Clergy and Program Staff

 

The Reverend Cari Pattison
Acting Head of Staff

The Reverend Jonah Smith-Bartlett
Youth and Family Minister

The Reverend Samuel T. Clover
Associate Minister and Communications Director

Dr. Sándor Szabó
Minister of Music

Dr. Dawn Ravella
Director of Mission Outreach

Alexis Mastromarino
Christian Education Director

Laura Green
Children’s Choir Director

Judith McCandless
Volunteer and New Member Coordinator

Lee J. Corbett
Handbell Director

Margaret Murtagh
Director, Reformed Church Nursery School

Administrative staff

Housekeeping and maintenance

 
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The Reverend Cari Pattison

Acting Head of Staff, ext. 115

cari@reformedchurch.org

Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Cari was installed at The Reformed Church of Bronxville in 2007. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and before coming to Bronxville, she served as a hospital and nursing home chaplain in New Jersey. Cari has served here nine years in various capacities as Associate Minister, and is presently Acting Head of Staff during the search process for a new Senior Minister. Her multifaceted duties include staff leadership and development, preaching and teaching, pastoral care, confirmation and sacraments class, small group Bible studies, and worship liturgy. A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Cari graduated from Kalamazoo College (B.A., English and Art) and completed her Teacher's Certificate at the University of Kansas, after which she taught eighth-grade English for two years in Kansas City area public schools. In her 20’s she studied and worked two years in Nairobi, Kenya, where she sensed a call to ministry. Since moving to New York, Cari has earned a variety of fitness teacher certifications and taught Jazzercise, yoga, Bodyfit, Pilates, and HIIT*Barre in Westchester. Her joy in ministry is to partner with God and others in transforming lives with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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The Reverend Jonah Smith-Bartlett

Youth and Family Minister, ext. 124

jsmith-bartlett@reformedchurch.org

Jonah joined RCB's staff in September 2014, after serving for five years as children and youth pastor at a Congregational church in New Canaan, CT. At The Reformed Church, he oversees the youth program for fifth- through 12th-graders and nurtures the spiritual development of parents. The son of a pastor, Jonah earned his BA in English from Lynchburg College, a Master of Arts and Theological Studies from Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond, VA), and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, where he won the William Sloane Coffin Scholarship Award. He was ordained in the American Baptist Churches in 2009. His wife, The Reverend Elizabeth Smith-Bartlett, is Minister of Formation and Nurture at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale. Jonah enjoys reading and writing fiction, and also plays the tin whistle, which he calls "a much underrated instrument." He also thinks comic books are "still pretty great," along with Burt Lancaster movies and Otis Redding. 

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The Reverend Samuel T. Clover

Associate Minister and Communications Director, ext. 134

sclover@reformedchurch.org

Ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Reformed Church in America in April 2014, Sam joined RCB’s staff the previous year after graduating from Union Theological Seminary (M.Div.). His call to ministry came after working for more than 10 years as an arts and culture journalist at a number of small magazines and newspapers in NYC. A graduate of Lafayette College (B.A., English and History), Sam also holds an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from The New School, and earned a diploma in spiritual direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary. An avid singer (and sometime trombonist), Sam has sung with a variety of choirs, including Marble Collegiate Church’s Festival of Voices and gospel choirs, which performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, and Harlem’s Apollo Theater, among other venues. At RCB, Sam oversees all communications initiatives, from the website to the Messenger newsletter, along with organizing The Gathering and participating in morning services. He is a proud board member of Room for All, a network of church members, clergy and congregations in the Reformed Church in America engaged in a cooperative effort to support LGBTQ people and allies across the denomination, as well as advocate for a radically inclusive welcome and affirmation of the full spectrum of God’s people in all aspects of congregational and denominational ministries.

