# something to point to

“See, it’s not just about the work. Somebody built the pyramids. The pyramids, the sears tower – these things don’t just happen … Picasso can point to a painting. A writer can point to a book. What can I point to? Everyone should have something to point to.”

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The Public Servants
The Educators
Masters of the Arts
The Self Starters
At the Office

The Public Servants

Marilee Hunt

I am the elected Town Clerk of Bridgewater. I was elected in 2015, 9 months after our former Town Clerk died suddenly after being in office for 38 years. I love my job because it allows me to interact with Bridgewater citizens on a daily basis. I have served the public in various capacities for over 40 years and am grateful for each day. I work in a beautiful building and take great pride in having been on the building committee as well as serving as Chair of the Community Preservation Committee which provided the majority of funding for its restoration (and, by the way, funding for some First Parish restoration). I love watching citizens come participate in elections and take pride in guiding the staff of election workers ensure a free, fair and just elections each time. I love helping people find their ancestors in our records dating from 1656. I love to see: new parents come for their child’s birth certificate, dog owners registering their beloved pets, 18-year-olds registering to vote for the first time, new residents re-registering to vote in Bridgewater, new business owners come to receive business licenses and various, newly-appointed or hired committee members and employees coming to be sworn into of our community. An added perk is being a Justice of the Peace and having the privilege of marrying people (76 couples and counting). What’s not to like?

Korin Zigler

I am an RN working on a cardiac floor.  All my patients wear heart monitors and the signal is sent back to the nurses’ station so we can monitor their EKGs at every moment.  This allows us to catch changes and problems early and thus we can, ideally, be proactive rather than reactive in the treatment of arrhythmias and other kinds of cardiac decompensation.  I work with a great team of cardiologists, NPs, PAs, secretaries, and CCAs (nursing assistants).  Together, it feels like we weave a safety net under patients who are often in a state of medical peril.  The hospital where I work serves an urban poor population that is especially vulnerable.  Many of them are made vulnerable by some combination of poverty and hopelessness and mental illness and substance abuse; they don’t eat well or exercise or they smoke, which ultimately and inevitably leads to heart disease that, while manageable, is irreversible.  Some of them are made vulnerable because of language and cultural barriers, as my hospital serves a city with a high immigrant population, mostly from Haiti and Cape Verde.  Some of them are made vulnerable because end-of-life care is poorly understood by the public; often people at the end of their lives are no longer competent to make medical decisions, and we are forced to treat them guided by decisions made by their relatives who want everything done, although they are often not present to watch what actually happens, all the suffering we cause to make the patient’s life a few weeks or months longer.  The particular vulnerability of the population of my hospital calls for a specific kind of expertise and empathy, which I practice and perfect during each shift.  I never stop learning.

What I most like about my work is the opportunity to treat people with respect and dignity.  Nursing is the most trusted profession, and I see that enacted every day.  Nurses endlessly advocate for their patients.  We work our butts off, running the floor, delivering meds, getting patients on and off stretchers to tests, helping people to the bathroom, teaching them about their conditions and tests and treatments and prevention, de-escalating patients with psychiatric issues, explaining the hospital course to families, and even occasionally getting to sit at the bedside and hold their hand and listen.  We are the eyes and ears of the doctors, and we are in constant (and concise) communication with them as they have 15-20 patients to care for.  We sometimes don’t have time to eat or go to the bathroom, even.  Yet it’s a great honor to be in the position in society to take care of people in their most vulnerable hours.  I’ve been a nurse for 22 years and I will be a nurse until my retirement.  I love my work.

Laurie Lessner

What makes me most proud about being a librarian is I can help make educational and inspirational resources available to everyone, regardless of their address, income, education, political views … Libraries promote free material, free speech, and free ideas. And I also get to teach and provide support, which are hugely rewarding.

Matt Winters

As a letter carrier, I know that I play a vital role in the delivery of the mail, and carrying out that job does offer a sense of pride. However, the greatest feeling I get comes from all the people I see and meet every day. The conversations I have and the stories I hear make each day interesting, and sometimes entertaining. It also tends to be a good source of free exercise, with a lot of walking and heavy lifting. The postal service serves virtually every household and business in the country, and I feel proud to be a part of that.

The Educators

Vernon Domingo

[Geography Professor, Bridgewater State University]
“I teach therefore I am and therefore I do” has long had a particular feel for me. I am especially conscious of my primary function as a teacher –  and especially as a geography teacher – which is to help students develop a curiosity about our world. Teaching and learning are transformative – you should leave each class richer with some new perspective of our world that you have gained. When I teach for example about water issues I wish to have students leave with questions such as “What is my role in a world where many do not have access to clean water?”, “How can I help create the needed social and economic change?”.  For me, education and social action go hand in hand. Angela Davis speaks of true education as more than mere facts but facts presented in such a way as to suggest alternate frameworks, to imagine better ways of living in evolving worlds … and to extend learning to the “incessant struggle to remake our lives, our relations, our communities, and our futures.” In my teaching, I have never shied away from referencing the social activism that I am publicly involved in – on issues of class, gender, race, sexual orientation. The classroom and the current issues of the outside world are always inextricably linked and they should feed into each other.

