Staff and Leadership

 

Rector
The Reverend Sheelagh A. Clarke, Rector
The Reverend Sheelagh Clarke was called to serve as Rector of St Stephen’s in September of 2011, two days after Hurricane Irene caused almost $300,000 of damage to St. Stephen’s Church and Preschool. Originally from England, she came to the US with her husband Michael and daughter Jessica in 1997. Prior to attending seminary at The General Seminary in NYC, and her ordination in 2005, Sheelagh was a high school educator and Inspector of schools in the UK. During her ordained ministry, Rev. Clarke has served at St. Luke’s in Gladstone, St. Paul’s in Westfield and St. Barnabas’ in Monmouth Junction. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Psychology and Master’s degrees in Education and Divinity.


The Rev. Kathleen Ballard, Deacon

John Schucker, Organist
John Schucker began serving professionally as a church organist at the age of 12 in his hometown village in Pennsylvania. His extensive involvement with choral singing in his youth helped to ensure a lifelong involvement in church music. He left rural Pennsylvania Dutch country to pursue studies at The Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied piano and organ, earning both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree. During this time and after, he served as organist for St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral in Newark followed by ten years as organist and choir director at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Chatham, New Jersey. Prior to joining St. Stephens in 2003, he was the pianist and organist for The American Boychoir, touring extensively throughout the nation and abroad. He is married to Paul Gorrell and they live in both New york City and Stockton, New Jersey, where John also gives private instruction. In addition, he usually manages to have a few students at St. Stephen’s.


Nancy Siracusa, Director, St. Stephen’s Preschool
Nancy Siracusa was appointed Director of St. Stephen’s Preschool in August of 2010. She has spent the last 35 years directing centers of her own, a corporate center and an Abbott run program. As an adjunct at William Paterson she worked with teachers seeking preschool teaching certification. She is on the Board and very active in the local N.A.E.Y.C. Chapter and on the Board of Community Coordinated Child Care, a child care resource and referral agency. She is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a Masters in Early Childhood from Kean University. She is dedicated to providing a warm, loving, nurturing, educational environment for young children and their parents who attend St. Stephen’s Preschool.


Kim Williams, Music Director
Involved in church music from her youth as a pianist and vocalist, Kim holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from Campbellsville University, and a M.A. Ed. from Eastern Kentucky University. She has done additional studies in church music, music education and conducting at Southern Theological Seminary, Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music. She teaches vocal music in the North Caldwell public schools, where she directs an 80-voice children’s chorus and teaches a world music drumming curriculum. She is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the American Orff-Schuwerk Association. Kim is also a certified HealthRhythms group facilitator and is a frequent adjudicator for New Jersey Honor Choirs. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family and friends, doing word puzzles and games, and singing with the Harmonium Choral Society. She is married to her partner, Karen Eberhardt, deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

Claire, Parish Administrator

 Dominic Balzano, Parish Bookkeeper

Saint Stephen’s Vestry  

Margo Greenfield (Senior Warden) Eric Thoroman (Junior Warden)
Susan Dinan Janet Hager
Kira Hanson Suzanne Holt
Denise Price Eugene Foley
Fran Taber Claas Ehlers
Blair Majtyka