Our Staff Team

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Our Staff:

Bethany Giammalvo, Director of Faith Formation

Bethany Giammalvo, director of Faith Formation

Bethany Giammalvo was born and raised in Exeter, New Hampshire.  She is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in Elementary Education, and is a 12-year member of UUSF; Bethany and her husband Michael are the parents of Emily, who has been raised in this congregation and is now a 5th grader.  

Bethany maintains office hours on Sunday afternoons and by appointment; please message or call to find a time.  


Dwight Thomas, Music Director

Dwight Thomas, Music Director

Dwight has been the music director at Unitarian Memorial Church since 1996.  Originally from Pawtucket, RI, he now makes his home in New Bedford, and as an accomplished organist and pianist, provides music for Sunday worship services, organ recitals, weddings, memorial services, choir concerts and special events.  Dwight directs the UUSF choir, which practices at 6:30 Thursday evenings during the church year, and on  Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.  (Seats for newcomers or those who would like to try it out are always available.)  

Dwight maintains office hours by appointment; message or call to arrange a convenient time.



Ashley Lessa, Office Administrator

Ashley joined our team in November, 2017 after a four month search process.  She is a Dartmouth native, a graduate of Bishop Stang High School and Emerson College, and a freelance writer.  We are delighted to have her as our administrative lead; visit or contact Ashley during her office hours, which are Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-3:00, and Friday from 9:30-1:30.    

Denis Hebert, Custodian

Custodian Denis Hebert



Denis is a Vietnam veteran and retired from a career working in the ship yards of New Bedford, the city where he was born and raised.  He and his wife now live in Mattapoisett; Denis loves our historic building, dogs, and taking trips to warmer climes in the New England winter.

Denis works Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, and is reachable by calling the UUSF office or e-mailing to office@uufairhaven.org.




Chelsea Burke, Youth Coordinator

Youth coordinator Chelsea Burke



Chelsea was born and raised in Fairhaven, and joined UUSF as a second-grader.  As a proud graduate of our youth program, we are delighted to welcome her back to lead a new generation of UUSF youth.  She looks forward to connecting through meetups, activities, and at Sunday worship, and seeing our teens through coming of age and bridging into their adult lives.

Chelsea keeps office hours on some Tuesdays and Sundays; please contact her ypc@uufairhaven.org to make an appointment.  



Barbara Bishop, Bookkeeper