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MEET OUR STAFF
Our Friendly Staff at First Presbyterian Church

Staff

Dick Anderson

Parish Associate
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As a Parish Associate, Dick assists the Pastor with pastoral care and visitation, the liturgy, weddings and funerals, and is staff support for the Jail/Prison Ministry. Dick enjoys biking and traveling, and his favorite scripture is John 3:17.

Evan Barber

Lead Audio | Visual Technician

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With extensive training in a wide variety of disciplines in the Audio/Visual Field, Evan operates most of the A/V equipment on the church campus. Originally from Ohio and raised in south Georgia, Evan has a passion for film-making and music. His favorite scripture is Matthew 6:16-18.

Chris Benek

Associate Pastor of Family Ministries and Mission

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Born in Ashtabula, Ohio, Chris joined First Presbyterian Church in December 2014. He is responsible for the oversight of ministries and staff pertaining to children, youth, college students, young adults and families. His favorite scripture is Luke 12:48b.

Susan Christian

Financial Assistant

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Raised in Broward County, Susan joined the finance team in November 2015 with 15 years in bank operations and 13 years in finance with our “Pink” sister church. She enjoys crafts, home improvement projects and opportunities to serve. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:6.

Tim Dobbins

Pastoral Associate

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Tim, a Florida native, joined First Presbyterian Church in 1991. Responsible for pastoral care of the elderly, Tim will tell you he has a genuine love for those in need. His favorite scripture is Proverbs 2:1-6; John 17:1-3.

Susan Dodd

Assistant Organist

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Susan has been working with the choir and music ministry since 1997. In addition to her love for music, she enjoys reading, shopping, traveling and gardening. Her favorite scripture is Romans 8:35-39.

Gretchen Fasulo

Music Associate

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Gretchen has been involved with the Music Ministry at First Presbyterian Church for longer than she can remember! When she is not working with the children’s choir, she enjoys playing with her kids and reading. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11-13.

Richard Fraser

Custodian

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A native of Guyana, SA, Richard began working at First Presbyterian Church on August 12, 1998. In his spare time he enjoys reading and traveling. His favorite scripture is Psalm 118: 24.

Chandler Gelb

Youth & College Ministry Intern
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Chandler, a Fort Lauderdale native, has been an active member of First Presbyterian for most of her life, She attended Happyland Day School, participated in Middle School and High School Youth Group, and she was also a Kirk Singer. Chandler’s background at First Pres makes her uniquely qualified to work with our Youth & College Ministry where she mentors our students and maintains our social media presence. Her favorite scripture is 1 Timothy 4:12.

Carol Jones

Assistant Principal, Happyland Day School

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Holiding multiple positions along the way, Carol has worked at Happyland Day School for 25 years. A Michigan native, Carol enjoys reading and collecting antiques. Her favorite scripture is Matthew 19:26.

Robin L. McEachern

Minister of Music

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Robin L. McEachern, a native of Shreveport, La., joined First Presbyterian Church as a staff member in March, 1996.  He studied at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and was Minister of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Toms River, NJ for 20 years. He manages music for the Traditional Worship Services, weddings, funerals and the Annual Concert Series, and he oversees all choir programs. His hobbies include flying airplanes, playing with his dogs, traveling and reading. His favorite verse is “But what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Nic Merchant

Director, Youth Ministry

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Nic joined the team at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale on June 1, 2008. He has since overseen and grown the Youth and College Ministry by ensuring that participants nurture their faith in Jesus Christ. His favorite scripture is Philippians 4:4-7.

Yetunde Oluwasegun

Assistant to the Director of Finance

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Born in Washington, D.C., Yetunde joined the finance department at First Presbyterian Church in September 2014. In her free time she runs a blog talk radio show to inspire young teens to use their God-given talent. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 11:1.

Mona Petersen

Director, Adult Education Ministry and Small Groups

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Mona has a steadfast goal: To have each church member plugged into a small group and ministry that feeds their spiritual growth. A Florida native, Mona joined the team at First Presbyterian Church in April 2012. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6.

Marie Ridolfo

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Born in Logansport, Indiana, Marie joined the team at First Presbyterian Church in 2007. She is responsible for creating the weekly bulletins, Concert Series brochure, AAC Newsletter, and others. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 23.

Simeon Rodgers

Youth and Young Adult Intern

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Simeon joined the First Presbyterian Church team in March 2016 and currently works with the youth pastor, Nic Merchant, in his daily ministry. He helps out with daily tasks, which includes planning bible studies, leading activities, figuring out logistics, and brainstorming creative ways to keep our youth engaged with Christ in their day to day lives. In his free time, he studies the Korean language, enjoys singing Karaoke, and loves fostering the community. His favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians, 9:19.

Michael Sayers

Music Associate

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Michael has directed the high school (Kirk Singers) and middle school (Chapel Singers) choirs since January 2009. In his free time he enjoys cooking, Broadway musicals, and composing. His favorite scripture is Colossians 3:17.

Dave Sestrich

Facilities Manager

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David has been managing the maintenance of the equipment and buildings on the church campus since May 2014. When he is not at work, he enjoys traveling, antiquing, dining out and cooking.

Lillie Shuler

Custodian

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A Florida native, Lillie has been working at First Presbyterian Church since 2012. In her free time she enjoys fishing and Bible study. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 121.

Debra Smith

Database Coordinator & Administrative Assistant, Membership

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Debra has lived in several states, but she has called Florida home for 25 years. She joined the team at First Presbyterian Church in April 2012 as Receptionist, and has been in her current position since July 2014. Debra enjoys music, traveling and movies whenever she can. Her favorite scripture in 1 John 4:16 – “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

Corey Thiel

Principal, Happyland Day School

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Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Corey was a teacher for 17 years before becoming the Principal at Happyland Day School. She enjoys yoga and hanging out with her family. Her favorite quote is, “I believe in Christ like I believe in the sun-not because I can see it, but by it I can see everything else.” –C.S. Lewis

Alex Underwood

Custodian

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Originally from Georgia, Alex began working at First Presbyterian Church in 2004. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and his favorite scripture is Genesis 10:9.

Cindy Vason

Director, Children’s Ministry

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With a passion for seeing children and families grow in their faith, Cindy started her work with the Children’s Ministry at First Presbyterian Church in August 2006. In her free time she enjoys running, crafts and spending time with her family. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13.

Steve Wofford

Church Administrator

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Barbara Yatrousis

Administrative Assistant to the Pastor

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Barb began working at First Presbyterian Church in 1988 as the Music Secretary. While she still sings in the church choir (and recently retired after 40 years as a member of the NOVA Singers), she has served in her current role since 1998. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29: 11-14.

Tricia Young

Director, Congregational Care & Senior Adult Ministry (AAC)

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Born and raised in Atlanta, GA., Tricia graduated from Florida State University. Since May 2008 Tricia has managed the Deacon Ministry, Adult Activity Center and Congregational Care program at First Presbyterian Church. Her favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13.

Laura Ziegler

Administrative Assistant, Ministries

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Laura joined the First Presbyterian Church team in September 2009 and currently works with the Congregational Care program, Adult Activity Center, Children’s and Women’s Ministries. In her free time she enjoys attending sporting events with her children, traveling and gardening. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6.