Meet the Disaster Resource Team


Fred Meade (co-chair) ~

Rev. Fred Meade, M.Div. Yale University. Ordained 31 years, got involved in disaster work while serving a UCC Church in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Currently serving as Co-Chair of the DRTCommittee. Educated in CISM and serve on the Cape and Island CISM Team.







The Rev. Jim Tilbe (co-chair) ~ is Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Raynham UCC, Chief Chaplain of the Mass Corps of Fire Chaplains and a member of the Massachusetts Conference Disaster Resource Team.




Brita Gill-Austern ~

Brita Gill-Austern, M.Div., Ph.D. is the Austin Phillip Guiles Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Theology at Andover Newton Theological School.  She teaches courses in the field of crisis, trauma, depression, loss and resiliency.  She also teaches a course on The Healing Power of Joy!  She  is Faculty Director for the Border Crossing Program at Andover Newton. Before coming to Andover Newton in 1988 she  previously served UCC parishes for eight years.  She has been trained by the Critical Stress Incident Foundation in Individual and Group Crisis Work and has done several continuing education seminars and workshops with Bessel van der Kolk M.D. and multiple continuing education seminars on caring for returning veterans.

Rev. Estelle Margarones

Rev. Estelle Margarones is the pastor at First Trinitarian Congregational Church in Scituate. She has long taken the motto ‘be prepared’ to heart - at age 12, she read a FEMA workbook cover to cover!  She believes that a well-stocked toolbox of resources and materials can help anyone confronted with an emergency or disaster to be more effective before, during and after the trauma. Estelle holds peer counseling certification in Critical Incident Stress Management and has attended state-wide multi-disciplinary disaster workshops.  She is the former Massachusetts Director of Media Advocacy for the American Cancer Society as well as a former airline media programmer and a broadcast copywriter. 


Karin Wetmore,

Daughter of a volunteer fireman, Karin works as a hospital chaplain in a level 1 trauma hospital.  While training for this, her third career, she served at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing. Karin has completed additional disaster training in: Introduction to Incident Command System ICS-100 (FEMA), Assisting Individuals in Crisis (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation), Pastoral Crisis Intervention (ICISF), Critical Incidence Stress Management (Massachusetts Firefighting Academy), and Disaster Emotional and Spiritual Care Best Practices (National Disaster Interfaiths Network). She previously worked as a medical school administrator, college teacher, and medical device start-up company CEO.