Rev. Dr. Linda D. Even was born and raised in Levittown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She earned a BS in Biology/Chemistry and an MBA at The Pennsylvania State University. In 1992, she graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, with a Master of Divinity, and later earned a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Prior to accepting a call at the United Church of Fayetteville in August 2007, Dr. Even served as Associate Pastor for congregations in Bay City, MI and Cincinnati, OH.
Director of Music Ministries
Jared Shepard has been a church musician since 2002, working in churches in Albany and Syracuse, New York, as organist, accompanist and choir director. His positions in a diverse range of faith communities have given him experience and interest in church music, ranging from plainchant and early polyphony to the great English choral traditions and contemporary expressions of musical worship and prayer.
Jared’s study of piano took place at the pre-collegiate and undergraduate level with Herbert Chatzky of the Hartt School of Music, and Findlay Cockrell at the University at Albany, both pupils of noted Juilliard teacher Irwin Freundlich. Jared also received a BA in Music History and Cultures from Syracuse University while also studying Pipe Organ with Dr. Anne Laver and Choral Conducting with Dr. Jose Calvar. Currently, he is an MPA candidate at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs where he studies Public and Nonprofit Management, as well as Economic Development.
Jared grew up in the foothills of the Adirondacks, in Hudson Falls, New York. He now lives in Chittenango with his wife, Elizabeth, a teacher at Bolivar Road Elementary School and their son, Henry.
Michele Sargent retired from H&R Block after being a tax preparer for more than a decade. During the course of her career, among other positions, she worked for several congregations as an Administrative Assistant. After a few years in Florida, she returned to this area to be near children and grandchildren, and thinks this is the perfect part-time job for her.
Lauriette Fallico is new to the Fayetteville community after residing in Pompey most of her life. She is mom to two children, a daughter in her 3rd year of college and a son who is attending FM High School this fall as a 10th grader.
Lauriette has spent many years working with children of all ages by volunteering at the Fabius-Pompey School District. As a mother, aunt and school volunteer, Lauriette has had experiences with typical and special needs children. She is looking forward to spending Sunday mornings at UCF as a Nursery Worker.