Class of 2018

 

Kay Cassell has been a member of Judson for a long time and after many years of not being able to participate she returned two years ago. Recently she joined the Capital Campaign Committee. At present she is teaching in the Department of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University (NJ).  Previous to teaching at Rutgers Kay worked for the New York Public Library as a manager supervising collection development and programming for the Branch Libraries.  Most of her working life has been spent in libraries – both public and academic - except for two years when she was the Director of the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines which supports the work of literary magazines and small press books and another two years when she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco where she worked on library development. 

Kay is a member of her Coop board on the Upper West Side and was previously a member of a Coop board when she lived in the East Village.  In her free time she likes to travel, go to movies and the theater, and read.

 


Martha Giradina (Treasurer) has been a member of Judson for more than 15 yrs. Over the years, she has enjoyed participating in the varied activities and services of Judson from singing in the choir, learning from bible and other study groups, and reveling with the Wednesday nights Bailout Theatre crew. She is grateful that the change in her work schedule this past summer has provided her with the flexibility and time to return to serving on the Board and is looking forward to the coming year.

 

 

Ken Kidd is Projects Director and Special Assistant to the Dean at NYU’s College of Arts and Science.  Born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Ken studied Political Science and Theatre at Concord University in Athens, WV.  After serving for two years as the very first Director of Development for the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project in the early 1990s and spearheading that group’s groundbreaking subway campaign against same-sex domestic violence, from 1996 until 2004 Ken was Director of Conferencing and Special Events at NYU School of Law, where he organized high-level events in New York, in Washington, and abroad; among them were multiple events for President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Prime Minister Tony Blair, every one of the sitting Supreme Court Justices, an International Conference on The Third Way in Florence, Italy (which included a day-long summit with seven heads of government), and the meetings of the International Commission on Kosovo. A personal highlight for Kidd was administering (and observing) a top secret convening, at NYU’s Villa La Pietra in Italy, of four United States Supreme Court Justices in a sit-down meeting with the Court of the European Union in which our justices proofread and offered feedback on the final draft of the EU Constitution.

 

A vocal member of the original ACT UP from 1989 to 1992 and Queer Nation from its inception to today, Kidd is heavily involved in Queer Nation’s grassroots efforts to win true equality for every LGBT American and to point out the harsh injustices faced by LGBTs around the world. Queer Nation’s recent efforts included the mobilization for LGBT rights in Russia and across the globe using the opportunities provided by the International Olympics Committee’s unfortunate decision to hold the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia; Kidd and his QN partners also created a social media campaign that effectively killed the dangerously flawed Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) and helped propel the introduction of The Equality Act, an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that would include LGBTs as a protected class in housing, education, public accommodation, Federal programs, credit, and employment.

 

 

Abigail Myers moved to New York City almost ten years ago to teach in the NYC schools, and over that decade, making public education more equitable, engaging, and life-changing for all of New York's children has become her passion.  Judson is the spiritual home that sustains Abigail in her work as an educator, and has seen her through the most difficult, and redeeming, times in her life.  She is so honored to be asked to be part of leading this beloved community. Abigail joined Judson in 2010, and is deeply grateful for the friends and connections she’s made here in the past five years.  She sings in the Judson Choir, and has been an enthusiastic (if sometimes introverted) participant in PopLabs and the Judson Weekend.  She is also the Coffee Hour Coordinator, and gentle (she hopes) nagger of the community during Announcements when the list of hosts starts to get short! When not at Judson or in the city schools, Abigail is at home in Brooklyn with her partner, Dakota, and their two cats.  She enjoys running, doing the New York Times crossword, trying to visit every single museum in the five boroughs, reading, writing fiction and poetry, and hunting down the best curry, dumplings, and bibimbap in the city.

 

 

Class of 2017


Michael Crumpler (Moderator): Michael relocated in 2013 to New York City from North Carolina to complete his Masters of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary. In North Carolina, he is a member of United Church of Chapel Hill, in care as Member in Discernment, where he was re-inspired to pursue ministry after his HIV diagnosis, coming out, and overcoming addiction. Prior to arriving in NYC, he researched UCC churches, and Judson’s ministry of social justice, liberal-progressive ideology, and arts ministry intrigued him. He visited on his first Sunday in New York and was hooked. As graduation approached, he felt called by, God to bi-vocational ministry as a pastor and chaplain in the New York City metropolitan area.His vocational experience includes 12 years of military service, more than five years of Christian education and pastoral ministry, and extensive experience in sales and customer service. He enjoys running, music, traveling, mentoring, binge TV watching, and exploring the city.

