Meet the Disaster Resource and Response Team


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





The Rev. Estelle Margarones (Co-chair) 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.  EMAIL


The Rev. 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 joining 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 Besel van der Kolk M.D., and multiple continuing education seminars on caring for returning veterans.

 Fred Meade

The Rev. Fred Meade received his M.Div. from Yale University.  Ordained over 31 years, he got involved in disaster work while serving a UCC church in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.  Educated in CISM, he serves on the Cape and Island CISM Team.



Karin Wetmore, Ph.D is a 2016 graduate of the Boston University School of Theology and daughter of a volunteer fireman, Karin works as a hospital chaplain.  Her Climical Pastoral Education included service at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing.  Karin has completed additional training in disaster chaplaincy and medical ethics.  She is a Member in Discernment at Old South Church in Boston, MA.




The Rev. Steven Aucella serves as pastor for New North Church in Hingham.  Steve serves on the Southeast Area Missions team as well as the Disaster Resource and Response Team.  Steve has also served as a chaplain intern at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.





Lucy Costa is a recovery caseworker with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.  She has been a volunteer with the Red Cross since 2005 when she deployed to Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.  She is also a longtime member of Old South Church in Boston.  She has worked in the domestic violence and youth development fields.  She hold a Masters degree in social policy and nonprofit management from the Heller School at Brandeis University.  As a caregiver to her parents, Girl Scout leader, and Sunday school teacher, she is passionate about making sure that older people, people with disabilities, and children are prepared for disasters and receive appropriate support and resources after disasters.