Meet the Staff

Jeff Bills

Lead Pastor

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Rick Court


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Heather Mandala

Director of Small Groups

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Marilyn Bills

Director of Worship Arts

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Dave Falcone

Pastor of Youth Ministries

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Steve Hoadley

Pastor of Worship

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Chris Graves

Director of Children’s & Family Ministries

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Ashley Evans

Coordinator of Youth Ministries

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Amanda Cavaliere

Director of Tomorrow’s Hope Preschool

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Michelle Claybourn

Coordinator of Kidz Konnect

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Jack Shaw

Director of Technical Arts

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Nancy Seigle

Director of Communications

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Carol Boynton

Office Manager & Assistant to the Lead Pastor

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Sue Shaw

Visual Worship Artist & Director of First Impressions

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Vickie Crews

Coordinator of Connections & Director of First Impressions

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Stephen Farabelli

Director of Finance

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Jim Fleming

Director of Operations

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Traci Davis

Coordinator of the Food Pantry

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Erica DePalma

Coordinator of Facilities & Hope Cares

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Suzy Wilson

Assistant to Worship Arts

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Christy Appello

Director of Children’s Music Ministry

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Meghan Folcher

Coordinator of the Nursery

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Doug Wilson


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Lead Team


The mission of the Lead Team is to provide guidance and accountability to the HOPE staff and congregation in order to keep the church true to our Vision, Values and Virtues. This critical role requires each Lead Team member to be in a vital relationship with Jesus Christ and for the Team as a whole to model authentic Christian community.


Each ministry or support service within HOPE United Methodist Church operates under a common team known as the Lead Team. The Lead Team is responsible for the leadership of the respective ministry or support service as well as financial and spiritual oversight; in doing so focus is given to the implementation and review of strategies and values. Decisions are framed by both faith and due diligence.

Tom Boyle

Mike Byrne

Lead Team Chair

Lori Chewkanes

John Grace

Randy Petersen

Russ Porowski

Angelo Salandra

Paige Salvo

Kris Walters