 

 

Kim Kelly is originally from Michigan, the oldest of five children. Due to a love interest and the poor economy, she moved to New Jersey in 1979 That relationship didn’t last, but her love for the East Coast, NYC, and for Jack Lawrence, did. He brought her to Judson in the early ‘80s In 1986 she became a member.On Nov. 9, 1991, Kim and Jack were married at Judson. She served on the Board as Treasurer, on the Search Committee that called Peter Laarman as Senior Pastor, and on the Archives and Membership committees. Since the mid 1990’s she has facilitated the assembly of safer injection and safer sex kits for the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center. Some of her interests are photography, reading, traveling, the beach, and baking/decorating cakes. Her college degree is in teaching, but she has spent most of her career in the printing industry. Kim and Jack happily reside in the “Venice” of New Jersey with their cats, Samantha and Tillie.

 

Laura Jane Kenny (Vice-Moderator.) Judson has been Laura Jane's spiritual home for four years. Few things are more important to her than community and relationships and Laura Jane (or LJ!) has invested in Judson because it is a church that truly takes care of each other and those outside of it. Laura Jane tries to attend Kit Making Parties as much as possible since they are full of good people and were the first thing which made her feel like Judson was her home. Laura Jane also assists Micah in leading the Sonic Youth meetings and is digging it. While Laura Jane works professionally as an art director, she is also a writer and curator, focusing on the insurrection of clothing, identity and social groups. Laura Jane spends all her money on traveling and good food and is constantly chasing blue skies and quality people.


Jane Lucas first came to Judson to see a Judson Poets Theatre production in 1968 while a student at Union Theological Seminary. Forty-three years ago, she married Craig Kuehl in the sanctuary around a potluck dinner table. Jane has served on the Board and on various committees, and is grateful for how the community has nurtured her while she has lived here and abroad with Craig. Beyond Judson, she designs international health and child development programs, and helps UNICEF, WHO, and others implement them in communities with great need but limited resources. Jane is a social psychologist, and a graduate of Macalester College, Union Theological Seminary, and NYU. She lives with her husband in the Lower Eastside and enjoys what her neighborhood and the city offer.

 

 

Class of 2016

 

Robert Harvey. Bob serves Judson as a member of the Finance and Capital Campaign committees and the Investment subcommittee. He was Judson’s volunteer interim Senior Administrator (9/14-4/15). He is an Overseer of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University; a director of the Milbank Memorial Fund, (a public health foundation); and treasurer/director of the Deering (NH) Foundation, (a scholarship fund for college students). For work he does executive searches for non-profits, as he seeks to recover from thirty years in investment management. Bob is married to long-time Judson member Megan Wolff and with daughter Madeleine they live in South Slope, Brooklyn, where there are mostly no cats in the bedroom.

Mary Meyer has been a member of Judson since the early 70's. During this time she has participated in a whole range of activities from theater to committee work. She has been a member of the Personnel, Finance, Congregational Life, Ordination Committees and the Community Ministry Advisory group. She has served on the board three times and been moderator twice. She was a member of the search committee that called Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper to ministry at Judson.

 

Ruby Rims (Assistant Treasurer) was born in Newark, New Jersey. His parents had three children, one of each. He walked through the doors at Judson in 1983 and has been an entertainer since 1973. He has served on the board of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) and on the board of the Manhattan Plaza AIDS Project; he is also the founder of “Teddy Cares,” which has raised money for Judson and the Actors Fund AIDS program, and which brings teddy bears to hospitalized children of all ages. He enjoys performing and life. He is a 21-year AIDS survivor.

Jeff Turrentine (Clerk) became a member of Judson in early 2013. He first began attending services in the late 1990s with his wife, Lee Crawford, shortly before they moved away from New York City for 12 years. Upon moving back to the city in 2011, they were happy to find that Judson wasn't just the same warm, welcoming, intellectually stimulating and spiritually nourishing place that they remembered: It had actually gotten better. Since returning to the fold, Jeff, Lee, and their daughters (Ella and Cleo) have happily availed themselves of the many opportunities Judson provides for connection, expression, and engagement—from Sunday school for the girls, to Jeff's participation in "The Bonus Army" and his in-service musical performances, to Lee's work on the nascent Scarlet Community project focusing on women's reproductive rights.

                         

 Christine Binder Image Christine Binder, began attending Judson shortly after moving to New York City for graduate school in 2008. A lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, she is passionate about the connection between social justice and congregational life. Christine sings in the choir, cooks for Bailout Theater, and serves on the UCC Metro Ordination and Ministerial Standing Committee. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and NYU and works to improve and expand access to child nutrition programs at the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Christine lives with her fiance, Brian, and her dog, Scarlett, in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and in her free time, enjoys reading, running in the park, shopping at the Greenmarket, and hosting elaborate dinner parties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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