Officers & Staff

Officers, 2016-2017

  • Beth Bauer, Chair, Standing Committee
  • Joel Neiditz, Vice chair
  • Jennifer Bottomley, Treasurer
  • Stänzi Royden, Clerk
  • Beth Black, Jessica Mink, Brad Parker, and Posy Walton, additional Standing Committee members
  • Kevin Murray, Moderator

Trustees, 2015-2016

  • Nancy Kressin (Year 1, 2nd term)
  • Margo Custer (Year 2)
  • MaryBeth Noonan (Year 3)
Committee Chairs and Members



Anne B 3.2015The Reverend Anne Bancroft


Rev. Bancroft was ordained at the First Unitarian Society in Newton in March 2012. She had served most recently as consulting minister to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Weymouth, and previously was director of volunteer and congregational engagement at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry in Roxbury.

Prior to ordination, Rev. Bancroft served the First Unitarian Society in Newton as director of lifespan religious education. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School, and also serves on the board of advisors for Skinner House Books, the publishing arm of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Rev. Bancroft holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School.

Sheila2Sheila McKnight


Sheila has been running our office with superhuman efficiency since August 2012. She lives in West Roxbury.





Amanda Graff

Director of Religious Exploration

Amanda Graff joins our staff with a background as an elementary school educator. Amanda has a master’s degree in elementary education, having worked in Cambridge and Newton elementary schools, primarily in special education. She is also an artist and an acrobat! Committed to providing spaces for young people to feel respected and valued, she has previously served as Director of Religious Education for the First Parish in Dorchester.


Michael Johnson

Music Director

Michael Johnson is a composer, musician, producer, engineer, independent record label owner, and college professor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a master’s and doctorate in studio music and jazz from the University of Miami. Currently, he is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music and a freelance musician and actor in Boston. Michael is fluent in a wide range of styles, from classical to rock to world music.


Yukiko Takagi


Yukiko Takagi received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory. Ms. Takagi has performed with the orchestra of the Bologna Teatro Musicale, the John Zorn Ensemble, the Auros Group for New Music, Santa Cruz New Music Works, the Harvard Group for New Music, and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble. Ms. Takagi is a featured performer with the Callithumpian Consort. Her recording of Colin McPhee’s Balinese Ceremonial Dances was released by MusicMasters.