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. 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.
The Rev. Fred Meade (Co-chair) 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 Clinical 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.
Judie O'Donnell is a retired nurse with 35 years as an oncology certified RN, is President of the Wachusett Medical Reserve Corps, the Assistant Emergency Manager in Hubbardston, and a member of the First Congregational Church in Gardner. Judie holds a BS in Health Science and a Masters in Public Health.
serves as the pastor of Quincy Point Congregational Church. She was the first woman graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s first Law Enforcement Chaplain Program in October 2003. She was one of three women certified by the State of Maine and the Law Enforcement Academy to be a Law Enforcement Chaplain, and served as a lieutenant and chaplain with the Winthrop Police Department from 2003 to 2008. She was a member of the Kennebec Valley Emergency Management Services Critical Incident Response Team and has been involved in and led Critical Incident Debriefing sessions for various first responder agencies; she has also received CERT training in MA. Rev. Kimberly Murphy