The North Parish office is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is recommended to call ahead to confirm someone is in the office.

Most staff members are off during the summer.  Summer Office hours for administration will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm during July and August. It is recommended to call ahead to confirm someone is in the office.  Thank you.

Name Position Email Phone
Rev. Lee Bluemel Minister 978-687-7948
Israel Buffardi Ministerial Intern 978-687-7948
Rev. Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick Assistant Minister of Faith Formation 978-687-7948
John Middleton-Cox Music Director 978-687-7948
Rebecca Driscoll Membership Coordinator 978-687-7948
Erin Lane Youth Choirs Director 978-687-7948
Erika Cohen Maddaluno Nursery Supervisor 978-687-7948
Stefanie Nolan Congregational Administrator 978-687-7948
Daniel McCarthy Sexton 978-687-7948

Getting to Know the North Parish Staff

Rev. Lee Bluemel, Minister
Lee Bluemel was installed as the 17th called minister of The North Parish on October 24, 1999, exactly 354 years from the date of the founding of the church in 1645.  A native of the Bay State and a life-long Unitarian Universalist, she grew up in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester which reflected and supported her childhood curiosity and joy.  There she experienced a deep sense of belonging in an intergenerational community, a wider world community and the universe, and developed an appreciation of human kindness and the many paths to religious truths.

Rev. Lee earned her bachelor’s degree in English and anthropology from Amherst College,  Amherst, MA.   As a young adult she worked as a “Hut Girl” for the Appalachian Mountain Club White Mountain Huts, as a VISTA Volunteer for a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition in Holyoke, MA, and as an ESL School Administrator.

Rev. Lee earned her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA in 1995.  She completed student ministries at the First and Second Church of Boston, MA under the Rev. Rhys Williams, an internship at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills in Wellesley, MA under the Rev. John Nichols, and her hospital chaplaincy training at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA.

She was ordained by the Wellesley Hills congregation on May 14, 1995.  Before settling at North Parish, she served the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, Michigan, for four years from 1995 to 1999.  Rev. Lee has two young children, Andrew and Emma, who both participate in the North Parish religious education program.  They share their North Andover home with two cats, Moxie and Lucille. They enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, gardening, singing, playing the piano, making up stories, eating ice cream, playing Star Wars and spending time with friends and family.

Rev. Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick, Acting Assistant Minister of Faith Formation
Hillary joined North Parish in the Summer of 2017 to oversee the Religious Education program and to support the spiritual development of children and youth. She previously served as the Director of Lifespan Religious Education at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Ministerial Intern and Youth Advisor at Follen Church in Lexington, MA, where she was also ordained to the UU Ministry. She received her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School with a focus in Buddhist Ministry, and BA in Religion from Smith College. When she’s not at church Hillary can generally be found working on organic vegetable farms, or gallivanting off to her home state of Maine with her partner, Alexis, and lazy greyhound, Smokey Jo.

Israel Buffardi, Ministerial Intern
Israel is a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry and an MDiv student in his final year of study at Harvard Divinity School. He is a native of Providence, RI and has also previously served as ministerial intern at Allen Avenue UU Church in Portland, ME.

Israel has a diverse background that includes work in theatre, food justice, gardening education, and restorative justice. He is also passionate about building community around food and has a BS in Nutrition and Culinary Arts degree from Johnson & Wales University.

He lives in Amesbury with his partner and two cats, King Richard and Dorian Gray.

John Middleton-Cox, Music Director
miJohn Middleton-Cox, tenor, is originally from Northern New York. He attended the Crane School of Music and The Boston Conservatory. He studied voice with Sheila Fiumarello and Iride Pilla. As a classical tenor, John has performed various professional roles from Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus to the Duke in Patience. Some of his favorite performing venues have been Jordan Hall, the Emerson Majestic, and The Old North Church. Mr. Middleton-Cox is an all-around musician. He has composed an original musical, orchestrated for a professional symphony orchestra, accompanied professional singers, and conducted professional pit orchestras. He has collaborated with Broadway Actor/Director Russell Garrett in Anything Goes. John teaches chorus and is the head of the music department for the Burlington Public Schools. He currently lives in North Andover where he is the Director of Music here at North Parish.

Erin Lane, Youth Choirs Director
Erin Lane joined the North Parish as its Youth Choirs Director in the fall of 2012. Erin Lane Web PhotoShe leads a children’s choir for elementary-aged children as well as works with vocal groups comprised of middle and high school youth. Erin has a Master’s degree in Music Education from UMASS Lowell, a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from University of Maine, Orono, and a Massachusetts Standard Certification in Music for grades Pre-K through 12. She served in various positions as a music teacher and Choral Director for students in grades K through 12 in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District from 1996 through 2004. Currently, Erin is teaching at Innovation Academy in Tyngsboro where she leads the High School and Middle School Choruses. Erin resides in North Andover with her husband and two children.

Daniel McCarthy, Sexton
Dan started working at North Parish in November 2014, with the addition of the New Wing. He has worked part-time for other churches and schools in the area with all types of building maintenance. He lives in Bradford, MA with his wife and his son.