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Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman
Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman, a graduate of Meadville/Lombard Theological School who was ordained to UU ministry in 1992, has been the senior minister at the UU Congregation of Montclair (New Jersey) for the past 20 years, and previously served churches in Fitchburg, MA and Burlington, IA. His professional life began in 1970 when alternative service as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War led him into a career in social work. He also enjoyed a 20-year career as a singer/songwriter, which took him around the world. Charlie is an avid crossword enthusiast and ardent bicyclist. He recently rode his bike across the country and published a memoir of his journey, Moving On...Lessons from the Road.
Director of Religious Education
Cathy Seggel
Cathy Seggel has served as our Director of Religious Education for eighteen years. Her first career was in professional nursing; after earning a B.S. from the University of Connecticut, she taught clinical pediatric nursing for seven years at Rhode Island College. Then, having completed numerous continuing education opportunities in UU religious education offered through district and national UU networks, she pursued graduate education at Harvard Divinity School, earning her Masters of Theological Studies degree in June of 2007. She is involved in the UUA RE credentialing program at the Master's level. She is currently the Vice-President of the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association, and has served as Ballou-Channing District RE Chair, NEIDRECOM Chair, Dean of Star Island RE Week and President of the Unitarian Sunday School Society. Cathy lives in Providence with her husband, Norm; they have three children.

Church Administrator
Posey Kooris
Music Director
Frederick Jodry
Administrative Assistant
Walter Sotelo
Community Minister
Rev. Gwendolyn Howard
Community Minister
Rev. Gene Dyszlewski
Membership Coordinator
Jenn Nardone
Building Manager
Jaime Durango
Sunday Building Manager
Pedro Vasquez
Evening Security
Paul Webber