Meet Our Staff

Find out a little more about our staff team below

Ruling Elder

Erik Simon

Erik is a seminary student and will serve our church as "Bridge Pastor" while the Session conducts a search for an interim pastor. Erik will preach weekly and provide pastoral care and facilitate meetings and events. He has a son Jonah, a wife Jennifer Smith, and a golden retriever named Ben. We welcome Erik and his gifts to our church community!

Music Director

Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro, a longtime member of Palisades Church, has been its organist and choir director since 2002.  He is an award-winning composer, having spent most of his career writing scores for film and television. Three films with scores by Michael have been nominated for Academy Awards. He has also composed a number of anthems for our church choir. He co-founded ServiSound, Inc. which grew to be one of the largest and most successful recording studios in NYC, with four live rooms occupying 10,000 square feet of space on West 45th Street and with 22 full-time employees.

Session Members

Faith Alexandre

Fellowship Committee

Roger Buck

Personnel Committee

Lori Hylton

Operations Committee

Michael Shapiro

Worship Committee

Erik Simon

Mission Committee

Jim Uleman

Stewardship Committee

Tracey Weigel

Nominations Committee

Vienna Guzewich
Vienna Guzewich

Youth Member

Board of Deacons

Johanna Albin
Johanna Albin
Margaret Allen
Margaret Allen
Madeleine Bassil
Madeleine Bassil
Karen Berger
Diane Conklin
John Guzewich
John Guzewich
Bob Moore
Bob Moore
James Rubenstone
James Rubenstone
Stephen Van Dyk

Additional Support

Jane Cowan

Secretary

Bill Menke

Clerk

Sue Webb

Treasurer