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Dr. Sándor Szabó

Minister of Music, ext. 126

sszabo@reformedchurch.org

A native of Yugoslavia, Dr. Szabó holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Novi Sad and a Master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Belgrade. He holds a Master’s degree in organ performance as well as a Master’s degree in sacred music, both from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Additionally, he has earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano from Boston University and is a Fellow of The American Guild of Organists, their highest level of professional certification. Dr. Szabó has performed extensively in major concert halls and cathedrals throughout Europe and North America. At RCB, Dr. Szabó oversees all music programming and directs The Chancel Choir and Kirksingers Choir. An avid chess player, he is married to Shelly Szabó, with whom he has three children.

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Dr. Dawn Ravella, LMSW, D.Min.

Mission and Outreach Director, ext. 114

dawn@reformedchurch.org

A licensed social worker who has been dedicated to ministry for more than 25 years, Dawn joined RCB’s staff in 2008. Since then, she has overseen all of RCB’s mission and advocacy efforts, ranging from youth trips and panels on social justice issues to the design and development of Coming Home, RCB’s prison re-entry program, which is being replicated at several churches in partnership with Fordham University’s Beck Institute for Religion and Poverty. A graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s College (B.A.) and Fordham University (MSW), Dawn earned her Doctorate of Ministry degree at New York Theological Seminary in 2013, and received NYTS’s Excellence in Ministry Award. She has also worked as a psychotherapist, integrating hypnotherapy, aromatherapy and spirituality. Among Dawn’s favorite accomplishments are the founding of a public policy education network that mobilized Catholics on Long Island to become a moral voice in the public arena; establishing two NYC homeless shelters; co-organizing the East Side Congregations for Housing Justice in Manhattan, which organizes religious leaders in NYC to dialogue with elected officials to end homelessness; and creating a partnership of church leaders in NYC and Zimbabwe. Her other interests include travel, hiking and music—especially the “positive message” music of her husband Glen Roethel.

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Alexis Mastromarino

Director of Christian Education, ext. 118

alexis@reformedchurch.org

Alexis has been a part of the RCB staff for 13 years. She received her BA in Communication Arts from Manhattan College in Riverdale. Her work in public relations included event planning, writing for several publications, and designing advertisements. While focusing her energy on raising her children, Alexis did a lot of volunteer work.  She was co-editor and a writer for the Westchester newsletter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as well as a member of the board; a Girl Scout leader; a Cub Scout leader; the coordinator of the parent volunteers at St. Paul the Apostle School; an adult supervisor for the Dead Theologians Society (a parish youth group); Vice President of the Parents' Club of Maria Regina High School; and a member of the Parish Council.  Alexis received certification for Parenting Leadership Training from the Education for Parenting, Family Life, Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of New York and used some of the skills to co-lead “parenting workshops.” Alexis enjoys shoe shopping, going to “off-beat” movies with her daughter Erica, and going to hear her son Eddie sing and play the guitar, whether it is in a pub or at The Gathering service.  Alexis has been practicing yoga for six years and each day works on being still, staying centered, and moving peacefully. At RCB, she oversees the Church School, including shepherding the teachers;  keeping parents informed; planning and coordinating special family events; and planning and coordinating special Church School events.  She also leads the Nursery School Chapel in church on Thursdays, plans and schedules the Sunday Adult Education series, coordinates the lay volunteers for Christian Education and leads the Lectio Divina group on Friday mornings.    

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Laura Green

Children’s Choir Director, ext. 127

lgreen@reformedchurch.org

Laura came to the Reformed Church in 2007 as a soprano soloist and section leader of the Chancel Choir. Now in her second year as Children's Choir Director, she conducts the Cherub Choir (Pre-K 4's and 5's), Carol Choir (K - 1st graders), Cathedral Choir (2nd - 4th graders), and Chapel Choir (5th - 7th graders).  She has also worked for 20 years as a singer and teacher in New England and New York City, conducting high school choirs and musicals in addition to her work as a soloist and/or choral musician. She has performed under the batons of Ricardo Muti, Lorin Maazel, Alan Gilbert, Xian Zhang and Leon Botstein, among many others, and with an array of church choirs including St. Bartholomew's, Trinity Wall Street, St. John the Divine, and Church of the Ascension. A co-founder of the Manhattan Voices, Laura has also served as Director of the Chamber Choir at Hoff-Barthelson in Scarsdale since 2009, and teaches private voice and piano. She received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from James Madison University, and a Master’s in vocal performance from  Hartt School of Music.

