The following people received their Christian Education Certificates at the 218th Annual Meeting June 17, 2017:
Amanda Iocco is a Youth Fellowship Adviser and member of the CE Committee at Second Congregational Church in Attleboro, MA which is the church where she was raised. Having been very active in the Sunday school and youth groups as a child, Amanda became very passionate about these programs and recognized how important they are to the faith development in the children of the church. Amanda and her husband decided to raise their own children in this church and in 2011 she began volunteering as a teacher's assistant in the Sunday School. Shortly after that Amanda transitioned to working with the youth groups and in 2015 she became the lead adviser for the Youth Fellowship, working with grades 5-12. That year, Amanda made the decision to obtain her CE Certification and feels blessed to have the full support of her congregation. She looks forward to utilizing all of her knowledge in her home church.
Debbi Leveille began working as the Religious Education Director at the Easthampton Congregational Church in Easthampton, MA in August of 2014 after teaching Sunday School for over 11 years. She oversees and manages the child care, Sunday School, and helps with Youth Group. Debbi feels blessed to have been baptized as an adult and welcomed into her church. As a child, she remembers going to Sunday School at the Baptist Church. To this day she cherishes the stories she learned as a little girl. She loves teaching the children and watching them grow in their spiritual faith. Debbi has found participating in the CE Certificate Program and attending CE Community of Practice an amazing way to learn new and exciting ideas. Debbi lives in Easthampton with her husband, Mark, and loves spending time with her three children. Cody, a sophomore at STCC majoring in Computer Engineering; Hunter, a freshman at Mass Maritime Academy majoring in Emergency Management, and her daughter, Jessica, a sophomore in high school.
Gae Warman-Gold is a member of the Brookfield Congregational Church in Brookfield, MA where she is a Board of Christian Life committee member, assistant Sunday School teacher, and Spirit Lifter and Vacation Bible School volunteer. She feels blessed to be able to support the church she grew up in, her church family and community in any way possible. Gae is so pleased to have pursued the CE program and believes it has helped her make GREAT and meaningful strides in her faith journey!
Larainne Wilson, M.Ed., has been the Sunday School and Youth Coordinator at the Burlington United Church of Christ since 2015. Prior to that, she was the Director of Religious Education at Christ Church United in Lowell. Larainne also holds a full-time secular position as the Director of Upper School Services at Cotting School in Lexington, Massachusetts. Cotting School is committed to excellence in education for children and young adults with disabilities. Larainne has been in her position there since 2006. Larainne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Clark University and a Master’s in Education from Boston University. In 2012, she completed a post-graduate program in School Administration at Endicott College and is a certified School Principal (PreK – 6). Larainne is committed to issues of inclusion and social justice in the church with a particular focus on disability, LGBT, immigration and environmental issues. She and her wife, Sheri Wilson, reside in Georgetown, Massachusetts with their six children; Jennifer, Max, Kyle, Corinne, Aiden and Autumn.
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