The Melrose Highlands Congregational Church is run by both staff and the Executive Council. Most of the work of the church is done by volunteers like you!
Staff—The staff members of our church are those who hold paid positions. This includes our Pastor, Music Director, Christian Education Coordinator, Building Use and Finance Coordinator, and others.
Executive Council—The Executive Council, which meets periodically to attend to the business and well-being of the church, is led primarily by volunteers and is comprised of the Officers, Deacons, and Stewards of the church who are elected to their positions during church meetings. These leaders organize the teams that make up the life of our church. The Deacons head teams that are related to faith, worship, and service, while the Stewards manage teams that are related to the day-to-day business of the church. Please contact these church leaders if you have questions about what they do or would like to help with their teams. All help—great or small—is welcome! Volunteering for the church can be fun and it offers a great way to get to know fellow church members.
Moderator: John Swanson
Pastor: Katie Omberg
Treasurer: Anne Moore
Worship: Joanne Hartung
Christian Education: Jolyn Ahnquist
Service & Outreach Team Coordinator: Kate Fazio
Membership & Growth: Lindsay Toghill
Youth Ministries: Val Bowden
Leadership Development: Joanne Hartung
Finances: Devon Winey
Building & Grounds: Jeff Parks
Communications: Michelle Tallman
Pastor: Katie Omberg
Director of Music: Diana Galanakis
Organist: Eugene Kaminsky
Christian Education Coordinator: Julie Fauvel
Senior High Youth Director: Nick Lowe
Middle School Youth Director: Rob Ayles
Office Administrator: Andrea Harrington
Financial Administrator/Building Supervisor: Mark Wantman
Sexton: John Angel
Interim Pastor, Katie Omberg (she/they)
Katie Omberg is a certified Interim Minister, holds a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, and did their undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College. Before their current call at Melrose Highlands, she has served in ministry roles in small towns and urban centers around the greater Boston area. They also work with the Mission Institute, an Episcopal organization that trains anti-racism facilitators to lead transformative conversations in communities of faith. She volunteers with Black and Pink Massachusetts, a prison abolition organization and open family of LGBTQ/HIV+ prisoners and free world members. When not working, they enjoy hiking in the White Mountains, baking, spending time with friends, and reading comics.
Music Director, Diana Galanakis
Diana has served as the full-time Elementary Performing Arts Teacher at Kingsley Montessori School in Back Bay, Boston, MA since January, 2013. Diana is an active singer in the area, serving as a current committee member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus at Boston Symphony Orchestra. Prior to working at Kingsley, she gained much experience teaching music as both an interim substitute and part-time instructor, including: public school bands and choirs of all levels, general music courses K-12, lesson/curriculum planning, special education general music and performing ensembles (chime choir), directing beginner and advanced church handbell choirs and vocal ensembles, as well as preparing both soloists and ensembles for festival competitions.