All staff can be reached at 973-744-6276 using the extension below.

Our Ministers

Rev. Dr. Justin S. Osterman
Interim Senior Minister
(ext. 11)
justin.osterman@uumontclair.org

cropped-Justin-casualI had a rather unusual upbringing as a child in a Unitarian Universalist family.  Both my parents were teachers for the United States Department of Defense School System in Europe, so I spent my childhood living in Norway, England, and Germany.  My knowledge of our religious tradition came from my parents, reading books, and the teenage experience of watching my parents start a Unitarian Universalist fellowship on a US Air Force base. After graduating from Zweibruecken American High School, West Germany, in 1979, I continued my education at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, NC.  I received my BA in English in 1984, with an emphasis in creative writing. Following college I served in the United States Army for four years as a non-commissioned officer, a paratrooper, and an Arabic linguist with Military Intelligence. I graduated from Meadville Lombard in June 1999 and accepted an offer from All Souls Church (Unitarian Universalist) in New London, CT to serve as their Interim Minister for one year. I have also served the Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, NJ, the Main Line Unitarian Church in Devon, PA and the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, NE. Today I look forward to serving the people of the UU Congregation at Montclair as your Interim Senior Minister and  to use my knowledge, experience, and abilities in service of our congregation and our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Rev. Judy Tomlinson
Associate Minister
(ext. 16)
assocmin@uumontclair.org
I was born in South Jersey but because my father worked for oil refineries, our family began to move around the world when I was two years old. As a child, I lived in Indonesia, the Phillippines, California and Panama. I graduated from Coco Solo High School in the Panama Canal Zone and began college at Christian fundamentalist school, Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. In my second year I left to get married and moved to Southern California. My husband and I had a gardening business for ten years that supported our volunteer work at the Unitarian Church of Orange County in Anaheim, CA, as well as the Anti Nuclear and Freedom of Information movements. It was at UCOC that I became a Unitarian Universalist and an active religious educator. For three years I was Co-Director of de Benneville Pines Unitarian Universalist Camp and Conference Center. I served the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church from 1989-1992 and the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica from 1992-2000 as Director of Religious Education. I began my preparation for the ministry in the Modified Residency Program at Meadville/Lombard Theological School. In 1996 I transferred to a school closer to home. Upon graduating from Claremont School of Theology and passing the Fellowship Committee, I moved to Montclair, NJ, to begin my ministry. Happily I was called, ordained and installed this year.

 

Rev. Jacqueline C. Lahey
Affiliated Community Minister
jaclahey@aol.com

Jackie is a native New Yorker who grew up on Long Island, where she went to the beach every day in the summers of her childhood. She graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, then served four years on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Army, with duty stations in South Korea and San Antonio, TX. She worked for non-profit organizations in San Francisco and New York City, and earned her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary. She was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1998 at the Community Church of New York in Manhattan. After graduation from Seminary, she served as an ecumenical chaplain at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, as a hospice chaplain with Odyssey Healthcare in Edison, NJ, and as coordinator for the New Jersey Unitarian Universalist Network for Promise the Children, which was based in our own UU Congregation at Montclair. She now works as a hospice chaplain for Compassionate Care Hospice, providing pastoral care to terminally ill patients in their homes and in nursing homes throughout Bergen and Passaic Counties. She is married to Scott Lahey, and they have two children, Patrick and Margaret, who are enthusiastic participants in the RE program here at UUCM. They live in Maplewood, and enjoy the Jersey Shore as a family as frequently as their schedules allow.

Our Staff

MUSIC DIRECTOR
Markus Grae-Hauck (ext. 15)
musicdir@uumontclair.org
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ASSISTANT MUSIC DIRECTOR
Stearns Matthews (ext. 15)
musicassist@uumontclair.org
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Iris DeLaPaz (ext. 23)
recoord@uumontclair.org
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ADMINISTRATOR
Danielle Ramcharan (ext. 12)
admin@uumontclair.org
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OFFICE MANAGER
Jaclyn Puleo (ext. 10)
officemgr@uumontclair.org
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BOOKKEEPER

Emilia Sadonis (ext. 19)
accountant@uumontclair.org
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FACILITIES MANAGER
Gerry McCart (ext. 14)
facilities@uumontclair.org
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CUSTODIANS
Danny Guevera
David Haustein
Matt Worden

COUNSELING
Leslie Trawin
(201)638-4013

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