Veronica Barron, Jan Nisenbaum, Tom Sander, Jonathan Vogel-Borne
Dear FMC Community
We’re writing to let you know about the new coordinating team at FMC! As many of you know, our meeting recently bid farewell to LJ Boswell, who worked at the meeting as our Resident Friend for three years before moving on to a new role in Western Massachusetts.
Our meeting decided to take the coming year to reflect on what we want and need in terms of staffing. In this interim year of reflection, many of the core responsibilities once held by the Resident Friend will be now shared among a four-person team for the coming year—the FMC Coordinating Team!
As Staff Coordinator, Jan Nisenbaum supervises FMC staff and works with the First Day School, office operations, and facilities committees.
As Finance Coordinator, Tom Sander oversees the FMC budget, monitors expenditures, and works with the finance subcommittee of Trustees.
As Welcome Coordinator, Veronica Barron works on outreach + inreach to help folks connect more deeply with the meeting, and works with the Fellowship & Outreach committee and Young Adult Friends.
As Communications Coordinator, Jonathan Vogel-Borne helps connect the dots between the work done by FMC’s various committees, working with the clerks team and others.
In short: if there’s something for which you used to turn to the Resident Friend, reach out to the FMC Interim Coordinating Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
Jan, Tom, Veronica, and Jonathan
Short Bios of the Team
Veronica Barron is a non-theist Friend who started attending Friends Meeting at Cambridge in 2015, never having previously participated in a spiritual or faith community. She is a communications professional for a music conservatory, a performing artist working domestically and internationally as a puppeteer, actor, and composer, and a community leader for a radically inclusive brass band and dance troupe. She grew up in Seattle, Amsterdam, and Florida, and since 2007 has lived in Cambridge with her bicycle, Papaya.
Jan Nisenbaum has been an active member at FMC for over 30 years, serving as Co-Presiding Clerk, and representative to Ministry & Counsel, Trustees, Pastoral Care Team, Personnel, Fellowship & Outreach, and the Ad Hoc Financial Priorities group.
Her professional experience as a Social Worker included roles at the Department of Mental Health and Department of Children and Families, as well other as other non-profit agencies. The focus of her work has been on Secondary Trauma, child welfare and mental health clinical practices, organizational and program development, training and quality improvement.
Tom Sander has been a member of FMC since birth (those baby Jesus days!) and comes from Quakers that stretch back to the 1700s in New Jersey. For the Meeting he has served on Trustees, Ministry & Counsel, Peace and Social Concerns, Fundraising, and has been a co-Clerk of the Meeting, among other responsibilities. He looks forward to cooking soup and constructing salads for the community on First Days again.
When Tom is not working for the Meeting he has helped led research teams looking into the decline of social and civic connections in America, the role of religion in America and the growing opportunity gap between rich and poor. He serves his town (Lincoln, MA) on Finance Committee and on the Community Preservation Committee and the Water Board. He enjoys hiking, cooking, traveling, and puzzles. He has not yet named his bicycle.
Jonathan Vogel-Borne and his spouse Minga Claggett-Borne were invited to come to Friends Meeting at Cambridge to serve as Resident Friends from 1985–1990. Growing up in a Friends family in California, Jonathan has traveled widely across the full Quaker spectrum, from evangelical to liberal. His ministry is to seek deeper unity and a clarity of vision and witness among all peoples. Jonathan was the lead staff person at New England Yearly Meeting from 1991 to 2013. In addition to serving on the FMC Coordinating Team, he is also assistant clerk of the Meeting and clerk of Friends Peace Teams, an international Quaker organization promoting justice and healing. Jonathan’s paid work is as a graphic artist / website developer. He also loves group singing and plays violin, guitar, and electric bass.