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  1. Joye Hodges Douthart

    Joye works to keep the Westminster community informed of and engaged in the church’s mission and many ministries. She directs Westminster’s communications, manages the church’s online presence, provides creative support to the worship team, and develops and executes our stewardship initiatives.

    Previously, Joye served as Director of Community Life with Discovery Church, overseeing its communication, technology, and engagement ministries. She directed marketing, communications, and conferences for the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits for more than a decade, and has worked as a consultant with the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, Raleigh Rescue Mission, and several other nonprofits and churches. She serves as vice president of the board of Carolina Youth Theatre.

    Joye received a BA in English and communications from Meredith College and MA in English and writing from NC State University. She heads the New Hope Presbytery’s Church Communicators Group and is an ordained deacon in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Joye was born and raised in Raleigh and lives with her family in Clayton. She enjoys local theater and the arts, books, travel, and being outdoors.

    Please note:  Joye’s day off is Friday.


  2. Kathy Stickley

    staff_photo_bigKathy was born in Durham and received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from UNC-Greensboro. She began her teaching career with Durham Public Schools. In 1986, she joined the staff of Westminster School for Young Children. Kathy taught in Westminster’s Pre-K program until the fall of 2000, when she transitioned into the school office. Now, as the Director of Westminster School, she leads a staff of 21 talented educators. Working with them to meet the needs of 120 young children and their families is rewarding in every way!

    She and her husband, Gary, have two grown sons who are both “graduates” of Westminster!


  3. Thoko Manzini

    staff_photo_bigThoko was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She has a great passion for working with children and began her career with psychiatric nursing in the U.K. She has since earned a number of certifications and hopes to attain more education in the field of Early Childhood. Thoko has taught preschool at Hope Valley Preschool since 1999 and joined Westminster’s staff in 2004. Her hobbies include reading, traveling, cooking, and dancing.


  4. Barb Schmidt

    staff_photo_bigAs Westminster’s Administrative Assistant, Barb offers warm hospitality to all who come through the Mission Center’s doors. She answers the phones, welcomes visitors, manages the church calendar, keeps our member database up-to-date, provides administrative support to the church staff, and much more.

    Barb retired in 2002 after 26 years with Verizon and has had various full and part-time jobs since her “retirement.” She joined the WPC staff in August 2007. Barb and her husband Frank are both Durham natives. They have two children – one who lives in New York, the other here in North Carolina – and five grandchildren. Barb and Frank are active members of New Horizon Church in Durham.

     


  5. Monica Umstaedt Rossman

    staff_photo_bigAn Ohio native, Monica has lived in Durham since 1982 and has served as Westminster’s music director and organist since 1994. Monica holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College (B.M.), The Ohio State University (M.M. & D.M.A.), and Duke University (J.D.). She also attended Concordia Teachers College (River Forest, Illinois). Her many inspiring teachers and mentors include Gordon Wilson, Wilbur Held, Maurice Casey, Thomas Gieschen, Harald Vogel, and Alice Parker. Specializing in organ and choral music, with a particular affinity for the music of the Baroque, Monica has been an active church musician for more than 40 years. Her previous positions include six years as Associate Chapel Organist/Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Duke, four years on the music faculty at Ohio State, three years as a practicing attorney, and numerous church positions.

    As Minister of Music, Monica engages the congregation in making music to the glory of God through lively congregational singing and a variety of musical ensembles. Her goal is to encourage everyone to share musical gifts with the congregation. It is Monica’s strong belief that the universal language of music is a powerful force for good in the world, as it deepens our spirituality, helps us celebrate the joys of community, offers us unique glimpses into God’s presence and love, and strengthens us to become more compassionate instruments of God’s peace.

    Please note:  Monica’s day off is Monday.