Sonia D’Alarcao

I am the Director of Professional Development & Training for a non-profit human services organization, BAMSI. In my role I oversee the training for our 2000+ employees. I love teaching adult learners about a variety of topics. Whether it is diversity training, leadership development or basic CPR and first aid skills, I am proud to help our employees develop so that they can do their important jobs better. Our employees provide services for vulnerable populations, such as people with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, behavioral health and public health needs. I love going to work every day and enjoy being with my awesome team and colleagues. Each day brings exciting new challenges and joyful moments!

Jana Iampietro

When I first began teaching English, I had traditional rows of desk in my classroom, just like Mr. Keating in Dead Poets Society, which was the movie that inspired me to change my major and become a high school English teacher. And I am not going to lie: I loved teaching grammar.
Over the years, however, the enthusiasm and excitement over getting students to put a period at the end of a sentence or using a semicolon correctly has diminished; likewise, I have rearranged the desks into a circle for greater intimacy.
I love teaching in a way that I can barely put into words. At some jobs, closing the door is a sign of isolation or sterility. However, when I close my door after the bell rings, the magic of our microcosm begins. Here, we can openly analyze Whitman’s poems, examine and reflect upon ourselves when analyzing literary characters, laugh and cry our way through plays such as Death of a Salesman and  Hamlet, and just enjoy each other’s company. Here, there is a closeness and connection that transcends the traditional classroom. 
Mark Twain said, “Make your vocation your vacation,” and I am truly thankful that I was given the resources, the motivation, and the freedom to follow his advice.  

I love teaching in a way that I can barely put into words. At some jobs, closing the door is a sign of isolation or sterility. However, when I close my door after the bell rings, the magic of our microcosm begins. Here, we can openly analyze Whitman’s poems, examine and reflect upon  ourselves when analyzing literary characters, laugh and cry our way through plays such as Death of a Salesman  and  Hamlet, and just enjoy each other’s company. Here, there is a closeness and connection that transcends the traditional classroom. 

Mark Twain said, “Make your vocation your vacation,” and I am truly thankful that I was given the resources, the motivation, and the freedom to follow his advice.     

Masters of the Arts

Rita Roy

[Founder, Ophelia Pearls & Physics for Show]
I have a job, sometimes it feels like I have 10 jobs. For one, I am running my own company, in the theater industry. Recently, I began teaching small kids STEAM subjects. I am most passionate about Theater and Physics. Teaching lead me to appreciate how little minds can be think big thoughts. I think they make me better at job number 3, being a Mom to two young daughters. 

Bill Richter

[Director, Pilgrim Festival Chorus & Scituate High School Chorus]
I love what I do because primarily I love people. Secondly I love choral music in all its varied forms. I particularly enjoy taking an idea or project from vision to reality with people who are committed to enjoying great music and friendship. In the nine ensembles I direct (school, church and community) there is an overriding feeling of love for music and each other. In our increasingly busy lives it’s difficult to stop for a few hours and collectively create beauty with other like-minded souls. I feel blessed and honored to be able to do this day in and day out. I’m the luckiest musician alive. 

Denise Haskins

[Director, First Parish Choir]
Singing in a choir has always been one of my favorite activities, spiritual in a sense.  It makes you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself.  Directing a choir affords me the privilege of providing this experience for others.  Most of the singers in the choir would never consent to singing a solo, but happily sing in a group; there’s safety in numbers!  It is tremendously satisfying to start a new piece with the choir and see them progress from stumbling over unfamiliar melodies, harmonies and rhythms to singing the piece beautifully and with confidence and enjoyment.  

Cory Winters
(Cast Member)

For the past 22 years I have been a soloist/choir director at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Halifax. It has been a very rewarding time in my life where I get to do what I love and share my gift with others. I feel that there is no better way to praise God then through song and Hymns of praise. When I sing at weddings it is such a joy to make their day extra special. Although most people might think that singing at funerals must be a difficult thing to do, I like to think that I am giving the family some comfort in their time of grief. Even though I may have started this later in life after my children entered their school years, I believe it is what I was meant to do and thank God that I had “something to point to”.

Craig Allen

[Associate Audio Supervisor, Emerson Theater]
What makes me proud is knowing that I am making the audience happy and putting on a show that they will enjoy.

