Rev. Stacy Swain
Stacy comes to ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ after more than twenty years experience in the field of public health with poor and disadvantaged populations. Stacy envisions church as an inspiring community of people who are committed to following the Way of Jesus — growing in love of God and of each other while doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with God.
Stacy was born and spent most of her childhood and youth in Minnesota. She received a B.A in English literature from Carleton College in Northfield MN, a Master of Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at Boston University and a Master’s of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School where she graduated with distinction and received the award for excellence in biblical studies.
Stacy and her husband Mark have two adult children and two dogs. They live in Roslindale, Massachusetts. Stacy returned from Sabbatical in the fall of 2016 when she and Mark walked El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a 800 kilometer pilgrimage across northern Spain.
Rev. Amy Clark Feldman
Associate Pastor for Youth and Families
Amy is an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches, and has a deep love for discovering the ways God is working in and through inter-generational communities of faith, and for nurturing the spiritual lives of children and youth.
Before serving as the Union Church’s Associate Pastor, Amy served for two years as the church’s ministerial intern, and, before that, as the Director for Community Life and Communication at the First Baptist Church in Newton, MA. She received her Master’s of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School, graduating with honors and as the recipient of the R. Dean Goodwin Award for Excellence in Communications.
Amy’s previous experience includes work as a bilingual consultant to corporations and nonprofits in the U.S. and Latin America; as a program manager for the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institutes for Higher Education and International Education; and with the International Offices of the American Red Cross. In addition to her M.Div., she holds an M.B.A. from the University of Miami (FL) in international business and public administration, and B.A. degrees from the University of Connecticut in nonprofit administration and Spanish.
Amy lives in Natick with her two sons, her husband Greg, their rescue dog Cody, and guinea pig Zeus. She is a runner who loves to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors.
Jade Hargrave is a third-year Masters of Divinity student at the Boston University School of Theology. Her academic interests include pastoral care, as well as peacemaking and conflict transformation.
Jade has previously earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Simmons University and serves as Chief Financial Officer for Media Shower, a national marketing agency based in Boston, MA.
Jade is currently a member of the Wellesley Congregational (“Village”) Church and lives in Sherborn with her husband John, sons Isaac and Luke, and four pampered chickens. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, and playing board games with friends and family.
Minister of Music
Daon Drisdom, Georgia native, is a Second Year Vocal Performance and Opera major at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studies with Carole Haber. Drisdom received his Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from Augusta University in Augusta, GA. Praised for his rich tone and incredible stage presence, his credits include performances of scenes from Mozart’s Idomeneo and Janáček’s The Bartered Bride with the New England Conservatory Opera Theater. Previously, while Mr. Drisdom sang in the baritone repertoire, his performance credits included Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro with the 2015 Opera festival di Roma summer program in Orvieto, Italy, where he also understudied the role of Figaro, an appearance with the Augusta Choral Society in the role of King Melchior in Menotti’s Amahl & the Night Visitors, Papageno in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and The Mikado in Lerner and Loewe’s The Mikado with The Opera Initiative at Augusta University. Drisdom has also been a featured young artist, spanning three years, in the American Negro Spirituals Intensive, part of the Bay View Music Festival, under the direction of Dr. Everett McCorvey. There, he performed concerts of Negro spirituals with an ensemble of accomplished students for the Bay View Association and The Great Lakes Center for the Arts. He continues to perform regularly in presentations of Augusta University and other arts programs in Georgia’s Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).
Mr. Drisdom has been a multiple finalist and winner in several competitions in the U.S. and has been honored with many recognitions for musical excellence. Among those honors is the opportunity to share God’s love through music with his people. He is honored to be able to share those gifts with the Union Church in Waban.
Assistant Music Minister
Soprano, Kayla Gautereaux, is an active performer of solo recitals, opera, and oratorio. Ms. Gautereaux held the position of Assistant Music Director at St. Andrews-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Pacific Beach, California. Her recent operatic roles include Mother in Menotti’s Amahl in the Night Visitors and Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica. Ms. Gautereaux has also been featured in a number of professional choral ensembles including San Diego Pro Arte Voices and Sacra/Profana, and has previously sung with the San Diego Opera Chorus. After receiving her Bachelor of Music at San Diego State University in 2014, Ms. Gautereaux co-founded Folklore Guild, a new choral ensemble specializing in music from video-game and film soundtracks.
Ms. Gautereaux is also a private voice teacher, and is currently earning her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at New England Conservatory.
Child Care Provider
Lisa Barry welcomes our youngest children into the nursery every Sunday morning providing a loving and safe environment to play and learn while parents worship. Lisa has been working in the infant/toddler room at UCW since 2009 and is also a full-time Nanny for families in the area. Lisa was raised in Newton and lives continues to live in Newton with her two college aged sons. Parents often express appreciation for how Lisa’s loving and consistent presence has made it so much easier for their children to transition to being in the nursery. Lisa’s has worked professionally with kids since 2007 and enjoys them a great deal.
Aidan is at the hub of our communications, finances and daily operations of the church. Aidan’s prior work experience includes twenty years in sales order administration in the semiconductor industry.