Rev. Emilie Boggis
Emilie is our called minister of Congregational Life. She began her role with the congregation in September 2005 as Assistant Minister. In 2014, Rev. Boggis began taking on more of the ministerial aspects of congregational life, including membership, adult spiritual development and faith formation, and pastoral care.Emilie is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. She graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School (a UU seminary in Chicago) in June 2005. She previously worked as a Americorps*VISTA volunteer at Habitat for Humanity.
Tuli Patel is our Executive Director.Tuli began her work with the Congregation in 2004 as Director of Religious Education. During her tenure as DRE, she built a robust program for children in grades Prek-8, including a junior youth group.In early 2014, the Board of Trustees asked Tuli to take on executive functions of the church in a new role as Executive Director. She brings her same enthusiasm and energy to the operations of the church as she did to the Religious Education program.
Rev. Robin Tanner
Rev. Robin Tanner is our called minister of Worship and Outreach.Rev. Robin was called to Beacon after a year-long search on May 22, 2016. She previously served as Lead Ministerof the Piedmont UU Church located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Rev. Tanner has a Master’s of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School and is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister. She believes in leading social change through spiritual transformation.
Misa Iwama joined the team at Beacon in early 2019 and is our Director of Music Ministry. Formerly she was the Interim Music Director for the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City. Currently she is the Assistant Director of Music at Central Synagogue in New York City and Music Administrator at Middle Collegiate Church. Misa recently performed at Lincoln Center in the cast of The King and I in the ensemble. Misa has a BA in Music from Yale and a MM from the New England Conservatory. Throughout her career she has performed many roles in music performance, production, education and administration. We look forward to having the advantage of her knowledge and enthusiasm in our music program (and she grew up in Madison, NJ)!
Laura Beth Brown
Laura Beth Brown is our Director of Family Ministry, responsible for programming for children in grades PreK-8. Laura Beth has a been a religious educator for 15 years. She began her tenure at Beacon in July 2015, coming to us from the Ridgewood congregation. Laura Beth is excited about serving a congregation committed to social justice.
Jamaine is our Youth Director, responsible for ministry with our middle and high school youth and families. She’s been a member of Beacon’s religious education community since 2007 and is a UUA Credentialed Religious Educator. A former assistant director for film and television, she currently serves as a mentor, writer and trainer of religious professionals exploring ways of building strong, sustainable youth programs for UU faith and identity development. A military brat “from everywhere & nowhere”, Jamaine considers Maplewood home, a place she shares with her husband, Rick, their daughter, Alice, and their horribly spoiled “fur babies” Fiona, Shivers, Millie & Minerva. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from the University of Central Florida (GO KNIGHTS!) and a MBA in Media Management from the Metropolitan College of New York (unfortunately, they don’t have a football team).
Brian joined the Beacon team in the summer of 2017 as our Congregational Life Assistant. Previously, he was an Engagement Officer at the NJ Trust for Public Land. For over a decade he worked in the city of Newark for various non-profit groups. We are excited to welcome him to Beacon!
Irina Polonksy is our finance Manager, working to keep our accounts reconciled and balanced. She comes with strong experience in congregational life accounting.
Karen is our volunteer Stewardship Director. She and her husband Steve have been members of Beacon since 2007 and her youngest son Montana attended the children’s RE program and participated in Beacon’s Coming of Age and the Senior Youth Group programs.
Donnie is our Social Media specialist, focusing on our social justice endeavors. With a background in music and marketing, Donnie creates postings for our various events and announcements on social media platforms and oversees our digital presence.
Lesli is our house-keeper and has been working at Beacon for 12 years. She is a native of Honduras and has four children. Her husband is a minister at a Church of God congregation in Honduras and comes twice a year to visit her in the US.
Olga is our child care giver, who works with our littlest members on Sunday mornings (picture forthcoming).