Staff 2017-04-27T14:21:05+00:00
Rev. Jude Geiger
Rev. Jude GeigerMinister
Rev. Jude Geiger serves as our Minister. He is the President of the Metro NY Chapter of the UU Ministers’ Association, and serves as a Board Member for the Metro NY District of the UUA. Over the past decade, Rev. Jude has served in numerous leadership roles in our faith at the local, regional and continental level. Previously, he served the First UU Congregation in Brooklyn, NY as Minister of Religious Education. He has a Masters in Urban Planning from NYU Wagner, and a Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in NYC. Prior to the ministry, Rev. Jude worked in community organizing and public advocacy on issues related to affordable housing, and health insurance outreach.
Starr Austin
Starr AustinDirector of Religious Education
Starr Austin serves as Director of Lifespan Religious Education. She is an active member of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA), previously serving as vice-president of the southeast chapter, and facilitated the formation of a cluster group for colleagues in Florida.
She is passionate about life long faith formation and considers religious education a shared ministry with the congregation. Starr enjoys finding ways to use Gardener’s multiple intelligence theory to create vibrant worship and programming which bridges generational divides.
Susie Byrnes
Susie ByrnesFellowship Administrator
Susie’s education and background is in documentary filmmaking and live television production where she has written, produced and directed many long-form national programs for PBS on medical, cultural and public affairs topics. She co-produced “May the Road Rise to Meet You,” an hour-long cultural documentary about the Irish in America, and the PBS multi-part series “New York the Way it Was.” Medical documentaries include co-producing “A Woman’s Heart” and producing “A Time to Grieve.”
After working for several years as the Media and Events Director at Walt Whitman Birthplace, she joined the Board of the Long Island Poetry Collective and is active in the arts community on Long Island.
Richard Hyman
Richard HymanMusic Director
Richard Hyman has been Music Director of the UUFH since February, 1996. A graduate of Queens College with an MA in music from Columbia University and an MS in education from Queens College, Richard Hyman taught music in the New York City Public Schools for thirty-five years. He was Director of Vocal Music at Francis Lewis High School in Queens, NY, and is currently Music Director of the Northport Symphony Orchestra.
Isabella Eredita Johnson
Isabella Eredita JohnsonPianist
Isabella lives in Northport, and accompanies and teaches piano professionally. She was awarded a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music where she received both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees, studying with Constance Keene. She has won both the prestigious George Schick award for outstanding musicianship and 1st prize at the Mason & Hamlin Piano competition. Among her proudest accomplishments are the presentations of the Diabelli Variations and the Goldberg Variations. Each of these two concerts involved the gathering of over thirty fine pianists, each performing a single variation. Ms. Eredita is an active advocate for the arts on Long Island, and regularly hosts the “Opera Night” series on Long Island.
Bridgette Nicolini
Bridgette NicoliniCommunications Specialist
email: communications@uufh.org – 631.271.1808
Bridgette Nicolini is co-founder and president of Reach For It Media, Inc. a branding, design, web development and marketing company located in Huntington. She has been in the graphic design industry since 1988 and has been a Huntington resident since 1983.

In her spare time she runs ongoing Law of Attraction workshops for women and devotes time to her lifelong passion of songwriting.

Nursery Coordinators
Nursery CoordinatorsRose DiStefano, Fran Ferro, Jacqueline Ferro
Rose DiStefano began providing nursery care for UUFH in 2004. Rose’s daughter Fran Ferro followed shortly after. In September 2006, Fran began to pursue her Masters Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. During that time Fran’s Daughter, Jacqueline began to fill in for Fran when necessary.
The trio cares to children ranging from birth to the age of three. Whether enjoying playing musical instruments, tumbling around play sets or crawling through tunnels or reading books, imaginations are in full swing in our special baby sitting room.