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First Parish Staff

Catherine-Cullen-web Minister, Catherine Cullen

Catherine joined us in August, 2004, bringing an abundance of spiritual energy and practical enthusiasm. Before coming to First Parish, she served as Interim Minister in Wakefield, R.I., as Summer Minister for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Reading, and as a student minister at First Parish in Brewster, Massachusetts. Previously, she was an attorney, political activist, community organizer, elected town official and a sailor (she stills sails!).  She and her late husband David Cutler have a blended family of six children (and 10 grandchildren, one named Catherine). Catherine lives in Duxbury with her youngest child, Becky, who loves soccer, swimming, and sailing (to her mom's delight).

Like many UUs, Catherine made her way to our faith tradition as an adult, having been raised in the Catholic Church. She understands the sometimes difficult journey to finding a church home that is spiritual but not religious in the traditional sense, and she is always available to talk about how Unitarian Universalism's pluralistic liberal tradition might fit your spiritual needs. You may contact her at (781) 934-6532 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Click here for Office Hours.

Sunsue-Fleming-web Religious Education Director, Sunsue Fleming

Sunsue has been Director of Religious Education at First Parish Church since 1999. She previously served UU Churches in Quincy, Plymouth and Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She has been active within the district and larger denomination, taking on leadership responsibilities. Sunsue developed and led a week-long adult workshop at Star Island entitled "Spirit in Motion."  She has also led workshops in liturgical dance at various events throughout the district and at General Assembly. She has produced two instructional DVDs of liturgical dance, "Dancing Our Living Tradition" and recently released "Dancing Our Faith."  She is the mother of four children, all of whom are young adults now, active within our faith. She is also a proud grandmother of two. You may contact Sunsue via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Ed-Swanborn-web Music Director, Edwin Swanborn

Ed is a nationally-known harpsichordist and organist, having made solo and chamber music appearances throughout North America, Europe and in Israel. He studied with Dr. Anthony Newman at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and participated in master classes with Gustav Leonhardt and Anton Heiller. From 1977 to 1990, he was Artistic Director of the acclaimed Candlelight Concert Series at First Parish Church. He is pianist for the Zamir Chorale of Boston and serves on the music staff of Northeastern University. He has recorded the Organ Works of J. L. Krebs (Northeastern Records compact disk) and may also be heard on five CDs of sonatas by J.M. Leclair, G.F. Handel, Michel Blavet and J. S. Bach, recorded with flutist Robert Stallman (VAI Records). He has also recorded C.P.E. Bach flute sonatas with Boston Symphony Orchestra flutist Fenwick Smith (Revere Records). Recently released on Boston Records are works for oboe and harpsichord recorded with BSO oboist Wayne Rapier.

As director of First Parish's senior choir, Ed has made the church's annual Christmas Eve service one of the area's best-known liturgical musical events. You may contact him via  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Lenore-OMalley-web Office Administrator, Lenore O'Malley

Lenore joined us in August, 2013.  She came to us from East Weymouth Congregational Church, where she was their office administrator from 2011-2013.   Previous to this, she was the office administrator for AIM Personnel, a temporary/permanent placement agency in Hingham.  She has also held the position of Front Desk Membership Supervisor for South Shore YMCA in Hanover.   She has held part-time administration roles since starting her family.   Prior to starting her family, she was the Marketing Manager for HealthStar, Inc. and ISI Systems, Inc.  Lenore loves spending time with her family, attending her children’s sporting events, decorating, and spending time outside gardening.  You may contact her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Click here for Office Hours.

John-Russo-web Sexton, John N. Russo

John joined us in 2004.   Before coming to First Parish Church, John was the Town of Pembroke’s mechanic for 20 years.  Previously, he owned John’s Auto Repair in Pembroke for over 20 years.  He also worked at various Cadillac dealerships, including Palmer Cadillac in Braintree, MA.  John was on the Board of Assessors for the Town of Pembroke for over 24 years, and was also past President of the Lion’s Club of Pembroke, and past member of the Kiwanis Club.   John is a veteran and was in the Corp of Engineers for the US Army.   He has two sons, Dennis and Kevin, seven grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.


Alex-Pevzner-web Junior Choir Director, Alex Pevzner

Alex joined our staff in 2013.  He is a multi-instrumentalist now who thrived on playing saxophone and acting in plays at the Duxbury schools.   He studied saxophone and music theory at Berklee College of Music.   He has been performing for years as a guitar player/singer at open mics/coffee houses, church services, weddings, and funerals.   Alex is a drummer and HealthRhythms certified Drum Circle facilitator.   He has worked with people of all ages in both community and therapeutic drumming.

Alex and his two children have been active members of First Parish Duxbury since 2004.   In his spare time Alex enjoys playing percussion in a rock n’ roll folk group.

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Dawn-MacKechnie-web Youth Advisor, Dawn MacKechnie

Dawn joined our staff in 2013.  She grew up attending First Parish Church and has been a lifelong Unitarian Universalist.  She has been an active UU on local, district and national levels, which included participating in many conferences, co-leading a workshop on Young Adults at Star Island conference center in 2005, and being a paid employee of Ballou-Channing District as the Young Adult Coordinator from 2006-2007.  She knows what it means to be empowered as a youth by our beloved church community and hopes to pay it forward.  She lives in Plymouth with her husband Brenton and two young children.

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