Thia Jubinville, Church Administrator
Thia has been a member of CC for over 30 years, has kept the financial books for almost 25 yrs. and has served as Church Administrator for going on 16 years. We think she likes it here. Thia is responsible for a wide range of administrative responsibilities, including managing the church database and financial bookkeeping, producing all publications and the coordinating of all activities in the church’s building, Thia is a proud mom to daughters Kate and Laura (and kitty Mia) and enjoys reading, yoga and meditation, shopping and spending time with her daughters. She is most grateful to Center Church and its grace-filled members for all they have helped her learn throughout her years and involvement here.
Children’s Christian Education Director
Martha enjoys the blessing of working with the friendly, curious, kind and generous children of Center Church. She also enjoys creating and teaching the Promised Land Sunday School curriculum with the support of dedicated family volunteers and Center Church’s Children’s Christian Education Committee. Martha holds degrees from UMass Amherst and Columbia University, both in writing. Martha serves as a teacher during the work week.
Emily Carle, Youth Leader
Emily is a religion major at Mount Holyoke College in the class of 2021. She was born in raised in Connecticut and the United Church of Christ where she attended the Newington UCC and Tolland UCC churches. She has fond memories of signing in her church’s youth choir and participating in Pilgrim Fellowship. Emily became a member at Center Church in October 2017 and is currently a member of the Outreach Team as well. She loves Center and its youth for the energy and passion they bring to all activities. At Mount Holyoke, Emily is active in the English Handbell Ensemble, Interfaith Leadership Council, and Social Programming Board. She enjoys watching the Patriots, baking, skiing, and eating! Emily is studying in Greece this semester (Jan- May 2020) and will return to us in the fall.
Emma Martin, Youth Leader
Emma is from Louisville, Kentucky She was very active in her church’s youth group. Emma plays the guitar. The overall acceptance and sense of community is what really drew her to MHC; community is extremely important to her and she immediately felt it the first time she visited the college. Emma is a film major. She found our youth co-director job offering on Jobx (on campus) and thought it was the perfect opportunity to get involved in the community and working with the youth is exactly what she wanted to do. When asked what brought her to MHC, she said that during high school, she had read The Secret Life of Wonder Woman which mentioned MHC several times in the story. She wanted to attend a woman’s college and remembered this book when she began seriously looking at colleges.
Chelsea Korzeniowski, Nursery Caregiver
Chelsea serves as caregiver in the church Nursery. She took over the job with which she once helped her Mom. Chelsea i has a background in Early Childhood Education. In the Nursery the children play, we read books, make drawings and have a great time.
Larry Schipull, Organist
Larry Schipull has served as organist for Center Church for well over a decade. During the week he is Professor of Music at Mount Holyoke College. He earned his doctorate at Yale University, where he was Assistant University Organist; he is a summa cum laude graduate of Drake University in his native Iowa. He won a unanimous First Prize at the Conservatoire nationale de musique (Rueil-Malmaison), where he was a student of Marie-Claire Alain, and he also won the Music Teachers National Association and Ottumwa National organ competitions. He has appeared as organ soloist with orchestras both near (Pioneer Valley Symphony) and far (Curaçao, Hong Kong and Macau), and he collaborates frequently with his Mount Holyoke colleagues in chamber music performances.
Cheryl Cobb, Choir Director and Soloist
Cheryl says she” is happy to have the opportunity to conduct the wonderful choir at Center Church. Both choir and congregation are always happy to take on the challenges of many different kinds of music. She says ‘We try never to be boring!” Cheryl also teaches singing at Mt. Holyoke College.
Cindy Morrell, Associate in Music
Cindy is Center Church born and raised. She participated in Sunday School from a young age and accompanied the high school worship services when we were running double sessions in the ’60s. Cindy took organ lessons from Susie Conant. (Center Church Organist for many years) and continued organ at Mount Holyoke. She began subbing in high school as organist for summer services. Cindy sang in the Angel & Pilgrim choirs and now the Senior choir, accompany them at weekly rehearsals. She plays the organ/piano Sunday service duets with Larry Schipull. She calls Center Church her “home” and says it gives her support, joy, and laughter .She looks forward to choir on Thursday and services on Sunday.
Bob joined the staff in October of 2015 as our Sexton. He grew up in South Hadley, graduated from SH High and was a member of the Falls Congregational church for many years. Bob spent many years working for the Friendly corporation as a special project coordinator, covering recycling, waste management, logistics and catering. Bob also serves as a crossing guard for the Chicopee schools – a job he enjoys and works “with spirit” (like wearing a Rudolph nose at Christmas time.) He enjoys reading, going to the Cape, collecting political memorabilia and rooting for the Yankees.