Meet the staff and Board of Directors of common cathedral and Ecclesia Ministries, serving the homeless population of Boston.
Who We Are
common cathedral Staff
Ms. Amanda Grant-Rose is a Massachusetts native. Her rich life experiences make her the perfect person to lead our organization at this time. Daughter of a Presbyterian minister and a social worker, Amanda has long been drawn to working, with great energy and compassion, on behalf of others. She is comfortable working in faith based as well as in secular settings. As an educator, Amanda has worked as a special education teacher, has developed individual education plans for students in Tanzania, and has taught masters
level classes in special education, mental disabilities and learning disabilities. As a social worker, Amanda has provided support to at-risk children in foster care, has developed and implemented comprehensive social services through an urban, faith-based hunger program, and has served as a mental health specialist. Amanda most recently served as
Director of Marketing and Programs at Lift Up Africa, where she was in charge of marketing strategy, fundraising, relationship management, and donor development.
Amanda holds degrees from the University of Arizona (BA, Special Education); the University of Pennsylvania (MSW); and Harvard University (Master of Education in International Education Policy). She is a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in South Boston and is married with a 2 children.
Rev. Mary Jane Eaton has lived in the Boston area since leaving her home state of Maine in 1992. She received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in Waltham and a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge. Mary joined Ecclesia Ministries in January 2007, after spending seven years working at VISIONS, Inc., a not-for-profit anti-racism organization. As a quilter and self-taught artist, she says that, "all people require opportunities for creativity and beauty. Common art provides for this universal human need. I am delighted to be a part of these programs."
Rev. Laura Shatzer is an Iowa native, Laura has lived in Boston for the past five years. She holds a bachelor's degree from Carleton College (Northfield, MN), an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and is ordained in the United Church of Christ. Laura formerly worked at a Washington DC center for women experiencing homelessness and discerned her call to ordained ministry while serving as an intern with the Outdoor Church of Cambridge
Laura finds joy in being in God's creation, singing out her soul (especially in Taizé chant), and training for half marathons. She is a member of United Parish in Brookline.
Ms. Heidi Lee has taught art at two very diverse inner-city high schools, as well as the Woman’s Center, and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. She also coordinated the City HeArt 2012 event (an open art studio gallery where 30-40 homeless and low-income artists from the Boston area exhibit their work). She believes in the potential of the arts to heal and make people whole again.
Sharon is pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology at Boston College. Although her program emphasizes the importance of social justice, Sharon's passion for working with and learning from people without homes began in her own family when she was a little girl. Her desire to serve the community grew while volunteering weekly at the South Bend Center for the Homeless when she was an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame. Work experience in a racially, economically, and educationally diverse community after college further shaped Sharon's call to ministry and led to the completion of an M.A. in Clinical Counseling and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry. The latter was conferred in Boston and served to further connect Sharon to the city and people that she loves! She feels it is an absolute blessing to work with common cathedral. Sharon is also excited about the positive potential that occurs when faith communities, civic organizations, and community members come together to eradicate injustice. Sharon shares leadership of the BostonWarm day center and CityReach.
David Albaugh began his volunteer work while in high school when he worked as a counselor at a camp for underprivileged children in Minnesota. It was at this time that he realized that he found it very difficult to say “no” when asked to help anyone in need. While he built a career in science and technology he continued to work as a volunteer with homeless shelters, soup kitchens and organizations supporting mentally ill individuals and people dealing with cancer. David has served as a board member with The Cancer Support Community, and local chapters of The National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey.
Tonika S. Farrell is an acolyte of St Augustine & St Martin in Roxbury. September, 2011 she traveled to Haiti with a Medical Mission team founded by the Diocese; Circle of Hope. Tonika obtained her Bachelor degree in Criminology & Law and Master degree in Criminal Justice from Suffolk University. Her outside interest and hobbies include international travel, shopping, law & politics of various countries and networking with new people. Tonika is a "Jane of all Trades", currently works at St Elizabeth's hospital as well as being the Administrative Assistant for Ecclesia Ministries.
Ecclesia Ministries' Board of Directors
Rev. Robin Lutjohann, Chairperson. Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church, Cambridge, MA
Wendy Fasciano Director of Association Financial Services of New England, LLC
The Rt. Rev. Gayle E. Harris Bishop Suffragan, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Ari Barbanell, Secretary Executive Director of The Winter Walk, Boston MA
Dr. Debra Leonard Neurobiologist, Cambridge, MA
James Bradley Author and member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Boston MA
The Rev. Mike Dangelo Episcopal Priest, Church of the Redeemer, Chestnut Hill MA
Tenzin Rigdul common cathedral member