Saint Stephen’s Vestry
Maryalice Chech, Warden – People and Programs
Roger Riedel, Warden – Property
Barbara Riedel, Recording Secretary
The Rev. Paula J. Toland, Rector
Rev. Paula has been at St. Stephen’s since November 2018. Prior to arriving in Millburn, she served parishes in the Dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts, where she worked bi-vocationally as parish priest and chaplain. She is passionate about sharing the Good News that all people are beloved of God and believes it is the call to Christians and to the Church to be expressions of the radical love and hospitality Jesus offers to the world.
Rev. Paula graduated from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she specialized in pastoral theology. Prior to entering seminary, she worked for many years as a social worker, primarily in the fields of family and sexual violence and child welfare, doing both direct service and program administration.
Rev. Paula is married to Ron, and they have three children: Sean, Kevin, and Kathleen. The “kids” are young adults, each pursuing their love of education and exploring the world. Rev. Paula loves the time she has to hang out with her family. She also enjoys reading, puzzles, knitting, and spending time outdoors.
Doreen Schindler, Parish Administrator
Doreen Schindler joined the staff of St. Stephen’s in December 2018 as our Parish Admininstrator. She enjoys using her education and experience in marketing, public relations and education to serve her community. Doreen holds a B.S. degree in Communications/Marketing from St. John’s University. She has worked with Cranford Public Schools, Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, and more recently, Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit as their office administrator and social media manager. She loves spending time with her three daughters exploring and photographing excursions near and far.
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.
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.
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.