Our Staff

Katrina Wuensch, Senior Pastor

 

Katrina graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 2000, and has been serving UCC churches in Massachusetts ever since!


She's been with West Parish since March 2016, and loves the vibrant, welcoming, authentic community.   You can often find her humming hymns, walking her dog or enjoying a good microbrew.


Check out Katrina's weekly thoughts on her blog postings!

Victoria Gaisford, Christian Education Director

 

Victoria has a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.  She has 14 years of experience working with children and youth in churches. 

 

Victoria is approved for ordination, pending call, by the Santa Clara Association of the UCC.  She has four children and is married to Mike, who works in medical devices.  She loves preaching, hiking, singing, making art, and talking about God!

 

Mila Filatov, Music Director

 

Mila has been an award-winning pianist since the age of 17.   She graduated with an MM and highest honors from the prestigious Sobinov Conservatory of Music in Saratov, Russia.   Since coming to the US, Mila has played in numerous solo concerts throughout New England, including chamber music festivals and multiple piano duet concerts with the renowned American pianist Frank Glazer. 

Demetri Sampas, Organist and Accompanist

 

Demetri started playing piano and organ at a very young age and developed those skills while attending Pacific Lutheran University.   While in school, Demetri received many honors and awards through the Organ Historical Society in which he was the strategic planning advisor.  Demetri shared\s his passion for music through many solo performances at the University of Puget Sound, Trinity Parish and St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, Treble Chorus of New England, the Methuen Music Hall, and many other locations.

Larisa Henderson, Administrator

 

Larisa joined the West Parish Staff in December 2017.   

 

Larisa had previously worked part-time at West Parish, so we are thrilled to have her join us full time!  Larisa has become an intergral  part of the West Parish Community, and you can find her in the office on Mondays through Thursdays!

Susan Berube, Christian Education 

 

Susan is our new Sunday School teacher for children from Age 4 to Second grade! 

 

Susan has been the Director of LLL Preschool, located in West Parish, for over 5 years.  Susan teaches with the Godly Play method of storytelling and the children are mesmerized as she weaves tales from thousands of years ago!

Mark Atwood, West Parish Cemetery Superintendent  

 

Mark has been overseeing and maintaining the West Parish cemetery for 20 years, doing everything from landscaping and tending flowers, to meeting with families and keeping up our gorgeous chapel.

 

You’ll also see him around the church building, taking care of maintenance and repairs.