The Rev. Dr. Tim Ives was born in Minnesota, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and American Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. After College, Tim moved to New York to attend Union Theological Seminary, from which he received his Masters of Divinity. After Seminary, Tim helped found the Westside Youth Ministry in Manhattan. He then served as Associate Minister at the Presbyterian Church in Tenafly, New Jersey. Moving to Westchester, he served the Congregational Church in Chappaqua for sixteen years as senior minister. During his time at Chappaqua he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University, where he focused on homiletics, the art and science of writing and preaching sermons (story telling). He also studied and worked with Dr. Edwin Friedman through the latter's seminars for clergy and church leadership. Then Tim pursued training as a psychoanalyst at the Westchester Institute in Bedford Hills, completing classes in the spring of 2007 and is a Licensed Psychoanalyst with a small private practice. For the year prior to joining Scarborough, Tim served the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale in a temporary minister role.
Tim is married to Dr. Ann Guerra, who has a pediatric dental and orthodontics practice in Briarcliff. Tim and Ann have two children, Conner and Abbie. Family life is of central importance to Tim and Ann. Tim likes to be active: playing hockey in the "old guys" league, golf, paddle tennis, and skiing. In his inactive moments, Tim likes to read, mostly history, church history and psychology.
Kenneth Potter received a Bachelors Degree in Voice and Choral Conducting from Ball State University. He earned a Master of Arts in Music Education and Choral Conducting from Teacher's College, Columbia University. For twenty-eight years he taught music in the Nyack, New York Public Schools, specializing in Orff-Schulwerk. Ken has sung professionally in many choirs in the New York area including Riverside Church, The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, and Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. He was for many years tenor soloist at the Greenville Community Church in Scarsdale and at Temple Sinai in Forest Hills. As organist, Ken has served at Christ Episcopal Church in Sparkill, NY, St. Paul's Church in Spring Valley, Grace Church, Nyack, and St. Peter's, Westchester Square in the Bronx.
He lives with his poet wife Christine Potter (who currently sings in the Scarborough Choir), and their two rambunctious cats, Desmond and Molly Jones, in a restored 1740 farmhouse in Valley Cottage, New York. Christine's new book of poetry "Zero Degrees at First Light" will be released this coming September by Word Press.
Katya Montelbano followed her childhood dream and received a Bachelors Degree and Masters from NYU in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and the Leadership Program in Infant and Toddler Education. She has continued on her life's path by bringing her educational philosophy, as both teacher and director, to pre-schoolers in Manhattan and South Salem. Her philosophy is to provide children and parents with a developmentally appropriate program and a secure, nurturing environment that encourages children's natural curiosity and fosters a healthy respect for themselves, for others and for their surroundings.
Barbara Devir comes to lay ministry after a career in public education. She completed the Lay Ministry Program at Dubuque Theological Seminary and was commissioned to Scarborough Church in 2007. While serving as pulpit supply in area churches, her work at Scarborough is in the area of prison and other hands-on mission. The congregation has been involved with a calendar program for neighbors at Sing Sing and participates regularly in Midnight Run. Barbara is on the staff of Rising Hope, Inc. which provides a year of theological education for men at Sing Sing.
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