Charlaine Apsel is the Executive Director of PRC - Practical Resources for Churches (Parish Resource Center) located in Patchogue and in Commack and, in that capacity, supports faith communities in their ministry and mission all across the New York City area. She has worked for or volunteered at not-for-profit organizations, beginning at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory as Director of Finance and Marketing for the Publishing House over thirty years ago. Charlaine handles the print and internet marketing for the PRC and is a workshop leader on church governance, stewardship, websites, and finances. She was a QuickBooks trainer for CompUSA and continues as a QuickBooks advisor to church treasurers. PRC serves as the Resource Center for the Presbytery of Long Island and in that capacity Charlaine works with the Communication Team to produce a bimonthly e-newsletter and administer the FB page; she also redesigned the presbytery website.  She also has led both the Treasurer or Deacon Annual Leadership training sessions for the last three years. Charlaine is a member of the United Church of Christ and has served at the New York Conference level on the Conference Minister Search Committee and the Nominating Committee; she presently serves as the Chair of the Stewardship Committee and on the Personnel Committee. In her UCC Association she serves on the Committee on Church and Ministry and assisted the Association in rewriting their Constitution and Bylaws in 2016. In her own church she is a church treasurer and on the Executive Council.
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Margaret Berglund, PRC Director of Development. Education: SUNY at Stony Brook, BA in English; MA/LS. NY and NJ certified secondary English teacher. Completed development/fundraising continuing education program offered through the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Long Island. Professional Experience:  Teacher who transitioned to a 35 year career in nonprofit administration/development working with a variety of educational, cultural, healthcare, and youth organizations. Range of responsibilities in those positions:  grant writing, special event coordination, annual appeal and capital campaigns, membership programs, donor relations, develop/implementation of marketing strategies, envisioning, etc. Experience- other as:  pastor’s spouse, Sunday school teacher, seasonal sanctuary/altar worship designer, church office administrative assistant.
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Debbie Kolacki is the Senior Consultant and Webinar Administrator for PRC – Practical Resources for Churches. She is a Certified Christian Educator and Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church. She organizes the PRC webinars and leads webinars, workshops, and retreats. She is also an online instructor for BeADisciple.com. Her blogs include FaithGeeks and Practical Resources for Churches. Debbie has a BA in English from Wagner College and completed the courses for her certification as a Christian Educator through Columbia College in South Carolina. She has taught children, youth, and adults and served in many areas in her local church for over twenty years. Debbie loves doing research and working with people in all areas of ministry.
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Karen Smith, a long-time resident of Rocky Point, has degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Secretarial Science from Suffolk County Community College. Having been a preschool teacher for over 22 years, she has held positions in all aspects of preschool education. She has worked at SeaPort Preschool in Port Jefferson for 17 years, Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Aquebogue for 11 years, and at Trinity Lutheran Preschool in Rocky Point for two years. Karen has been a member of Setauket Methodist Church in Setauket, where she taught Sunday school for several years, started a fifth and sixth grade youth group, and for a short time was editor of the church newsletter. In 1995 she returned to her Lutheran roots becoming a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rocky Point. Currently, she has been teaching fourth grade Sunday school. Karen’s other activities have included  being a camp counselor at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island, leading various summer programs for elementary and preschool groups , serving as a member of the Altar Guild at Trinity, and is co-leader of the Stamp ‘n Pray Card Ministry at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. She has taught Vacation Bible School and assisted with Summer Sunday School. Karen was also a Girl Scout Leader for 12 years.
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