Staff

Shariya Molegoda
Rector
Barbara Gibbons
Parish Administrator
Mary Merkle-Scotland
Youth Minister
Grant Underwood
Music Director
David Mikus
Sexton/Verger
Shelby Auletta
Christian Ed Director
The Parish Vestry   Anita Spear
Preschool Director


Rev. Shariya Molegoda – Rector

The Rev. Shariya Molegoda joined St. Andrew's as rector in November, 2016 after serving as rector of Grace Church Church in Jefferson, Missouri for nine years. Prior to that she served in a variety of positions in Massachusetts: interim rector at St. Jamesís church in Cambridge, priest-in-charge at Church of St. Mary of the Harbor in Provincetown, associate rector at Christ Church, Harvard Square in Cambridge, assistant to the rector at St. Anneís in the Fields in Lincoln, and pastoral associate at Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston. She received a Master of Divinity degree from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in 1993, and spent her first five years after graduation as a sister and novice at the Society of St. Margaret in Roxbury, MA, a convent now located in Duxbury.

The Rev. Molegoda grew up in Sri Lanka, the large island country off the southeast coast of India, once known as Ceylon. Many of her family members live there, and she returns to visit every year. Her early years in the United States were spent in Georgia. Shariya graduated from Agnes Scott College in Decatur in 1981 and did graduate work in forestry at the University of Georgia in Athens. She has a masters degree in environmental science from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Barbara Gibbons – Parish Administrator   [back to top]

Barbara joined the St. Andrew's staff as Parish Administrator in 1998 and loves her involvement with all the parishioners as well as overseeing the daily operations of the parish office.

Born and raised in Bucks County Pennsylvania, she is the mother of three--Laurie, Catie and Chris. Laurie resides in Madison with her husband, Tom. Catie is employed by Incremedical in Essex and Chris attends the University of Connecticut. Residing in Madison for over 25 years, Barbara and her children have been members of the St. Andrew's family for over 20 years. She enjoys cooking and relaxed walks along the shore with her two golden retrievers.
 

Mary Merkle-Scotland – Youth Minister  [to top]

Shelby Auletta – Director of Christian Education  [to top]

Grant Underwood – Music Director [to top]

Grant Underwood, originally from Marysville, Ohio, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Ohio State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently seeking a Master of Divinity at Yale University. His previous experience includes music leadership positions at First English Lutheran Church and First United Methodist in Marysville, Ohio; and Jerome United Methodist in Dublin, Ohio.

While at Ohio State, he accompanied the University Chorus under the direction of Dr. Mark Chaney, a friend, mentor, and Episcopal musician; he also has enjoyed accompanying and directing several musicals, particularly through Marysville Community Theatre and the Pleasure Guild of Columbus, Ohio.

Born within a family of funeral directors and educators, Grant is passionate about education reform, religion, and the role of death and dying in our own lives and the lives of those close to us. Grant enjoys spending time with his grandparents, parents, sisters, and friends; he also enjoys swimming, reading, and piano.
 

David R. Mikus – Sexton/Verger   [back to top]

David Mikus has been the Sexton since 1987 and also serves as St. Andrew’s Verger. The Sexton is responsible for maintaining the “physical” church; the Verger leads the processions and assists during the service.

David works for the U.S. Forest Service at a forest research laboratory. He is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and has attended Middlesex Community College and Southern CT State University. He has a degree in Environmental Science. He lives in Clinton with his wife, Tina, and enjoys the outdoors, running, baseball, singing in the opera chorus and taking care of St. Andrew's.
 

Anita Spear– Preschool Director  [back to top]

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Anita attended The Community College of Rhode Island plus the University of Rhode Island and Providence College. She holds an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education along with a minor in Psychology. Anita taught at Brown University preschool for many years. In addition, she has directed several daycare centers in Connecticut and welcomes the warm and inviting atmosphere here at St. Andrew's preschool and church.

In her spare time Anita enjoys boating with her husband Nate, two beautiful daughters Nadine and Jackie, along with their yellow Labrador Rosco.
 

 


The Parish Vestry   [back to top]

Senior Warden Gary Naegel
 
Junior Warden John Armstrong
 
Treasurer Cathy Golden
 
Clerk of the Vestry Louise Beecher
 

Mark Auletta
 
Gary Cimmino
 
Art Criddle
 
Kristen Garnett
 
Nancy Karas
 
Colleen McHugh
 
Olivia Nye
 
Rebecca Rastetter