USR Staff Profiles


You may contact any member of the USR staff by calling the office at 201-444-6225. 

RevTonyOur Interim Minister
The Rev. Dr. Anthony P. Johnson is Interim Minister of the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, New Jersey. Since his ordination in 1977, he has served in parish and community ministries in Burbank, California; East Brunswick, Englewood, New Brunswick, Orange and Plainfield, New Jersey; New York City and Croton-on-Hudson, New York; Meriden, Connecticut; Clearwater, Florida; and nationally in support of racial and economic justice in the rebuilding after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He holds the degrees of BA (Boston University), MDiv (Harvard Divinity School), MS (New School for Social Research) and DMin (New York Theological Seminary). Dr. Johnson has taught at the New School, Monmouth University, Bloomfield College and Meadville-Lombard Theological School. He lives in Orange, New Jersey, with his wife Jody Leight and cats Bonnie and Boogie.

Rev. Tony’s email: usr.minister@gmail.com
Office hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 am – 3 pm


JohannaSealeOur Director of Religious Education
Prior to moving to New Jersey, Johanna was the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Milford, NH, and also served First Parish in Cambridge, MA as the Religious Education Assistant. Johanna started her own religious education as a child at the Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland, Maine, and is happy to be one of a growing number of lifelong UUs. Inspired by her Neighboring Faiths class to study religion, she earned her BA in the Comparative Study of Religion from Harvard College.

In her spare time, Johanna is a volunteer for Hudson County CASA, where she advocates for foster children through the court system. She also plays the viola, sings, and runs. She lives with her husband and daughter in Hoboken, NJ.

Johanna’s Work Hours:
Tuesday and Friday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

She will also be available by phone/email (usr.dre1@gmail.com) on Wednesday & Friday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.


AnnOur Membership Administrator
Ann Pareti joined the Society as the Membership/Communications Administrator. She brings with her 20 years of experience working in the fields of advertising, public relations and most recently as a project manager. Ann has worked with many Fortune 500 companies, including Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios, Sunshine Biscuits, Inc. and Fisher Price, to name a few. She is responsible for the weekly e-mail blast, newsletter, website and Facebook updates, membership database and membership coordination. Ann lives in River Vale with her husband, Glenn and two children, Glenn James and Allison.

Ann’s email: usr.membership1@gmail.com
Ann’s Office Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 am to 3 pm; Sunday: 8:30 am to 12 pm


Our Finance Manager
Donna Barrett our Finance Manager, brings her accounting expertise to USR. She has worked in accounting since she was a senior in high school for a CPA firm, Meldisco, Grant Industries and ACC Resources. She is married and lives in Hackensack, NJ.

Donna’s email: usr.finance1@gmail.com
Donna’s Work Hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 8 am – 3 pm.


ChandrikaOur Secretary
Chandrika Chowdhry joined the Society as the Secretary in 2008. She completed her under-graduate degree in Commerce in India and moved to the U.S. in 2002. Some of her responsibilities at USR include preparing and printing the order of service for each Sunday, preparing computer checks, making copies for Archives, sending packets to new visitors and ordering supplies for the office.

She lives in Ridgewood with her husband and two children. Her son is twenty two and her daughter is sixteen years old. She is an active member of the Arya Samaj which meets at the Christ Church in Ridgewood.

Chandrika’s email: usr.secretary@gmail.com
Chandrika’s Office Hours:
Monday and Friday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm


Levy_smOur Music Director
Ron Levy, internationally acclaimed pianist, has been called “first-class” by the New York Times. He regularly appears in major venues, both as a soloist, and in partnership with many of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists.  A graduate of Oberlin, Mr. Levy is a founding member of several chamber ensembles, including the Palisades Virtuosi, an award-winning trio dedicated to the commissioning of new music, and which enjoys residencies at Bergen Community College and the University of Hawaii on Oahu. He has been pianist and harpsichordist of the Oberlin Orchestra, the Westchester Symphony, and the Albany Symphony, among others. Presently, he is the pianist of the Orpheus Club Men’s Chorus and Associate Artist of the All Seasons Chamber Players.  For over 20 years, Mr. Levy was affiliated with the Manchester (VT) Music Festival, of which he was a faculty and Board member; while living in Vermont, he was also Music Director of the historic Equinox Hotel, Conductor of the Opera Theatre in Weston, and an impresario of the Southern Vermont Art Center.  Mr. Levy is currently on the faculty of Montclair University; he is a two-term President of the Professional Music Teachers Guild of New Jersey, and a contributing editor to BIM Music Publications, Switzerland.

Ron has been a guest artist for USR since 1974.

Ron’s email: levynotes@aol.com


Our Religious Education Assistants

Our new Religious Education Assistant is Indiadora Nicholson. Her email is usr.reassistant@gmail.com.

Our new RE Floating Teacher is Benahir Crespo.


Our Youth Program Coordinator
James Forrest is our Youth Group Advisor.  His email is cucusryouthgroup@gmail.com.