Tony Winters
(Music Director & Cast Member)

When you have so many creative outlets, it’s hard to know which to pursue, or which will make it easier for you to pay the bills. Of course, I have a day job that does that – but my true love, my passion, the thing I care deeply about, is my art. My music, my writing, my plays, my musical – without these I wouldn’t have much to rely on in life. Even when I go into my desk job every day, I find that I have the same attitude as when I’m writing. I try to have the same smile, the same positivity, even when I’m a bit self-conscious or feel like I’m not getting anywhere. I have to keep looking forward.
To tell you the truth, it’s a bit overwhelming being someone who has all these projects and can’t seem to focus on one at a time. I guess that’s just how the creative process works. You might say I’m someone who needs art to survive, but can’t (currently) survive on art. It just kind of moves me in whatever direction, and I go there.
For me, it’s all about the people. It’s about creating something that someone can relate to, or be inspired by. Same with my day job – I like to make people smile, create a true human connection. Art can do that to people. Art can change the world.

The Self-Starters

Michelle McGrath

[Owner/President at Michelle McGrath PR]
Working in public relations serving the arts (as well as non-profits and small business) seemed a natural progression from my life and education combined. Pursuing education in illustration, design, marketing, and business management led me to a first career in commercial design and printing. Being a passionate artist – as a designer, illustrator, and vocalist – I felt a little unfulfilled in that early role – driven by the integral need to be passionate about my work and a natural born problem solver. Today, I consider my horizons in managing public relations services and social media administration an applied art form! The tasks differ from client to client, presenting challenges that allow creative solutions to surface through the same methods that I would follow to say, paint a watercolor, or master a harmony. Research. Practice. Devotion. Aspiration. It has been a joy to continually redefine strategic methods to stay abreast of the digital advances in media and communication with McGrath PR, now celebrating 8 years as a sole proprietorship.

Susan Datnoff

[Entrepeneur & owner of 2 Ladies Running]
What has always moved me forward in both career and life is commitment and passion. If you are fortunate enough to be in a situation where you can grow and experience fulfillment while impacting in a positive way your community, family and friends, you are indeed blessed.

Sara Williams
(Cast Member)

Since I began working, I’ve always held multiple jobs simultaneously. It’s sometimes difficult to answer the question “so, what do you do?” I’ve supervised financial transfer agent processors; worked retail; made copies and answered phones; filled prescriptions for pharmacists; led classrooms and entire schools as a progressive educator and administrator; choreographed musicals; DJed karaoke in bars… and so many other things. I’ve been following my many passions and enjoying work wherever I go since I was around 15. 
Now I split my time between three careers that I find exciting and fulfilling. I work right here at First Parish Unitarian Universalist as the Director of Religious Education — coordinating and teaching the spiritual education for children and youth in this church. I feel proud when I see the children and youth expressing themselves spiritually.
In addition, I run two businesses in the wedding industry. I am a non-traditional wedding DJ, specializing in weddings that stand out. I love entertaining crowds with music that excites them. I also am self-employed as a day-of coordinator, running my new business The Mindful Wedding, LLC. The long hours and physical labor are difficult, but it is all worth it when I see the fun people have because of my song choices and event execution.
Let’s not forget the full-time parent job. I’m the mother of an amazing 4-year-old, and I’m expecting my second child in May. I love the beautiful chaos that is motherhood. I feel proud every time I see my son treat another person with kindness.

At the Office

Dani-Lyn Stone

I am an Administrative Assistant. I love what I do because I feel like I’m an asset to my team. It makes me proud to know I’m helpful and appreciated at work.

Lauren Allen

[Member service representative, Blue Cross Blue Shield]
I would say for me it’s knowing that I’m helping people understand things that they are confused about. Or helping people that are scared or have a problem and don’t know where to turn first. Knowing they left the call feeling like “ok they got this” makes me proud and working for a company that truly cares about its members. It’s not just for show.

Pamela Farmer

[Assistant Director of Development for Alumni Relations, St. Andrew’s School]
I love my job, because it allows me to bridge the past and the present every day. I care deeply about every St. Andrew’s alum, whether I met them three years ago, thirty years ago, or I’m meeting them for the first time (and after they celebrated their 50th graduation anniversary). Each of them are St. Andrew’s family and, by extension, are my family. I don’t just ask myself “How much money can these alumni give to the school?” I also ask: “What can St. Andrew’s give back to them?”

McKayla Hoffman

[Development Associate, St. Andrew’s School]
Going from a farm job to an office job wasn’t easy. I miss interacting with animals and working with my hands every day. But, I love my new job, because we’re not just schmoozing with rich people and asking for their money: we’re raising funds so that kids can attend a school that truly considers them family. Teachers and advisors meet them halfway on everything, and everyone works and learns in a culture of inclusion, respect, second chances, and uncommon kindness. It’s incredible preparation for ministry, which I intend to pursue at divinity school this fall.

Desiree Krebs

I am a Business Expert with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. I supervise a team of Member Service Representatives and help them take calls from our members. I love helping out the people on the front line taking member calls and when a member leaves a call happy I feel so proud of the representative that helped them. I am proud to supervise an amazing group of people and work for such a great company. 

Jessica Ambrose

[Business expert, Blue Cross Blue Shield]
What makes me proud about my job is that I get to help members and associates with their questions and help them understand how our confusing healthcare system works, and maybe I can even save someone some money on their bills.