Our dynamic staff work together to implement the vision and direction of the Synod Assembly and the Mission and Ministry Commission. We are located in diverse geographic areas of the Synod, while maintaining an office in E. Syracuse, NY.
Harold is the Synod Leader and has been on staff since 2011. He comes to our community having served a variety of congregations and mid-councils in the Reformed Church in America and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He is a member of Geneva Presbytery. His interests in the work with the Synod focus most keenly on leading change and leadership development. Harold holds degrees from McCormick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick Theological Seminary and Hope College. He enjoys fly fishing, backpacking and anything outdoors.
Nancy is the Synod’s Stated Clerk. After a full secular career managing nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies, she answered a call to ministry. She was ordained as a Teaching Elder while developing a new spirituality program for people of all backgrounds, races and ethnicities at Bellevue Hospital Center. Previously serving as Interim Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of New York City, she remains a member of this presbytery. Nancy holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Boston University School of Social Work and Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She is a board member of The SpiritHouse Project and her passions include travel and music.
Amaury is the Synod Networker. His call and job is to connect the people and ministries together in the Synod based on their passions. Amaury also serves also as a Parish Associate of the Nuevas Fronteras Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth Presbytery. Before his ministry in the Synod, Amaury was the pastor of congregations in Westchester County, New York and Elizabeth, New Jersey, and served as Director of Programs for Continuing Education at Princeton Theological Seminary. With a passion for history, Amaury has received degrees from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Princeton Theological Seminary and New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Amaury is a Foundations of Christian Leadership fellow at Duke University Divinity School.
Paula is the Synod Administrator. She holds degrees from Bryant & Stratton College and Syracuse University. She is a member of the Administrative Personnel Association of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is the Northeast Regional Representative on the National Conference Planning Committee. She is a proud U.S. Army veteran. She loves traveling and time with her family.
Samantha is the Administrative Assistant to the Stated Clerk and the Communications Manager. She holds an associate’s degree and is pursing her bachelor’s at SUNY Empire State College. She has played sports all her life, soccer being her favorite sport. Most of her free time is spent with her family.
Stacy is the Synod’s part-time Finance Clerk. Stacy is Native American and an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe. She is a member of the North American Indian Women’s Association and regularly assists with fundraising events.
Steve is our part-time Director of Operations and Support Staff Supervision. Steve also continues as the Stated Clerk/Communicator of the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse. Steve has served the Church in many different capacities, from his positions in congregations, to chairing presbytery committees, to serving as Stated Clerk in two other presbyteries, to currently serving as both a committee and plenary floor parliamentarian at General Assembly. He currently serves on the G.A.'s Advisory Committee on the Constitution.
Terri is the Chaplain to the Synod Commission of the Northeast. She is also the Chaplain at Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, New Jersey. Terri is also quite involved with Presbyterian Women and serves as a board member of the African Emerging Ministries Advisory Council for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. She holds degrees from Harvard University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Mississippi University for Women.
Thia is the Presbyterian Disaster Coordinator for the Synod of the Northeast in collaboration with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. She serves communities and congregations of New York, New Jersey and New England in disaster-related work in all its varieties, from human-caused to weather-related disasters, wherever needs arise. Thia is also the Synod Moderator and the Pastor at Astoria, First Presbyterian Church.