The Staff of First Presbyterian Church
BRITTANY JACKSON – EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Brittany Jackson is the Executive Administrative Assistant. She is a graduate of Allegany High School, Class of 2006. She received two Associate’s Degrees from Allegany College of Maryland – one in Business Management and a second in Office Technologies: Administrative Assistant Field. She and her husband reside in Cumberland with their three children. She attends Ministry of Encouragement, where she is a member of the praise team and serves as a class leader.
BRYAN LOHR – DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRIES
Bryan has been a lifelong resident of Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Growing up in the small town of Stoystown along the Lincoln Highway, Bryan began organ lessons at the age of 11. Through high school Bryan studied at Shadyside Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, before going on to earn degrees in music from The Juilliard School and Carnegie Mellon University. Bryan has spent the last 11 years working in the United Church of Christ, as well as maintaining an active career as a recitalist. Bryan is in his fifth year of coaching the varsity forensics (speech and debate) team at North Star High School in Boswell, PA, where last year he had a district championship team and two state finalists.
Bryan and his wife, Catherine, a high school special education teacher, currently reside in Hooversville, PA, on the banks of the Stonycreek river.They are currently in the process of adopting a child from the Pennsylvania foster care system, a 10 year old girl who has recently joined their home. The Lohr’s have three miniature dachshunds and a border collie/ St. Bernard mix and are active in several animal charities.
Aside from music and family, Bryan is an insatiable reader and lover of U.S. history. He is also an aficionado of insanely spicy foods and a connoisseur of the hottest varieties of peppers. For Bryan’s compete biography, visit his website BryanLohr.com
NADENE STROUP- LEARNING TREE NURSERY SCHOOL DIRECTOR
Nadene is a member of First Presbyterian Church. She has four children and lives in LaVale with her husband, Randy. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 26 years and is an Orton-Gillingham certified teacher. Nadene has been long associated with the Learning Tree: as a mom; substitute teacher; board member; teacher; and now, as the Director.
ZACH DODGE – SEXTON
Zach Dodge is a graduate of Frostburg State University, with a B.S. Degree in Music Management. Zach is a Guitar/Ukulele teacher at the Western Maryland Music Center, Co-Director of Allegany Acapella Harmony, Treasurer of the Cumberland Choral Society, and member of the Sanctuary Choir at First Presbyterian Church. Zach also performs locally with his wife, Mikayla, and volunteers at many community events.
JOE AURIGEMMA – SOUND ENGINEER/SECURITY
A member of First Presbyterian, Joe lives in Cumberland with his wife, Susan, and two children, Sean and Marisa. He has a background in radio programming and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park.