December 2017  
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Leadership Team

The Leadership Team of AUMC are members of the church who have completed a leadership class with Pastor Richelle and have been elected by the congregation to serve in that leadership capacity. The team of 9 are the decision making body for the church. 

Meet AUMC Leadership Team! 


Denise Lawton


Denise is a wife and mother of 3 beautiful girls. She is a registered nurse at Auburn Community Hospital where she has worked for 15 years.  She and her family have been attending Auburn United Methodist Church for about 2 1/2 years now.  “My children love it and we all look forward to attending weekly. The girls and I also enjoy being involved with all of the activities the church has to offer. AUMC has been the perfect fit for my family”.  


Kyle Quick


Kyle has been married to Mellissa for 24 years and have 2 children, Ashley 22 and Austin 18.  He is currently the P/R – H/R Benefits Specialist for the E. John Gavras Center and has been with them for 5 years.  In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, spending time on the lake with his family and watching college basketball.  “I tend to look at the glass half full and hope that my positive attitude will help others to feel the same way”.






Mary Howard

Mary has been a member of AUMC since 2001.  She earned a Bachelors and Masters of Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and is currently working as the vocal/general music teacher at Seward Elementary School in Auburn.  Although Mary has been involved in many different aspects of the church in the past 15 years, she currently serves as the SPRC chairperson, teaches the 8th-12th grade Sunday school class, oversees the church's Safe Sanctuary policy, and participates in the Inspire Dance Team.  Mary lives in Auburn with her husband, Steven, and their three school age children.

Steven Howard

Steven has been a member of AUMC for 15 years.  He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Masters of School Administration from SUNY Cortland.  During the school year he works as the vocal/general music teacher at Herman Avenue Elementary School in Auburn.  In the summer he is the vice principal for the Cayuga/Onondaga BOCES regional high school summer school.  Steven currently serves on the Leadership Team, as well as on the Stewardship/Finance Committee and the Memorial Committee.  Steven is a father of three school age children and lives with his wife Mary in Auburn.


Marie Montgomery

Marie has lived in Auburn for the past 37 years. She grew up in Northern NY on a dairy farm and in the Methodist church. She has been married for 36 years, mother of three grown boys and grandmother to a beautiful 4 month grandson. She works for a community anti-poverty agency for the past 16 years, and is currently the Deputy Director.



Ruth Schussler

Ruth and Ray, her husband, moved from Waterloo 10 years ago and they have been attending AUMC for 8 years. She is participating in prayer ministry, trustees, newsletter publisher, stewardship, and Leadership Team. A small group she's involved in meets on Saturdays at 8:30 Panera for book study on Christian books (Come join us!). At the summer service you'll see her with Koa, her dog.   



Patty Pierleoni

Patty has been attending a UMC since her son, Nick, was 6 (He is now almost 21). Patty is currently the Leadership Team Chair and the Sunday power point guru. Patty says “If you haven't noticed, I usually have a little one, or two, in tow as I am blessed to be Nanny Patty to Pastor Richelle's two munchkins, Karis and Zoe.”  Patty also serves on a number of District Level committees: District Superintendency Committee, Hand 2 Plow, and Lead Laity Certification classes among some and on the Conference level as a member of the Human Sexuality Task Force. Outside of church I am an English Instructor at Cayuga Community College and a recent member to the Auburn Community.


Barb LoCastro

Barb was raised in Amityville on Long Island and moved to Auburn after she and her husband, Tony, were married. She has been attending this church and have been involved in almost every ministry we have at one time or another. “My middle name could be "secretary"!"




Amy Fredericksen      

Amy is a 38 year old married mother of two beautiful children.  She has lived in Auburn for 9 years.  She works as an Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator (counseling/parole) at Cayuga Correctional Facility and has worked for NYS for 15 years.  "I have been a member of this church for 2 years but have attended here for 7. My daughter is involved in the church with Sunday School and Inspire Dance. My son will start Sunday School in the fall."


Please be reminded that each Ministry area has a liaison to the Leadership Team. Your liaison is there to help trouble-shoot and to be the connection to the larger team. They are praying for your ministry and are available to help at any time.

  1. Intentional Faith Development: Kyle Quick/Steve Howard
  2. Risk Taking Mission: Mary Howard
  3. Radical Hospitality: Marie Montogomery
  4. Passionate Worship: Patty Pierleoni
  5. Extravagant Generosity: Ruth Schussler

The complete list of the Leadership Team is as follows:


Ruth Schussler  

Mary Howard

Amy Fredericksen 


Barb LoCastro  

Patty Pierleoni 

Kyle Quick    


Denise Lawton

Steve Howard

Marie Montgomery


3   Representing Trustees:  Barbara Locastro (2017), Denise Lawton (2018), Ruth Schussler (2016)

3   Representing SPRC:   Mary Howard (2016), Patty Pierleoni (2017), Marie Montomery (2018)

3   Representing Finance:   Kyle Quick (2017), Steve Howard (2018), Amy Fredericksen (2016)


Leadership Team Chair: Patty Pierleoni

Leadership Team Vice Chair: Kyle Quick

Leadership Team Secretary: Barb LoCastro



Patty Pierleoni:

Kyle Quick:

Mary Howard:

Barb LoCastro:

Ruth Schussler:

Pastor Richelle:

Denise Lawton:

Marie Montgomery:

Steve Howard:

Amy Fredericksen: