Rev. Peggy Clarke began her ministry at Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist (UU) on August 1, 2019, after serving at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester in Hastings on Hudson for about 10 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Peace Studies and a Masters in Historical Theology from Boston College. Her doctoral work was in American Religious History. Rev. Clarke has served on the board of the UUA’s climate justice initiative Commit2Respond, the UU Environmental Justice Collaboratory and as chair of the UU Food Justice Ministry. She was one of the denomination's Observer Delegates at the 2015 United Nations Climate Summit in Paris, represented UUA at Standing Rock and most recently at the Mexican American border, calling attention to the crisis of separated families. She is very pleased to have Community Church co-sponsor this conference. Social and climate justice are very important issues as she begins her work at the church and in the greater NYC community. Rev. Clarke lives in Westchester with her husband and 9 year old son.
Director of Finance and Operations
BA from Wesleyan University
MBA from The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania)
Worked in financial positions for various for-profit organizations in fashion, talent management, and professional services.
Spent last ten years in not-for-profit – independent school; two churches
Married – two kids; two dogs; one mortgage
Director of Adult Ministries
Esther Rosado has served UU congregations in Massachusetts, most recently as Director of Religious Education in Medford, MA. She is an active Unitarian Universalist leader working on the local, district and continental levels.
Gerald "Jerry" Brown
Director of Music
Gerald A. Brown has been the Director of Music for Community Church since 1990. He was Music Director for the Elementary Education Programs at the New York City Opera for thirty-six years. In addition, he served as Organist and Choir Director for the Metropolitan Synagogue in New York City for twenty-five years. He was assistant conductor at the Central City Colorado Opera Festival for five seasons. With the New York Philharmonic he served as a rehearsal pianist under Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Rafael Kubelik, Erich Leinsdorf and Zubin Mehta. He holds a Master of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan where he was a student of Marilyn Mason. Upon graduating from the teacher training program at the Mathews School of the Alexander Technique he was certified as a teacher by the American Society of the Alexander Technique. He currently is on the faculty of the Land of Enchantment Opera Institute as a coach and Alexander Teacher.
Satya graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2018 and is taking one of their final steps to UU ministry through their internship at Community Church. Satya uses they/them/she pronouns and loves hiking and nature.
Facilities and Membership Coordinator
Valerie Lynch has been our Membership Coordinator since 2008. Earlier in her career she worked in membership/stewardship at the Episcopal Cathedral in Indianapolis after serving in the Navy Reserve as a Religious Program Specialist with the Marine Corps. Valerie is also our Acting Facility Scheduler. She says planning activities that bring members and friends together for social/spiritual activities is the best part of both roles.
Director of Religious Education for Children and Youth
Jil Novenski began teaching at Community Church in 2007. She graduated high school at the Northwest School for the Arts, Humanities and Environment in Seattle, Washington, majored in child psychology at the Evergreen State College, and holds a degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her professional history includes teaching adults with developmental disabilities, editorial support in educational publishing, and nonprofit fundraising and special event management. Fulfilling her passion for putting faith into action, Jil has worked with Victim Services as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, and was a founding member of the Advisory Board for Family Court Reforms in New York City. In her role as Director of Religious Education for Children & Youth, Jil continues to innovate in the space where arts, education and activism meet.
Amy (she/her) is a lifelong UU raised in the Religious Education program at First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon. Since moving to New York City in 2014 to pursue her calling as a writer, Amy worked in retail and customer service before landing at CCNY in January 2020. Amy is passionate about social justice and uplifting the voices of those who are working together to build a better world. When not at CCNY, Amy can be found studying workers' history as a Master's student at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and hosting a weekly radio show on WBAI 99.5fm.