Minister

Rev. Ellen Quaadgras

I am a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School where the underlying principle of “Building the beloved community” became integral to my own vision of ministry. I have had the opportunity to expand on this vision in settings ranging from the Interfaith Fellows program with Hebrew College, to my work as an intern with the Follen Church Society in Lexington, to my Ministerial Residency for Social Justice in Dallas. Before taking a turn towards religion, my working life was in the world of healthcare, technology and project management, all substantial building blocks for the work I get to do today. Now, I am thrilled to be serving the congregation of Westminster, a community whose inherent warmth and caring align so closely with my own vision for what church can be.

In that spirit I am delighted to have landed here in East Greenwich and am looking forward to getting to know each and every one in the Westminster community. If you are not yet here but seeking a spiritual home, I hope you consider stepping through our doorway. If you are already here, I hope that you continue the unfolding of your relationship to this special place.

Either way, I look forward to the opportunity to continue learning, growing, and connecting, as together we build this singular and precious “Beloved community.”

Rev. Ellen Quaadgras’s office hours can be found here.  To contact Rev. Ellen directly, please email her at [email protected].

Staff

Debra Zagaeski

Director of Religious Education

Debra has been a religious educator for the past ten years. Most recently she has served at The Follen Community Church in Lexington, MA.

She has completed the UUA DRE credentialing program and has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve in the capacity as a religious educator in the wider Unitarian Universalist Community as well.  She was the President of the Unitarian Sunday School Society and has led workshops for the Religious Education Week on Star Island.

To contact the Debra, please send email to [email protected]

 

 

Lesli-Ann Powell

Office Administrator

Lesli-Ann joined Westminster in April of 2015.  She brings many years of experience in business, marketing and design to her role. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Studio Art from American University in Washington, DC and a Master’s in Business Administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. In addition to her work at the church, Lesli-Ann is the Owner and Creative Director of a Graphics Design and Stationery Studio.  She and her husband live in Cranston, Rhode Island.

Her office hours can be found here. To contact Lesli-Ann directly, please email her at [email protected].

 

Nonetta Shatakhtsian

Music Director

Nonetta has been at Westminster since 2005.  An exceptional pianist, she plays at all our services, as well as providing direction to our adult choir.  In addition, Nonetta is on the faculties of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Music School, the Our Lady of Mercy School in East Greenwich, RI, and the St. Peter School in Warwick, RI.  Her credentials include a B.A. in Music from Romanos Melikyan College of Music, an M.A. from Armenian State Conservatory (where she became a Professor of Piano Performance).  She is a member of the Rhode Island Music Educators Association and MENC, The National Association for Music Education.