Meet the ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Amy Eugene

Senior Director of Operations

     440.247.6490 ext. 110

     aeugene@fedchurch.org

 

What Amy loves most about Federated Church is the people; members, volunteers, visitors, and staff, who are dedicated to its mission, each other, and the community at-large. She delights in the opportunity to give, from a heart-filled place, to the goodness that Federated radiates.

 

Amy is a native Clevelander, and currently hails from Cleveland Heights. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, having earned a Master's degree in Organizational Development.

 

When she is not working, Amy is spending time with her family, bird watching, serving as board chair of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, or teaching in the Diversity Management Program at Cleveland State University. 

Melinda Smith

Congregational Life Administrator

     440.247.6490 ext. 111

     smithm@fedchurch.org

 

Melinda was born and raised among the rolling pastures and fruit orchards of western Maryland. She graduated from Bucknell University with a degree in mathematics and spent her first career as a rocket scientist - actually as a system engineer from General Electric’s Space Division working for NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center. She retired from that to raise her three children, whom she considers her best work. 

Melinda joined the staff at Federated in 1998 where she specializes in maintenance. Her duties include maintaining the membership databases, maintaining the church calendar and maintaining the church’s network of computers. 

Melinda and her husband Todd joined Federated as members in 1989. They raised their three children at Federated but the nest is now empty. 

Trisha Holland

Marketing & Communications Specialist

     440.247.6490 ext. 113

     communications@fedchurch.org

 

Trisha Holland joined the staff as the new Marketing & Communications Specialist in August 2015.

 

She received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Communication from The Ohio State University in 2013. Trisha currently lives in Lyndhurst with her husband, Aaron, whom she wed in April 2015, and her one-year-old daughter.

 

She is excited to begin adding fresh, new ideas to Federated’s marketing & communication pieces, as well as expanding our social media presence.

Darlene Nichols

Pastoral Care Administrator

     440.247.6490 ext. 103

     dnichols@fedchurch.org

 

Darlene has lived most of her life in Northeastern Ohio. She graduated from Kent State with degrees in elementary and special education, and later received her Masters’ degree in school counseling. After 35 years in education Darlene “retired” in 2010.

 

Darlene joined Federated in 1998 and the staff in 2012 as the part-time Pastoral Care Administrator.  She facilitates the weekly Pastoral Care Team meetings, and follows up with members who would benefit from pastoral care support.  One of the most rewarding parts of her job is working with families to plan memorial services for their loved ones.  She is also the liaison to the Congregational Care Commission.

 

Darlene lives in Aurora and has an adult son who is the joy of her life.  She enjoys the outdoors, reading, going to movies and hanging out with friends and family.

Laura Taylor

Capital Campaign Assistant

     440.247.6490 ext. 115

     rejoiceandrenew@fedchurch.org


Laura joined the Federated Church staff as Campaign Assistant in April 2017 for the Rejoice & Renew Capital Campaign, which runs through December 2020.  During the Active phase of the campaign through October 2017, Laura assisted with communication about campaign goals, coordinated meetings and campaign events, tracked commitments and expenses, ensured acknowledgement letters were written, maintained records of volunteer assignments, and produced campaign leadership reports.  During the Fulfillment phase of the campaign, Laura has been continuing with the above assignments, as well as ensuring proper credit of all campaign pledge payments and disseminating information about the capital projects, which are currently underway.


Since 1999 Laura and her family have been members of Federated, where she and her late husband, Ryburn, raised their children.  Professionally, Laura has 10 years’ experience in the fundraising field and 20 years’ experience in the grant-making field.  It is a delight to bring her gifts to an organization whose arms continue to embrace her family.


Ed Willmott

Properties & Events Manager

Jake Magalski

Maintenance & Grounds Lead

Janis Stefanchik

Bookkeeper

     440.247.6490 ext. 113

     business@fedchurch.org


Janis brings significant knowledge and experience to such an important role. She has a passion for accounting and enjoys ensuring data accuracy. Prior to joining Federated she worked in accounting for The Tangent Company and as bookkeeper for Vanderbrook Florist. Janis will be working closely with the Senior Director of Operations and Judy Kreger, our external accounting resource. Janis’s office is located on the 4th floor.