Meet Hershey Hirschkop – Executive Director Seacoast Outright

Hershey Hirschkop (she/her/hers) cut her teeth at Gay Community News in Boston, at the time one of the few lesbian and gay national newspapers in the US. Her life as an activist took many turns, but never ceased. While the majority of her career was spent first as an architect, and later in non-profit affordable and supportive housing development, she has stayed involved in key social justice issues, including affordable housing and LGBTQ rights.

Aside from late nights catching up on email, Hershey enjoys birding, beekeeping, and admits to being born and raised in Massachusetts. She is now settled in Seacoast Maine with her partner of many years, as well as a variety of farm critters.

Meet Claire Bloom

Claire is the Founder of End 68 Hours of Hunger a public not-for-profit effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning. This weekend program, established in New…

Meet Kaya Sarosiek

Kaya currently bounces between coastal Florida and the seacoast of New Hampshire regions. She makes music that she hopes inspires others and brings some joy and peace into a world so full of chaos and hate. Enjoy!

Meet Julie Coffey-Burke

Julie is the founder of NicaLove an animal welfare organization serving animals and those who care for them in the most vulnerable communities in Nicaragua. They partner with local animal welfare organizations to rescue and rehabilitate both domestic and working animals. They offer wellness clinics providing health care and sterilizations and connect with local individuals within the community to provide for overlooked needs.

Meet Rev. Dr. Debra Hanson

Rev. Deb [First UMC – Portsmouth, NH] shares her thoughts on the theme of “Prayer” and ways that work for her and encourage you to discover how prayer can help you.

Meet Freddy Petrone

I’m so glad you are here. I’d like to share about how I “got bridged” – in more ways than one! In 2018, I experienced sudden vision loss and over the course of three short months became blind. My long daily walks have helped me cope by clearing my mind and restoring some sense of freedom. Often, though, I’m stopped in my tracks before crossing Portsmouth’s Memorial Bridge when it lifts for passing boats. I’ve dubbed this experience “getting bridged,” which has become a metaphor for the unexpected obstacles life throws at us. But the metaphor doesn’t end there…let me take you on my journey of diagnosis of Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy, my long-standing drug and alcohol addiction and creating the I Got Bridged non profit.

Meet Mark Lefebvre – “Thanks For Asking”

Mark is Director of Community Engagement at Pinetree Institute of Eliot ME. In his role at Pinetree, Mark is responsible for the development and delivery of services for building community resilience against substance use. Prior to this, Mark served as statewide program director for the NH Works for Recovery program at Southern NH Services. In this role, Mark oversaw outreach and delivery of employment and training services to individuals and families affected by the New Hampshire opioid crisis. Mark serves on the NH Governor’s Commission as a member of both the Prevention and Recovery Task Forces. Mark and his wife Vivian are co-founders of Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Portsmouth. Prior to making a career commitment to the New Hampshire Opioid Crisis, Mark spent 37 years in various roles in the technology sector, the last 22 as a director of sales and marketing at IBM. Mark has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has completed graduate studies in Community Mental Health and Substance Misuse from Southern NH University. Mark and his family reside in Hampton Falls.

Say hello to Barbara Clement

This video was taken in August of 2021 at the Riverside Rest Home with Barbara Clement 95 years young. She tells us a bit of her life and her story of being part of First UMC.

Meet Pastor Sue

Pastor Sue Ellery [former Pastor at First. UMC] talks to us about becoming a Reconciling Congregation.