Board Members

Jacqueline Blue

Nizzi Digan

LaTrelle Easterling

JoAnn Carlotto

Pauline Jennett

Mary Todd

Margaret Wiborg

Carole R Bohn

Kathe Pfisterer Darrkathe-4-22-09-001

She was the 1989 winner of Boston University’s prestigious Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching, has authored three books, essays and articles for essay collections and major scholarly journals, respectively, and educational materials for the United Methodist Publishing House. To date, her writings have focused especially on the books of Isaiah and Ezekiel. Her current research/writing project is a study of proverbs appearing in ancient Israel’s prophetic corpus. Professor Darr served on the Editorial Board for the New Interpreter’s Bible commentary series (Abingdon Press) and authored the commentary on Ezekiel for that series. She enjoys bringing biblical scholarship not only to her students, but also to pastors and their congregations.

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She was ordained as an elder in the Southern New England Conference in 1991, and was previously the Associate Council Director in the Northern New Jersey Conference.Rev. Irizarry received her Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary in 1997, and her Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity from the School of Social Work and the School of Theology, Boston University in 1989. Her previous experience includes pastoral ministry in New York and Massachusetts, as well as her work as a clinical social worker and psychotherapist. In addition, Rev. Irizarry served as a consultant to the National Hispanic Plan since 1997. She is called upon frequently as guest preacher, guest speaker, workshop facilitator, and Bible study leader.

Cheryln GatesGates photo

Rev. Gates is a Deacon in full connection in the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and is certified in the area of spiritual formation by the General Board of Discipleship. She is appointed to the Order of Deacon, offering leadership and direction to deacons, diaconal ministers and deaconesses in the Conference as well as many inquiring and provisional deacons. Rev. Gates’ years of local church ministry include preaching, teaching, children’s choir and retreat leadership. Other work includes Annual Conference worship visuals and liturgical design, the Board of Ordained Ministry, and the Spiritual Formation Initiative work group. Rev. Gates was the registrar and director of financial aid for the School of Theology from 1999 to 2007.

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Director of Continuing Formation for Ministry in The General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. Park oversees the continuing education and spiritual formation for clergy and provides support for United Methodist clergywomen, as well as racial and ethnic clergy in areas of theological education, enlistment, and research. She coordinates the Women of Color Scholarship Mentoring program and the Georgia Harkness Scholarship program. She relates to Boards of Ordained Ministry, clergywomen, racial and ethnic clergy, annual conferences, and seminaries. Park is an elder of the Baltimore-Washington Conference. She holds D. Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary and is ABD in Practical Theology, Boston University School of Theology.

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The Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference elected Bishop Hassinger to the episcopacy in July 1996, and from 1996 until 2004 she served as the episcopal leader of the Boston Area. Since retiring in 2004, she has been bishop-in-residence and adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts. Bishop Hassinger has also served as a director for the General Board of Global Ministries (1980-1988), the General Board of Discipleship (1992-1996 and 2000-2004) and Liaison between Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church and the 13 United Methodist schools of theology in the United States (September 2005 to present). She served as president of JUSTPEACE (2000-2004) and vice-chairperson of Anna Howard Shaw Center Board, Boston University School of Theology (2005-present).