Minister & Staff

Minister: Reverend Beverly (Buffy) Boke

ministerBeverly Morrison Boke — called “Buffy” by just about everyone — has served the Canton congregation since August 2011.

Born and raised in Massachusetts starting in Quincy, then in Waltham, and finally in Sandwich, Buffy left Massachusetts for college in New Hampshire. She became an elementary school teacher and traveled to England to teach there for a year before moving to Richmond, Virginia to teach. She met and married her husband, Nick, there and they moved to Bethesda, Maryland. Their daughter was born there in 1983 as Buffy studied for the ministry at Georgetown University and Wesley Theological Seminary.

In 1984 they moved to Massachusetts where Buffy finished her preparations for the ministry at Harvard Divinity School. She was ordained at the Unitarian Church of Barnstable in 1985 and called to serve the congregation in Ascutney, Vermont that year. She served there for three years, during two of which she also served the congregation in Andover, New Hampshire.

Buffy served the congregation in Chester, Vermont while she taught sixth grade in Londonderry. In 1999 she left teaching when she was called to serve the congregation at Hartland Four Corners, Vermont. She served there until 2005.

She left Vermont to serve the congregation in Newport News, VA until 2008, when she and Nick traveled to Beirut, Lebanon, to work at the American Community School. Buffy served on the Administration Team as a guidance counselor for three years, and returned to the US to answer the call at First Parish, Canton.

Buffy and Nick live in Providence, Rhode Island.

Music Director: James Chubet

SONY DSCJames Chubet has performed extensively as a soloist and as a chamber and orchestral musician and accompanist throughout the U.S. as well as in Italy, Spain and Iceland. Since 2004, he has been the Music Director at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Canton where he leads the choir and plays piano and organ. Jim is also a member of the piano faculty at Boston College and the All-Newton Music School, coaches chamber music at the Wellesley College Chamber Music Center and performs regularly with the Cottage Quartet and Lavazza Chamber Ensemble. Jim has served as Principal Keyboard and Chamber Music Coordinator with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Oregon every summer since 1985 and has appeared three times as a soloist with the orchestra including performances of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the late maestro James DePreist and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Second Rhapsody with Peter Bay. He holds two Master’s Degrees in Piano Performance and Musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Gabriel Chodos.

Director of Religious Education: Melissa Sturdy

melissa-sturdyMelissa Sturdy attended the Duxbury Unitarian Universalist Church with her family as a child and has fond memories of being part of their junior liberal religious youth group. As an adult, her life’s work has centered around enriching the lives of children. She volunteered as a public school enrichment coordinator, where she worked to enhance curriculum . She coordinated school assemblies, after school events, teacher’s professional training workshops, and children’s field trips. She founded her own preschool, and summer nature camp. She has also a love of art and music therefore has coordinated children’s art exhibits, and youth musical coffee houses.

She brings four years of previous Director of Religious Education experience to First Parish UU of Canton. She has worked part time at Rockland’s Channing Church and the UU Church of Weymouth, She also worked as a part time interim DRE at First Parish of Cohasset.

She has Master Credits in Program Administration and is Director & Teacher Certified by the Commonwealth of MA. Her Bachelor of Arts Degree is in Management of Human Services from the University of Massachusetts.

Intern: David Egan

David EganDavid Egan is a life-long Unitarian Universalist who grew up in Manchester Connecticut. In college, he was an Art Education major who also became very involved in theater. After college, he worked as a stage actor in the Boston area for a few years. For the past thirteen years, David has been an art teacher, working in New Haven, Quincy and Roxbury. David is now in his second year at Andover Newton Theological School, working toward his Masters of Divinity degree. David lives in Quincy with his wife (Karina) and two daughters (Maya and Lyla). He is excited to begin his ministerial internship here at First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Canton!

Office Administrator: Carol Seaman

carol-seamanCarol Seaman, our Office Administrator, has been a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She grew up in Canton and currently lives in Attleboro with her family. She was a physical therapist for 28 years, but “retired” in 2012 after an injury. She enjoys interacting with people and spending time outdoors.

Administrative Assistant: Jeanne Zarrillo

admin_assistantA lifelong resident of Massachusetts, except for a five year hiatus working at NASA for the Aerospace Educational Services Project, Jeanne Zarrillo worked as an Executive Assistant to the Senior Managing Partner of a large Boston law firm specializing in corporate and real estate law. Jeanne spends time with her 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her many cherished friends; and she volunteers at Friends of the Unborn in Quincy and the Adult Literacy Program of Massachusetts. She also enjoys skiing, horse back riding, crocheting and reading historical novels.