Leaders & Staff

Our community is led by a combination of lay and professional leaders who work dynamically to serve our shared mission.


Rev. Parisa Parsa

Rev. Parisa Parsa, Interim Minister

Rev. Parisa Parsa is serving as FUUSN’s interim minister from August of 2022 through July of 2024, while we search for a new settled minister.

Rev. Parisa was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry in 1998 by 20 member congregations of the UU Urban Ministry in Boston (including FUSN!). She has served in community ministry roles with the UU Urban Ministry, a consortium of UU social justice ministries called the Urban Disciples, and the Faithful Fools Street Ministry in San Francisco. She was the settled minister at First Parish in Milton, MA from 2004-2014. Since then she has served as the Executive Director of Essential Partners, a nonprofit dedicated to constructive dialogue on divisive ideological, religious and political issues, and as CEO of Cortico, a nonprofit technology startup aiming to bring the voices of under-heard communities into public awareness. Parisa has also consulted on intercultural organizational development for nonprofits and congregations for the past decade.

In her free time, Parisa enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, watching intense television shows, and traveling near and far. She lives in Arlington, MA with her family.

Devin Shmueli

Devin Shmueli, Director of Family and Community Ministries

Devin has a passion for learning from and listening to the wisdom of people of all ages and stages, because he believes that even the smallest child can help serve as a guide on the path of responsible meaning-making! Drawing from the Jewish tradition in which he was raised, where there are often more questions than answers, he finds joy in giving people the tools and safe, brave spaces to explore their faith and spirituality.

Devin is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina in Greensboro where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. In 2017, Devin graduated with a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. Outside of work, Devin enjoys spending time at the gym, visiting with friends in and out of town, exploring new restaurants, hiking locally and, especially, in the Berkshires, and throwing pottery on the wheel. He is also dabbling in woodworking.

Anne Watson Born

Anne Watson Born, Director of Music Ministry

Anne has been at FUUSN since 2007, and it has been a mind-altering and wonderful experience from the beginning. When she’s not at FUUSN, she is the Music Director for the Nashoba Valley Chorale, a 100-voice community choir. She is currently the chair of the UUA’s Music Leadership Certification Committee and is a UUA Credentialed Music Leader. She is also the Lifelong Repertoire & Resources chair for the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.


Fran Clancy

Fran Clancy, Office Administrator

Fran Clancy has been the Administrator at FUUSN for many years. Although not an official Unitarian Universalist, she values the principles and commitment the FUUSN congregation exhibits on a daily basis. Fran lives in Newton, MA, and she has two grown daughters who produced four grandchildren.

Office Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Mon -Wed- Fri
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Tues – Thur

Karen Hurley

Karen Hurley, Nursery Care

Karen Hurley is our Nursery Care Provider here at the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Newton beginning early in 2023. Karen and her husband live in Billerica. As a mother of two adult children, Karen has many years of experience working with children. For the past 26 years, Karen has worked with students and their families as the Registrar at Lexington High School. In addition, Karen has always loved working a second job. Over the years, she has enjoyed being an aerobics instructor, leading a Girl Scout troop, running activities at a nursing home, nursery care at Pilgrim Church in Lexington, weekend reception at an assisted living and now back to nursery care here at FUUSN. She loves being involved and enjoys keeping busy while being able to share her talents with the different communities.  Karen is a very positive, caring and nurturing person and is very happy to be at the First Unitarian Society in Newton.


Carson Cooman

Carson Cooman, Organist

Jenise Aminoff

Jenise Aminoff, Communications and Technology Coordinator

Jenise Aminoff has been writing things since she was 8 years old. In a plot twist no one would believe from one of her novels, she grew up in Albuquerque, NM at the same time as Rev. Parisa and is half-Hispanic. An MIT alumna, she has worked as a technical writer, science writer, information designer, and web content writer at Boston-area technology companies and educational institutions since the mid-1990s. She is also a published author of adult science fiction short stories and, under the pen name Dianna Sanchez, middle grade fantasy novels. Raised Catholic with a smattering of Mormon, she has been a member of First Parish UU of Arlington for 14 years, where she has taught 2nd and 6th graders. An avid cook, she also enjoys gardening, board games, and creating steampunk hats and accessories. She is married with two daughters and uses she/her pronouns.