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Judith McCandless

Volunteer and New Member Coordinator

jmccandless@reformedchurch.org

Judi McCandless joined The Reformed Church in 1993, and came on staff in January 2015. Over the course of her membership she has served as elder, deacon, Chair of the Pastoral and Congregational Care Council, Consistory Nominating Committee Chair, confirmand mentor, adult education speaker, and prison ministry volunteer. She was also involved with the Senior Minister Search Committee, women's retreat planning committee, Strategic Planning sub-committee and the Accessibility Committee, which advocated for the construction of the church elevator. In her current position, Judi facilitates church membership by following up with visitors and those who have expressed interest in RCB, and supporting new members as they become better acquainted with the Church's programs. Judi also reaches out to current members to encourage participation in church activities and volunteer opportunities, works with staff to create opportunities that reflect members' interests, and encourages the development of programs that support and train volunteer leaders. Her goal is to be a visible presence to answer questions and encourage new connections. Outside of the church, Judi serves as Secretary and Board member of the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe. Judi loves to play recreational and competitive tennis, loves to read and is a secret Cheeto addict. She lives in Eastchester with her husband, Tom, and children, Brad and Kathleen.

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Lee J. Corbett

Handbell Director, ext. 128

lee@reformedchurch.org

Lee joined The Reformed Church in 1972. In 1986 she became the director of the newly formed Concert Ringers, and a year later took over the existing Youth Bell Choirs. For over 20 years she has overseen the Clothing Closet and the Clothing Sales, which now raise up to $30,000 per year for the church’s outreach programs.  Lee also has an active piano studio and is celebrating 50 years as a piano teacher.

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Margaret Murtagh

Director, Reformed Church Nursery School, 914-337-6332, ext. 143

margaret@reformedchurch.org

The Director of the Reformed Church Nursery School since 2003, Margaret brings over 20 years of experience as an early childhood educator to her current role. Prior to her appointment as Director, she taught pre-K and jr. K at RCNS for two years. Margaret received her B.A. in philosophy from Fordham College and her Juris Doctor degree from the Fordham University School of Law. As Director, she has expanded programming while building on the school’s six-decade tradition of caring and excellence. Recently, she spearheaded a new school security project that was completed this year with the generous donations from the RCNS families.  In addition to her dedication to the families of RCNS, Margaret is a board member of the Counseling Center, where she recently helped institute a special speaker series on mental health issues in the community. Margaret also enjoys volunteering at the church where she participates in the church school Sunday chancel talks, Thursday RCNS chapels and as a member of the Gathering Band.  Margaret lives in Yonkers with her husband John and has two grown children: John, a USMC reserve officer, and Jim, a Junior at Fordham College. Margaret enjoys reading, needlepointing, knitting and crocheting in her spare time.

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Administrative staff

Alan Zanzano
Chief Operating Officer
azanzano@reformedchurch.org, ext. 117

Joe DeBisceglie
joseph@reformedchurch.org, ext. 155

Teresa Flocco
teresa@reformedchurch.org, ext. 123

Anne Mecca
Executive Administrator
anne@reformedchurch.org, ext. 132

Louanne Mitchell
louanne@reformedchurch.org, ext. 153

Carla Savage
csavage@reformedchurch.org, ext. 112

Belle Hann
Communications Associate
bhann@reformedchurch.org, ext. 154

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Housekeeping and maintenance

Pedro Santana, Sexton
pedro@reformedchurch.org, ext. 125

Marilyn DeCamilo

Onel Pierre

Leudy Santana

Chris Toro

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