Our Elected Leaders
Westminster’s Trustees for the 2019-2020 congregational year are:
Amy Abel went to the last lay lead service in the summer of 1996 and it was love at first sight with Westminster. She found a home for her passions for storytelling of shared experiences, spirituality, family connections, tradition, and the beautiful architecture of the sanctuary. Now, two decades later, Amy is amazed that she has written and given four full sermons during the church year and an additional five summer sermons. Amy has also served in various volunteer roles in the church, six years on the Board of Trustees, in the position of Program Coordinator, three terms on the nominating committee. Amy has also served on the RE committee for ten years and taught for sixteen years in the religious education program. Leadership experiences also include serving on a search committee for an interim minister and serving as worship partner. Amy lives in North Kingstown with her young adult kid, Lee Giruzzi. Ten years ago, Amy considered relocation to another part of the country. The decision to stay was the connection to this warm, loving, embracing community that truly makes Rhode Island home for Amy.
Nancy Reed has been a member of Westminster Unitarian Church since 2010. Nancy works as an Occupational Therapist in the Scituate school system, teaches group exercise and is a dancer/choreographer in Balliamo Dance Collective. She has two children. Max, currently at East Greenwich High School, has been in Westminster’s Youth Religious Education program from 1st grade through Coming of Age, and is now part of the Senior Youth Group. Sam worked in Westminster’s nursery for a few years before heading off to college at URI, from which he has now graduated. Nancy has served as co-chairperson on both the Worship Committee and the Youth Religious Education Committee. On the Worship Committee, Nancy had the challenging and rewarding job of setting up the lay services throughout the church year and summertime. Nancy continues to be a part of the YREC as a regular committee member and has the responsibility of coordinating the Middle School Neighboring Faiths program which she is passionate about. Nancy is ready and willing to take on this new role on the Board of Trustees. She is grateful for Westminster, the caring friends she has made and her spiritual development that continues to grow as her relationship to the church remains vital.
Judy Adourian has been a member of Westminster since 2004. She is married to Jean-Marc, a devout atheist who says if he had to belong to any church it would be Westminster. Their two sons, Jean-Phillipe and Jean-Luc, attended the Religious Education Program since kindergarten and have grown into compassionate young men as a result. Judy has served WUC in many ways, most significantly as Board Member at Large and Board Secretary, RE Committee Chairperson, RE curriculum writer and teacher, Caring Circle Chairperson, and Sharing Locker volunteer. Her greatest joy at Westminster has come through her work as a trained Our Whole Lives (OWL) co-leader. Since 2006 she has taught OWL grades K-1, 4-6, and 7-9. Judy values the opportunities Westminster provides to grow spiritually while expanding her skill sets and treasures her relationships within the congregation.
Jeff Haan and his family, Laura Giusti and daughters Eva and Aria have been coming to Westminster since 2012. Jeff and Laura have volunteered as religious ed teachers for a number of years and are both interested in finding new ways to serve the church. Jeff works as a software development manager in Johnston.
Linda Hevenor and her husband, Sean, have 2 children and have been part of the Westminster congregation since 2012. They feel Westminster is an integral part of their lives – a place where they receive support, inspiration, and love. Linda is a nurse, currently working in patient safety and quality improvement. This year, Linda began her role as Secretary of the Board at Westminster, continues as a Youth Religious Education Committee member, and will mentor a youth in the Coming of Age program. She has taught Religious Education classes, including OWL this past year. Linda is proud to be a member of Westminster because the people in this community inspire her to live the values she believes in.
Brian Quigg, along with his wife Sarah and two daughters, Anna and Rachel, have been members at Westminster since they moved to Rhode Island in 2013. This is Brian’s first year on the Board. Brian has been involved with the Religious Education program as a teacher in Neighboring Faiths and Compass Points, as well as a Coming-of-Age mentor. For the past four years, Brian has worked for the Providence Public School District as a special education administrator. Prior to that, he was a special education teacher in upstate New York.
Member at Large
Amy Prisco and her family have been a part of the Westminster community since September 2014. In addition to serving on Westminster’s Board, Amy serves as a Connection Group Facilitator and teaches Compass Points and Neighboring Faiths to middle schoolers in the Religious Education Program. Amy is a native Rhode Islander with a professional background in urban planning and design. Currently, she is a stay-at-home parent to her two children.