Charlaine Apsel is the Executive Director of the Parish Resource Center located in Patchogue and 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 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. Charlaine has served on the Conference Minister Search Committee for the New York Conference of the UCC and is currently on their Stewardship Committee. In her own church she is a church treasurer, and on the Executive Council.
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. Email Me
Debbie Kolacki is a Certified Christian Educator and Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church. Her blogs include FaithGeeks and Practical Resources for Churches. She is the senior consultant for the PRC of Rocky Point where she works with people in all areas of ministry and leads webinars, workshops, and retreats. She loves doing research of all kinds for church folks. The PRC, where all her co-workers and many of the visitors are faith geeks, is the perfect environment for Debbie when she is not home with her family and cat (Bob) writing, reading, and doing faith geek things.
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. Email Me