riley  


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Board of Trustees 2015-16


President - Linda Santlofer
Vice President - Sarah Dolinar
Secretary - Marge Becker
Treasurer - Stan Hellman


Trustees, 2016
Harry Hicks and John Adrian

Nominating Committee, 2016

Virginia Allen and Lillian Curran

Trustees, 2017
Robin Locke Monda and Steve Nutt



Nominating Committee, 2017

Carolyn Clark and Diane Matyas


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Our Committees

Committees form the backbone of our congregational life. You are warmly invited to participate in the committees, except as noted. For information about a committee and how to become a member, or to express a concern in a particular committee's area of interest, please contact the committee's chair or Vice President John Adrian.


Coordinates art displays, performances and the Spring Arts Festival See the Arts Program page. 

Buildings and Grounds |
Maintains church property to assure safety, cleanliness and code compliance.  

Caring Team
Provides support at times of need and transition, such as adoption, birth, death, illness or moving. 

Committee on the Ministry
The COM listens to the concerns of the congregation about the church and minister, as well as the concerns of the minister, and serves as a liaison between the congregation and the minister.

Communications | Co-Chairs: Ruth Benson and Robin Locke Monda
Ensures the flow of communication among the congregation, Trustees, Minister and the greater community, through the press, web and social networks.

Finance | Chair: Stan Hellman
Coordinates the business operations of the church to ensure fiscal integrity, effective use of personnel and inter-committee fiscal cooperation.

Flowers | Chair: Marilyn Brook
The Flower Committee provides flower arrangements for the Sunday services, with special flowers at Christmas, Easter and at memorials on request.

Growth & Long Term Planning 
The Growth and Long Term Planning Committee addresses the long-term issues and growth of the church. 

Hospitality | Chair: Randal Leason
The Hospitality Committee arranges for availability of refreshments after the Sunday service. 

Membership | Co-Chairs: Tom Seluga and Kathy Santo
The Membership Committee welcomes visitors to our church and its programs and keeps members engaged.

Memorial Garden | Chair: Joan Pipkins
Administers the Memorial Garden. See the Memorial Garden page.

Supports special music programs and maintenance of church instruments. 

Religious Exploration | Chair: Marge Becker
Provides religious exploration experience for our youngest members, from pre-school through high school. See the Religious Exploration page.

Small Group Ministry |
The Small Group Ministry welcomes new participants into small covenant groups, and supports small group coordinators.

Social Justice | Co-Chairs: Sally Jones & Raffaella Iosue
Raises consciousness about and leads action about social issues. See the Social Justice page.

Welcoming Congregation 
Provides support at times of need and transition, such as adoption, birth, death, illness or moving. 

Worship Guild | Chair: Linda Santlofer
Works closely with minister and music director to ensure the Sunday service meets the needs of the congregation.

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The Bylaws Committee updates and revises the Church Bylaws. Any changes are submitted to the Congregation for approval. 

Plans and organizes the annual drive for pledges to support the Church budget.

Church History | Church Historian/Archivist Historian: Randal Leason
Records and retains the history of UCSI.

Denominational Affairs 
The Denominational Affairs Committee keeps the church informed of the activities of the UU Area Council, the UU Metropolitan District and the international UU Association.

Chalice Lighters: Mary Campbell 

Metro District & UN Envoy: Virginia Allen 

Greening of the Church
Decorates the Church for Winter Holidays.
Coordinated by: Religious Exploration Committee, Membership Committee, Flower Committee

Jolly Holly Fair | Chair: Steve Nutt
The Jolly Holly Fair Committee plans and holds the yearly seasonal fair, a major fundraising event.

Library Chair: Randal Leason
The Library Committee maintains and enhances the quality of the Church library.

Reviews personnel policies and procedures, and offers guidance in personnel disputes. 

Religious Exploration Fund Raising Dinner
Spring fundraising event to benefit the Religious Exploration program

Spring Auction
The Spring Auction Committee plans and holds the yearly silent auction, a major fundraising event.

Stewardship |  Steward: Rafael Martinez-Perez
Church Steward collects and records contributions to UCSI.

Summer Forum 
Yearly Summer Sunday Service Program from June through August.

Super Bowl Party
Fundraising event organized by the Men's Group.

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